grinding is absolutely possible, just its not necessary.im an rpg freak. i have couple playthrough's of each of these games on my account:mass effect, fallout 1, fallout 2, fallout tactics, baldurs gate 1, 2, throne of bhaal, icewind dale 1,2, planescape torment, diablo 1,2 +lotd, hellgate london, evil islands, vampire masquerade redemption and bloodlines, arcanum, gothic 1,2+notr, 3, kotor 1,2, neverwinter nights 1, 2 + all addons, titan quest and plenty of rpg/fpp, rpg/tpp, rpg/strategy mixes. i tried oblivion couple times but didnt like it. the world feels empty and repetitive.with this rather huge rpg experience, the witcher still easily claimed place at my top favorite rpg game list. i care for the story, game universe, combat and leveling system. all of these aspects are great in the witcher. above all, the witcher has something what other games often doesnt. like fallouts and planescape torment this game is very mature, its directed to mature audience. witcher universe is pale and dirty. there is humour, nice guys and cute moments but there is also violence, drugs, prostitution, racism, hard language and many other issues. this world feels alive and have unique atmosphere.if you are an rpg player, the witcher is a must-have position. not by chance it won dozens awards and titles like "best rpg game of 2007"