If ME2 was The Empire Strikes Back, and ME3 was the prequels (mostly for the ending), MEA is The Force Awakens. Not as good as the best of what came before it, but nowhere near the worst of the series, either. It's allowing me to enjoy Mass Effect again, which is great.
Now that you mention it, the series follows the Star Wars releases pretty closely. ME3 would be ROTJ though. A game that a lot of people had problems (Ewoks) with but most still agreed was pretty good, even if not best in the series. That makes Andromeda, the first in a new trilogy, The Phantom Menace. Long awaited by fans, but released without any of the craft or vision of the original trilogy.
If this holds up we're due for another bad one, then a pretty good one! Can't wait to get into Mass Effect again in 2023 :)