[...] having played DA:O 3 times on XBox and PC I can say it clocks in at "overrated". [...]
Must have a lot of time in you hands to play through a game three times while thinking it is overrated :P
People kept trying to convince me I had to give it another shot. So I did, it still was kind of sucky. Honestly I spent most of my time trying to see why I was "obviously" missing whatever everyone else thought was so awesome about it. Then I realized that my fundamental truth about life was appropriate: "I am always right, everyone else is only right when they agree with me.":)
DLC issues for DA:O were resolved with a patch that came out early this year.
Said patch fucks up a lot of shit, make a lot of separate saves in Warden's Keep.
Patch for DAO this year? Well, that's good news since at the end of the last year DAO still had gamebreaking bugs.
You'll be sad to hear they simply traded in the ones they fixed for new game breaking bugs. Patch 1.05 is a mixed bag, but if you want to auth your DLC the "correct" way you will need it.