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ME2Recalibrated (ME2Re) is an overhaul for Mass Effect 2 that fixes bugs and broken lore, rectifies poorly implemented content, restores cut material, and in a few small cases, adds new content to the game.

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Translations
  • Russian
Changelogs
11 April 2018 - New Optional File for Thane/Jack Alt Appearance DLC



ABOUT
ME2Recalibrated (ME2Re) is an overhaul for Mass Effect 2 that fixes bugs and broken lore, rectifies poorly implemented content, restores cut material, and in a few small cases, adds new content to the game. To be clear, ALL content has been fully modded into ME2. There are no Gibbed hacks here, no discrepancies in quest status between the journal, galaxy map, etc. Vanilla, just better.

The initial v1.0 release of ME2Re is large. A complete list of changes is located in the Release Notes and I encourage all new users to read this document. Doing so will prevent misunderstandings about what the mod does and doesn’t do, and in certain cases briefly explains specific development decisions.

This list is a VERY brief summary of the Release Notes:

  • Early Illium — Crescent Nebula and Tasale system are available after Freedom’s Progress
  • Expanded Recruitment — Thane and Samara are recruitable after Freedom’s Progress
  • Gated DLC — Overlord now opens after Horizon; Arrival is played post-suicide mission as a bridge to ME3
  • Main Missions — Bugfixes and improvements to the Suicide Mission, Collector Ship, recruitments for Mordin/Garrus/Grunt/Samara/Jack, and loyalty missions for Thane/Miranda/Tali
  • Side Missions — Bugfixes and improvements for Packages for Ish and False Positives/Found Forged IDs
  • Dialogue — Bugfixes and improvements for Jacob, Grunt, Chakwas, Liara, Tuchanka Overcaptain, and the Sophist advert on the Citadel. Restored cut content for the volus ship salesman and the C-Sec Security checkpoint on the Citadel.
  • Bug/Lore Fixes — For a variety of non-mission content. This includes emails, galaxy map content, codices (fixes and restorations), level edits, subtitle owners, assorted TLK references, Shadow Broker dossiers, SB model ship award, and Anderson. Anderson has many issues in ME2.
  • Saviour — Shepard's LI will now help them onto the Normandy at the final jump during the Suicide Mission. This will occur under two conditions: the LI is in Shepard's squad and survived the reaper fight OR the LI is already on the Normandy and Shepard's entire squad died at the Reaper fight. In any other situation the game will follow vanilla behavior.
  • FemShep Can Dance — FemShep now dances in Afterlife and Eternity more similar to ME1; BroShep continues to do the “Shepard Shuffle”.
  • Luna Returns — Luna is again on the galaxy map. Description ported from ME1 with additions as needed to match ME2 conventions.
  • A Real Breakup — The cabin photo of the ME1 LI can now be permanently removed, as long as you haven’t locked in a new romance. If not removed, then it will use the vanilla convention upon locking in an ME2 romance.
  • Intimidate Zaeed — Zaeed’s loyalty can now be earned via a new dialogue path and intimidate check when saving the refinery workers. Renegons and paragades, rejoice!
  • Consistent Liara — Liara’s facial appearance will no longer change during ME2. LOTSB now uses the texture as the base game (and will be replaced by any texture that replaces the base game’s). All her face properties (like eyecolor) have been transferred to LOTSB content AND compatible GUI textures have been included.
  • Better Launcher — Optional new launcher artwork and music provided

ME2Recalibrated is being released concurrently with Giftfish’s Textures for ME2. All new textures were made to be lore-friendly and were created with ME2Re in mind. I strongly encourage folks to download these and give them a try in game :)


REQUIREMENTS
Before installing ME2Re, it’s important to be aware of a few requirements:

  • ME2Re is for new playthroughs, only. This is non-negotiable. It needs to set new plot data to work properly and these plots will not be set on an existing PT without ME2Re installed. 
  • ME2Re is made for English localizations, only. It *will not* work for other localizations. If you attempt to use it anyway, I will not answer questions, nor provide technical support. More information about localizations can be found here.
  • ME2Re requires use of Erik JS's DLL Patcher for ME2 DLC. This must be downloaded and installed, separately. Users should follow the author’s instructions; I cannot provide assistance.


INSTALLATION
Like ME3Recalibrated, ME2Recalibrated is, for the most part, a DLC mod. Due to certain differences between ME2 andME3, it is not a full DLC mod for this release. I’ll continue to investigate this in the future and attempt to complete the implementation.

See the Install Guide for further instructions. Both the guide and the Release Notes can be downloaded here and are available on Google Docs.


COMPATIBILITY + TRANSLATIONS
ME2Recalibrated is compatible with all mods released by myself, and any other mod that doesn't change the same game assets. Users should compare files across their DLC mods to check for themselves. Other DLC mods can override ME2Re if they have higher "mount priority". For more information on compatibility, see this Nexus article and this page of the ThaneMOD website.

ME2Re is explicitly incompatible with three existing mods for ME2 at the time of release: Just Talking For a Bit and Illium Landing Movie Mod by Deager, and MrFob’s Arrival Triggering Mod. All are redundant with content in ME2Re and should be removed prior to commencing your playthrough.

Translations of ME2Re, when available, are created by other modders, downloaded separately, and are used on top of ME2Re's main files. If a translation exists for your game's localization, it will be linked at the top of this page. If it does not exist, you cannot use the mod.

Modders interested in creating patches or translations for my mods should refer to this page on the ThaneMOD website.


BUGS
ME2Recalibrated has undergone a large amount of testing, and no bugs are known at this time. If you run into any problems, use the information provided here before reporting.


FUTURE RELEASES
Mass Effect 2 has a lot of bugs. This initial release represents everything I could address in about 3 months of development. I do plan on more releases in the future, but they'll be on deck as I continue to work on (and finish) ThaneMOD v3.0.


CREDITS
ME2Recalibrated is brought to you by Giftfish. This mod is not affiliated with or endorsed by BioWare Corp. or Electronic Arts, Inc.

Much appreciation to:

  • Barddoc1992, for feedback, discussion, editing, testing, and moral support
  • Circadian, for testing
  • Deager, for technical discussion, feedback, and permission to let me run with a couple of his ideas <3
  • Kinkojiro, for technical discussion, feedback, and never-ending inspiration
  • ThaneMOD Forum Community, for feedback and ideas
  • ME3Explorer Toolset Team, creators of the best modding tool for Mass Effect


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