When it was first shown off, BioWare's Dragon Age II seemed very different to the first game. I don't know, this combat trailer for the PC version of the game looks pretty similar to Dragon Age to me.
I mean, you pause the game, there's a ton of commands, there's all kinds of words and terms only a Dragon Age or RPG player would understand, then you unpause and it all just happens. Just like the first game.
I get the impression people were afraid this would somehow become Mass Effect with swords. That's clearly — at least for PC players — not the case.