I read your full post
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
... For the other quests I read always in my Logbook! Very handy and all the rest stay in my memory
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