The Two Worlds games have hardware related drm. I don't know if there's an activation limit for the first one, but the second has the despicable 3 activations limit.
I've only tried the first one, though. If you register the game they give you an item, a very ugly looking shield :P
does DA2 have any redeeming qualities at all?
If you can get over the repetitive areas and the idea that ultimately, the decisions you make throughout the game don't really matter, you might have some fun with it. I had some fun with it, but the controls might be better suited for a controller (I played on a console). There are some interesting ideas to be found (even if they're not always followed through to their completion). I liked some of the NPC's, as well.
It's definitely a different game than Dragon Age. The world is still the same, so if you really liked the setting, that helps.
DA2 is an action game. I would only blame Bioware for its weird characters, though, the rest was EA's influence. DA2 was originally an expansion for Origins, like Awakening was, but EA wanted it to be a new game. I'd say some story elements are nice, but DA:I is going to be the real DA2.