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This is an exhaustive, easy to install graphical overhaul mod for the Mass Effect Trilogy. Designed to work with MEUITM.

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A LOT OF TEXTURES (ALOT)



CREDIT : ALOT is a project that was initiated by myself, CreeperLava, but couldn't have come so far without the contributions of many artists, developpers and the input of countless users. A complete list of the textures in ALOT and their respective authors is available here.

Many artists contributed to ALOT, namely AlvaroMe, commositore, CDAMJC, CreeperLava, cristi1990an, DeadMeat, ELE08, Ellise, heleuss, JeanLuc761, JimbobJeffers, MaryseDynasty, Mellin, Mgamerz, mylastsong18, Ottemis, smarteck, sulezraz, Tarshana, TheDarkFalkon, ThinkBlueN7. Special thanks to CDAMJC for sharing his draft of a ME2 MEUITM with the ALOT project.

The ALOT team currently consists of three people : myself, aquadran and Mgamerz. AlvaroMe is the honorary fourth member, but he has left the modding scene for now. Mgamerz and aquadran developed and provided vital support for two essential tools used by ALOT, namely MassEffectModder and the ALOT Installer. Thank you also to KFreon for ImageEngine.



WHAT IS THIS MOD ?

TL;DR A Lot Of Textures (ALOT) is a visual upgrade of the Mass Effect trilogy (ME1, ME2, ME3). ALOT for ME1 in particular is meant as a complementary addon to MEUITM, but can also be used as a standalone mod. Together, the 2 mods contain over 7 GB of unparalleled high resolution goodness, with around 1000 textures. The result is a game that is much more pleasing to look at, and thus more enjoyable to play.

Now the long version :
  • ALOT is a project to provide a much needed visual upgrade to the entire Mass Effect trilogy. With thousands of high resolution textures across all 3 games, it is also the largest modding project of its kind for any game. ALOT provides high resolution textures for squad mates, environments, weapons, armours, enemies, allies... Pretty much everything. Even multiplayer !
  • Despite the large number of textures in ALOT, quality primes over quantity. Respect of vanilla (ie unmodded) style is paramount. Every single texture in ALOT was carefully handpicked with that in mind, from the work of many contributing mod authors.
  • Furthermore, ALOT restores a large number of unused, high resolution textures from the vanilla game, that were hidden away in the game files. This to replace the downscaled version of these textures that you see in game.
  • During the installation of ALOT, the installer will also modify the game's INI settings for improved dynamic shadows and texture rendering.
We welcome any contributions to the mod, you can come and talk with us on Discord if you're interested :).

The ALOT project was featured on PCGamer, DSOG, RockPaperShotgun, Kotaku, Gry-Online, PCGames, and many others.
Comparison screenshots available here.



INSTALLATION

0. Install content mods before ALOT (eg Controller Support mod, etc). Don't install MEUITM specific editions of these mods.
If you want to use MEUITM, you can install it before or after ALOT. There is no overlap, so the order does not matter.
1. Follow the overly detailed installation tutorial available here. ALOT is now installed.
2. Install any other texture mods you want, after ALOT, using the Installer.
To install TPF, DDS, MOD mods, simply run the Installer, drag & drop them on it, and click install. Make sure the user files box is checked.

To uninstall, use the Installer's backup & restore functionality (see guide above). By restoring an unmodded (vanilla) backup, you can revert your game to its initial state. If you don't have a backup, the only way to vanilla your game is to remove the game's folder and redownload it through Origin.

If you have any issues or questions, first read the FAQ (see below) to see if it is already answered there. If it isn't, come over on Discord and discuss it with us. You can also join us there to talk about ALOT, modding, or whatever you want :).



FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS

ME1 INI Settings.
Optimal INI settings are automatically applied by the ALOT Installer. It is ill-advised to further change INI settings related to graphics. Full list of changes available here.

NVIDIA / AMD Control Panel.
The truly essential settings to enable are Anti-Aliasing, Ambient Occlusion and Triple Buffering (thanks brkbeatjunkie for the research). Guide available here. The other useful settings available are already modified by the ALOT Installer, directly in the game's INI settings.
Be careful however, tweaking these settings will drop your FPS. Make sure your computer can take it. Bad tweaks may also cause graphical glitches (this video for example, will make your game look like that).

ENBs, SweetFX and other graphical enhancement tools.
Here are some examples : SweetFX and ENB for ME1, others can be found here.
The Cinema Mod is best for, you guessed it, cinematic, atmospheric graphics. Send screenshots !



UPDATING ALOT

1. Download the Installer from here, if you don't have it anymore. Run it. If you still have it, run it all the same.
2. The Installer will tell you if an update is available.
  • If it is a minor update (eg version 2018.6.4 came out and you have version 2018.6.0 installed), just download the update from Nexus, drag & drop it over the Installer and click Install.
  • If it is a major update (eg version 2018.7.0 came out and you have version 2018.6.4 installed), you will need to restore your game to vanilla and follow the instructions in the Installation section above.



FAQ

1. General Advice
  • Pirated copies of ME1 and its DLCs may or may not work, in any case, they won't be supported.
  • Turn Origin's auto update setting off. Otherwise, Origin can overwrite modded game files with the originals without asking. If that happens, reinstall everything.
  • If using Steam, run the game once before running the ALOT Installer. Otherwise the game won't be detected.
  • Avira and Bitdefender were reported to cause issues with MEM and the Installer. As a general rule, deactivate your antivirus when installing ALOT.

2. Is ALOT compatible with [insert popular mod here] ?
Don't install mods or patches built specifically for MEUITM, follow the same instructions as if your game doesn't have MEUITM.
Install all content mods (eg Controller Support, etc) before ALOT.
Install all texture and meshes mods (ie TPF, DDS or MOD files) after ALOT, so they'll overwrite ALOT.
To install TPF, DDS, MOD mods, simply run the Installer, drag & drop them on it, and click install.
For more generic information about mod formats, read this article.

3. How do I make a backup ?
You can backup and restore your game from the Installer's interface. Look into the Settings menu. Your game needs to be completely unmodded to make a backup. You can then restore at any time through the same menu.

4. Installer not running ?
The installer requires Microsoft Framework .NET 4.7.2. If you don't have it installed, you can download it here.
Applications like RivaTuner or MSI Afterburner can prevent the Installer from launching, for some reason. Disable these applications, install ALOT, then enable them again.

5. Cannot save the game ?
The antivirus Avast has been reported to block the game's access to the saves folder, for some obscure reason. Deactivate it and you should be able to save.

6. Quadrant box graphical glitch on main menu
This issue has been reported to be caused by ReShade combined with the recommended Nvidia Inspector settings or driver level forced AA. The solution is to not use ReShade or driver settings. You can use Downsampling (DSR) to replace both.

7. Limit maximum texture resolution to 2K
Run MEM from the Installer's settings panel, select Mass Effect 1 and in the dropdown menu click "Update LOD Settings (2K)". To restore 4K, follow the same settings but select "Update LOD Settings" instead.

8. Game crashing at startup ?
Try removing or renaming the file "dsound.dll" in "Mass Effect 1\Binaries". It has been reported that this file causes issues with some hardware setups.
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