I don't think we can brand another game than the Witcher 3 the title of AAA game. The game, the grafics, the story, the quests, everything is alive and engaging. I'm having a blast with side quests and I'm on a interrogation-marks quests spree in Velen. There's so many of them.
I was at first a bit taken aback by the graphics I kinda hyped too much, I'll look after the SwetFx upgrade but I trust CDPR for a high res pack DLC for us PC players. Actually, with all at ultra and just TessFX deactivated, I've a steady 60 fps (GF970 ftw). Without, not steady 47-50 fps.
Gameplay combat is weird at first, but you can adapt really fast. I still consider combat is TW1>TW3>TW2.
Crafting is immense, but I'd love them to reintroduce the potion system of TW1, which was easy and complex at the same time, especially when you were making your potion with albedo, rubedo or nigredo dominant. The new system is... different, but compensates with a lot of upgrade and a cool loot system. In TW1/TW2, I just kept a few swords, I'm changing my favorite gear quite fast so it's pretty cool imho.
I've not played Skyrim (I stopped Oblivion after 60 hours because bored of the fetch quests), but like TW2 was taking inspiration from Batman (it's a good thing), TW3 is inspired from Skyrim. Do you guys think they're improving on skyrim.
Also, I'd like to say that they've gone a long road since TW1, with only a few different NPC, now the NPC look soooooooooo alive, especially the old women asking for stuff.
BTW, I've tried activating 3D and it gave me some nice result, but at the great expense of FPS and resolution. Nah, world was even moar alive , as if I could grasp it. Not worth the drawbacks, imho, but nice try.
If you haven't jumped, stop everything you're doing, and start to play right now.
Disclaimer : I've had another runs in difficult of TW1 and TW2 since February waiting for TW3. I'm clocking 185 hrs of TW1 (5 runs), 100 hours of TW2 (2 runs), and 21 hours of TW3 (starting run)