Mass Effect 3

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Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
March 6, 2012
 Mass Effect 3 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 Mass Effect 3 can optionally import save games from Mass Effect 2, which in turn can import save games from Mass Effect.

General information

More information Official game site
More information Official forums
More information Mass Effect Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Information All versions require Origin.
Information DLC can be bought through Origin by right clicking Mass Effect 3 and "View Game Details".
Disadvantage Game will not run in offline mode on Origin. You can bypass it altogether with this

Essential improvements[edit]

Mods[edit]

  • Mass Effect 3 Nexus - One of the most popular modding communities, has decent amount of mods for Mass Effect 3.
  • ME3 Explorer - A multi-tool software for modding Mass Effect 3. Also includes a Coalesced.bin editor for further tweaking.
  • smarteck's Mods - Has lots of HD retextures for improving image quality.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game narrative settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\Config

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

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.
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Native option called "Window (No Border)".
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA only. For other options see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Hackable See High frame rate.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Information By default the game only has FXAA for anti-aliasing. But is possible to force other anti-aliasing types.

Fix Use NVIDIA Inspector (NVIDIA only)Link

  1. Download and launch NVIDIA Inspector
  2. Open up Driver Profile Settings
  3. Choose Mass Effect 3 from the profile list
MSAA
  • Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  • Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling] or 16xQ [16x CSAA (8 color + 8 cv samples)]
  • (Optional) Change Antialiasing - Transparency Multisampling to Enabled to enable transparency multisampling. Or you can change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to one of the supersampling options to enable transparency supersampling.
SGSSAA
  • Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x080000C1[1][2][3]
  • Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  • Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling]
  • Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling
  1. Apply changes.

Notes

Information Default compatibility bits for anti-aliasing (0x080100C5) should be enough for MSAA. Therefore there is no need to change them when using MSAA.
Information If you are a SLI user and using SGSSAA you might want to change SLI compatibility bits to 0x42502005 for improved performance.[3]

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Information If the taskbar appears on top, set the game to Fullscreen and then back to Window (No Border) to eliminate it.[4]

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Override 60 FPS capLink

   MinSmoothedFrameRate=22 
   MaxSmoothedFrameRate=XX
  • Replace "XX" with your desired refresh rate (i.e. a value of 96 or 120) and save the file.

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Hackable Negative acceleration when "Mouse Dampening" is enabled in options. Can also be tweaked through Coalesced.bin.
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

Controller support[edit]

Fix Replace Coalesced.bin[5]Link

  1. Download the replacement Coalesced.bin.
  2. Move it to <path-to-game>\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole, replacing the existing file.
  3. Connect your controller and launch Mass Effect 3. The controller should now work.

Notes

Disadvantage The mouse is still required in menus and conversations.
Information If you have made other changes to Coalesced.bin you will need to redo them.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Up to 5.0
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN co-op Impossible
Online co-op Native 4 Multiplayer activity and progress affects the singleplayer storyline. Note that the Extended Cut DLC modifies the game such that playing the multiplayer is not required for the "best" singleplayer story ending.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 5659, 6000

Issues fixed[edit]

Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

'Origin (EA) is no longer running. Mass Effect 3 will now close'[edit]

Fix Reinstall Origin into default folder[6]Link

Make sure Origin is installed in the default folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\), not on another drive.

64bit Version Error Message[edit]

Fix 64bit Version Error MessageLink

The following error message may appear:

The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need a x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher.
  • Selecting Mass Effect 3 in Origin and clicking 'repair install' and 'check for update' may fix this issue.

Mouse Causing Stuttering[edit]

Mouse movement may cause slowdowns. This can be fixed by disabling Origin overlay within the game.

Fix Mouse Causing StutteringLink

  1. Click on the gear in the top right.
  2. Click "Settings".
  3. Click the "In Game" tab.
  4. Make sure "Enable Origin In Game" is disabled

MSVCR90.dll startup Crash[edit]

Information Sometimes the game crashes with an error about MSVCR90.dll.

Fix Delete save folderLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware
  2. Delete the Save folder.

Startup Crash 2[edit]

This error message may appear on startup:[7]

 Problem signature:
 Problem Event Name:    BEX
 Application Name:    MassEffect3.exe
 Application Version:    1.1.5427.4
 Application Timestamp:    4f46d052
 Fault Module Name:    awc.dll
 Fault Module Version:    3.2.4.6
 Fault Module Timestamp:    4ee2521d
 Exception Offset:    0008342f
 Exception Code:    c0000417
 Exception Data:    00000000
 OS Version:    6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
 Locale ID:    1033
 Additional Information 1:    636e
 Additional Information 2:    636ed4ad6e2ce5a3e01564e40133fee8
 Additional Information 3:    61e2
 Additional Information 4:    61e20e96bfcd8b3479be5a6b63429556

Going into the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Bioware\Mass Effect 3\Binaries\Win32\ and remove or rename the "atiags.dll" may fix this issue.

Crash on From Ashes DLC[edit]

Fix Crash on From Ashes DLCLink

At Eden Prime, shortly after watching the cutscene for the first pod, the player crashes.

  • To fix this, access the second pod first, and then the first pod.
  • There is a second way to fix this so you can watch the vids in order: And that is right after the first vid has done playing start pressing your escape button a few times.

Retail CD Install Issue[edit]

Some users experience issues installing Mass Effect 3 from a retail disc. After starting the install process and entering the CD key, an error message claiming it is not a valid Mass Effect 3 serial number appears. Despite this, Mass Effect 3 will now be activated in your Origin library. Further attempts to run the installation process will still prompt for a product key, and upon entering it will result in an error message stating the key has already been used. It is impossible to continue the install process from this point.

There are two possible solutions to this issue. The first and easiest option is to simply download Mass Effect 3 via Origin. However for those on slower or bandwidth limited internet connections, this may not be a viable option. It is still possible to install from the CD's using the following workaround:

Fix Retail CD Install IssueLink

  1. Start downloading Mass Effect 3 via Origin, pause the download and exit Origin.
  2. Delete all files in the Mass Effect 3 subfolder of Origin's game install folder. By Default this is C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3 Also, delete all files in Origin's download cache %PROGRAMDATA%\Origin\DownloadCache
  3. Copy the file Mass Effect 3.z01 from disc 1 and Mass Effect 3.zip from disc 2 to a temporary location on your hard drive.
  4. Extract these files to the Mass Effect 3 folder in Origin's game install folder. Default C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3 (NOTE: Traditional unzipping software such as WinRAR or 7-zip may experience critical errors extracting these files. If this occurs, you can use a program called Total Commander to extract them. In Total Commander some error messages will appear, but these can be ignored)
  5. Remove the read-only attribute to these files and folders (Right Click on the folder in Windows, select properties and uncheck the "Read-only" box).
  6. Launch Origin and resume the download. A small download of approximately 60 MB should start to fix missing or broken files. After this, Mass Effect 3 should be fully installed and working.

Origin Install Issue[edit]

In some cases where Mass Effect 3 has been downloaded through Origin, upon installation users are met with this error message:

Error: The VC++ runtime redistributable package was not installed successfully. Setup cannot continue.

In order to solve the issue:

Fix Origin Install IssueLink

  1. Exit Origin.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and uninstall any 'Microsoft Visual C++ 20XX' packages you may have.
  3. Download both the 2010 x64 and 2010 x86 redistributable files from the Microsoft website.
  4. Once both files have downloaded successfully, navigate to Mass Effect 3's install folder, default is
    C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3\__Installer\vc\vc2008sp1\redist\
  5. Inside that folder, either delete or rename both the vcredist_x64.exe and vcredist_x86.exe and replace them with your newly downloaded versions.
  6. Open Origin and install the game.

Language Fix[edit]

If you buy the game on Origin and discover the in-game menu and subtitles are a different language then English, there is a way to correct it;

Fix Language FixLink

After you have downloaded and installed the game:

  1. Download the language pack: From MediaFire
  2. *Click Start, Run, and type: Regedit
  3. Go to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\BioWare\Mass Effect 3
  • Now change the Locale data to: en_US and change the final part of GDFBinary path to GDFBinary_en_US.dll by right clicking the relevant row and pressing 'edit value'.
  1. After changing these values go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Origin Games\71402
  • Now change the Locale value to en_US by right clicking the relevant row and pressing 'edit value'.

Now replace the CookedPCConsole folder found in Mass Effect 3\BIOGame with the one found in the language pack, and accept all the changes and overwrites.

Finally, delete the BIOGame_RUS.tlk in your Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole folder and rename the BIOGame_INT.tlk language file, that you will find in the CookedPCConsole folder after you have replaced it with the one found in the language pack, to BIOGame_RUS.tlk.

Mass effect 3 is now fully in English.

DLC Error[edit]

Fix DLC ErrorLink

Sometimes the game will have problems loading DLC (both free and paid DLC) and will present an error message stating "Unable to authorize the listed DLC. Please log in to the Alliance Network with the account used to purchase the DLC". This is usually caused by an error during the download.

  1. To solve the error, open Origin and bring up Mass Effect 3's information by clicking the "i" icon below it.
  2. Right click on the DLC causing the error and select "Check for update".
  3. A download should begin to download any missing or broken files.
  4. The DLC should work the next time you launch the game.

Import Issues And Fixes[edit]

Import Save Game[edit]

Fix Import Save GameLink

Information For general troubleshooting with importing, please refer to EA's save game import FAQ and this detailed post about modding and save game imports from LiveJournal user bluefall.

Import From Mass Effect 2 Folder[edit]

Fix Import From Mass Effect 2 FolderLink

Information Mass Effect 3 does not use an import save game data in the same way that one could import save game data from Mass Effect to Mass Effect 2. Instead, it detects an existing Mass Effect 2 save games folder (as if Mass Effect 2 was installed and completed). Therefore there should be no issue as long as the same computer used to complete Mass Effect 2 is used to start a new game in Mass Effect 3.

Import Without Reinstalling[edit]

Fix Import Without ReinstallingLink

To import a Mass Effect 2 save file from an old computer to the one in which Mass Effect 3 is currently installed, copy your old career folders to:

%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect 2\Save\

Click here for more information regarding save imports.

Lost Old Save Game[edit]

Fix Lost Old Save GameLink

Information One can replace an old save game by going to Mass Effect 2 Saves, which is a repository of Mass Effect 2 save games with various playthroughs which can be imported into Mass Effect 3.

Save Game Not Detected[edit]

If a Mass Effect 2 save game is not detected, there are currently some methods to fix this.

Fix Rename Save Game FolderLink

Information A save editor may have changed the folder structure. Change this back to allow Mass Effect 3 to autodetect correctly.
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect 2\Save\
  2. Change the folder name to Name_12_Class_012610

Fix Edit GamerSettings.iniLink

  1. Open GamerSettings.ini
  2. Add your Mass Effect 2 saves folder location next to Location=
Example:
[SaveGames]
Location=C:\Users\<USER NAME>\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\Save\
Information Make sure that the above location is the correct location of your save games.

Other information[edit]

Ambient occlusion[edit]

Information Default NVIDIA driver profile does not have compatibility bits to enable ambient occlusion for the game. But it can be enabled by tweaking the driver profile settings.

Fix Use NVIDIA Inspector (NVIDIA only)Link

  1. Download and launch NVIDIA Inspector
  2. Open up Driver Profile Settings
  3. Choose Mass Effect 3 from the profile list
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility to 0x00000020[8]
  5. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled
  6. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to Performance, Quality or High quality
  7. Apply changes.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista, 7)
2 GB (XP)
4 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1800
Nvidia GeForce 7900
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
AMD Radeon HD 4850
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
512 MB of VRAM
Information AMD video cards below minimum system requirements: Radeon HD 3200, HD 3300, HD 4350
Information Nvidia video cards below minimum system requirements: GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300
Disadvantage S3 video cards are not supported

References

  1. 3DCenter Forum - View Single Post - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread
  2. 3DCenter Forum - View Single Post - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread
  3. 3.0 3.1 3DCenter Forum - View Single Post - SLI - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread
  4. Tested by Andytizer
  5. Hacking in gamepad support on PC - Coalesced.bin - The BioWare Forum
  6. Tested by Andytizer.
  7. Crash on startup - The BioWare Forum
  8. HBAO+ Compatibility Flags Thread - Guru3D.com Forums