I finally finished the trilogy. I intended on completing all the DLC but I passed on “Omega” for Mass Effect 3. Other than that, I played all of it. The first thing I have to say is that I didn’t hate the ending, even if I chose the wrong one. I don’t really get the hate for the ending in the first place. The whole game is about giving you mostly superficial choices. The endings are in line with that.
Mass Effect 3 is the best playing of all of them. The combat is more action-y and the stuff outside of combat is smoothed out so that you are making an effort but it’s not mindblowingly boring or tedious. No Mako, no resource collection, not much planet scanning. I’m rather glad that the crew in ME3 is reduced back down to ME1 numbers. The huge cast in ME2 was almost a necessity since the main plot didn’t really go anywhere. There’s enough to do with the story in ME3 that the off-plot missions are nice diversions.
The whole trilogy is certainly worth playing, even if Mass Effect 1 is starting to show a little age. Get them on consoles (to avoid Origin), and get the DLC. It soaked up an entire month of weekends for me and it was totally worth it.