Always hate when people hate on ME 3 and the series as a whole because of the ending which was the last 5% of the game and I largely blame EA (The evil gits) for that (More so when Bioware released the Extended Cut making me believe even more that EA screwed things up), They destroy everything, I should have seen most of the bad things in ME3 coming after they screwed DA2 badly (Only good character in that one was Varric).
But great series and it did end quite well (Especially when unlike ME2 there is no way to come out of this one at the end with every squad mates from ME1 to 3 alive, just like how they forced you to choose between Kaiden or Ashley only it's expanded to everyone)
man it is so true. the best part of mass effect was dropped promptly in ME2. exploration. that was awesome even if a little monotonous. still far and gone better than planet scanning and that crappy "you control the Normandy" feature.