I still have my original saves in a folder. And reinstalling me1 from steam will have all my endgame info hopefully.
What's annoying in ME2 is if you play femshep, you gotta get with a dude for the romance option (unless you want to romance Yeoman Kelly, which isn't a 'real' romance option).
In ME1 you could go for Liara.
I say play Mass Effect for the story, but be aware it is not as good of a GAME as a lot of people say. Story is really good, but a lot of the game play is clunky, and item management is a huge time sink/pain in the ass. Once you get to ME2 though all these kinks have been ironed out and you get one of the finest game experiences of the years, hands down. One of the best experiences I've had in gaming ever to be honest.