To be honest I am a fan of the character Geralt, I am even a fan of the Witcher lore and universe I am just not a fan of the game design. The issue I have with The Witcher 3 is an issue I have with many other games such as, Dragon Age 2-3 and Mass Effect 3 to name a few. Unfortunately, today's video games are focusing too much on the story or rather I like to call them as video game movies, rather than focusing on the user experience. What user experience? Things like player decisions and interaction.
Player choices no longer impact the games and if they do they're very minimal and always lead to the same story outcome. Gone are the days where player choices really matter. In the past, It was possible for you to lose a main character or even miss acquiring one. Also there were various meaningful Easter eggs, ones that often tied to the main story. It was even possible to get a completely different ending, causing players to replay the game to watch other endings.
Today’s many of these AAA titles are not different than theme-park mmo’s, which are essentially video games on rails. A majority of the game’s content are fetch quests, go here and defeat this, or go here and collect this. These quests often lead to having minimal to no impact on the main story or even on the character itself. I guess game developers realize that it's not the quality of content you give your audience, but rather the quantity even if the content is just a re-hash of repetitive game-play.
In the end, I am more than likely to not pick up a copy of Witcher 3 unless its selling for 50% off (even then I still may not pick it up). It's not to say that the game isn't good, but it's certainly not my type of game. I am looking for something that tells me that if I do something wrong I will lose or at the very least lose a significant player or be experience a different outcome in the story based on my choices. I guess that's why I am more interested in games such as XCOM, Invisible Inc., Finaly Fantasy 7, or the original Dragon Age Origins. I mean you can't be mad at me for liking meaningful options in the game right?