Since we have a baby on the way, and I don't have a disposable income anymore, I started diving back into The Witcher 3 due to the high regard it carries in this thread. I have some new appreciations for how impressive of a game it is, while still reserving some of the issues I have with it.
Many of you may not have noticed since you likely didn't take a long break from it, but one thing I greatly appreciate is the game could tell I hadn't touched it in ages, and as a result was giving me tutorials again, which made diving back into it so much easier. That is some brilliant game design in my opinion. I was worried I'd have to start over again, and since I really didn't care for (but still thought it was necessary) the lengthy introduction and tutorial, I think I would have turned away for good if that was the case.
The way the game loads entire areas and loading isn't required when walking into buildings is very impressive and makes it so much easier to become completely immersed in gameplay. Also they way the minimap generates a recommended route to your destination is greatly appreciated. On top of all of that the combat feels very intuitive and smooth.
The major issues I have is most of my sessions are either completely dominated by, or mostly dominated by running around and dialogue...The game is immense but I leave a lot of sessions feeling like I've made absolutely no progress. One minor issue I also have is skipping through dialogue requires a double tap of square instead of just one click.
I'm going to put in a good 5-6 hour session tonight since the wife is out of town, so while my tune has been slightly changed at this point, I may alter my tune further in favor of the game after a good long session.