Ghost Recon Wildlands

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This mod improves the washed out look of the vanilla game. Cinematic Excellence adds a host of cinematic effects to Ghost Recon Wildlands including enhanced lights, the illusion of more detailed textures and optional advanced depth-of-field, film grain, sharpness and cinematic black bars. Colors are richer than the standard game.

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HALT CITIZEN! Please check out my newest preset first. I dare say its my best. This one is still great, though, but yea: https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7525/ 

Cinematic Excellence for GRW

This mod improves the washed out look of the vanilla game. Cinematic Excellence adds a host of cinematic effects to Ghost Recon Wildlands including enhanced lights, the illusion of more detailed textures and optional advanced depth-of-field, film grain, sharpness and cinematic black bars. Colors are richer than the standard game without being oversaturated. 

Please come back and endorse if you like it :) Thanks!

-- Version 2.4 adds optional bloom (on by default. Please turn off in-game bloom for best results). Adds optional vignette. Also made substantial tweaks to depth-of-field). Tweaked film grain.

-- Thanks so much for your patience and support, everyone. It's been a long time coming, but version 2.0(2.1 now) is ready for download. I rebuilt the mod for version 2.0 from the ground-up to fix all issues I know of with the previous versions, including overly dark nights, washed out and strange-looking distance terrain in certain lighting conditions, insanely blue-saturated distance, over-done film grain (and replaces it with something more nuanced and cinematic) and reduces over-done sharpness.

Moreover, update 2.0 adds my advanced depth of field, new ambient light for added cinematic effect and sticks close to the vanilla color palette and and adds additional clarity to distant objects and terrain beyond the standard game.

I really hope you like it. I would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below, especially from returning users, on my YouTube pages (new vids coming soon) and/or my twitter.

From Merc, with love (5/1/2017)  --

-- New GRW ReShade Released: GRW ReShade released. Nexus page coming soon with more options (4/15/17). --

-- Pics are from 2.0 and 2.1, old pics deleted now. 2.1 vids up now too - 5/3/17--


Feedback is welcome and appreciated.

New Vids of Version 2.1. Please consider giving a like and subscribing to help me grow my new YouTube channel.  Thanks so much, every new like and sub helps me reach a lot more people!








CONTROLS (all easily re-mapable with in-game ReSahde GUI)

- F1 toggles ReShade menu
- END toggles the ReShade itself on and off 
- F11 takes screenshots. You'll need to fix the file path in the "settings" tab of the ReShade in-game menu.
- Toggle depth of field with "/" on the numberpad.
- Toggle film grain off and on by pressing 3 on the numberpad.

- Toggle sharpness with 5 on numberpad
- Toggle cinematic black bars with 0 on numberpad
- Toggle bloom (added light glow, often blue in clear-day weather) with "6" on numberpad 

UPDATING

If upgrading from a previous version or adding this when you are already using another of my GRW ReShades, you only need to download version 2.4 and copy over the "MercsCinematicExcellence2-4.ini" to your game's main folder. If you copy over all the files, you'll have to fix your install paths again per the full instructions below. Use the ReShade GUI in-game to switch to the new .ini file. Make sure your game is closed when you install new file.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS


!!!IMPORTANT For me the game crashes if I use any form of ReShade or SweetFx in fullscreen mode. So you must enable borderless window mode to use ReShade if yours also crashes when trying to load the game with Reshade enabled.
/IMPORTANT END!!
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All my ReShades are tuned for in-game enhanced god rays off and regular god-rays on.


Suggested in-game settings: 
Brightness - 56
Contrast - 43
Gamma - 56
Sharpness - 0


1. For me, the game has to be in borderless-windowed mode or windowed mode. Fullscreen crashes ReShade on most games for me. Change this in the in-game options menu before installing ReShade. 

2. Download and extract the folder from FILE section above and then open the folder and copy/paste the three files and one folder inside it (d3d9.ini, d3d9.dll, MercsCinematicExcellence2-4.ini , reshade-shaders) into to your "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands" main folder where GRW.exe is located.

For steam it's usually: "...Steam\SteamApps\common\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands"
For Uplay it's usually: "...Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands"

3. Open the d3d9.ini file in your main Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands game folder and locate these two lines under "[GENERAL]":

EffectSearchPaths=C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands,C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands\reshade-shaders\Shaders

TextureSearchPaths=C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands,C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands\reshade-shaders\Textures

Replace the 4 highlighted parts with the proper directory path to your game. This is the same file path we used to find your GRW.exe file in Step 2.

4. Run the game.

5. If the effects load but you don't see a change in your game, press F1 to bring up the ReShade menu and click the drop down arrow in the top-right of the ReShade menu box. Choose my MercsCinematicExcellence2-4.ini  file and select it. The effects should load from there. Further details on the controls below.

6. PROFIT!

ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. TRY THEM IF THIS METHOD OF INSTALLING DIDN'T WORK FOR YOU, PLEASE. After that, I'm happy to try to help.

Modifying the Depth-of-Field (blur)

To increase or decrease the amount of DoF blur, open the in-game ReShade menu or the .ini you created during installation and under DOF, change "DOF_NEARBLURCURVE" value to a number between 6 and 40. The lower the number, the more the blur effect applied.

To change the focal point and push it away from character and vehicle, etc., change the second Auto focus value under DOF from 450 to somewhere between 400 and 450. Adjust this value downwards in increments of 10 till you're happy.

Change DOF_blurradius from 50 to 40 or 30 to reduce blur when in vehicles especially. Of course all blur will drastically be lessened, but hey, everything is a trade-off in life, right?

If you used the .ini and not the in-game ReShade menu, don't forget to save your doc. To see the changes in-game, simply open the in-game ReShade menu and click "reload" at the bottom-left of the menu. Again, only necessary if you used the .ini file to modify it. Changes made with the in-game ReShade menu take effect immediately.

ALTERNATE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download the Reshade 3.0.6 from here https://reshade.me/

2. Scroll to bottom of page and download whatever the latest version advertised is.

Run the .exe that you just downloaded. Probably best to copy it to your desktop or somewhere else first outside your downloads folder.

Follow the steps it tells you selecting yes everything it asks.

3. Select your "GRW.exe" which is in the main folder of the game. For steam it's usually: "...Steam\SteamApps\common\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands"
For Uplay it's usually: "...Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands"

4. Select the DirectX 8/9 version after you select the "GRW.exe."

5. Run your game

As your game loads up, you should see a grey box popup in the top of the screen saying it's loading all the reshade effects.

Once it's done, hit "shift+F2" and follow the promps. The most important thing is to hit the plus symbol next near the top of the Reshade GUI and type any name you want.

Follow the other prompts until the boxes turn from red to black or grey or whatever indicates you're done with the very short tutorial.

You can leave your game open or close it for this next step.

6. Go back to your game's main folder, where the "GRW.exe" is and look for that file you just created with whatever name you gave. It should be a .ini file.

7. Open the .ini file and replace all the text with the text from my preset on this page.

Save the file. Run your game or alt tab back to it. And then do step 7 if you your game is still running.

8. Reopen the Reshade GUI with Shift+f2 and click the click "reload". The new effects should start loading with my custom settings.

9. PROFIT!

UNINSTALLING

1. Delete the Reshade folder, d3d9.ini, d3d9.dll, and d3d9.log and MercsCinematicExcellence2-4.ini  files from your game folder. That's it.

Enjoy, leave comments below if you're having trouble installing or better yet youtube a Resahde 3.0+ install guide. It's extremely easy.

You may notice a slight decrease in performance, but it should still be pretty similar FPS to what you usually get. The visual difference is night and day to me and I can't ever go back to vanilla.

MY MODS FOR OTHER GAMES

https://www.facebook.com/MercsAssassin/ -The first post has the whole, most updated list.

Skyrim Special Edition

-- Live Action Trailer Graphics, The Dragonborn Comes, a ReShade for Vivid Weathers: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/9990/?

-- Dovahkiin Rising ReShade for Dolomite Weathers: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/9942?

-- Dragon Breaker ReShade, a Bright and Bold Look for Vivid Weathers: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/9991/?

-- Skyrim SE Ashen ReShade: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/9060/?tab=1&navtag=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nexusmods.com%2Fskyrimspecialedition%2Fajax%2Fmoddescription%2F%3Fid%3D9060%26preview%3D&pUp=1 --

SQUAD

-- Cinematic Shooter Project: https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7474/

Mass Effect Andromeda ReShades

-- Cinematic Realism - http://www.nexusmods.com/masseffectandromeda/mods/2/?tab=1&navtag=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nexusmods.com%2Fmasseffectandromeda%2Fajax%2Fmoddescription%2F%3Fid%3D2%26preview%3D&pUp=1

-- Neon Bomb - http://www.nexusmods.com/masseffectandromeda/mods/4? -- 

Fallout 4 ReShade
-- Cinematic Realism - http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/23442/?tab=1&navtag=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nexusmods.com%2Ffallout4%2Fajax%2Fmoddescription%2F%3Fid%3D23442%26preview%3D&pUp=1 --

Dirt Rally ReShade

-- Cinematic Racing Project -  https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7323/ --

Dirt 4 ReShade 

-- Cinematic Racing Project, Dirt 4 Edition - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7333/

-- Cinematic Racing Project (vibrant version), Dirt 4 Edition - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7348/
Mad Max ReShade

-- Cinematic Excellence (Bleak version) - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7438/

-- Cinematic Excellence -
https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7434/

Far Cry 4
-- Cinematic A.F. - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7416/

Ghost Recon Wildlands Mods

-- Stunning Light and Atmospherics - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7525/
-- Cinematic Excellence 2.0 ReShade (best neutral enhancer with lots of options) -
http://www.nexusmods.com/ghostreconwildlands/mods/1/?

-- E3 2015 Graphics - more realistic, cold ReShade, inspired by E3 2015 trailers for the game with a more gray look - http://www.nexusmods.com/ghostreconwildlands/mods/2? 

-- Borderlands-style Oil Painting ReShade - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7175/

-- Uncharted-looking ReShade - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/7115/

-- Sun Soaked Graphics Overhaul - insane lighting amplifier. Sunsets, sunrise and clear days look nuts! - https://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/6992/