I wasn't interested in this game at all. I played the first Dragon Age, but didn't play the followups. I got tired of the Bioware penchant for on-rails RPG... smaller corridor maps, etc. Bioware must have got the message, they opened it up in a big way. The world still isn't built as well as Skyrim, and it isn't as big or open as Skyrim was... but it is still a big place to explore, with lots going on. Beyond that, they smartly implemented a huge meta-game. You manage this war, sending agents to perform certain missions, and then conclusions of this missions actually impact the maps in minor ways. Combat is fun and satisfying, and I find the crafting addicting without feeling like a grind. Apparently you also get a castle or something, but I'm 15 hours in and I haven't seen it yet. My only concern right now is the RPGing elements. It isn't very deep on the character development. You unlock new abilities or enhancements every level... but I don't see the big super powers or min/maxing potential in lots of RPGs, including Skyrim. Would recommend if you like RPGs.