Flower was really short too, which is why I waited for the $5 sale and I intend to wait for a sale on Journey as well.
Didn't Shadow of the Colossus have the same climbing stamina mechanic? If you try to climb for too long without resting or leveling up stamina (via I think it was fruit on trees scattered in the wasteland), then you run out of stamina and fall, and yet that somehow managed to not be a major complaint of reviewers.
I too would be annoyed if I had to redo my Shepherd as I really don't like the default male shepherd and spent quite a bit of time changing him, thankfully I have a PS3 so my import is just ME2.
I would very much appreciate a PS3 ME3, assuming I'm not too late.