Besides, ME3 was never a bad game. And any issues I personally had with it were washed away with the Extended Cut - which is a free download, by the by.
Just to get it of my chest, no, ME3 did not have one flaw that was solved by the EC. The entire thing is a mess from beginning to end, and very obviously rushed.
Saying that, I do agree that it's a good game.
Specifically, its a brilliant TPS, absolutely wonderful fun to play, and an amazingly good multiplayer, topped off with some light RPG elements. It has some amazingly good characters, stand out missions, and arguably the best part of the entire trilogy with the Tuchanka arc.
However, in the context of being a Mass Effect game, it's an utter failure, that strips out fundamentals game mechanics, takes away player agency almost entirely, and ignores or negates the vast majority of all the important choices and storylines from the far superior first 2 games, railroading most of what is still there into inanity that still doesn't matter when you get to the incredibly badly written endings that are totally divorced from anything else even within ME3 itself.
But that honestly isn't what I've been thinking this evening.
What I've been thinking is about how lucky this guy is, because he's about to experience Mass Effect for the first time!
Seriously think about that! Experiencing Noveria, Virmia, Ilos and what comes after, meeting Garrus, Tali, Wrex, Liara, Anderson and the rest for the first time!
And then still having 2 to experience! Shepard's dirty dozen, impossible odds, not knowing who if anyone will survive, Aria and the one rule of Omega, all those great recruitment and loyalty missions, rescuing Archangel, helping to cure a plague in the slums of the sleaziest space station in the universe, racing to reach an assassin, helping a warrior monk kill drug dealers, playing James Bond with a master thief, meeting Jack, birthing Grunt, thawing Miranda, the Machiavellian awesomeness of TIM, uncovering the truth of Project Overlord, the Suicide Mission!
I seriously envy you Caldwin, and wish I was in your shoes right now, jivey ending to it all or not.
Really, forget 3, its still mostly fun, even if it doesn't deserve to be part of the same series, but gods, you're in for one amazingly incredible ride getting there.