Well it was more that it was "only" given an 8. I can certainly see their point, when dross like Oblivion and Fallout 3 gets 9s and 10s. The manner of their outrage is just kind of humorous is all.
I'm all for an old school, hard-core RPG - that's exactly what I want. Assuming DA is actually in that vein, it's a given that it is going to get marked down by the mainstream media. Your average slob isn't interested in that sort of thing. They want shallow action games with whizz-bang graphics.