Can you link to any animations in other games that you think are good?
In my opinion: I think the animations of DoS2 are overall fairly good...not great. I think the combat animations of FFXIV are really good (different type of game, I realize, but I think Larian could move in that direction of animations). Star Wars Galaxies had great melee combat animations too. The combat animations of Pathfinder Kingmaker are pretty dull...the monk animations were the best, but they aren't great. It's been a while since I played Dragon Age titles, but I remember one that I thought had really good combat staff animations.
So those are a few examples of my thoughts.