I bought Witcher 1 and 2 over a year ago on a GoG sale. Had a hard time getting into it for similar reasons. Just this week I finally got over the starting annoyance curve in Witcher 1. For me the two biggest annoyances are: #1: Nauseating camera. I played all the Bioware fantasy RPGs (BG1/BG2/NWN/NWN2/DAO/DA2) and they give you decent control of the camera. Despite Witcher 1 using the NWN engine, they decided to mess up the camera, so it auto rotates all the time. This makes me queasy. #2: Click-Rhythm combat. It is like they couldn't decide if they wanted to make a beat em up that was button mashing, and reflex based, or classic RPG based on stats, so they went half in on both, and annoyed a lot of people. I put up with both of these because it has better atmosphere and story than any of the Bioware RPGs I have played. Really can't wait to get in a few more hours tonight.