DA2 was a completely different game than DA1. So much so I could not even think of them as in the same series, just the same world. I never bought the sequel, just played it a bit and it was really different. I think anyone expecting a big, nerdy, RPG like Origins was bound to be enraged/dissapointed by DA2.
What I have seen from the Mass Effect 3 script is not "good". It is a schlockfest. Now, to be clear, Mass Effect is not an overwhelmingly serious franchise. It is a bit like a combination of Star Trek the Original Series and Farscape. Since I like both those things I am a fan. If the leaked Beta script stays largely in place than it is a step down in terms of writing/plot. Doesn't mean it wont be fun.
Also, an amazon pre-order gets a $10 gift card, so that sort of "undoes" the shitty day of release, pay one sixth the price for a character/mission DLC. I think I will go that route myself.
Oh, and I am 100% pro/faithful to Liara.
Even more after finding out that Ashley (if she survived Virmire since she didn't in my "cannon" play through) basically tells you to fuck off and die in ME2. Yeah, that's right. The anti-alien biggot cuts you less slack than Garrus, Wrex, or Tali.