I was put off from buying the game because of the Metacritic comments and other "high-profile" review sites.
However, after reading conversations on reddit about how the gameplay actually is, I bought the game and I'm not sorry at all.
Yep, it's a bit buggy (crashes sometimes), and the controls are not perfect. But, it's a Dragon Age, and it's tons better than DA2. It's not DA:O, but I'll take this any day over no more Dragon Age.
To me it almost look like all the people saying bad things about the game and claiming positive reviews are EA-payed are actually payed to write bad reviews. The game is definitely not *that bad*, and is quite fun - unless you want an expansion for DA:O, which - the truth is - you won't get.