Dragon Age: Origins will always be better than it’s sequel to me. The Warden was my character, the Warden was me. I am not Hawke, and BioWare can’t force me to be.
This is also true for myself.
Imma just go ahead and be the Devil’s Advocate here.
I feel more like I am Hawke than I was ever the Warden. The customization was nice and all but nothing seemed to fit for me. And I would answer with extensive stuff and have my backstory…. but I never felt bad for my character or her life or anything. She was just a vessel for me to care about my party.
In Dragon Age 2 when I first started playing and I realized that the dialouge choice were short gists of what Hawke actually says and she had a voice… (not to mention I hated everything except the default look) I crinkled my nose. And I complained about it for most of the first half of the game.
But then I realized I cared about Hawke. She had a family, and a voice that I could hear in my head (saying the teasers of the dialouge). The voice with emotion that helped me hear my own attitude or my concern. That made me choke up on a quest when I heard her shout "More blood, here! Where did he take mother!?"
And sometimes my Hawke was nice and friendly, and after mother died she was cold and mean. She wasn’t just a blank canvas with my hopes of myself, but a living breathing character I could influence and attach myself to. More than my goo goo eyed staring Warden with a passive non chalant expression.
Anyway— I’m not saying Dragon Age II is better. And I am not saying it is worse. I’m not saying one is more of an RPG than the other.
They are both just different. They do things in different ways and some people like some and others like another. They aren’t better or worse. They are just different.
And personally I don’t think Bioware is trying to force anyone. I think they were just trying out new things and new creative insights… they are a developing team, developing ideas…