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Mass Effect 2
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Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
January 26, 2010
Mass Effect 2 at Steam Charts
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 Mass Effect 2 at Wikipedia
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2008
Bring Down the Sky
Pinnacle Station
Mass Effect 2 2010
Normandy Crash Site
Zaeed - The Price of Revenge
Firewalker Pack
Kasumi - Stolen Memory
Overlord
Lair of the Shadow Broker
Arrival
Mass Effect 3 2012
From Ashes
Extended Cut
Leviathan
Omega
Citadel

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM details are not known Can be activated on Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Can be activated on Origin. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Information DLC can be bought on the Bioware Social Network and through Origin by right clicking Mass Effect 2 and "View Game Details"

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro moviesLink

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

Patch 1.02[edit]

Mods[edit]

Higher Resolution Character Textures[edit]

A set of high resolution textures has been made available on the official forum by modder JeanLuc761.

Fix Install custom textures[1]Link

  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

Notes

Disadvantage The Jack_Final_524.tpf/.mod and LiaraLOTSB.tpf may corrupt in-game textures such as Jack's head and NPC's 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

Improved loading times[edit]

On middle-end computers and higher especially on little areas, the game usually loads resources faster than the loading animation and it will wait till this finishes

A user patch replace animations and decrease times needed by some seconds

An included readme file lists unique loading screens you may not want to remove.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
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
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Import Mass Effect saves[edit]

In essence you have to run the importer that is found in the ME2 launcher. However, this often crashes. If this happens you have to find your Mass Effect 1 character save file and transfer it into a newly create ME1 save folder in your ME2 folder.[2]

Import Xbox 360 Mass Effect 2 saves[edit]

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

You'll need 3 tools: A USB device, a Save File Extracting/Injecting Program, and a Save File Editor (no need for a Jatg'd or modded Xbox). Configure the USB device as a memory device on the 360. The save file extracting program needed can be found here and the Save Editor is a web app that can be found here.

Once you have these tools follow these steps:

  1. Put Shepard Career Save on USB with Xbox 360.
  2. Move USB from Xbox 360 to PC.
  3. Open Shepard Career Save with "Modio" on PC.
  4. Extract individual Save File (i.e. 021.xbsav).
  5. Upload the file to ME2 Save Editor.
  6. Download windows save file from archived Save.
  7. Move your new save file to the appropriate folder.
This process can also be used to edit ME2 saves for import/export between Xbox 360 and Windows, or to transfer if switching platforms for Mass Effect 3.

Video settings[edit]

External video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Bronze.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Position Affects Gameplay.

Both Widescreen Fixer and Flawless Widescreen try to address this

Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Can be changed in MassEffect2Config.exe.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Can be changed in MassEffect2Config.exe.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible Can be forced in driver control panel
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Enabled by default; see Vertical sync (Vsync).
High frame rate Hackable See High frame rate.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Disable VsyncLink

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

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Arrange frame rate smoothingLink

  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
Mouse acceleration Hackable Enabled by default; see Mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Hackable See Controller support.
Full controller support Impossible
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Impossible

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Fix Disable Mouse acceleration[4]Link

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini and add the following lines:
    [Engine.PlayerInput]
    bEnableMouseSmoothing=false
    MouseSensitivity=0.15
    [SFXGame.BioPlayerInput]
    bUseMouseDampening=false
    [SFXGame.BioSFHandler_PCConversation]
    AccumulationDivisor=600.0f
  2. Save changes

Controller support[edit]

Fix Add controller supportLink

Information If you have made other changes to Coalesced.ini you will need to redo them after this change.
  1. Download the replacement Coalesced.ini
  2. Extract to <path-to-game>\BioGame\Config\PC\Cooked, replacing the existing file.
  3. Connect your controller and launch Mass Effect 2. The controller should now work.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native [5]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native Always mutes.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Czech Native Unknown Unknown
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Native Native
Hungarian Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

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.iniLink

  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.

Notes:

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.

Installation interrupted[edit]

When installing, some people get an error message saying: "Installation Failed!: The Installation of Mass Effect 2 has failed. A data error occured." This can be solved by using a second computer. Put the Mass Effect 2 DVD in another computer on the same network, set the DVD drive up for sharing, and then connect to it from the computer you wish to install it on. It takes time but works. The only trick is that when ME2 asks for the second DVD you have to first stop sharing the DVD drive, eject disk1, insert disk2, set the drive for sharing again, and continue with the installation.

Black screen when entering/exiting planets[edit]

Fix Black screen entering/exitingLink

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

Long loading times[edit]

Fix Long loading timesLink

Information Some users, specifically those with dual core processors, receive extraordinarily long load times (often around a minute long) with patch 1.02, with the load times being particularly long on the Normandy. There are three possible solutions to this issue.

The first fix involves manually changing your CPU affinity once the game has launched.:

  1. Start the game then press Alt+Tab to return to your desktop
  2. Open Task Manager (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete)
  3. On the Processes tab find MassEffect2.exe, right click on it and select "Set Affinity"
  4. Click on either the CPU0 or CPU1 check box, so only one remains checked, and click OK
  5. Re-open the "Set Affinity" box and re-check the CPU you previously unchecked.
  6. Use Alt+Tab to re-open your Mass Effect 2 game, and your load times should be reduced to normal.
Disadvantage This must be repeated every time you launch Mass Effect 2.

Second Option:

The second option is to download ThePlayWrite.com's "MassAffinity" program:

  1. Download the program from here.
  2. The program should automatically detect your Mass Effect 2 install location. If this fails, manually select it.
  3. Click the "Run Game" button.

Mass Effect 2 should now run. While it is running, MassAffinity automatically changes the CPU affinity settings so you don't have to. After the initial setup outlined in the steps above, running the MassAffinity program will immediately launch Mass Effect 2 and perform the affinity change.

Third option:

The third option is to not install the 1.02 patch. While this may seem like the easiest option, running an older version can lead to other issues that would be fixed by the 1.02 patch, so it is not recommended.

Unable to save games any more[edit]

There is a limit to the number of save games you can make on the PC. After 50 saved games you will no longer be able to save any further progress.

Fix Unable to save games any moreLink

  1. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect 2\Save\
  2. Open the folder with your characters name/level/class
  3. Either delete (or move to a backup folder) the earliest files named Save_00xx.pcsav. (DO NOT DELETE/MOVE THE FILES AutoSave/ChapterSave/QuickSave.pcsav)
Information As long as you have less than 50 Save_00xx.pcsav files you should be able to continue saving the universe.

Dark Lighting[edit]

Fix Dark LightingLink

This is the problem where you can't see what's going on in cutscenes because it is too dark. The way to fix this is to remove the depth of field.

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\BIOGame\Config\GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add the line DepthOfField=False under system settings.
Information Note: the line DepthOfField is not in the file; you have to add it, rather than modify it.

Game freeze on Illium[edit]

When on Illium, some users experience a black screen and CTD while walking through the ground level corridor under Liara's office, connecting to the other side of the map. To fix this issue, change the settings from fullscreen to windowed, or windowed borderless. This will solve the issue. Once through the corridor, fullscreen mode can be enabled. This process must also be repeated when crossing from the other direction.

It is recommended to enable windowed mode after passing through the corridor, as leaving the game in windowed or windowed borderless can cause an additional freeze during startup.

Clipping into walls/objects[edit]

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

Fix Clipping into walls/objectsLink

A problem that seems to particularly affect the PC version of Mass Effect 2 is clipping into, and getting stuck in wall corners or other objects. When loading a previous save is not possible or desirable, an edit can be made to the Mass Effect 2 Coalesced.ini file to allow 'noclip'.

Add the following text under the [SFXGame.SFXGameModeDefault]
Bindings=( Name="Add", Command="Ghost | OnRelease Walk")
It is now safe to launch Mass Effect 2. When in game, you can now hold down the num pad plus key to enable noclip, and WASD/arrow keys to move Shepard out of the object. Once clear of the object, let go of the plus key, noclip will be disabled and you will be able to continue normally.

Cerberus Network autologin failure[edit]

Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows Features on/off -> Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1. Make sure that both Windows communication foundation HTTP Activation and Non-HTTP Activation are checked and then click OK.

Game won't launch from Origin[edit]

Fix Game won't launch from Origin errorLink

  1. Navigate to the .../Mass Effect2/Binaries folder.
  2. Rename MassEffect2.exe to MassEffect2Launcher.exe.
  3. Rename ME2Game.exe to MassEffect2.exe.
  4. The game should now launch from Origin. If this doesn't work, make sure to rename the files back to their original states.

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

Fix "Unable to authorize the listed DLC" errorLink

  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

Crashing after finishing the Kasumi DLC[edit]

Fix CTD after mission summary in Kasumi - Stolen Memory DLC[6]Link

This crash occurs if you die during the battle with Hock and continue from the autosave generated at the beginning of the fight. For some reason it seems to cause a crash just after the mission summary. If you die during the Hock battle and then encounter this bug you have to go back to a save before the autosave and complete the battle without dying.

Information It is recommended you save just before you battle Hock so you don't have to redo the entire mission.

Other Information[edit]

Increase shadow resolution[edit]

Fix Increase shadow resolutionLink

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add under [SystemSettings]:
    MinShadowResolution=256
    MaxShadowResolution=4096
  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.
Information These effects include depth of field, light bloom, and motion blur.

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

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or equivalent Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6+ GHz or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista, 7)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI X1600 Pro
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
256 MB of VRAM
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: GeForce 7300, 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, and 9300

References

  1. ME2 HR Textures (.mod & fixed .tpf) - me3explorer.freeforums.org
  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. Can ME1 and ME2 support 7.1 surround sound? - The BioWare Forum
  6. Crash on Kasumi - Stolen Memory DLC