ME1 Graphics tweaks by Arjed
Mass Effect 1 » Visuals and Graphics
Added: 03/09/2017 - 01:11PM
Updated: 13/09/2017 - 03:26PM

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Last updated at 15:26, 13 Sep 2017 Uploaded at 13:11, 3 Sep 2017

Graphic improvements by using enhanced Unreal engine 3 in-game settings.

Mass Effect trilogy is build on Unreal Engine 3 which base settings can be tweaked by editing game configuration files - .ini-s.

In Mass Effect 1 we don`t see all graphic options in main menu or in MassEffectConfig.

BIOEngine.ini - is game base configuration file where graphical settings are stored.

The main goal of this tweaks is to make the game look better by enhancing, altering and disabling in-game settings.

There are several improvements:
- Custom in-game resolution;
was set to 1920x1080  (1280x960 max - by default);
setting instructions in Readme;
- Disable PostProcessEffects - Bloom, FilmGrain, MotionBlur, DepthOfField, AmbientOcclusion;
- Increased Texture resolution, Level of Detail, quality;
- Increased Shadow resolution, saturation, quality, filtering;
- Performance optimization;
- Shorter level loadings;

Detailed descriptions are provided in Readme file;

^ World textures, shadows and characters looks sharp, less glowing, more detailed, more bright;
^ Here is used vanilla game engine technics that cause less impact on performance, none game crashes; 
^ Possibility to:
  - safe with full capability add SweetFX and ENB presets;
  - change native in-game settings as you see fit;

I recommend to add:
- Anti-aliasing in your graphic card to smooth world textures (greater screen resolution - less AA needed);
Multisampling (MSAA):
1920x1080 - 2x
1680x1050, 1600x900 - 2x or 4x
1366x768 and less - 8x
- Use SweetFX and ENB presets to increase and alter game color schema;

When you launch ME1 in My documents the game creates folder 'BioWare\Mass Effect\' and config file BIOEngine.ini with in-game settings by-default.
When you change Graphic settings (for example screen resolution) - all changes you apply will be stored in BIOEngine.ini;
When you delete file or folder there - the game will create a new one with default settings.

INSTALLATION - C:\Users\<USER_NAME>\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Config > place file there > override ? > yes.

Language: by default I set INT (international), to set yours:

! Important: ME1 drops graphical settings each time you launch the game. To prevent this:
BIOEngine > right mouse button click on file > Properties > set (click) READ ONLY parameter;

Alternative installation: Open tweaked file and copy all lines exept those are present in your default BIOEngine.ini.

Recommended installations:
Programs that patch x86 executables in order to let them have 4GB (instead of only 2) of virtual memory on x64 platforms. This tools comes very handy for applications which need a great amount of virtual memory like games, 3D renderization, multimedia etc.
Large address aware
For comfy playing.

====================== EDIT ======================

Download Notepad++ 6.9.1
DO NOT USE Word, Wordpad or notepad - this will screw up your game.
- go to: C:\Users\<USER_NAME>\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Config and open BIOEngine.ini;
- in there right-click on BIOEngine.ini and open with notepad++

// How to compare two files in Notepad++ ? //
In Notepad++ add plugin 'Compare' (main panel > plugins> plugin manager > show plugin manager > find plugin 'Compare' > Install > (if program asks if you would like to update manager - yes, only once). Open two BIOEngine.ini-s> main panel > plugins> Compare > select one of two files 'set a first to compare' > switch to second file > plugins> Compare > compare > Now you can see differences between two files - they are highlighted)

(If you want to rollback to default settings just delete BIOEngine.ini).

======== Screenshots =========

Resolution: 1920x1080
AF (Anisotropic filtering): 16x
AA (Anti-aliasing): none
SweetFX or ENB: none
MEUITM textures: no

Screenshots with explanations of post process effects and shadows properties.

====================== My Mass Effect trilogy mods ======================
ME1 Gameplay tweaks

ME2 Graphics tweaks
ME2 Gameplay tweaks
ME2 Weaponry tweaks

ME3 Graphics tweaks