As for Part II, is clear that it lost a “lot” of the original fan base, but it’s also clear that it GAINED a lot of new fans, A LOT.
Can confirm. I find the first one good, but that's about it. It didn't touch my feelings nearly as much and I would be actually OK if it never got a sequel. The second one is a masterpiece from storytelling and playtrough experience and left me absolutely desperate for a new game