Is Witcher 2 very different to Witcher 1?
I've tried to play the first Witcher game a few times now and just haven't been able to get into it, just keep getting distracted by other things and forgetting the story so far and end up starting again. I've heard great things about the Witcher 2 but was wondering if it's sufficiently different for me to be able to enjoy it. For context I am a big fan of CRPG games including (in a rough descending order): Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, KOTOR, Oblivion+Skyrim, Mount and Blade, Fable...
Well, it is different by being worse - the combat is a lot more boring as Geralt adopts a fighting style befitting a frontline soldier and not a witcher, who are famed for their bombastic acrobatics. The most interesting move you'll see Geralt perform in the sequel is a roll to the side. Alchemy is also much less useful due to most potions having their active time reduced by an order of magnitude and you having to spend 30 seconds navigating a menu and watching an animation of Geralt kneeling and taking a deep breath, and of course you can no longer take potions during a battle. You are also encouraged to stop in your tracks every 10 seconds and fondle your medallion to locate objects you can interact with, replacing the massively inconvenient system of displaying labels above things you can interact with.