So I received my copy of Dragon Age II yesterday, and I figured I'd share with you guys my first impressions. Expect a full review once I feel like I have explored enough to share one.
Combat: Way improved. It feels fluid and smooth, not slow and clunky at times like DA: Origins did. Abilities actually seem to mean something this time around, and they're all very distinct visually.
UI: Vastly improved. Inventory system was completely overhauled (thank science)... everything is smooth and clean. The whole menu experience has become streamlined now, and pleasant to look at. Talents and abilities are laid out in a much more sensible manor, and actually make sense to look at.
Characters: Right off the bat, I immediately loved the characters I'm dealing with here. It seems like they've received much more effort to become believable, and I actually cared what they had to say. The new 'speech wheel' they stole from mass effect was a huge improvement as well. Also, having a main character that actually speaks makes the experience infinitely better.
As for the story, I'm not far in, so I can't rightfully comment, but from everything I've seen, I'm impressed.
That's all for now, expect a full review later!