Originally Posted by SheepFactory
Be aware Witcher 1 is a VERY old game. It runs on the old bioware engine and is a top down click around rpg
Eww, did you play it that way!
I tried the top down view but it didn't work for me. I preferred being closer to the action.
Honestly, the gameplay in both Witcher games is probably its weakest point. Part one has some unusual mechanics that felt like the developer was trying "something different" and it came off as unnecessary. Witcher 2 is much better but the fighting still feels.. not sure how to describe it, neutered? Then again, the beginning can be very frustrating because the enemies can clean your clock easily until you get some key skills.
Having said that, Witcher's story in both games is strong enough that I didn't care about the wonky gameplay and eventually you get used to it.