MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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IMMERSION MOD: Recreates the effect of looking through a mech pilot's helmet visor.

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What it Does/Why I Made it:

You always see those mech pilots with the visor on their helmets, which often look like VR Headsets. I decided that the game did not represent what a pilot would actually be seeing if they were looking through one of those visors. So, I made a ReShade to simulate the experience. This is the result:

  • Old and somewhat malfunctioning CRT look to reflect the decaying technology of the Dark Age.
  • Looks great with in-game night vision
  • Increased immersion
  • Looks like you're watching recorded battle footage
  • Simulates screen burn-in, distortion, scan lines, film grain, etc. all to give a gritty dark-age of technology look
  • I do however suggest turning it off (insert key) when you're not piloting a mech as it makes the menus hard to look at. I like to think of it as taking my helmet on/off.
I may update this as I play more of the game and tinker around with ReShade. If there are any suggestions let me know.

  1. Download Reshade here
  2. Install Reshade
  3. Select the game file, it should be located here:
  4. "C:\Program Files\Epic Games\MW5Mercs\MW5Mercs\Binaries\Win64\MechWarrior-Win64-Shipping.exe"
  5. Then choose "Direct3D 10/11/12" for the next option
  6. Click yes when prompted to install presets.

Using this ReShade:
  1. Download the file from this page
  2. Extract the CRT.ini file and copy it over to the the same base folder:
  3. "C:\Program Files\Epic Games\MW5Mercs\MW5Mercs\Binaries\Win64"
  4. Choose "yes" if prompted to overwrite the files.
  5. Boot up MechWarrior 5.
  6. Go into the graphic settings and disable "Sharpening"
  7. Hit the "Home" key to open up the Reshade settings
  8. Select "CRT.ini" in the menu and enjoy!
  9. You can turn the reshade on/off at any time by hitting the "Insert" key.

If anyone wants to use or modify this mod they can (I didn't invent ReShade anyway). If you want to create any media content with this mod please give me credit, simply as Zaph. Also please send me a link to view, not for permissions, I'd just love to see any content you make with this.