It wasn't just the last 2 widely criticized games that were the problem. Bioware has always been bizarrely lauded as some pinnacle of story telling when their games usually have the same characters, and cliches. Especially the melodramatic plot: "You are the chosen one out to save the universe from the ancient evil while having embarrassing romances with poorly written party members along the way." It's consistently terrible. It's not like they're putting the resources they saved by not bothering with a story into gameplay either. Even games like Sine Mora had better writing in the blurbs between bullet hell.