I loved Origins, it was epic. It had the story and the depth, it had the characters, it had the humour, it looked and played great and its easy to see why its such a loved game among fans. In short it had everything Dragon Age 2 didn't. Yeah it looks great and the fighting system has been stream lined so that its easier to pick up and play, especially for newcomers to the series, it has some great 1 liners between the members of your party. But one thing that is unforgivable is that it has no story, it has no depth. Whether it be the characters or the world your playing in your left feeling with a hollow impression of the game. The characters are shallow with very little in the way of pesonality, pretty soon your playing with the same members in your group everytime because the other ones annoy you so much that you can't bare to use and start to wonder how they even managed to get the go ahead to be included into the game anyway. As for kirkwall and the freemarches, you have no real areas of exploration, the city feels confined and the areas outside soon feel repetitive and overused. Your forced to re-explore the same areas during each act which quickly bored the living daylights out of me.
The game is full of so many bugs that on more than one occassion i was left with missions and tasks in my journal that i could neither start or complete and I got so stuck in some places that i had to restart from my last save more than once. Some glitches i can understand, especially if a game has been rushed out like this one feels it has, but bioware has such a good record with previous games that they must feel that they have let themselves down and i can't help but think that EA has had something to do with it. On the whole the game has the feeling of that of DLC and could very well have been acceptable as content for origins in the way that awakenings was. I will play DA3 if the make it and hope that it will be epic, mix the fighting system from 2 witn the size and granduer of Origins and they'll ahve one hell of a game. I'd advise fans to play it simply because they'll need to to get the story and not feel too lost in 3.