This may or may not be true. But regardless, I found DA2 combat to be both easy and fun. The only issue in DA2 was having to fight cookie-cutter mobs again and again, which is an issue completely separate from the combat system.
To be honnest, I only remember DA2 as an action RPG, not a RTWP RPG.
Honestly for me, I don't understand this at all. People constantly make these kinds of distinctions, and I don't get those distinctions at all. For me, whether a game is "action" or not has nothing to do with whether or not it is an RPG. I have a very specific understanding of what makes a game an RPG, and a game having action elements to it doesn't necessarily take away anything from its RPG nature.