| Release dates
May 28, 2008
|Bring Down the Sky|
|Mass Effect 2||2010|
|Normandy Crash Site|
|Zaeed - The Price of Revenge|
|Kasumi - Stolen Memory|
|Lair of the Shadow Broker|
|Mass Effect 3||2012|
- Official game site
- Official forums
- Mass Effect Wiki
- Steam Community Discussions
- Steam Users' Forums for game series
- 1 Availability
- 2 Essential improvements
- 3 Game data
- 4 Video settings
- 5 Input settings
- 6 Audio settings
- 7 Issues fixed
- 8 Issues unresolved
- 9 System requirements
- 10 References
|Steam||Steam gives product key which can be activated on Origin|
|Retail||DRM: SecuROM, three machine limit. A De-Authorization Tool is available.|
Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions
|Bring Down the Sky||Free download from Bring Down the Sky DLC Redemption or by activating on Origin.|
|Pinnacle Station||Activate the game on Origin for a free download. Not sold separately.|
Skip intro videos
Delete/move/rename videos • Link
The latest patch is update 1.02 which fixes various issues. The Steam version is already patched.
User Catechrism has made a texture pack which improves the in-game graphics.
If you are just experiencing really low texture quality see low res textures fix and see if that helps as mod does effect game performance significally and has problems with under 4K monitors including "shimmering" effect.
Enable developer console
Configuration file(s) location
Save game data location
|Widescreen resolution||Limited native support; use Flawless Widescreen to correct FOV and HUD issues.|
|Multi-monitor||Use Flawless Widescreen.|
|Field of view (FOV)||Use Flawless Widescreen.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||Use GameCompanion or similar software.|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)||Default is 4x; see Anisotropic filtering (AF).|
|Anti-aliasing (AA)||Can be forced through graphics driver.|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
|High frame rate||See High frame rate.|
Change frame rate smoothing • Link
|Keyboard and mouse||Native||Notes|
|Mouse acceleration||Mouse acceleration can't be disabled|
|Mouse input in menus|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion|
|Controller support||See Controller support.|
|Full controller support|
|Controller Y-axis inversion|
Add controller support (Alternative) • LinkThis mod allows controller support and also allows the tactical HUD and weapon upgrading without the mouse, however it requires a third party application, JoyToKey. Download here.
|Separate volume controls|
|Surround sound||Nearly always bugged. See No surround sound.|
|Mute on focus lost|
|EAX support||EAX 5.|
No surround sound
Edit BIOEngine.ini • Link
It's possible you won't get surround sound if your hardware doesn't support EAX. If you have a supported sound card, you may be able to resolve the issue by first setting hardware audio on in the game options, then exiting the game and including the following info in the BioEngine.ini under the line
MaxChannels=128 TimeBetweenHWUpdates=15.000000 MinOggVorbisDurationGame=20 MinOggVorbisDurationEditor=4 TotalAvailableChannels=128 DeviceName= UseEffectsProcessing=True ReserveChannels=2
- TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.
Game simply doesn't start
Install PhysX Legacy System Software
Run the game as an admin • Link
Install the 1.02 patch • Link
Place PhysX DLL inside PhysX folder • Link
Launcher crashes (retail)
Install latest patch
Failed to compile shader ** error
Retail: reinstall game • Link
Steam: check local game cache
Therum missing textures
If when you get to Therum most of the ground is black, then you've got a common texture problem. Some of the black area is safe to drive on but some of it will kill you outright, making it quite hard to navigate.
If this however wouldn't fix the problem. The issue is not to be found anywhere else than on Therum.
People and objects become black
Your squad, enemies, and objects that can be interacted with become boxy black blobs. This is a known problem on newer AMD processors. To fix change the viewmode to unlit.
Low res textures fix
If the game's textures seem too low-res for your tastes, you can raise the texture minimum size.
IGameExplorer --> Verify Access. Unable to verify access to the game
Verify Access. Unable to verify access to the game.">IGameExplorer --> Verify Access. Unable to verify access to the game. • Link
If you receive this message, it may be fixed by running the .exe in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2. Be sure to do this for the actual MassEffect.exe and not the launcher. The final folder tree will be \Mass Effect\Binaries\MassEffect.exe. The preceding folders will of course depend on how you installed the game (via Steam, via Origin etc.).
No high resolution option
No high resolution option • LinkThe resolution listbox in graphics options does have up/down arrows on the right side, which are easily overlooked, that allow you to choose higher resolutions like 1920x1080.
Playing in 4:3 resolutions like 1600x1200(useful for non-widescreen monitors and projectors) results in some menu screens displaying incorrectly: the left and right hand sides of the screen are clipped (as if "zoomed in" too far), so important information cannot be seen (like journal details and the map legend). Screens affected include: Map, Party Selection, Planet details, and Journal. Currently the only known fix is to use a 16:9 screen resolution when playing, like 1920x1080.
Black screen after loading a save
Black screen after loading a save • LinkIf the whole screen is black except for the UI, then Shepard fell through the Normandy and the save is bugged. Only happens on the Normandy, in the Engineering part of the ship. Never save there.
|Operating system (OS)||XP||Vista|
|Processor (CPU)|| AMD 2.0 GHz
Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or faster
| AMD 2.4+ GHz|
Intel 2.6+ GHz
|System memory (RAM)|| 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
|Hard disk drive (HDD)|| |
|Video card (GPU)|| ATI X1300 XT
NVidia GeForce 6800
Shader model 3 support
| ATI X1800 XL series |
NVidia GeForce 7900 GTX
- AMD video cards below minimum system requirements: ATI X1300, X1300 Pro, X1600 Pro, Radeon 2600 HD, HD 2400
- NVidia video cards below minimum system requirements: GeForce 7300, 7600 GS, 8500
- Exclusive Interview with the Sound Design Team of “Mass Effect 2″ | Designing Sound
- Mass Effect Community - Mass Effect for PC System Specs, SecuROM and FAQ Part 2
- PC Tweaks - Mass Effect Wiki
- Making the most of your ME1 PC Experience, maximizing graphics and sound. - The BioWare Forum
- ME1 and ME2 XBOX 360 Controller Support - Steam Users' Forums
- The game is claimed to support up to 128 voices, so it must be using the fifth version.
- Mirh testing
- To fix missing lava textures on Therum - Steam forums
- Squad and enemies become black pixels - The BioWare Forum
- Low quality textures fix for Mass Effect - Steam forums