I weenied out on Dragon Age and dropped the difficulty to Easy. That danged uber-spider kept handing me my arse. Even so, I just got to the point where the game had gotten harder and harder, and I had gotten more and more incompetent. Or maybe I'm just not into learning the Bioware style of combat. I always did have trouble with their D&D games. I'm up to level 14 and losing more fights than ever before.
However, I do like the combat when it's real time far more than false-time. It's sure easier, which I don't always like, but I'm tired of struggling against the game just to play the game.