Mass Effect 2
| Release dates
January 26, 2010
|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
- 7.1 Editing Coalesced.ini
- 7.2 Installation interrupted
- 7.3 Black screen when entering/exiting planets
- 7.4 Long loading times
- 7.5 Unable to save games any more
- 7.6 Dark Lighting
- 7.7 Game freeze on Illium
- 7.8 Clipping into walls/objects
- 7.9 Cerberus Network autologin failure
- 7.10 Game won't launch from Origin
- 7.11 "Unable to authorize the listed DLC" error
- 7.12 Crashing after finishing the Kasumi DLC
- 8 Other Information
- 9 System requirements
- 10 References
|Retail||Can be activated on Origin|
|Steam||Can be activated on Origin.|
- DLC can be bought on the Bioware Social Network and through Origin by right clicking Mass Effect 2 and "View Game Details"
Skip intro videos
Skip intro movies • Link
Higher Resolution Character Textures
A set of high resolution textures has been made available on the official forum by modder JeanLuc761.
Improved loading times
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.
Configuration file(s) location
|Windows||%USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\BIOGame\Config\|
Save game data location
|Windows||%USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\Save\|
- For the folders used for importing saves see Mass Effect.
- 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.
Import Mass Effect saves
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.
Import Xbox 360 Mass Effect 2 saves
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:
|Multi-monitor|| Position Affects Gameplay. |
|Field of view (FOV)||Use Flawless Widescreen.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed|| Can be changed in |
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|| Can be changed in |
|Anti-aliasing (AA)||Can be forced in driver control panel|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)||Enabled by default; see Vertical sync (Vsync).|
|High frame rate||See High frame rate.|
Disable Vsync • Link
Arrange frame rate smoothing • Link
|Keyboard and mouse||Native||Notes|
|Mouse acceleration||Enabled by default; see Mouse acceleration.|
|Mouse input in menus|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion|
|Controller support||See Controller support.|
|Full controller support|
|Controller Y-axis inversion|
NOTE: before making these changes, first read the
Editing Coalesced.ini section, and make sure to keep a backup copy.
Coalesced.iniand edit the following variables to the specified values:
- Save your changes.
Add controller support • Link
|Separate volume controls|
|Mute on focus lost||Always mutes.|
- 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.
Editing Coalesced.ini • Link
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
Black screen entering/exiting • Link
Long loading times
Long loading times • Link
The first fix involves manually changing your CPU affinity once the game has launched.:
The second option is to download ThePlayWrite.com's "MassAffinity" program:
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
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.
Unable to save games any more • Link
Dark Lighting • Link
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.
Game freeze on Illium
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
- This method involves Coalesced.ini file. Make sure you have read what this means.
Clipping into walls/objects • Link
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'.
Cerberus Network autologin failure
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
Game won't launch from Origin error • Link
"Unable to authorize the listed DLC" error • Link
Crashing after finishing the Kasumi DLC
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.
Increase shadow resolution
Increase shadow resolution • Link
Disable Post-Processing Effects
- Some of the post-processing effects can be disabled in the game's GamerSettings.ini file.
- These effects include depth of field, light bloom, and motion blur.
Disabling Depth of Field/Light Bloom/Motion Blur/Lens Flares • Link
- A longer list of options that can be added and altered under [SystemSettings] can be found here.
|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)
|Hard disk drive (HDD)|| |
|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
- AMD video cards below minimum system requirements: ATI Radeon HD 3200, and HD 4350
- NVIDIA video cards below minimum system requirements: GeForce 7300, 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, and 9300
- ME2 HR Textures (.mod & fixed .tpf) - me3explorer.freeforums.org
- How To Import ME1 Saves For ME2 - tehPARADOX
- How to mod ME2 for the Xbox 360 - The BioWare Forum
- Fix / Tweak Guide to PC Issues (updated 1-27-10 | 7:14PM) - The BioWare Forum
- Can ME1 and ME2 support 7.1 surround sound? - The BioWare Forum
- Crash on Kasumi - Stolen Memory DLC