I enjoy a decent level of challenge in my games, but my priority has always been having fun and seeing the story, over choosing the most challenging mode/game. That being said, The Witcher 2 has hooked me. Yes, I have it on the xbox 360 and I've beaten it once on normal. I loved it and immediately wanted to jump back in making a different decision in the prologue, Chapter I, etc. and see everything this game has to offer. This made Dark Mode a pretty appealing option for me. I figured I didn't struggle in my first play through on normal...in fact I only died a handful of times, mostly at the beginning of the game when I didn't understand the necessity of preparing with potions and using items such as bombs and traps. So being the brave soul I am, I started my Dark run yesterday and just got to Flotsam. I am definitely noticing a jump in difficulty over normal, but it isn't anything too severe so far. I mean, enemies can definitely kill me in a couple hits...I even died the instant I walked into a campfire by accident... but overall it seems that if I use the skills from my first play-through and stay patient, it should be doable.
SO my question to you guys and gals that have done a Dark Mode run, would just be any advice and such. I figured I should get the special armor sets in each chapter, so I already have most of the blasphemer's outfit diagrams, and other than that I'm approaching it as my last play through, which may or may not be my best bet. Advice in areas like skill point allocation, combat tactics, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks duders!