Mass Effect 2

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About this mod

This mod aims to upscale and remaster all prerendered cutscenes, that by definition no texture mod can fix.

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A Lot Of Videos (ALOV)

This mod aims to fix all of the low resolution, prerendered, video-based cutscenes and loading screens all across the Mass Effect Trilogy.

ALOV for ME1
ALOV for ME3

What does this mod do?
ALOV is a project inspired by A Lot of Textures (ALOT) by CreeperLava, that upscales all of the prerendered cutscenes in the Mass Effect Trilogy, that cannot be fixed or upgraded with texture/content mods, to 1080p/4K (and in some cases 60fps)

Mass Effect games have 2 types of visuals displayed in them:
  1. Real-time rendered visuals, which consist of things like 3D models, textures, menus etc.
  2. Cutscenes and loading screens that are just video files - scenes similar to point 1, but rendered out before and then just played out.
In the case of the first, there are many mods improving them, from texture overhaul mods like ALOT, to story overhaul mods like EGM. But since these prerendered cutscenes are just videos files - no texture, model, or other graphics mod can help them.

The only way to make them better is to fully substitute them for newer and better prerendered videos. Ones that have higher resolution and higher bitrate, so more details are shown to the player. This was achieved using Gigapixel AI to upscale each video frame by frame.

The ALOV project has been featured on Eurogamer, IGN, DSOGaming, Overclock3D, DFTG and TheGamer.


Our work in numbers:

Mass Effect 2 + DLC features 202 prerendered .BIK videos, weighing together 3 GB:
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These original BIKs had a resolution of 720p with an average bitrate of 1.4 Mbit/s
The same ones upgraded to 1080p have a bit rate of about 3.4 Mbit/s and in the 4K variant, it is about 9 Mbit/s.

ALOV for ME2 Contents
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ALOV for ME2 includes 3 miscellaneous localized videos. These contain the opening shot "Electronic Arts Presents..", Normandy SR1 attack and the generic loading screen. For the German/French/Polish/Italian versions of the game (which have both subtitles and dubbed voices), all 3 videos are present. However for the Spanish/Russian/Hungarian/Czech versions of the game, only the opening shot and loading screen are present.


Compatibility:

ALOV for ME2 is fully compatible with all mods, with some minor exceptions.

ALOV for ME2 is NOT compatible with Shorter Loadings or 4x Faster Loading Screens at 60fps. ALOV's loading screens are already 400% faster than vanilla and run at 60fps, so these mods will be overwritten by ALOV. A Shorter Loadings version may come in the future.

ME2 Recalibrated is compatible, but contains 2 Illium loading screens that will play instead of ALOV's. This issue is minor enough that we don't consider a patch worth the effort.

As this mod does not alter any game files beyond videos, it may be treated like a texture mod. This means that you can install this mod if ALOT is already installed. That said, I do recommend installing this mod before or alongside ALOT.


Installation (ALOT Installer Method):

  1. Download the newest version's 7z file
  2. Drag into the ALOT installer. 1080p version only.
  3. Install alongside your texture mods!
Installation (Mod Manager Method):
  1. Download the newest version's 7z file
  2. Drag into ME3Tweaks Mod Manager
  3. Click Apply Mod

The mod is also available for download via torrent.
Each torrent is folder based, meaning you can choose either the 1080p or 4K version, or both.
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If you don't have a torrenting program I suggest you use Transmission.
(Unlike most of the mainstream torrenters like BitTorrent, or uTorrent, this one doesn't collect your personal data)



Team and Credits:

Project Lead: Audemus
AI Upscaling Runners:
  • AnomalyDetected
  • Autoola
  • Kholdstare
  • Noble Auditore
ALOT/Mod Manager Integration: Mgamerz
QA Testing: HHL, Khaar, Mistress Pirotessa, drakonous7
Cloud Storage Provided By: bosp

Special Thanks:
  • Mellin
  • Mgamerz
  • bosp
  • Topaz Gigapixel
  • Adobe



Additional thanks to our discord communities:
ME3 Modding Workshop community
ALOT community https://discord.gg/R8FfcTh
ME3Tweaks community https://discord.gg/73XVYPz