I hate Dragon Age, and I'm a lifelong fan of old-school D&D RPGs from Black Isle and Bioware. DA just doesn't have that same old magic of Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. Felt like chore to play, and the graphics are ugly as sin. Just my opinion, of course. If you want a unique, beautiful, deep, and intriguing RPG, get The Witcher 2.
How was Dragon Age a chore to play? It played just like how the old games did. Dragon Age 2... different story...
There is a great disconnect in your post.