Originally Posted by JDR13
TW2 is great. It probably has the greatest degree of C&C I've seen in an RPG, and the graphics, which were absolutely stunning when it was released, still look really good by current standards.
All of the Witcher games are dark by nature because they take place during a period of war in a world that is already pretty grim. It's one of my favorite aspects of the series. If you want a light-hearted fairy tale, look elsewhere.
You certainly don't need to play the first 2 games to enjoy TW3, but I think it's more fun if you do and import your saves. Fwiw, TW2 is fairly short by RPG standards and doesn't require a huge time investment.