I read your full post wink

Well, I'm happy you can enjoy D II now more that before.

Personal I like this game much because of "help yourself" :
1) No fog of war: for a 2D game like DD or BD I love the fog of war, but for 3D ? For me not necessary.
2) Knowing what to do by quest-solving: for the main quest you can "see" on the Worldmap a icon that gives you direction wink ... For the other quests I read always in my Logbook! Very handy and all the rest stay in my memory wink

I love this game because of all freedom and thinking of a own good strategy for playing ...
NOT a game for when you wish to fight enemies and set your brains off grin

On 7th of february 2015 : I start a new adventure in the Divinity world of Original Sin,
it's a Fantastic Freaking Fabulous Funny ... it's my All Time Favorite One !