I started playing The Witcher recently, and find it to be quite an enjoyable and refreshing take on the RPG genre. It's certainly a very unique game with some superficial annoyances but those are easy to look past. The the only major criticism I have so far is the rather dull opening... the game didn't really grab me until the end of chapter 1, which took me around 6 hours to get to.
But it gets really good really fast after that.
Minor Witcher 1 spolier:
On my first trip through the game, I gave Alvin to Shani, because I thought Triss was actually going to turn out to be a bad guy in some hidden twist somewhere down the line. I didn't trust her after overhearing her conversation with the woman in the mirror at the start of chapter 3 or 4. But then once I really got into the universe and read the books, Triss seemed like the more natural choice over Shani, so I now side with her on any other trips through the game.
"game sales for consoles destroys pc games completely why do u think they are so cheap on steam lol."
-Random console gamer
I think I need to give Witcher 1 another try because I couldn't stick with it after 2 or 3 false starts. It got rave reviews and I tried to like it but was really turned off by the clickity click combat and the alchemy crafting.