I'm trying to play through PoE1 right now, but... I think this game is just so boring. It has become much better since its release years ago. Combat plays better and putting it on a SSD dramatically decreases the loading times and all that, but despite these two big issues that caused me to cease playing back in the days, the game still just can't keep me motivated. Started with the White March now, but again... I just don't have the drive to go on, primarily - I guess - because of the setting.
Yoga Fire is a whole different beast. Despite its plenty flaws, I'm really digging it a lot. The setting, the visuals, the way everything works... I seem to be able to relate much better to it.
I'm thinking, maybe it's because "generic" fantasy setting isn't much my cup of tea, which is what PoE2 makes different. There is more guns, more fancy clothes, ships, cannons, etc... as I've already wrote a while ago, it somehow gives me that Arcanum vibe, while PoE1 does not at all. I'm guessing this has a huge influence on me and how I perceive the franchise.