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.
Summary: I hate this game. I hate the characters, the story, the setting and the aesthetics... but most of all I hate what EA has done to Bioware. The game is bad. Really bad. The writing is on par with what you would expect from a 12-13 year old. It's sad that they couldn't find better writers. The characters are all whiny cry-babies. I could go on and on about how bad this game is but I won't. I'll just say - don't buy.
Summary: Likes: - Good voiceovers for all dialogues making the story more engaging - Hawke now has a voice - Battle is more intense and fun than Dragon Age Origin - new hairstyles / customizable facial features - choices vs. consequences make the story more dynamic - redesigned UI feels clean and easier to navigate Dislikes: - repetitive environments - most of quests happen in Kirkwall, and you get to see the same place over and over again - too many junk items / loots that are...
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!