I faced the same dilemma when I picked up TW2 back in... winter 2012? Perhaps that long ago. I was given the same advice - the first game is good for the story, but shows its age.
I also ended up reading some of the novels (which I believe were originally in Polish). The short stories I read were... interesting... but not fantastic. Very "story-of-the-week" format with revelations about Geralt's past being alluded to bit by bit.
TW2 was a game I never got far into, unfortunately. I died in the freaking tutorial. Now that I've had experience with Dark Souls I feel like going back to TW2 would be a refreshing change of pace! Probably my next game of choice after finishing Dishonored and its DLC.
Edit to clarify the game in the first paragraph.
Edited, Aug 5th 2014 4:36pm by LockeColeMA
Retired News Writer for the ZAM Network
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