Im a big fan of RPG's (Rle Playing Games) and would like to warn people of the certain limitings of this one.
It is strange that the content has been reduced from the first one, in dragon age 2 you are not able to select a race or background, you must be hawke, you must be human, you must be from lothering. The game provides a rather emersive story line (when you can find it) and a more involved combat system aswell as companion interaction being increased in some ways. (compared to Origins)
While dragon age origins was more of an open RPG, this game is somewhat limited to those elements, you can still be good or bad, though the overall repurcussions of making either choice still seem rather non-existent to me. I for one feel producers/designers shot themselves in the foot removing race and lineage options, they have also attempted to create a story line which is at times extremely vage and brings about rather pointless amounts of combat, as in you cannot walk from one end of district of the city to the other without being attacked by 30+ mercenaries, and whilst the story line tells you that they are cracking down on mages, you and three other mages can stand and rip through these shouting sword clashin mercenaries using explosions of fire and ice nad not one person notices, nor is there a single guard around, and in the event there is passers by they do just that, walk through the comotion calmly then comment on the weather.
All that being said, the combat is good, the effects are flashy, the quests are intrigueing and it is somewhat addictive if not also somewhat repetative, but is all in all a pretty good game, but if you are looking for an RPG without impending elements of hack and slash, you might rather Elder Scrolls : Obivion, or the soon to be released Elder Scrolls : Skyrim, or possibly games from the series of fable or Fallout... even Dragon Age : Origins.
The first one was great, the second one was... different.