MASS EFFECT 3
ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

by Tore Andersen

Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the legendary Space Action-RPG series from BioWare, released in 2012 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.

       

1: Requirements
2: DLCs
3: Mod installation
4: Screenshots
5: Artwork

 

1 - Requirements

1: Mass Effect 3 (Latest version) with all single-player DLCs installed
2: Sign up at the Nexus. It's free and it takes 2 minutes. (LINK)
3:
Start the game at least once
4: If you have the Origin version of the game, turn Auto Update "off", otherwise Origin might start to "update" the modded files, if it find the different file-sizes after a scan. This will of course break the mods, and everything would have to be re-installed.

Note: If (ONLY IF) you get an error message when launching Mass Effect 3 for the first time, saying that the game failed to initialize the physics system, just open "Programs and Features" and repair "NVIDIA Physics". It's common to get this error if you bought the game on Origin.



 

2 - DLCs

Required DLCs: (Single-player):
From Ashes
Leviathan
Omega
Citadel
Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut ending

Extra DLCs: (Multiplayer):
Resurgence Pack
Rebellion
Earth
Retaliation

*The DLCs can be bought and downloaded via the Origin Store (LINK)

 

3 - Mod Installation

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

Binkw32 proxy DLL
(LINK)
Download the file for MASS Effect 3, and unpack into: Mass Effect 3\Binaries\
*Backup the existing file first, just in case.
These two files makes it possible to load mods as DLCs.

Extended Final Anderson Conversation (LINK)
Download and install.

Same-Gender Romances for ME3 (LINK)
Download the file and drag it into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install. *Use default options
*This mod is of course only needed, if you care for same-gender romance.

A Lot Of Videos (ALOV) for ME3 (LINK)
Download any version (I recommend the 4K resolution), and drag the file into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.
*Use default options.
Note: If you want to download the 4K version, this link-mirror usually has faster download speed: (LINK)

ME3 Opening Remaster
(LINK)
Download the file and drag it into the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager window. Follow instructions to install.

A Lot Of Textures (ALOT) for ME3 (LINK)
Download 1: "ALOT for ME3 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 ME3 11.3 - Update"
Download 3: "Improved Static Lighting for ME3"
1: Copy the two zip files into the "Downloaded_Mods" folder, inside the ALOT folder. Don't unpack them.
2: Run the installer.
3: Go to settings and select Show Mass Effect files only, by unselecting Mass Effect 1 & 2.



4: Download ALL "ME3" recommended texture-packs one by one. Click the links, download the file(s), and move them into the "Downloaded_Mods" folder, inside the ALOT folder.
*Just don't download "A Lot of Videos for ME3". The installer will only recognize the 1080p version, not the 4K version. Just leave it red and unchecked.
The installer should now look like this, with all checkmarks green, except for "A Lot of Videos for ME3".



5: Click "Install for ME3"
Follow installation instructions. (Remember to check everything but "User Files" before building & installing.)



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

Note: I have gotten a few messages saying: "The Install for ME3 option is not available", so I decided to address this here. It's a piracy check. If you don't have a legal copy of Mass Effect 3, you will not be able to install these textures. (LINK) *See the post from owlovethbl.

M3EP ReShade
(DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the Mass Effect 3 game-folder.

 

That's it. Mass Effect 3 is ready for launch



Note: If (ONLY IF) Origin messes up the mod files, or if the in-game online DLC check does. It shouldn't happen if you set the Origin settings to disable auto update. However, if it happened anyway, then you need to re-install all mods, and to make sure it doesn't happen again, follow these steps:

Block the game exe files in your firewall, so it can't connect to the internet. This will make sure that the online DLC check doesn't start to mess up the modded content, or complain about the extra DLC packages (Mods).
Block the following 3 files:
C:\Windows\System32\GameBarPresenceWriter.exe
And from inside the Mass Effect 3 game folder:
\Binaries\Win32\MassEffect3.exe
\Binaries\Win32\Core\EACoreServer.exe

If (ONLY IF) the game then fails to accept the DLC content, install the following patch: (DOWNLOAD)
*This patch will also enable the game to launch without Origin running in the background.
Download and unpack into the Mass Effect game folder. Overwrite.

 

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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4 - M.3.E.P. Screenshots

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

      
 

Screenshots With/Without ReShade

   ReShade                                           Original                                                 ReShade                                             Original
   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

    
 

5 - Artwork & Fan-Art

 

 

Mass Effect 3 Game Info

Mass Effect 3 the third action role-playing third person shooter game from BioWare, published and released by Electronic Arts in 2012. It's the final game in the Mass Effect trilogy, which completes the story about Commander Shepard. Just like the previous games, Mass Effect 3 received overwhelmingly good reviews from both fans and critics. The game was highly praise the story, the art, the combat system, the depth of the characters, the soundtrack, and the voice great acting. Mass Effect 3 was nominated for 5 awards at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, and it won Best RPG of 2012.

Mass Effect 3 has six different character classes with each their unique skill-sets. The game can be played in 3 different ways: Action, Story, or RPG. In Action Mode, conversations have automatic replies and combat difficulty is normal. In Story Mode, the conversations have manual replies and combat difficulty is minimal. The RPG mode offers conversations with manual replies and normal combat difficulty. The only "real" way to play the game in my personal opinion. Besides the tweaked combat system, Mass Effect 3 also has customizable weapons. This new feature was well received by both critics and gamers. The weapons can be augmented with different ammo types, barrels, modifications, and scopes. Simple but useful.
The player mainly gets around the universe in Normandy SR2, the handy space-ship from where the player can use a galaxy map to choose his/her destination. The main focus of the game is to get ready for the final battle against the Reapers. Throughout the game, the player must make some pretty big decisions that significantly impact the game's story and direction.

Mass Effect 3 is the most difficult game of the series. It has better AI and the choices the player has to make are tougher. Enemies no longer act solely on their own, as they did in the previous two games, now they fight and support each other. The hero of the game is Commander Shepard, who is either male or female depending of the players choice.

Multiplayer: Mass Effect 3 has a multiplayer / co-op mode called "Galaxy at War". Here players can play up to four people online, in unique missions that can impact the outcome of the single-player campaign. The multi-player part is about taking over enemy strongholds. It work similarly to Gears of War's horde mode. Non of the characters from the single-player campaign are featured in the multiplayer mode. The players have to create a new characters for multiplayer, and can play as members of non-human species too, including Asari, Batarians, Drell, Krogans, Quarians, Salarians, Turians, Geth, Vorcha and Volus.

BioWare planned the Mass Effect series to be a trilogy from the very beginning, with the first two games as a preamble to the third and final game. BioWare actually began production of Mass Effect 3 before Mass Effect 2 was released. Already in 2010, almost same time as the release of Mass Effect 2, Electronic Arts posted an official synopsis for Mass Effect 3.