Mass Effect Legendary Edition
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About this mod

Expanded Shepard Armory mod unlocks helmetless versions of the official DLC armors to players who wish to use them and see their Shepard's faces; as well as adds additional armors and casual outfits ported from Mass Effect 1, 3 and Andromeda.

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Description


Finally, at long last, after so many port requests, so many questions, DMs, tags, coming to the Legendary Edition, Shepards of both genders shall be able to enjoy the official DLC armors (Inferno, Collector, Cerberus, Terminus and Blood Dragon) without a helmet! Additionally, several new armors from Mass Effect 1 and 3 have been ported back in, all with BRAND NEW textures and materials. Welcome to Expanded Shepard Armory Legendary Edition, REMASTERED for you, the player, and also you, the modder (more on that later)

Expanded Shepard Armory adds additional "Chest" options to Shepard locker which include all of the DLC armors without helmet. Since these new "chests" already include legs, arms and shoulders; new options for removing those have been added to the end of each section of the locker. They are easily recognizable by the name "None". The original full body armors remain untouched, meaning you can swap between full body and helmetless, whenever you have access to the armor locker. The new armors lack voice modulation and can be combined with whichever regular headgear you want. Did you ever wish to use the Kuwashii Visor and Cerberus Armor together? Now you can! Don't forget to tint your headgear to match your new helmetless armors. Although you might be tempted to try some of the new headgear too!

Moreover, Expanded Shepard Armory includes several new casual outfits, taken from Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect Andromeda. These outfits are available for both genders and should provide a new touch to your Shepard while on the Normandy for your next Mass Effect 2 run.

IMPORTANT LEGENDARY EDITION NOTICE. Gear that is NOT Cerberus branded MUST NOW BE ACQUIRED through in-game means. Casual outfits and armors are now in most cases found on stores across the Citadel and Omega so players can acquire them early on in their playthroughs. There is two extra sets of Cerberus armors to be researched on the Tech Lab, so make sure to give some use to those damned minerals! There is an exception with some gear that has a unique way to be acquired by just playing the game. Will your Shepard earn it?

The entire vanilla wardrobe has been reworked and some of the vanilla options are now on stores since Bioware added them without any explanation. However, ESA offers even MORE default gear, simply, Cerberus branded. No content has been removed from the game, simply relocated and at affordable places and locations.

New Default Gear: from now Shepard will wake up both on Lazarus Station and on Project Base (Arrival) on their undies, instead of Cerberus casuals. This option is overriden in New Game+ saves, as whatever you were wearing before import will take precedence. Moreover, the armor Shepard will get from the locker at the beginning of the game will be the Cerberus Ajax one and not N7. Furthermore, when landing on planets or areas in which a breather is needed, the game will not default to the N7 helmet if not wearing a full helmet, but to a Cerberus issued breather instead. N7 gear will still be unlocked after playing through the Lazarus Station and can be selected for Freedom's Progress as normal.


Installation



This mod REQUIRES to be installed with the latest ME3Tweaks Mod Manager version by Mgamerz. Make sure you let it update to the latest build after installation, in order to make sure that alternate files are correctly installed.

The mod is in DLC form, so its installation is as simple as drag and drop the .7z file into the Mod Manager and let it work its magic. This mod is INCOMPATIBLE with any BASEGAME Coalesced mod. I am sorry but I am not going to support butchering the main config file of the game. So if you run into issues, please check you are using a vanilla Coalesced first of all.

So you are a modder creating outfits and would love to have them featured on a store as well? Afraid of coding one? Not wanting to bother with all the sequencing required? Patching hell? ESA framework is an OPEN resource for any modder that wants their creations to be available as purchases through this mod. What does this mean? You release your mod with your models, your textures, even your descriptions and/or stats, and you contact me telling me where you wish your creation to be available and under which conditions. We would settle on your mod having an UNIQUE in-memory bool that ESA will then use to check if the catalogues should display your content based on your mod presence. What do I require from you? JUST A SINGLE PICTURE of your creation. You keep your assets, your downloads and even donations if you are into that. A good deal, right? Just make sure to contact me and we can settle on the details. Welcome to a new area of BUILT-IN COMPATIBILITY for those who care for it. Those who don't, fair enough, but do not expect me to patch further when the framework has been created for ALL.


Recommended mods


New Armor Colors by Jade: this mod adds 595 new colors to Tint 1, Tint 2, and Pattern Colors in the Armor Customization screen.

(ME2LE) No Headgear for Squadmates
 by ThaliaGraces: this mod removes (or alters) the headgear on squadmates' Alternate Appearance Pack armors.

EGM Armors for LE2 and LE3 by Kinkojiro: this mod adds the Initiative Armors from Ark Mod and MP Armors from EGM all set up as a brand new DLC Mod for LE2. Includes T5-V Battlesuit, N7 Pathfinder, Initiative Spearpoint, N7 Slayer and many more.

Early Recruitment
 by Beccatoria: this mod allows for early recruitment of Thane, Samara and Tali; early access to Illium and early access to Tuchanka if Wrex is the clan leader.

Customizable Default Femshep Headmorph for Legendary Edition 1-2 by Jenya66 and NoiraFayn: a Default Femshep headmorph for you to customize in save editor.

Customizable Default Maleshep Headmorph for Legendary Edition 1-2 by Jenya66 and NoiraFayn: a Default Maleshep headmorph for you to customize in save editor.

More Gay Romances by Mentlegen: is a mod that adds more same-gender romance options to the game. As of this version, Miranda and Jack have been added as romance options for FemShep in LE2. Future releases will add Miranda and Jack as romance options for FemShep in LE3.


Un-Installation


Use the Mod Manager to remove the mod. Savegames aren't dependent of it, so it can be safely removed and/or added at any point during your game. Savegames using these armors after uninstallation of the mod will default to the N7 Armor/Cerberus Fatigues, so make sure to reequip your armor/casual of choice.


Known Issues



None. The mod has been throughly tested by several people and should be bug free now. However, in the event of strange behaviors happening regarding the use of the armors, do not hesitate to provide a description of your issues.

Currently the mod is only localized in English. It will however work with any language of the game. New armors will simply have their descriptions set in English. This may eventually change if enough people provide quality translations.

Although technically not an issue, I feel the need to point out that if you never dress your Shepard at Minuteman Station (after Lazarus), they will arrive to the Normandy on their undies. Dressing Shepard REQUIRES hitting APPLY on the armor locker. It's not a bug if you forgot to dress up...


History

07/10/2020 - Original OT Public Release
11/07/2020 - N7 Day Release 2.0
05/11/2021 - Final Pre-Legendary Edition Release 3.0
06/21/2021 - Speedrunning Edition Release
07/22/2021 - Legendary Edition Release
07/30/2021 - Hotfix + German and French Localizations



Contact


You may contact me through the Nexus Forums.


Credits & Acknowledgements

  • ThaliaGraces: how can I start thanking you? ESA became our baby from this beautiful friendship we have formed between each other over lots of curses, bugs, laughs and crying. You have been there for me since the latest OT versions and you deserve as much credit as I for the finalized product. Every new Andromeda based texture is yours to claim, male Spectre gear... Amazing job, always striving for perfection and the best of details. Thank you for being a friend and supporting me and joining me in long voice chats when I needed the most. You are the best to work with, but most importantly, a friend.
  • Ellia/Anshela: without your teeny tiny fix, this mod would not even be working as intended. Proof that the smallest thing in the world can make the biggest change. Thank you for all your testing, saves, shared laughs with THE bug, being a shoulder to cry on and being there to listen to my rants. You are the best.
  • Kinkojiro: the true MVP. You made sure the OT mod would work, and now have helped me with the new part that eluded me while working in conjunction with your projects. A pleasure and I hope for more contributions on the future. LE modding is looking bright.
  • JadeBarker: thank you for the support and feedback.
  • Jenya66: thank you for all the support and cursed memes. You are my favorite Pokémon and that goes without saying. Thank you for your hard work on making the Joker Helmet be of proper use for both genders. Thank you for the new research pictures too.
  • Audemus: thank you for creating the base for Project Phoenix Armor Texture based on Miranda's Alternate Appearance Pack.
  • Mellin: thank you for allowing me to include the beautiful Mass Effect Andromeda ports you have made for Project Variety 3, as part of this mod.
  • Horography: thank you for having open permissions on your Mass Effect 3 mods. Your Tank Top models were a beautiful addition for this mod. Thank you for going ahead and sending me the raw assets of your new version for me to include. I hope you enjoy to see them here.
  • ELE08: thank you for having open permissions for using your fixed meshes on the CAT6 and Miranda's armors for Femshep. I hope you approve of the appropriate use they have been given here.
  • PoophairJones: thank you for having open permissions on your mods and thus allowing me to include a more realistic and close body option for males to that of Mass Effect 1.
  • Kani Hime: thank you for allowing free ports of your original mods to the Legendary Edition.
  • Lito Perezito: thank you for taking the time to give male Shepard's underwear model the accurate anatomy he deserves. Enough with censoring the hint of male genitalia existing and on the other hand, over sexualizing female models with even greater breasts.
  • Strife: thank you for providing all the interesting descriptions the mod now has for the stores. Your enthusiasm and willingness to write were greatly appreciated.
  • Beccatoria: thank you for proofreading all new included text strings, as well as for your feedback and rigorous testing (award to most bugs found?).
  • Mentlegen: thank you for all the testing, memes and laughs.
  • Gabe8: thanks for offering to do a beautiful banner for the mod page. I could not have come up with something as good looking as you did in that record time. Thank you for your feedback and support.
  • Herobrine24: German localization.
  • Zagarah: French localization.
  • Scottina123: special thanks to the man who patiently helped me through my first steps into modding within the Mass Effect world. Honestly, if it would not be for him, my mods would not exist. Thank you for keeping being an inspiration. Do not give up on your modding endeavors for you are a true artist.
  • Mgamerz and the ME3TweaksFork developers: thank you for actively working on the modding tools for the trilogy and fixing whatever bugs we encounter. Moreover, Mg, thank you for listening to me. You and I know. Thank you.


Other mods by me


DLC Timings Mod (ME2LE): this mod delays most of the former DLC content of Mass Effect 2 through different methods.
Conrad Verner Remembers (ME2LE) BUG FIX: this mod solves the Conrad Verner bug in which the incorrect stage is set, and he always believes you pointed a gun at him on Mass Effect 1. Since a fix on Mass Effect 1 is not implemented yet, a special, in-universe mechanic has been introduced to fix the import before meeting Conrad.
Cerberus Ladies Wear Cerberus (ME2LE): this mod restores the correct uniforms to most of the female Cerberus crew members of the Normandy that Bioware never patched. It also includes the option to give Kelly her hair from the original Mass Effect 2.
Ronald Taylor's Fate Fix (ME2LE) BUG FIX: this mod properly records the choice done with Jacob's father on his loyalty mission. Although the bug is noticeable if you pay close attention to one specific line in Mass Effect 2; it is especially a noticeable BUG in Mass Effect 3. Fixing it in 2 will ensure both Shepard and Jacob remember what they chose.
Missing Codex Restored (ME2LE) BUGFIX: this mod restores the Codex entries for Thermal Clips, Grenade Launcher and Drell. The mod restores them at their appropriate place. They are fully voiced.
Citadel Asari Hands (BUGFIX) ME2LE: this mod fixes some asari having human hands on the Citadel, as well as some extra corrections to props placement around the levels. The mod for now does not include Thane's loyalty's mission as that a whole different level of mess.
Sheploo Appearance Consistency Project: this mod makes Sheploo consistent with Mass Effect 1 and 3 on 2. For some reason in 2 he has a painted ORANGE diffuse texture that does not properly tint with any outfit. This mod restores the tintable, unpainted textures from Mass Effect 1, which will make his skintone match with any outfit as well as restores the correct opacity of his eyelashes.
Overlord Morality Fix: in vanilla, Overlord DLC does not grant a single morality point through its entirety. With this mod, choosing the fate of David Archer on Overlord now grants 30 morality points. Paragon or Renegade depends on the appropriate option chosen.
Oriana looks like Miranda's Twin (ME2LE): this small lore-friendly mod changes Oriana's face into Miranda's, so they actually look like twins. Mass Effect 2 version.
Oriana looks like Miranda's Twin (ME3LE): this small lore-friendly mod changes Oriana's face into Miranda's, so they actually look like twins. Mass Effect 3 version.
More Hair for Femshep (ME1LE): brings to the Legendary Edition Sims 4 Hairs created by Anto and originally ported by Kittentails to the original Mass Effect 3. Players who want to use them will need to use the Trilogy Savegame Editor to change their Shepard's hair.
More Hair for Femshep (ME2LE): brings to the Legendary Edition Sims 4 Hairs created by Anto and originally ported by Kittentails to the original Mass Effect 3. Players who want to use them will need to use the Trilogy Savegame Editor to change their Shepard's hair.
More Hair for Femshep (ME3LE): brings to the Legendary Edition Sims 4 Hairs created by Anto and originally ported by Kittentails to the original Mass Effect 3. Players who want to use them will need to use the Trilogy Savegame Editor to change their Shepard's hair.


Licensing/Legal


The mod is provided as is. By downloading and installing it you decide to use it at your own risk. Incompatibilities produced by installation on pirated copies of the game will not be assisted, as well as those installations over an ALOT modified game.
You may use this mod as you wish but I kindly ask you to credit me for my work.
Please, do not re-host this file without my explicit permission.