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Mass Effect HD Texture Overhaul

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MEUITM
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Mass Effect Updated/Improved Textures Mod) by CDAMJC 



Hello Mass Effect modders and mod users,

I'm trying to fix some of the "uglies" in ME1 and give it the polished look the epic story line deserves. So far I have updated/re-textured: Film grain, Light and Shadow Maps on walls and floors (Normandy Citadel and Feros covered so far), Kaidan, Tali, Garrus, Wrex, Liara, Saren, Benezia, Udina, Council, Anderson, Joker, Chakwas, Geth, Colonists, Scientists, Keepers, Normandy, Mako, many NPC clothings, Geth ship, volus, hanar, elcor, Salarians, Batarians some armors, default character armors including N7 armor (of characters re-textured) and various environmental textures.

This was all achieved by texture editing (up-scaling, re-painting, adding details, adding texture, adding pattern, and using that to rebuild spec maps, spec power maps, and normal maps). Then once all the details are added I load up the Character models into Photoshop and paint away texture seams as best as possible.

This mod also introduces soft shadow shaders by daemonjax, tweaked by myself and tweaked bioengine.ini settings for texture streaming and soft shadow setting by me and other various quality improvements by Aquadran all done behind the scenes by the installer ro manually in MEM for advanced users. Lastly I have included a ReShade preset that I customized specifically for MEUITM to add next gen lighting and effects as best as possible without betraying the original feel of the game while adding some effects to mimic visual styles seen in Unreal Engine 4.

Requests are always welcome :)

New in Anniversary edition 2018:

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Special thanks to GameSpace for their article!
Special thanks to PCGamesN for their article!

Thank You For Using:

Before and After screens:


Install Video (read below if you have any trouble )

Mod Variant Comparisons:


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Let's get Started:

Ideal pre-install steps to allow the mod and game to run properly and prevent issues:

0)Yes step zero :)Install the main game and any DLC you will be using fresh, especially if you were using any mE3Explorer mods including pre- 2018 MEUITM.

**This mod is not compatible with old MEUITM for file structure reasons. You need reset to vanilla before installing the new version, there is currently no way around this. If you don't the installer will abort as to avoid breaking your game**


1). Run Once. (and optionally make a back up)
Now we can run the unmodded game one time for the game to establish directories, paths, and settings. This is a good time to go in and Max Out in-game graphics settings and choose your gaming resolution (use left and right arrows to see resolutions not displayed in the drop down in game menu) and test any mods you may have installed before MEUITM. Also if you've never played Mass Effect before please run around a bit in vanilla so you can see what it is the mod is aiming to improve.

Once your sure everything is functionaing properly with vanilla Mass effect, it's also a good time to make a back up of the game folder should you choose to do so. Simply copy and paste the game folder to a place of you choosing. This will save bandwith should you need to revert to vanilla if you are using steam or Origin.


2)Install any other mods that you want that are non-texture based now (they can also be texture based but MEUITM will overwrite any that are covered in it). Mainly this applies to same sex romances, Xbox 360 controller support, any mods that alter the games files etc...these mods will break MEUITM and the game if installed after. Install the mods for vanilla compatibility (Ignore MEUITM versions as they refer to the old pre-2018 MEUITM which is incompatible.)


3). If you use Origin you must disable game auto updates, if you don't it will revert Mass Effect to vanilla textures.

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Now we are ready to install the mod:


Happy 10 years of Mass Effect!

MEUITM Anniversary Edition is the new version of MEUITM , it uses MEM with a user friendly installer.


Benefits of MEM and the new installer:

Smaller download size
More localizations support (only textures are being installed)
Improved performance
Perfect mipmap function 
Boat loads of new and revised textures.

Special thanks to Aquadran for MEM and all the support getting this going including the nice installer!

Special thanks to CreeperLava for pointing me towards MEM, support, and all of the work on ALOT!


To install:

Extract the MEUITMAnniversay.zip.
From the extracted folder, run MassEffectModder.exe and click "install".

Follow any prompts but mostly kick back until it's done and then launch MassEffect.exe like normal.



Happy New Year enjoy...:)
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For AMD CPU owners to fix an old bug with the game Download and install FPS Counter by Pharago:

FPS Counter
(Nexus)  Alternate Link (Pharago website) 

All users should also be interested in FPS Counter because it adds SweetFX/ENB style color, sharpening, and lighting tweaks in game with a slider menu and the best ambient occlusion support you can find for Mass Effect, a feature ENB sweetfx gemfx and resahde are all missing in Mass Effect.  Download, tweak away, and enjoy!

**Note FPS Counter is not compatible with Origin Overlay, you must disable Origin Overlay in game to avoid crash at load.**
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Dynamic Shadow Fix manual install (standalone mod):

Install the "soft shadows" by extracting the contents of the zip file in to your game directory example: "C:\Origin\Mass Effect\" 

Then for them to take effect you must clear the shader cache, to clear the shader cache (steps heavily taken from https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Mass_Effect): 

1) Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Published\CookedPC.
2) Delete LocalShaderCache-PC-D3D-SM3.upk.
3) Go to <path-to-game>\BioGame\CookedPC.
4) Delete or rename LocalShaderCache-PC-D3D-SM3.upk.
5) Restart and behold soft shadows.

The game will take longer to boot on the first run after performing the above steps. This is due to the engine recaching. Following the first boot, each subsequent boot up should be as normal. 

To further enhance and match the screenshots from the mod:

Lastly, to match the screenshots you will need to install the MEUITM Reshade loactated in the mod's "addons" sections. Simply extract the contents in to the binaries folder in you Mass effect install directory.

**Note- FPS Counter is not comaptible with ReShade so you will need to make a choice as to which one you want to use.**

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Mass Effect Troubleshooting:

Mass Effect with or without the mod can crash and have issues!!!!!!! The most prominent issues and crashes are: 

1- Hardware sound issues.  
These will cause random invalid page faults and crashes. There are pages and pages online of people with this issue back to 2008. Google is your friend here. Usually a fairly simple bioengine.ini fix which will vary depending on your audio hardware.

2- Black Blocky characters on Noveria and Ilos.  
This is caused by playing the game on any post 2008 AMD processors (bulldozer or later chipsets) this is because Mass Effect is seeing AMD and looking for 3Dnow instruction sets that existed when it was made.  AMD has ditched these instructions in their latest processors causing miss timings and faults in communication between Mass effect and the CPU.  Due to this you will also see black textures for characters on Noveria and Ilos.

video of the issue on unmodded game with workaround fix:
 Youtube.com

**The black blob character texture bug is now completely fixed by FPS Counter, see link above**

3- Black/missing terrain textures on Therum. 
This is a known game glitch see the link below for the fix:
https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Mass_Effect#Therum_missing_textures

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Mod Troubleshooting:

1-Installer wont extract from archive "not enough memory" error: 

This happens when trying to extract with winrar and old versions of 7zip. Use the latest 7zip software and there should be no error message and things should extract as in the video.

2- MEM installer is crashing at step "X" at ("X"%): 


This happens for one of two main reasons:

A) The version of the game is pirated/unsupported (Don't report crashes if you are on pirated game-we don't support these because the files have been repacked/altered making it a pain to mod properly but also because we dont support piracy. Just buy the game :).

MEUITM Installer is tested working with all official releases Steam, Origin, Disc, the official digital localisations, as well as the Polish and Russian language localisations.

B) We are trying a new feature and something is temporarily broken (rare, but can happen).


3- My game is not saving anymore after installing the mod:

This has to do with your antivirus flagging MassEffect.exe after the changes MEM makes to the .exe are applied.  It seems to mainly affect disc versions of the game. Here is the fix found by users:

"So I found the problem. My antivirus is deleting my saves. Apparently MassEffect.exe was added to the blocked list and wasn't allow to read/write to my Documents folder. I removed MassEffect.exe from the blocked list and added to the Allow list. The issue has been resolved."

"Avast has several different "shields" that it runs in a modular fashion. The exclusions list is supposed to exclude that file or folder from ALL shield actions, but that isn't the case for whatever reason when it comes to this issue. I had the MassEffect.exe file listed, the masseffect/binaries folder listed, each of them separately, together, the whole damn Origin Games folder - nothing worked. The following worked:
1. Open up Avast interface (right click, or double click on the system tray icon on your taskbar)
2. Click on "Protection" (the lock icon on the left side bar)
3. Click on "Ransomware Shield"
4. Click "Blocked/allowed apps" 
5. Click the green "allow app" button and add the MassEffect.exe

I can confirm it is specifically the Avast Ransomware shield causing the issue. I totally disabled Avast and was able to save. Then I re-enabled Avast and manually turned on one shield module at a time, until I isolated Ransomware shield as the problem. No other component of Avast blocks Mass Effect. Perhaps Avast auto updated when I wasn't looking, but I have never had this issue before. Infuriating as it all was, not the mod's fault."

4- I'm experiencing micro stutter, it's annoying. Is there anyway to reduce?:

Maybe, yes.

This depends on your PC hardware and sensitivity to "microstutter" (as this can be subjective and Mass Effect 1 will always have some amount of microstutter due to the game engine).

For many this fixes a lot of their issue:

Find the bioengine.ini file in mycdocument\Bioware\MassEffect\config

Open the bioengine.ini file with notepad or wordpad etc...find and change the following section [TextureLODSettings] and replace with the following:

[TextureLODSettings]
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This will force 2k cap to texture rendering and in some cases improve microstutter (mileage may vary depending on hardware). Also this will degrade the textures from 4k to 2k so there is some visual sacrifice.

Uninstall:

Currently there are two ways to thoroughly uninstall the mod:  


The play it safe - If you backed up the vanilla files, you can simply delete the modded versions and replace with your backup and delete the bioengine.ini in the My Documents\Bioware\Config directory.

Ol' Faithful - Uninstall the game through windows program manager and delete the bioengine.ini in the My Documents\Bioware\Config directory.

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