I feel the Forbes article was very much right about EC. I also found that EC was the bare minimum and atleast somewhat satisfying, though I don't care about anything that happens before the Catalyst bit, all that was useless. Now Catalyst conversation is fleshed out as is everything that happens after it. It simply feels weird to replay the game after the initial dissapointment months back and pretend this is the actual ending.
Though I preferred how the original ending set up the credits. There was a sense of mystery on what happens with Normandy and how the credit tune started was great. In EC they should have atleast changed the new credits tune to be M4 part 2.
Yes the ending still could have been a lot better (looking at you indoctrination theory) with more reflection on our decisions, but atleast this is an acceptable ending compared to the abysmality of the original. Still it's too little too late and ME will never live up to its potential now.