This game is amateurish, boring, dated, and really sexist. My suspension of disbelief was broken almost immediately with Geralt's highly unrealistic combat show-off scene which was over the top even for a 2000s game. This is definitely a relic of the era where cutscenes dominated. I spent what felt like fifteen minutes wondering when I was actually going to play the game instead of watching exposition.
The exposition is terribly written. The writers clearly never learned the rule "show, don't tell." But what little information they do tell is vague as anything! Why would the writers drop some Great War on us in the first few sentences of exposition and then not expose who the combatants were and why? Triss' only purposes seem to be exposition and boobs, to the point where I've started calling her Exposition Boobs Lady. To steal a joke, PLEASE STOP 'SPLAINING!
The writing is so insulting to women. Triss seems to be right about everything she says, but every time she talks, some man shoots her down for "stating the obvious." Her costume is horrendously designed--again, Exposition Boobs Lady. Half the monsters seem to be femme fatales in disguise, women are sexualized consistently throughout the narrative. The game even has collectible cards with naked women on them. Meanwhile, your character is this cool quiet guy (meaning no personality so teenage boys can easily self-insert like a male Bella Swan) pimps around and constantly has sex with other women, and Triss is "unhappily in love with Geralt." The ♥♥♥♥? How is any of this remotely okay? Frankly, it's enough to make me want to projectile vomit all over the entire production crew.
I couldn't take the combat system at all. There was effectively no tutorial explaining how it works, and as another poster here pointed out, I also ended up performing combos with no idea how I did them, and not enough time to read the text on the screen to learn the pattern recognition. It seems like I'm supposed to aim at specific body parts, but there are literally openings in combat all the time and the game does not usually respond to my clicking. There is also very minimal control over Geralt's body, so aiming at specific body parts is extremely difficult. But even if there's a mod out there to make the combat more user-friendly, I still wouldn't continue the game because the writing insults my intelligence.
Seriously, this game was popular in 2008? This was Game of the Year, needed a redux the next year, and got raving reviews in gaming magazines? It is dated as hell. It's awful. 0/10. Straight to the bin. I wonder if this game actually did the books justice. Too bad the game ruined any chance of me or anyone ever reading them.