The game runs well, and I haven't noticed any frame rate issues, textural tearing, or any other graphical issues, If anything, I would have to congratulate CD Projekt Red on how well they made the game look on console, especially with how much the industry has had issues with pleasing gamers and the community at large recently. Character models look good, and personality shines through with each of the interactable NPCs.
Gameplay is smooth, and combat is challenging, but not to the extent of, say, Bloodborne, or Dark Souls. Magic and tools are much more important in this installment, and being able to read your opponent, especially when there are multiple enemies, as they can swarm you, or if you try you luck against something out of your level range. To put this in perspective, I killed a couple of bandits that were level 10, when I was only level 4, and it took me about 10 minutes of dancing around and whittling them down with my crossbow and magic. The game put a skull on their level to let me know that they are much stronger than me so I had a fair warning that they can and will kill me in just a couple of attacks.
What story I have completed so far has been great, with sharp writing and great wit, but with a maturity that this series is known for and, as this is supposedly the final installment, deserves. The threat that the Wild Hunt poses comes across as legitimate, as do the character's involvement. The war between nations is treated as peripheral, and to an extent it is, however you can see realistic effects of war on the common folk, in the deserted battlefields were monsters eat the remains of forgotten soldiers, and it comes across as a legitimate conflict, but one that you do not have an active interest in.
I will be continuing to post articles, and once I've completed the game a final review. Since I did not have an ability to play the game before launch it will be coming down the line a bit late compared to the major review sites and magazines, but if my first impressions are anything to go by, this may well be the best game, and my favorite, of the year.