Actually feel like more than any previous game the choices in previous games play a role here. Specifically for the "Ashes" quest line which seemed entirely geared around reminding you what you did in prior games and with whom. One thing I'll say about DA2 is it was smart of them to set up a last name that can't be changed, because the DA1 hero has to constantly be referred to as "hero of Ferelden" and its goofy. And both are mentioned in several conversations.
The Surname was unchangeable in Origins too there were just a bunch of them and probably not worth all of the extra recording. It's too bad because that moniker does get a bit awkward.
I mean I did kind of the same thing and spent way too much time in that zone and I enjoyed it well enough but after the fact I was just staring back and realizing that I had extended the games tutorial section by like 6 hours. None of that stuff goes away if you progress and you'll have MORE things to get lost in if you do some of that stuff just a little bit later.