" I was genuinely hoping for a story about a stew made over five months. "If that were the case, I would have put that in the "off-topic" forum. In general... I would not recommend eating something that has been stewing for five months.
" I replaying BG2 right now, and for me the big disadvantage of the real-time combat is that it makes it pretty difficult to properly use AoE spells. The best thing, though, compared to Dragon Age (haven't played 2 but I've heard it's even worse in this regard) is the huge variety of cool enemies from the DnD universe. "Yes absolutely AoE spells are heavily dependent on the amount of value that the combat system places on movement. Since that is basically free in the real-time system, it is very difficult to make effective use of these. I noted that DA: O mitigated this by generally striking enemies that were within the cone of influence at the time the spell is activated, but not so much for the larger AoE attacks.
I would agree with you on your other point that the bestiary in BG2 is a lot more diverse than what was is on display in DA: O and Dragon Age 2.