Summary: I liked the first Dragon Age. Sure it was never as amazing as the higher profile Mass Effect franchise (which I also enjoyed) but it was a solid enough RPG. Dragon Age 2? It still has a place in my heart, but this game reeks of a sweat-shop sequel. Clearly, some exec said "ok, how can we create a sequel on the smallest possible budget?" Do you like playing one of 5 possible dungeon layouts over and over and over again? Then you'll love DA2!
Summary: The 1st game is excellent. This sequel is bad that I will never buy EA and bioware games. Don't bother to play this game unless you get it from friend. I would rather play the 1st game ten times than play this sequel again.
Summary: If this game had been released as something other than Dragon Age, I think it would have been perceived differently. But after the epic that Origins was, this one's kinda a let down. The first one was "Save the world, be the hero"; this one is "make the best of a bad situation". In addition, they made the interface more like Mass Effect, and it just didn't work. It's not a bad game, certainly worth a playthrough, but it just doesn't measure up to its predecessor.