They both have their own merits and disadvantages. Skyrim is definitely a Bethesda game. It has a great story and fluid, first person combat, but for me the characters were frequently bland and 2 dimensional. Dragon Age 2, Bioware went out on a limb with the combat. I think they did all right, but wasn't spectacular. The characters are DA2's shining gem like usual, and the story was pretty good but not quite Bioware quality. I love both games, so I'd recommend both, but for an easy right into it game that isn't just a niche kind of thing, I'd say Skyrim.