Originally Posted by Subject Zero
a lot of the companions were kinda... cardboardy
there were some exceptions, Merril, Isabela (the banter between those two had me laughing the whole time) Fenris and Anders (who of course gets a bit of a pass anyway after getting to know him in Awakening.)
The caves were really repetitive, as was most of the explorable area, in another game it would have been easier to look past, but after the pure-awesome that was DA:O it tends to stick out a lot more.
and yes, I believe that Mass Effect was stated from the get go to be a trilogy, so I expect ME 3 to be the last we see of Shepard (until they make the movie)