I started the series late last year when a friend bought me the trilogy pack for my birthday. I was a big fan of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which I kind of view as a predecessor to Mass Effect, so the game was right up my alley. I really loved the series and I've been wanting to do a few more playthroughs. I was a bit of a completionist (and was playing during school) while I played so it took me around 6 months to finish my first. I'm embarrassed (actually not really) to admit that I have a bit of a girl crush on Liara, and she was my romance option (though I had a brief foray with Garrus in ME2). Mass Effect 2 was probably my favorite in the series, though, because I liked the focus on the individual party members... ME1 had a great story (or, well, they all do) but some of the mechanics were weird and the side quests were really repetitive. ME3 has the Citadel DLC, though, which as far as I'm concerned is the most justified $15 I have ever spent.