I'd recommend playing the older games, reading the books, watching a let's play of them or at least (if you do not care about pre-TheWitcher3-spoilers) read a summary of what happened in the first 2 games. CD Project Red promised they would inform new players about what happened before but there are a lot of things that happened, minor and major ones.Well seeing some of the latest trailers speaks volumes for the game, i purchased it already for preorder and look forward to my first Witcher game.
I would strongly recommend exposing yourself to the previous titles somehow, because despite the combat mechanics of TW1 being not my favoritesand the graphic engine of TW1 also being not all that great it still tells a good story and has nice other mechanics (especially alchemy is good in TW1), the Witcher 2 is graphically better, mechanically in combat superior (IMO), better in terms of storytelling, but a little bit shorter and the inventory/alchemy is not quite as good as TW1's.
Both games are available on Steam and they almost ALWAYS have them on Sale if there is a big sale. So if you wait for Christmas Sale, normally you get the The Witcher 1 for around 2 bucks and The Witcher 2 for around 3 - 4 bucks, really not a big price for 2 very good games (IMO). Just think about it.
The books are also pretty cheap on Amazon. The first one is called "The Last Wish" as far as I know.
If you don't want however it is not a problem, you can play the game without any foreknowledge, at least CD Project Red claims that (and I believe them, they probably have a nice method of showing you what happened previously).
I hope you have fun and I personally hope TW3 will be as awesome as I imagine it to be.
Post of the week, thumbs up :hai:Geralt ain't going to ride a bull, he will however ride a few sorceresses.