Originally Posted by _LDC_
what about playing only the second?
Many people do. If only there was a demo for the first... some actually like that combat. If you can put aside gameplay just for the story, like I did for this game, then it might be worth getting. But even then, its storytelling is not nearly as good as The Witcher 2. If you skip it, you can try reading to help familiarize yourself with the story and lore of the series.
Not to mention there are novels, though I don't know what languages they're available in.
Originally Posted by Devnant
Why have I forgotten about this series? Must have, must buy. Great story, great world, great gameplay. Different choices, different endings. A lot of nudity and sex. Very complex moral choices (way more complex than Mass Effect and Dragon Age). Multiple playthroughs recommended.
Go for it blindfolded, and keep your saves.
Moral choices aren't nearly as difficult or extreme as the ones in Mass Effect or Dragon Age, and I wouldn't call them more complex either. Not to mention there are much, much less decisions and choices throughout The Witcher games. Dragon Age and Mass Effect have a ton, and they all actually affect the game. The Witcher games have very few, and most make little to no impact.
They're hardly RPGs; dialogue choices and decision making are done to a much lesser extent than Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Gameplay mechanics don't warrant any role playing either; you're always a two handed warrior with the same 5 or 6 spells, the leveling/skill system is basically an afterthought. TW2 does at least have one big decision which determines which campaign you play (since essentially there are two versions of the story).
Two playthroughs is definitely recommended for TW2, though it's not necessary for the first.Edited by boredgunner - 6/14/13 at 2:29pm