RDR was easily my favorite game of last year. Such an incredible experience. Don't worry too much about cattle herding, as you only do it a few times over the course of the whole game.
I'm going to try my best to finish The Witcher this week so I can safely play the next game. I love the storytelling and moral dilemmas, but I can't stand the combat system. Looks like the more action-oriented approach in the sequel will be right up my alley. Other than that, I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire for the first time, and I adore it! Seriously, those looking for fantasy with a harder edge and more political intrigue will love this series. I'm midway through the second book and I haven't been this enthralled with a world and its inhabitants in a long time. I honestly care about these characters, and that is extremely rare for me.