MASS EFFECT
ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

by Tore Andersen

Mass Effect, the first game in the legendary space action-RPG series from BioWare, released in 2007/2008, and still amazing. Technically the game is still excellent, only the textures, models and world detail show the games ago a little. This project will greatly enhance the visuals and effects, plus optionally add a new custom ReShade for better lighting and image quality. The guide has step-by-step instructions, no modding experience needed.

       

1: Requirements
2: Official DLCs
3: Resolution Fix
4: Mod installation
5: Screenshots
6: Artwork

 

1 - Requirements

1: Mass Effect latest version. (The Steam version comes already updated)
2: Sign up at the Nexus. It's free and it takes 2 minutes. (LINK)
3: Start the game at least once before installing mods

 

2 - DLC Installation
The DLCs for Mass Effect have become free to download

Mass Effect DLC Download (LINK)
Download and install both "Bring down the Sky" and "Pinnacle Station".
The product key for Pinnacle Station is: 5GUCXRFPQNBMTJBD3L5J  (Free key available on EA's DLC site)
Note: If you get the following error message during installation: "Mass Effect CD Key not found", then you need this small fix (LINK)

 

3 - Resolution Fix

If you would like to play the game in higher resolutions than you can select from the in-game menu, all you need to do us edit an ini file.
Open: C:\Users\(USERNAME)\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Config\BIOEngine.ini
Find:
StartupResolutionX=
StartupResolutionY=

Set your resolution.
For 4K, use:
StartupResolutionX=3840
StartupResolutionY=2160

Save and exit.

 

4 - Mod Installation

ME3Tweaks Mod Manager (LINK)
Download and install, then run the program

Binkw32 proxy DLL
(LINK)
Download the file for MASS Effect 1, and unpack into: Mass Effect\Binaries\
*Backup the two existing files first, just in case.
These two files makes it possible to load mods as DLCs.

Faster Elevators
(LINK)
Download the file and drag it into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.

Same-Gender Romances for ME1 (LINK)
Download the file and drag it into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.
*Select everything except for the ME1 Recalibrated Compatibility patch.
*This mod is of course only needed, if you care for same-gender romance.

ALOT  - A Lot Of Textures for ME1 (LINK)
Download 1: "ALOT for ME1 11.0"
*Unpack the file to a temporary folder, but don't run the program yet. I'll refer to this folder as the "ALOT" folder.
Download 2: "ALOT for ME1 11.1 - Update"
Download 3: "Improved Static Lighting for ME1"
*Copy the two zip files into the "Downloaded_Mods" folder, inside the ALOT folder. Don't unpack them.
Don't run the program yet.

MEUITM (LINK)
Download: "Mass Effect Anniversary Edition Direct Download"
Download and move the zip file into the ALOT folder. *Don't unpack the file.

ALOT  - A Lot Of Textures for ME1
Run the installer.
Go to settings and select Show Mass Effect files only, by unselecting Mass Effect 2 & 3.



The installer should now look like this, with 4 check marks.



*If you don't have all 4 checkmarks, double-check the files you downloaded, and make sure they are copied to the right folder.
*Don't download "A Lot of Videos for ME1". The installer will only recognize the 1080p version, not the 4K version. Just leave that mod red and unchecked.

Click the green "Configure" at the MEUITM mod, and choose your settings. I recommend using these:



Click "Install for ME1", then click "BUILD & INSTALL" and wait. This will take some time.

ALOV - A Lot of Videos for ME1 (LINK)
Download any version (I recommend the 4K resolution), and drag the file into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.

M1EP ReShade (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the Mass Effect game folder.

 

That's it. Mass Effect is ready for launch



*Note for Windows 10 users:

The Creators update for Windows 10 introduced a wide variety of problems, especially for games with custom renders like ENB or ReShade. If you encounter problems like messed-up graphics or extreme slowdowns, then follow the steps in number 4 here: (LINK) *Pay special attention to the RivaTuner settings.
If this doesn't work, then Windows is somehow still blocking it. Search Google for alternative ways of forcing Windows 10 to use custom d3d files. If you are unable to fix it, then you will have to uninstall the ReShade and play without. Just delete the d3d9.dll file but keep everything else.
 

 

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5 - M.1.E.P. Screenshots

   ReShade                                           Original                                                 ReShade                                             Original
   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

6 - Artwork

    

 

 

Mass Effect Game Info

Mass Effect is a science fiction action role-playing game developed by BioWare and released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows in 2007/2008. The first 3 games are about an officer/commander named Shepard, who can be either male or female depending on the players choosing. The goal is to save the galaxy from powerful mechanical beings known as the Reapers, or at least do what's possible to fight them.

All three games were met with universal acclaim and received several awards. The hole series is highly regarded for its incredible storytelling, character development, depth and detail of its universe, and the emphasis on the players choices and their affect on the game. The games takes place in a fictional version of the Milky Way, at the end of the 22nd century.The galaxy is inhabited by a variety of unique characters from different species. Most species use technology from an ancient civilization called the "Protheans". The Prothean's technology is based on a substance named "Element Zero", which can be used to alter the mass of anything. With this "mass effect", technologies such as light-travel, force-fields and artificial gravity have become possible.

Besides Mass Effect's indisputably level of quality and attention to detail, the game is also popular for the ability of the player to have meaningful and believable relationships. It's not a significant part of the game-play, but the players relations actually have impact on the story. This of course have spread hysteria among SJWs of all sorts, but despite their efforts to discredit the series and label all players every name on the SJW-book, the games remain bestsellers.