this game is soooo bad
wrote up a long post but my impressions:
-combat is dumbed down from ME2 (i do appreciate that the introduction of soft cover)-- enemies are totally forgettable compared to ME2. about a third of the way through my first playthrough on hard the game turned into black widow pixel hunt and never stopped.
-lots of tedium and odium (unskippable dialogue sequences, scanning universes, anything that happens in the citadel)
-the ending sucks but not because of any plot/story elements, the ending sucks in strictly formal terms. from the last grind mission (defend these things while killing the same shit you've been killing the whole game) to the scene where you're assaulting the beam (which you have to actively try to fail-- so in some sense you are not playing the game at all) to crawling around the citadel's annals with your unlimited ammo pistol
the series continues to shamelessly steal gears of war mechanics, at a consistently low standard of quality
ME2 was such a giant step up from 1, 3 feels like if anything a step back in most aspects. of course i have only myself to blame-- finna eat dogshit and complain about the flavor