Mass Effect 2

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Mass Effect 2
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Release dates
January 26, 2010
Mass Effect 2 at WineHQ
Mass Effect 2 at SteamDB
 Mass Effect 2 at Wikipedia
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2008
Mass Effect 2 2010
Mass Effect 3 2012
Mass Effect: Andromeda 2016

Key points

Advantage Saves can be imported from Mass Effect (see Import Mass Effect saves).

General information

More information Official game site
More information Official forums
More information Mass Effect Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Information DLC can be bought on the Bioware Social Network and through Origin by right clicking Mass Effect 2 and "View Game Details"
Information Each DLC has to be installed separately and manually.
Name Notes
Normandy Crash Site Windows
Zaeed - The Price of Revenge Windows
Firewalker Pack Windows
Kasumi - Stolen Memory Windows
Overlord Windows
Lair of the Shadow Broker Windows
Arrival Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro movies

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\BioGame\Movies\
  2. Move, rename or delete BWLogo.bik and ME_EAsig_720pv2_raw.bik

Shorter loading screens[edit]

Information Regardless of the speed of your system the game will always wait for the loading screen animation to end

Fix Replace .bik clips with shorter ones[1]


Information Patch 1.02 is a cumulative update. The Steam version is already patched.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\BIOGame\Config\

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\Save\
Information For the folders used for importing saves see Mass Effect.
Information DLC files are saved in <path-to-game>\BioGame\DLC\; an explanation of the folder names and which DLC they represent can be found here.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native support
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Import Mass Effect saves[edit]

Information Importing saves can be done through the game's launcher.
Information The save importer may not work. In this case, move your Mass Effect into a ME1 folder inside your ME2 folder.[2]

Import Xbox 360 Mass Effect 2 saves[edit]

Fix Import Xbox 360 Mass Effect 2 Save Files[3]

  1. Configure an USB device as a memory device on the 360
  2. Download Modio.
  3. Move the save file to the USB using the Xbox 360.
  4. Move the USB to your PC.
  5. Open the save with Modio.
  6. Upload the save here and download the processed file.
  7. Move the downloaded save to the appropriate folder.

Video settings[edit]

External video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Bronze.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg HUD position affects gameplay. Both Widescreen Fixer and Flawless Widescreen try to address this.
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF Incomplete.svg HUD position affects gameplay. Both Widescreen Fixer and Flawless Widescreen try to address this.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support Can be changed in MassEffect2Config.exe.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support Can be changed in MassEffect2Config.exe.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Can be forced through graphics driver
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Enabled by default; see Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Hackable See High frame rate.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Disable Vsync

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add UseVsync=False line under the [SystemSettings] section
  3. Save changes

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Arrange frame rate smoothing

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add under [SystemSettings] one of the following lines to either disable or increase the frame limiter:
    SmoothFrameRate=False to completely disable it
    MaxSmoothedFrameRate=XX to raise the fps cap (where XX is the threshold)
  3. Save changes

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Hackable Enabled by default; see Mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Hackable See Controller support.
Full controller support No native support
Controller remapping No native support
Controller Y-axis inversion No native support

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Fix Disable Mouse acceleration[4]

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini and add the following lines:
  2. Save changes

Controller support[edit]

Information This mod is currently in development.
Information Official thread

Fix Instructions[5]

  1. Download the following files.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\BioGame\, and overwrite.


Information The mod should be used after creating a character.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support [6]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support Always mutes.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Czech Native support Unknown Unknown
French Native support Unknown Unknown
German Native support Native support Native support
Hungarian Native support Unknown Unknown
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Polish Native support Native support Native support
Russian Native support No native support Native support
Spanish Native support No native support Native support

Fix Instructions

  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\Mass Effect 2\data
  2. Open sku.ini, then set the following fields to the desired values.


Information The possible values are INT, ITA, ESN.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installation interrupted[edit]

Fix Install the game from a shared drive from another computer

  1. Insert Disc 1 and share it through Windows.
  2. When the installer asks for the second drive, stop sharing the first disc, replace it with the second and start sharing it.

Game won't launch from Origin[edit]

Fix Game won't launch from Origin error

Option 1

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Binaries\
  2. Rename MassEffect2.exe to MassEffect2Launcher.exe.
  3. Rename ME2Game.exe to MassEffect2.exe.
  4. The game should now launch from Origin.


Information If this doesn't work, make sure to rename the files back to their original states.

Option 2[citation needed]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Binaries\
  2. Right-click on "MassEffect2.exe"
  3. Select, "Troubleshoot Compatibility." This will open a troubleshooting wizard.
  4. Click on "Try Recommended Settings"
  5. Click "Test the Program". If the troubleshooter has corrected the problem, the game should start. If the game works, you can set the troubleshooter to automatically open the program under the new compatibility settings every time.
  6. This fix works for the same problem in both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.


This fix has only been tested on Windows 8.1

Physx Error on Startup[edit]

Fix Install Nvidia Physx Legacy System Software[citation needed]

  1. Go to and Download the drivers.
  2. Install Nvidia Physx Legacy System Software.
  3. Run Mass Effect 2 again.

Cerberus Network autologin failure[edit]

Fix Enable .NET Framework 3.5.1

  1. Go to Windows's Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to Programs -> Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. In the tree stucture, check both boxes under Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1.
  4. Restart your system.

Black screen when entering/exiting planets[edit]

Fix Black screen entering/exiting

Information If you get a black screen when entering/exiting a planet, specifically the shadow broker base, this is fixed by starting the game with the -nomoviestartup command. To do this:
  1. Go to the MassEffect2.exe file. It's in the .../Mass Effect2/Binaries folder.
  2. Create a shortcut to the MassEffect2.exe file. Right click the shortcut, and click 'Properties'.
  3. Add -nomoviestartup to the 'target' field. It should look like this: ...\Mass Effect 2\Binaries\MassEffect2.exe -nomoviestartup
Information This shortcut (skip the actual launcher) will not freeze when entering/exiting planets
Information Important Unfortunately, when using this command, your game WILL freeze when trying to enter the citadel. The only way to circumvent this is by saving the game, exiting and restarting it with the regular MassEffect2.exe

Dark lightning in cutscenes[edit]

Fix Disable depth-of-field

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add under [SystemSettings]:

Clipping into walls/objects[edit]

Information This method involves Coalesced.ini file. Make sure you have understood what this means.

Fix Add the option to noclip out of the object

  1. Under [SFXGame.SFXGameModeDefault] add:
Bindings=( Name="Add", Command="Ghost | OnRelease Walk")


Information Holding the NUMPAD + key in-game will now make you noclip until you release the button.

Game freeze on Illium[edit]

Information Walking through the ground level corridor, that connects to the other side of the map, under Liara's office may cause a black screen and CTD.

Fix Enable windowed or windowed borderless mode

Information After passing through the corridor, it's safe to enable fullscreen mode again.

Unable to save any more games[edit]

Fix Patch game files[7]

  1. Download Mass Effect 2 PCC Patcher
  2. Extract the program in <path-to-game>\Binaries\ and open it
  3. Provide the path for the following packages and load them
    Engine.pcc: <path-to-game>\BioGame\CookedPC\Engine.pcc
    SFXGame.pcc: <path-to-game>\BioGame\CookedPC\SFXGame.pcc
  4. Go to Gameplay tab and tick Increase max saves count
  5. Save packages

Long loading times with patch 1.02[edit]

Fix Use Playwrite's MassAffinity program

  1. Download MassAffinity.
  2. If automatic Mass Effect 2 directory detection fails, manually select it.
  3. Click the "Run Game" button.


Information Use the included batch file if you need to set up again the tool

Conrad Verner claims player has pointed at him[edit]

Fix Fix save file variable[8][9]

  1. Download ME2 Gibbed modified Save Editor.
  2. Run it and open your actual savegame.
  3. Go to Plot tab and then to ME1 Imported plot table.
  4. Go to Flags sub-tab and untick [Conrad] (3) Intimidated Conrad (Renegade).
  5. Save changes


Information This only works if the player has not spoken with the Asari bar owner in Illium yet.

"Unable to authorize the listed DLC" error[edit]

Fix "Unable to authorize the listed DLC" error

  1. Download and extract ME3 Explorer.
  2. Open <me3explorer folder>\ME2Explorer.exe
  3. Enter Tools -> DLC Crack -> File -> Run Crack
  4. When asking whether or not to overwrite the existing file, press Yes
  5. Block internet connection of ME2game.exe through your firewall settings.
  6. Start the game.


Information Optionally you can disable automatic login through in-game settings although any time the game does attempt to connect it'll reverse the DLC crack.

Other Information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video

Editing Coalesced.ini[edit]

Information Some of the fixes for this game require you to modify this special file, but editing it in the normal way will cause the game to crash.

Fix Editing Coalesced.ini

  1. Locate your Coalesced.ini inside <path-to-game>\BioGame\Config\PC\Cooked
  2. Open it with a text editor that can handle UNIX-format files (Notepad++ is recommended)
  3. Make the changes you have to and save
  4. Download ME2IniFixer and extract it in the folder your Coalesced.ini file is
  5. Run it from there.


Disadvantage Do not use default windows notepad or Word. They will permanently corrupt your ini file.
  • Advanced users could also use Mass Effect 2 Coalesced Editor which is recommended
  • It might be necessary to make the Coalesced.ini file read-only (right-click -> Properties -> Attributes: Read-only) as the game can restore your edits. If you want to change anything in it, simply uncheck the Read-only box.

Increase shadow resolution[edit]

Fix Increase shadow resolution

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add under [SystemSettings]:
  3. Save changes

Disable Post-Processing Effects[edit]

Information Some of the post-processing effects can be disabled in the game's GamerSettings.ini file. These effects include light bloom, and motion blur.

Fix Disabling Depth of Field/Light Bloom/Motion Blur/Lens Flares

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Under [SystemSettings] add one or more of the following lines:
  3. Save changes
Information A longer list of options that can be added and altered under [SystemSettings] can be found here.


Higher Resolution Character Textures[edit]

Fix Install custom textures[10]

  1. Download your favourites dns's fixed TPF packs
  2. Download and extract ME3 Explorer.
  3. Open <me3explorer folder>\ME2Explorer.exe
  4. Enter Tools > Texplorer
  5. Select Start Multi-File Mode > Experimental > Generate Mod From TPF and give it your previously downloaded TPF
  6. Press File > Generate Mod
  7. Switch to Tools > Mod Maker and apply the .mod(s) by pressing File > Load Jobs and then Run > Run All/Run Some


Disadvantage The Jack_Final_524.tpf/.mod and LiaraLOTSB.tpf may corrupt in-game textures such as Jack's head and NPCs' eyes.
Disadvantage Doing the above on DLC content will make the game unable to authorize what you have installed. To fix this issue, refer to "Unable to authorize the listed DLC" error.
Information This mod may cause performance issues.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista, 7)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600 Pro
Nvidia GeForce 6800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3 support
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
Information AMD video cards below minimum system requirements: ATI Radeon HD 3200, and HD 4350
Information NVIDIA video cards below minimum system requirements: Nvidia GeForce 7300, 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, and 9300


  1. ME2 PC Shorter Loading Screens Mod : masseffect - Reddit
  2. How To Import ME1 Saves For ME2 - tehPARADOX
  3. How to mod ME2 for the Xbox 360 - The BioWare Forum
  4. Fix / Tweak Guide to PC Issues (updated 1-27-10 | 7:14PM) - The BioWare Forum
  5. ME2 Controller Support (Power Wheel) •
  6. Can ME1 and ME2 support 7.1 surround sound? - The BioWare Forum
  7. ME2 (PC) 50 Save limit & Shared power cooldown NUKED!!!!!!! - The BioWare Forum
  8. Conrad Verner - Mass Effect Wiki
  9. *FIX INCLUDED* Conrad Verner Paragon style | Kirrahe mail? - The BioWare Forum
  10. ME2 HR Textures (.mod & fixed .tpf) -