First of all, if you haven't played the first 2 games, I highly, highly recommend you do that. Just about everything in this game is linked to something you did or know about in the previous games. That is what is so incredible about this game.
Now for game enthusiastic and Mass Effect fans that haven't played it yet and heard all the talk about the ending... IT IS SO OVER PLAYED. It can be a little confusing, but BioWare knows what they are doing. They are not going to make a crapy ending of a serious that was so extensively though out. People can complain all they want, but in the end, I though this game met every expatiation I had of it and more (which is the best game ever).
What made it so much better than I expected was the multiplayer. It is my personal favorite multilayer ever. Better than any 1st player shooter, Uncharted... any of them.
At worst you get a very good game, don't know how anyone could ever be disappointed with this game.
This series definitely has become one of my all time favorites! I see a lot of peoples breaking mass effect down as 3 games but I played them all in a matter of 2 months and it just weaved together seamlessly for me. Albeit a few small changes.
Overall i just loved the storyline and characters and having "control" over how they develop. If i had one issue with the game i would say it was the X button. They crammed way too many uses into x and it became quite frustrating during heated firefights.
It seems a lot of people are upset with the ending. I can see that. Ive also been around long enough to know that the endings to pretty much everything good in life suck. Movies, games, books, and everything else you can think of.
That doesnt keep me from enjoying them and it definitely didnt keep me from enjoying "Mass Effect".
All you can do is enjoy it for what its worth. Or you can cry until bio feeds you a DLC ending with Shep, Garrus, and Ash on a beach pounding Coronas and smoking doobies or whatever type of "happy ending" you people were expecting.
It was a fun VIDEO GAME!!! Move on with your life and go play another one. Who am I talking to?? Shoot.. this turned into a rant. Oh well. James sucked! I call for a reverse DLC to have him removed from the game! Also i want a mini fridge in shep's cabin stocked with beer.