ME2 Graphics tweaks by Arjed
Mass Effect 2 » Visuals and Graphics
Added: 29/08/2017 - 12:31PM
Updated: 13/09/2017 - 12:11PM

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Last updated at 12:11, 13 Sep 2017 Uploaded at 12:31, 29 Aug 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 2 we don`t see all graphic options in main menu or in MassEffect2Config.

GamerSettings.ini - is user`s custom configuration file that overrides base game graphical settings that stored in Coalesced.ini.

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;
- Disable PostProcessEffects - Bloom, FilmGrain, MotionBlur, DepthOfField, AmbientOcclusion;
- Increased Texture resolution, Level of Detail, quality;
- Increased Shadow resolution, saturation, quality, filtering;
- Performance optimization;
- Console enabled, key: [<`>] (tilde);

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;

Bioware when creating ME2 used DepthOfField, Bloom and LensFlares PostProcessEffects to hide LowResolution textures via blurring them.
When you turn them off in config file they may look less detailed and sharp.
World color schema may look 'washed out' - colors became less saturated.

I recomend 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 ME2 in My documents the game creates folder 'BioWare\Mass Effect 2\' and config file GamerSettings.ini with in-game settings by-default.
Game engine will automatically generate settings for your PC in GamerSettings.ini / [AppCompat];
When you change Graphic settings (for example screen resolution) - all changes you apply will be stored in GamerSettings.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 2\BIOGame\Config > place file there > override ? > yes.

Alternative installation: Open tweaked file and copy all lines exept those are present in your default GamerSettings.ini :
[AppCompat], [SaveGames], Resolution.

====================== 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 2\BIOGame\Config and open GamerSettings.ini;
- in there right-click on GamerSettings.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 GamerSettings.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 GamerSettings.ini).

If you want edit Coalesced. ini:
ME2IniFixer  // This program will adapt changes you made in Coalesced. ini to game (by using proper UNIX format coding). Without this you`ll can`t launch the game properly //;
Place it to: Mass Effect 2\BioGame\Config\PC\Cooked\...
Each time you make changes and save the file - launch ME2IniFixer.
- (notepad++) - after you add changes you can save it and adapt file to make it compilable with the game by using ME2IniFixer (if you didn`t close notepad++ after applying changes by inifixer and switch to file again - notepad++ asks that the program added changes (adaptation) - 'This file has been modified by another program. Do you want to reload it? > yes')
OR Mass Effect 2 Coalesced Editor

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

Resolution: 1920x1080
AF (Anisotropic filtering): 16x
AA (Anti-aliasing): none
SweetFX or ENB: several screenshots with SweetFX for compare;

Screenshots with explanations of post process effects and shadows properties.

====================== My Mass Effect trilogy mods ======================
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