No, but personally I found it much quicker and slightly more enjoyable my second time through. First just concentrate soley on getting the different forms, then go back only after you have all of them for the stat upgrades.
Once you have the forms enemies are pretty easy, and you can spam the Golem form then revert for cheap HP. --- Robots are not to be trusted. -Murderface XboxGT: ShakeMeatLock
When your in Redcliff Castle, after talking to Ban Teagan and the Arl's wife when they want you to go to the fade, go to the second floor of the castle and try to enter the Arl's room and conor will turn into a demon. kill him and then choose to kill Conor after the fight in the dialogue.