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Custom gameplay settings (with detailed descriptions). Enable hidden options. Fixes for several aspects of the game. Make gameplay simplier/harder as you want.

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

BIOGame.ini, BIOParty.ini, BIOInput.ini, BIOGuiResources.ini - main configuration files, where all gameplay settings are stored.

Location: C:\Users\<USER_NAME>\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Config\...

Main goal of this tweaks for gameplay:
- Change in-game settings as you want;
- Fixes for several aspects of the game;
- Enable hidden options;
- Make gameplay  simpler/harder as you want;
- Alter planetary gravity;

^ Game system settings: ^
+++ Disable logo movies and alter credits scroll time;
When you pass ME1 for 2-nd, 3-d time and more - intro videos starts to be annoying a bit;

+++ Quickload option added;
Press [<F9>] to load your quicksave;
!!! Manual setting required - see Readme;

+++ Sprint running speed fix: in exploration mode you will run in the same speed as in combat mode;

+++ Added custom controls options: Pause, Player camera view control, Teleport, Hide HUD, Fly camera, Take screenshots, Show FPS:

- Pause [<F1> press on/off]; - allows you to pause game in: conversations, exploration and combat modes;
- Player camera [<F3>] - 1st person, [<F2>] - 3-rd person+, [<F4>] - default view; - This buttons are set camera view distance;
- Teleport [<F6>] - Player can be teleported into flat surface in combat mode;
- Hide Scaleform [<F7> press on/off] - (HUD & Subtitles & Messages & Hints & Interface panels) - interactive objects display on screen in and out of combat mode;
- Hide HUD [<F8> press on/off]; - Hides HUD - interactive objects display on screen in and out of combat mode; In combat mode hides all elements except quick access bar; In exploration mode hides all elements except subtitles);
Press [<F8>]  or [<F7>] + [<F11>]  to take creenshot without interactive objects display;
- Fly camera [<F10> press on/off]; - allows you to fly across the level map and take beautiful screenshots;
- Take screenshot - [<F11>];
Screenshots will be stored in: 'C:\Users\<USER_NAME>\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\BIOGame\ScreenShots\...';
- Show FPS [<F12> press on/off]; - show fps counter;

+++ Levitation enabled - [<Z> hold for levitate];
Shepard now can levitate [when holding button] -  by using 30-45 degrees ground flat surface as launchpad;
Note: this is Unreal engine 3 default console option that allows limited player-fly ability with locked camera - use with caution! - don`t fly over map;

+++ Ghost mode enabled - [<X> hold for walk through walls];
Shepard now can float in any direction, even through walls [when holding button] -  you can walk through all surfaces - all obstructions will be removed;
Note: this is Unreal engine 3 default console option that allows limited player-fly ability with locked camera - use with caution! - don`t fly over map;

+++ Game speed acceleration option - [<MiddleMouseButton> press for 5x game speed increase];
Very handy for travel fast across the map + it also works with cutscenes;

+++ Console enabled - [< ` >] (tilde);

^ Main game settings: ^  
- Dialog system optimization -  wheel appears immediately, and helps prevent choosing unwanted answers when skipping dialogue;
- Notifications display time reduced;
- Map scroll speed increased;

^ Player properties: ^
- Medkits & grenades: increased each capacity to 10 (without upgrades);
- Inventory capacity: Increased to 500;
- Decreased delay from storm to melee combat;
- Heartbeat sound when your health is low disabled;

^Combat tweaks:^
- MAKO XP count system alteration - this option will give you the same combat XP in the Mako as on foot;
- Reduced combat mode duration - how much time pass between combat and exploration modes;
- Squadmate`s health on resurection modifier increased - up to 30%/40%/60% per skill level;
- Greatly reduced sniper rifle recoil;
- Squadmates now can lean to cover;
- Reduced time in seconds for player/squad to start using cover;
- Increased movement speed when player is in cover;
- Increased corpse cleanup time (How many seconds the game will wait before attempting remove a corpse from the game);

^Mix settings to edit:^ (described and not included in mod)
- Global planetary gravity value;
- Activate AUTOSAVE option;
- Usage of global power cooldown - it can be turned off;
- Health regeneration speed;
- Enable friendly fire;
- Change/disable lighting for all weapons;
- Accuracy values for weapons;
- Weapon fire distance;
- Combat distance values;
- Activate realistic enemy hit reactions (physics on dead bodies);
- Changes the color and transparency of the subtitles;
- Codex audio time appearance - it can be turned off;
- Idle NPC conversations subtitles show and voice distance;
- Turn tutorials off;
- Set custom shop discount % (default is 15%) and sell/buy prices;
- Set custom merchant`s buy and sell prices modifiers;
- Set the amount of items that you can buy back after selling to Merchants;
- Set  the amount of items displayed in merchant`s inventory;

Detailed  descriptions are provided in Readme file;
Buttons can be remapped - see readme;

When you launch ME1 in My documents the game creates folder 'BioWare\Mass Effect\' and config files: BIOGame.ini, BIOParty.ini, BIOInput.ini, BIOGuiResources.ini with in-game settings by-default.
When you change Gameplay settings or controls - all changes you apply will be stored in BIOGame.ini and BIOInput.ini;
When you delete file or folder there - the game will create a NEW one with default settings;

====================== INSTALLATION - first of all MAKE BKP ======================

Place 'BIOGame.ini, BIOParty.ini, BIOInput.ini, BIOGuiResources.ini' to: 
C:\Users\<USER_NAME>\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Config\... > override ? > yes.

When you create new character place downloaded files AFTER saving game (game set all options by default after you create new character);

!!! Important: ME1 drops settings each time you launch the game. To prevent this:
BIOGame.ini, BIOParty.ini, BIOInput.ini, BIOGuiResources.ini > right mouse button click on file > Properties > set (click) READ ONLY parameter;

^Optional download - Planetary gravity:^

Global gravity alteration - value decreased to 1/3 of normal Earth-type gravity;
Mass Effect is a game about space in which there is an opportunity to explore the planets. 
Have you ever thought about why:
- all planets without atmosphere have Earth type gravity;
- MAKO with powerful shunting engines can't lift from the surface above 3 meters, but can climb on steep, 90 degree rocks;

The purpose of the gravity change is to give us the opportunity to get the gaming experience of the space explorer;
- Gravity affects only of those objects which can/can be lifted up in the air/space - it doesn`t affect normal character`s movement mechanics;
- Since in ME1 there is no player jumping mechanics - only MAKO able to jump/lift;

/ If you want to rollback to default settings just delete BIOGame.ini, BIOParty.ini, BIOInput.ini, BIOGuiResources.ini /;

====================== 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 BIOGame.ini, BIOParty.ini, BIOInput.ini, BIOGuiResources.ini;
- in there > right-click on the selected file > open with notepad++

// How to compare two files in Notepad++ ? //
- in Notepad++ add plugin "Compare" (main pannel > 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 ini-s > main pannel > 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 higlighted;

====================== NOTES ======================

You  always can edit gameplay properties as you want: with this mod files or your default/moded ini-s;

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

ME2 Graphics tweaks
ME2 Gameplay tweaks
ME2 Weaponry tweaks

ME3 Graphics tweaks
ME3 Gameplay tweaks
ME3 Weaponry tweaks