About this mod

Graphics improvements by using Unreal engine 3 technics

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

In Mass Effect 2 we don`t see all graphic options in main menu or in MassEffect2Config.
The main goal of this tweaks is to make the game look better by enhancing, altering and disabling in-game settings.

- Custom in-game resolution;
- Disabled Post Process Effects - 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 compatibility add SweetFX, Reshade, 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.
> You may use mods that increase textures resolution.

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, Reshade, 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.

Other textures mods - full;
ALOT - download compatibility file > override ALOT file;

+++ Alternative installation: Open tweaked file and copy all lines except those are present in your default GamerSettings.ini;

Personalize your system in "Optional settings to add/edit" section of readme;

/ If you want to rollback to default settings just delete GamerSettings.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 2\BIOGame\Config and open GamerSettings.ini;
- in there > right-click on GamerSettings.ini > 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 > main panel > plugins > Compare > Compare > Now you can see differences between two files - they are highlighted.

If you want edit Coalesced. ini:
ME2IniFixer  // This program will recode changes you made in Coalesced.ini for game. 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.
- after you add changes you can save it and recode file with ME2IniFixer (if you didn`t close notepad++ after applying changes by in infixer and open file again - notepad++ asks that the programm added changes (recoding) - 'This file has been modified by another program. Do you want to reload it? > yes')
OR Mass Effect 2 Coalesced Editor

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

Resolution: 1920x1080
AA (Anti-aliasing): none
SweetFX, Reshade, ENB: several screenshots with SweetFX for compare
ALOT: no

Screenshots with explanations of post process effects and shadows properties.

====================== My Mass Effect trilogy mods ======================
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ME2 Weaponry tweaks

ME1 Graphics tweaks
ME1 Gameplay tweaks

ME3 Graphics tweaks
ME3 Gameplay tweaks
ME3 Weaponry tweaks