Yes yes I know, I'm very late to the party, but now that the big rush of big releases has been and gone I have some time free to embark on my first Mass Effect adventure.
I do have the intention, should I fall in love with the franchise (as I've been told will be a near inevitability), to play through 1 & 2 in time for 3's release, if I start now I reckon I can get both games done and dusted in time.
With that in mind, thinking ahead which side did/would you choose? Does being an asshole have more benefits than a saint or are the perks/consequences relative to the decisions? I'm right on the cusp of getting choices that will affect my status, wondering whether this lovely community has any recommendations. I've been told too that your Mass Effect character ports over to 2 and will do for 3, so I'm playing with a character setup I'd like to keep playing post-Mass Effect 1 (I'm a Soldier, the all round soldier-type class is generally the one I choose in an RPG).
Kinda tempted to be the biggest douche in the universe but I do tend to go through my first playthrough of a dichotomous game on the heavenly side of adventuring...