nice, it is different the key is not to approach it like anything else you have played before, i tried to approach it similar to dragon age inquisition but the systems and everything are different. its not like dark souls where you need to roll away from every attack, the dodge button will look like hes only moving a tiny but but its usually enough to avoid an attack. oils and decoctions to strengthen your attacks and resistances are key as well. dont be afraid to put the game on easy for while (or forever, the point is you are an overpowered superhuman, this game is about the experiences) as well to learn everything. also in the menu before you start the game where geralt is at the campfire there should be an option for alternate movement type, it makes the controls less floaty and easier to move.
check out this guys channel for skills builds. you can spread yourself too thin and be a jack of all trades and master of none and its better to specialize. this was the build i liked, the firestream evolution of igni will help you keep foes more powerful than you at bay and quen is essential.https://youtu.be/ip8FHpncc5U
check out these two for backstory on the world. this will be important for many things. https://youtu.be/nAy8z01rCBQ
this one is a series but each is short, they are super super goodhttps://youtu.be/YrrzVp2HIMk
understanding this world, its people and these characters will vastly help your enjoyment of the game, there is a learning curve but the payoff is the most amazing game you will ever experience. i cant even look at skyrim now without a feeling is disdain, it is not worthy to look upon its holiness. no matter what i watch, what i do, what i play, i am so aware that i am not in the presence of perfection and that i am not playing this game.
after you finish EVERYTHING. watch the witcher 10th anniversary video from CDPR.
on your hunt for a strat guide make sure you get one for the complete edition or you will have to look the dlc stuff online as the original base guide only covers the base game