First off, I'm not looking for opinions on which of the 2 is superior... I've seen the reviews
A family member has let me borrow both DA:Origins (complete with the complete DLC disc), and DA 2. Before now my only experience of Dragon Age was the DA 2 demo from Xbox Live.
I've just spent about a day playing the first game, and I'm just wondering how fundamental playing this one actually is if I intend to play the second? I'm happy playing the more RPG heavy style games, but also enjoy the more action-focussed style of DA 2. I'm a big Mass Effect 1 & 2 fan, so I know the parallels. The problem is I just don't really have the time to invest in a massive RPG if I don't need to. I'm itching to get stuck into DA 2 more really. I also know my DA 1 chacter won't carry over (like it did in ME).
How beneficial is sticking through DA 1? Will my experience of DA 2 suffer if I skip the first game?