I popped the demo in with ZERO expectations. I swear. I was skeptical about Dragon Age 2 since Day One. Anyway, in a nutshell, here are my impressions:
Gameplay is fast... like really, REALLY fast.
In fact, it's so fast that it actually felt awkward to pause the game. Darkspawn die even before I could pause it and glance at the rotating wheel. I found it difficult to enjoy combat strategies. While handling Hawke, I had this lazy urge to just "X, X, X, X" until the Darkspawn drops dead. Not good. This mechanical button mashing reminds me of FFXIII. Not. Good. I hope I'm wrong about this.
Here comes Bioware's bread and butter: the storytelling. I tried femHawke first and boy was THAT experience weird. She had this strange voice actor that kept eating her words. You get this feeling that as femHawke, you're trying to be funny but it's either the script is off or the voice actor is off. I don't know which. Whenever I try to crack a joke or two with femHawke, it just comes out weird. I get what they're trying to do by employing the Mass Effect dialogue wheel model but... I'm just not entirely convinced I like this better than reading paragraphs of text.
I missed Flemeth
Flemeth kicks major ass. That is all.
Isabella's HUGE Gazongas
Really. THEY ARE HUGE. Why.
Warrior > Rogue this time.
Back in DAO, I favored the Rogue class above all else. Because we're cool, because we have Momentum which makes us move twice as fast as everyone else and shoots up our DPS. This time in DA2, everyone is just moving so goddamn fast (even the 2H wielders don't seem to be ~that~ slow)so I don't see myself being special anymore. However, I found that the Warrior crowd control skills are AWESOME.
With the number of chicks in the Demo, and with the number of meaningless conversation I had with said chicks, I found myself reaching for male Hawke more instead of femHawke. There's just too many dialogue awkwardness between the characters that I just don't see myself relating to ANYONE of them.
I wonder how that will change though when Fenris or Anders comes in. Maybe femHawke would be more fun to play by then.