Summary: I liked the first one much better. This is very limited on the characters you can play. The combat system is completely different as well. It's much less strategic. Play the demo first and see if you like it before you buy it.
Summary: Love the game play. If you have played Dragon Age Origin, you will love this one as well. You can also import your DA1 saves into this game. Though the game can use more maps but overall, I like it.
Summary: ***WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS*** I originally came into contact with the Dragon Age games due to my friend. She went on and on about a certain elf named Fenris and I was dying to know what she was talking about. And, so, I sat down and watched her play...and thus my addiction began. Very differently than most other people, I enjoy Dragon Age 2 more than Dragon Age: Origins. Origins felt slow and when I played it, I felt like I was stuck in the castle forever.
Summary: Overall it is a solid game. The story is engaging. However, I have some complaints (that have probably already been stated). This game lacks the variety expected in the games descended from the Infinity Engine. You can only play one character (it can be male or female), unlike in Dragon Age: Origins, where you could pick multiple races and origins within those races. In addition, you play through the same dungeons multiple times over the course of the game.
Summary: I know that a lot of people were disappointed by Dragon Age II when it came out, but honestly, while their points may be valid reasons for disliking it, Bioware games are still some of the best out there. Even the less-than-impressive ones they make are still cult classics. Yes, they took a departure from Dragon Age: Origins in that there is only one playable race (you can only play as Hawke), but the basic storyline is still amazing.
Summary: The game itself is enjoyable to play, but lacks the detail that made Origins so great. A few examples are that the companions have set armor that you can only find or buy upgrades for. When on a quest "new" areas end up being reused multiple time so you loose the fun of exploring a new area because it is the same exact area previously explored, but with a different theme or enemy. The character story lines are also weak compared the to characters in Origins.
Summary: Not only did I enjoy fighting the bad enemies, but I love the development of the characters. Especially having a romance development with Fenris. The only thing I do not like about the game is that this game reuses maps. Go to caves for a quest, or meet someone for another quest, and the two quest maps are exactly the same. All in all, I gave it 5 stars because it did take up time to finish and I did enjoy the company of the brooding elf, Fenris.