So I'd like to play through Mass Effect 2 as a male Shepard.
I played through ME1 and ME2 as Fem!Shep so I already have a good understanding of the plot, and I hit all of the points I wanted to in that campaign. Basically, playing ME1 isn't necessary for me to know what's going on in 2.
But I can't change Shepard's gender in an import. What's more, I really don't want to play through ME1 again. Since I already know the storyline, the one redeeming element of ME1 is moot. And I hate hate hate the gameplay. Editing PC saves isn't really an option either, since I have a Mac and no save editors worth a damn are compatible. And I'm not sure how to find Xbox 360 compatible saves online.
So that all being said, is it possible for me to hit all of the morality and decision checks in ME2 and ME3 importing from ME1? Will I have enough of either Renegade or Paragon to resolve the fights between my crew mates? Can I affect the loyalty missions of the carry over characters like Garrus either way? Can I resist Morinth's mind control? Most importantly: will I be able to resolve a certain mid-game conflict in such a way that all parties make it out un-genocided?