Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is a really great remaster, that makes lots of stuff from the three games better-looking and fixes a huge list of stuff. Unfortunately, this, as the originals did, still has a number of issues and stuff one can manually improve or by using stuff already made by the community.
This guide does not include anything new, it includes everything already available in other guides, but put together, so whoever wants everything can check this out instead and have an easy time installing them.
This guide tries to be as vanilla & lore-friendly as possible, but there might still be minor stuff not entirely as they were supposed to be originally, so please keep that in mind. Also, this guide includes everything I have chosen to use and do, so there might still be mods available out there that might look awesome and could be used, but I did not include them because I did not want to use them.
Lastly, since this game has not long ago been released, there’s still lots of time for new fixes, mods and stuff for the community to create. I am not planning to keep updating this guide for the next 2 years or whatever, so for anything that’s not in this guide, I suggest PCGamingWiki – [pcgamingwiki.com] and NexusMods – [nexusmods.com] .
Let’s make Mass Effect: Legendary Edition great
– Please do everything in the order I wrote.
- ME3Tweaks – [nexusmods.com] – You need this to install the mods.
- No Mouse Acceleration – [nexusmods.com] – fixes mouse acceleration in ME1LE
- Better Camera – [nexusmods.com] – fixes the FOV (download all 3 files)
- Conrad Verner Remembers – [nexusmods.com] – bugfix for a bug related to Conrad Verner
- Conrad No Apology – [nexusmods.com] – bugfix for another bug related to Conrad Verner
- Missing Codex Restored – [nexusmods.com] – restores 3 missing codex entries
- Overlord Morality Fix – [nexusmods.com] – adds morality reward for the overlord mission, which originally lacked it
- Ronald Taylor’s Fate Fix – [nexusmods.com] – bugfix for a bug related to Ronald Taylor
- Citadel Asari Hands – [nexusmods.com] – bugfix for the some of the asari on the Citadel having human hands
- Hammerhead Suicide Mission – [nexusmods.com] – bugfix for a bug related to the suicide mission
- Oriana looks like Miranda’s Twin (ME2LE) – [nexusmods.com] – fixes lorewise the face of Oriana to really look like Miranda’s twin sister in ME2LE
- Oriana looks like Miranda’s Twin (ME3LE) – [nexusmods.com] – fixes lorewise the face of Oriana to really look like Miranda’s twin sister in ME3LE
- Respec Javik – [nexusmods.com] – adds the option to respec Javik, as you can do with every other crewmate, option which Javik originally lacked for some reason
- More Gay Romances – [nexusmods.com] – this is optional. it adds same-gender romance for some characters, using stuff already present in files, but not used by BioWare
- Early Recruitment – [nexusmods.com] – fixes some minor bugs, while also adding the option to recruit some of the crewmates sooner in ME2LE
- Councilor Name Fix – [nexusmods.com] – bugfix that changes all the councilors misspelled names to their actual ones
- Launch „ME3Tweaks Mod Manager”, let it get extracted wherever you want (desktop works as well), then launch „ME3TweaksModManager” (you can find it where you have choosen it to get extracted)
- After you get through the launch window, choose only Legendary Edition on the right upper side of the window
- Drag & drop the No Mouse Acceleration archive. You then get to make a choice, I would personally choose “Disable Mouse Smoothing and Dampening”. You can then install it.
- Drag & drop the 3 Better Camera archives, one by one, after you install each. Choose whichever FOV you wish to have in the respective game.
- Drag & drop the Conrad Verner Remembers archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the Conrad No Apology archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the Missing Codex Restored archive. You get to choose if you also want the option to no longer have codex narration. I personally wouldn’t use that option, but it is up for preference of course. After making up your mind, go ahead and install it.
- Drag & drop the Overlord Morality Fix archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the Ronald Taylor’s Fate Fix archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the Citadel Asari Hands archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the Hammerhead Suicide Mission archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the 2 Oriana looks like Miranda’s Twin archives, one by one, only after one’s done installing. You get to choose which haircut you want to have for Oriana. I chose the classic one, but it’s your choice.
- Drag & drop the Respec Javik archive and install it.
- If you choose to install the More G*y Romances mod, then do it now by drag, drop & install as well.
- Drag & drop the Early Recruitment archive and install it.
- Drag & drop the Councilor Name FIX archive and install it.
- MassEffectModder – [github.com] – You need this to install the mods (don’t download the NoGui version)
- Asari makeup fix – [nexusmods.com] – fixes the asari makeup, making it less pixelated
- Brows and facial hair transparency fix – [nexusmods.com] – fix for the brow/facial hair transparency issue
- Teeth fix for new hairstyles – [nexusmods.com] – fixes the teeth texture issue caused by some of the new hairstyles (download all 3 files)
- ALOT – [nexusmods.com] – a HUGE graphical overhaul mod (download all 3 ALOT files, and all 3 ISL files)
- Unzip „MassEffectModder” in a folder wherever you want (desktop works as well), then launch „MassEffectModder” (you can find it where you have chosen to extract it)
- Click on Mods Manager under ME1, then Mods Installer -> Add to list
- Choose the “Asari makeup fix”, “ISL” (for ME1) and “ALOT” (for ME1) files and click install all mods
- After the mods have been installed: get back to the main window of the the MassEffectModder
- Click on Mods Manager under ME2, then Mods Installer -> Add to list
- Choose the “Brows and facial hair transparency fix”, “ISL” (for ME2) and “ALOT” (for ME2) files and click install all mods
- After the mods have been installed: get back to the main window of the the MassEffectModder
- Click on Mods Manager under ME3, then Mods Installer -> Add to list
- Choose the 3 files from the “Teeth fix for new hairstyles” mod, “ISL” (for ME3) and “ALOT” (for ME3) files and click install all mods
- Disable Origin Overlay.
That overlay created lots of performance issues for the original trilogy, and still does for LE as well.
Unfortunately, at the time when I am writing this, one can’t disable it from the Origin the normal way. You can try it though. By right clicking the game (in Origin) -> Game Properties -> uncheck “Enable Origin In Game (…)“. Maybe in the future this usual way to disable it will work for Steam users, but atm it does not.
The way it works right now is by renaming the file “igo64.dll” from the Origin main folder to whatever you want. BUT this will also disable the Origin Overlay to ALL other Origin games. So make sure you rename it back when (if) you wish to use it again.
- Lower the report rate/polling rate of your mouse.
This improves the performance in the ME1LE for some, while also making stuttering less frequent. One can do it by using the mouse original software.
If your mouse has no companion software, then it can be a little more complicated. You can check this guide – [nerdschalk.com] (read after “Changing the polling rate of other mice”), as I have never tried changing the polling rate without the original software of the mouse. Nearly all gaming mouses have a software, so I don’t think most of you will need that guide.
- Disable Vsync.
Make sure you have Vsync off in all 3 games, as that creates stuttering.
Having Vsync off will force you to cap the game’s FPS, so that also means you have to disable Radeon Enhanced Sync/NVIDIA Fast Sync, since those work bad together with FPS cap. FreeSync and GSync are alright to be used.
Also, make sure you don’t cap your FPS in Mass Effect 3 to more than your monitor’s hz, since that will activate a bug that makes the shields not recharge.
- Disable Mouse Dampening in ME1.
Although we have installed a mod for that, making sure it also is written in the config file does not hurt.
Go to “Mass Effect Legendary Edition’s main folder\Game\ME1\BioGame\Config”, open “GamerSettings.ini” and make sure you have UseMouseDampening=FALSE. If it does not exist at all, then add it under [SystemSettings]. If that doesn’t exist either, then add that one as well.
Nothing could have been possible without the authors of the awesome stuff I have provided in this guide:
- Mgamerz (ME3Tweaks)
- Fus1onpanda (No Mouse Acceleration)
- JadeBarker (Better Camera)
- Marcus22Khaar (Conrad Verner Remembers; Conrad No Apology; Missing Codex Restored; Overlord Morality Fix; Ronald Taylor’s Fate Fix; Citadel Asari Hands; Hammerhead Suicide Mission & Oriana looks like Miranda’s Twin)
- DropTheSquid (Respec Javik)
- Mentlegen3218 (More G*y Romances)
- beccatoria (Early Recruitment)
- vegz (Councilor Name Fix)
- aquadran (MassEffectModder)
- Jenya66 (Asari makeup fix & Brows and facial hair transparency fix)
- xramina (Teeth fix for new hairstyles)
- CreeperLava (ALOT)
- PCGamingWiki (fixes & improvements)
I am sure there are other things one can add to this guide, or change, but this is 100% what I did and am more than happy with the results. I hope my guide helped you! ^^
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