Thanks to some tricksy Russians operating out of the Igromir Game Expo,there's now in-game footage of Dragon Age 2 doing the rounds. You can watch it below. It's the same level I played at the GamesCom expo that made me very nervous indeed, and is (I think) the opening of the game. Click on through for a little bit of dialogue, a little bit of cutscenery and a whole lot of combat.
As you'll see, it's very much Dragon Age meets Mass Effect, with what I feel is one key difference- Mass Effect 2's combat was designed with a weight and pace that made it feel believable in the context of the rest of the game. When your crew picked up guns and started shooting, the swap back to walking and talking was relatively smooth. The immersion held.
With Dragon Age 2, you'll see a much more Fable-like, hack'n'slash style in the animations that I'm not sure suits Dragon Age at all. The game seems oddly polarized- I thought it was trying to be a gritty, grimy fantasy epic? Swords and shields bouncing off one another, mud and blood, all that stuff. Anyway, see what you think. The footage moves back and forth between a rubbish gamer playing a mage and a better one playing a warrior.