I put in over 30 hours on this game from Friday to Sunday this past weekend. Absolutely love it. Playing it on the second highest difficulty. At times when I die it feels cheap and frustrating, but the story makes up for those hiccups for me.
I´m also playing on the second highest difficulty, now they REALLY need topatch those load times, especially the one that loads your save after you die, atrocious.
It wasn't so bad in White Orchard, but now I'm in Velen it's way too long. I'm playing on easy, I'll get my fun from speed and not getting hit at all. Long reloads on death will ruin a game for me.
Play it on normal. its not that hard on normal . Its fair on normal