by Tore Andersen


Step-by-step modification guide
Improved visuals, fixes, gameplay add-ons and a HDR ReShade



1: Mass Effect 2. Latest version and with all DLCs installed.
Note: The Steam version comes already updated, and has the Cerberus Network DLC already installed.
Note: Update for non-steam game: (LINK)
2: Sign up at the Nexus. It's free and it takes 2 minutes. (LINK)



Activating the Cerberus Network:
Start the game and connect to the Cerberus Network. This will require you to make an online EA account (Origin Store Account). You can make it from within the game, and you don't ever need to use it. Quite silly, but whatever, it's done in a sec.
*If you have the Steam version of the game, you can find the Cerberus Network Key-Code is in your Steam library.

In-game options, set Auto Login to "Yes", so you don't need to log into the Cerberus Network every time you start the game. *When you have done this the first time, it will work regardless if you have internet connection or not.

Other DLCs. (Optional but recommended):

All other DLCs can be downloaded here: (LINK)
*They are free to download and install, but you need to buy them in the Origin store for them to work in the game: (LINK)

DLC List:
Firewalker Pack
Zaeed The Price of Revenge
Cerberus Weapon and Armor
Normandy Crash Site
Cerberus Arc Projector
Lair of the Shadow Broker
Kasumi Stolen Memory
Firepower Pack
Aegis Pack
Equalizer Pack
Alternate Appearance Pack 1 (Garrus, Thane, Jack)
Alternate Appearance Pack 2 (Tali, Grunt, Miranda)

Download: Binkw32 proxy DLL (LINK)
Download the file for MASS Effect 2, and unpack into: Mass Effect 2\Binaries\
*Backup the existing file first, just in case.
These two files makes it possible to load mods as DLCs.

Note: If the game display "Authentication failed" after you bought the DLC in the store, download and run this patch: (DOWNLOAD)
Unpack the file anywhere and run the tool.
If the game still display "Authentication failed", download this patch too: (DOWNLOAD)
Block Mass Effect 2 in your firewall so the game can't connect to the internet. Then make a backup of "\Binaries\MassEffect2.exe". Now download and unpack the patch into the game-folder.


Download and install the following mods in listed order

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

SIllium Landing Movie Mod
Download and unpack to a temporary folder, then run the installer.

Same-Gender Romances for ME2 (LINK) *Works with save-games from Mass Effect 1, if you played using Same-Gender for ME1
Download the file and drag it into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.
*This mod is of course only needed, if you care for same-gender romance.

Texture Mods:
>>Download following files, but don't unpack / install them yet.

Misc. Complexion Tweaks (LINK)
Download "Illusive Man Complexion Tweak"

Jacob Complexion Tweak (LINK)

broShep High Quality textures (LINK)

femShep High Quality textures (LINK)
Download "Illusive Man Complexion Tweak"

WpnCarnifex (LINK)

WpnKatana (LINK)

WpnPredator (LINK)

WpnShuriken (LINK)

Weapon Mantis M-92 (LINK)

HR Weapon Textures (LINK)

A Lot Of Textures (LINK)
Download 1 "ALOT for ME2 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 ME2 11.1 - Update"
Download 3 "Improved Static Lighting for ME2"
*Copy the two zip files into the "Downloaded_Mods" folder, inside the ALOT folder. Don't unpack them.
1: Move all the downloaded texture-mod files into the "Downloaded_Mods" folder, inside the ALOT folder.
2: Now run the installer.
3: Go to settings and select Show Mass Effect files only, by unselecting Mass Effect 1 & 3:

The installer should now look like this, with 12 check marks.

*If you don't have all 12 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 ME2". The installer will only recognize the 1080p version, not the 4K version. Just leave that mod red and unchecked.

4: Click "Install for ME2"

Follow installation instructions. (Remember to check everything but "User Files" before building & installing.)

This will take about 20-30 minutes, even on a fast computer. When done, you can delete the temporary folder.

A Lot of Videos (ALOV) for ME2 (LINK)
Download any version (I recommend the 4K resolution), and drag the file into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.

Mass Effect 2 to dark FIX
Download and unpack the file into the game-folder. Overwrite.

Vignette Remover (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder, then move the content of the "Vanilla" folder into the following path inside the game-folder: "\BioGame\CookedPC\". Overwrite.

M2EP ReShade (LINK)
Download and unpack into the Mass Effect game folder.


Mass Effect 2 is ready for launch.









   ReShade                                           Original                                                 ReShade                                             Original
























Mass Effect 2 is the second game in the legendary Space Action-RPG series from BioWare, released in 2010 and still a masterpiece. Technically the game is excellent, only the textures, models and world detail show the games ago a little. This project will enhance the visuals and effects, plus optionally add a new custom ReShade for better lighting, AA and image clarity. The guide has step-by-step instructions, no modding experience needed.

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All three games have received several awards for their rich story and incredible universe. The attention to detail is astonishing and the atmosphere and world is very interesting and immersive.

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