i dont think DA 2 was crap , its was just different, in fact i started the DA genre thanks to DA 2 , ( i couldnt get in to DAo the first time round). After playing and DA 2 and loving it i went back and gave DAO another go, and i was glad i did, it was alos a great game. They both great games in thier own unique way. I can see though why people might think DA 2 was dumbed down.
The streamlining did seem a bit unnecessary. I just didnt realize how much they streamlined until i played DAO, but thats hardly a a good reason to call a game crap, it still had some great parts (admitley DAO was clearly the more grander experience though)