Mass Effect 3
|Engine||Unreal Engine 3|
|First release date||March 6, 2012|
|Bring Down the Sky|
|Mass Effect 2||2010|
|Normandy Crash Site|
|Zaeed - The Price of Revenge|
|Kasumi - Stolen Memory|
|Lair of the Shadow Broker|
|Mass Effect 3||2012|
- Mass Effect 3 can optionally import save games from Mass Effect 2, which in turn can import save games from Mass Effect.
- Social.bioware.com for game series
- All versions require Origin
- DLC need to be bought through Social.Bioware.com, website uses BioWare points.
- Game will not run in offline mode on Origin.
 Game data
|Save game location||%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\BioWare\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save|
|Configuration files location||%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\Config|
 Video settings
|Field of view (FOV)||see FOV Fix and Better FOV Fix|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||Native option called "Window (No Border)".|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|
|Anti-aliasing (AA)||Native on/off toggle.|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
- If the taskbar appears on top, set the game to Fullscreen and then back to Window (No Border) to eliminate it.
 FOV Fix
FOV Fix • Link
1. Download ME3 Coalesced Utility from
2. In that utility open
3. Navigate to
4. Add these custom bindings and try what FoV suits you best. New lines can be added via empty line at the bottom of bindings list. These will bind different FoV values to keypad. Key 0 will reset FoV to default value which is needed during cut scenes.
( Name="NumPadOne", Command="FOV 32" )
( Name="NumPadTwo", Command="FOV 75" )
( Name="NumPadThree", Command="FOV 80" )
( Name="NumPadFour", Command="FOV 85" )
( Name="NumPadFive", Command="FOV 90" )
( Name="NumPadSix", Command="FOV 95" )
( Name="NumPadSeven", Command="FOV 100" )
( Name="NumPadEight", Command="FOV 105" )
( Name="NumPadNine", Command="FOV 110" )
5. After selecting your best FoV locate line (should be second line)
and change it to
( Name="Shared_Aim", Command="SwapWeaponIfEmpty | TightAim | FOV 0 | OnRelease FOV xx | OnRelease StopTightAim" )
where xx is your FoV. This will reset FoV to default when you are aiming with gun and return to your custom FoV when not.
 Better FOV Fix
Better FOV Fix • Link
1. Download Gibbed Mass Effect 3 Coalesced.bin tool from
2. In the utility open
3. In the utility, navigate to the
4. Add this custom binding and try what FoV suits you best. New lines can be added via empty line at the bottom of bindings list.
5. If you've been using the previous FOV fix, revert
6. Save the file and exit the utility.
7. You will need to press the
 Adjust Image Quality using Nvidia Inspector
Adjust Image Quality using Nvidia Inspector • Link
Method: Open nVidia Inspector, and click Mass Effect 3 profile. Add the following settings:
Antialiasing Mode = Override any application settings
Antialiasing Setting = 4xMSAA.
Antialiasing Transparency Multisampling = Enabled
Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling = 4x Supersampling
Anisotropic Filtering Mode = User-defined / Off
Anisotropic Filtering Setting = 16x
Texture Filtering Quality = High Quality.
Note: if this does not work, try antialiasing compatibility of 0x000010C1 (type it in manually into that field)
 Input settings
 Controller support
 Issues fixed
- TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.
 'Origin (EA) is no longer running. Mass Effect 3 will now close'
 64bit Version Error Message
The following error message may appear:
- The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need a x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher.
Selecting Mass Effect 3 in Origin and clicking 'repair install' and 'check for update' may fix this issue.
 Mouse Causing Stuttering
Mouse movement may cause slowdowns. This can be fixed by disabling Origin overlay within the game.
Mouse Causing Stuttering • Link
 Startup Crash
This error message may appear on startup:
Problem signature: Problem Event Name: BEX Application Name: MassEffect3.exe Application Version: 1.1.5427.4 Application Timestamp: 4f46d052 Fault Module Name: awc.dll Fault Module Version: 188.8.131.52 Fault Module Timestamp: 4ee2521d Exception Offset: 0008342f Exception Code: c0000417 Exception Data: 00000000 OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3 Locale ID: 1033 Additional Information 1: 636e Additional Information 2: 636ed4ad6e2ce5a3e01564e40133fee8 Additional Information 3: 61e2 Additional Information 4: 61e20e96bfcd8b3479be5a6b63429556
Going into the folder
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bioware\Mass Effect 3\Binaries\Win32\ and remove or rename the "atiags.dll" may fix this issue.
 Crash on From Ashes DLC
At Eden Prime, shortly after watching the cutscene for the first pod, the player crashes.
To fix this, access the second pod first, and then the first pod.
There is a second way to fix this so you can watch the vids in order: And that is right after the first vid has done playing start pressing your escape button a few times.
 Retail CD Install Issue
Some users experience issues installing Mass Effect 3 from a retail disc. After starting the install process and entering the CD key, an error message claiming it is not a valid Mass Effect 3 serial number appears. Despite this, Mass Effect 3 will now be activated in your Origin library. Further attempts to run the installation process will still prompt for a product key, and upon entering it will result in an error message stating the key has already been used. It is impossible to continue the install process from this point.
There are two possible solutions to this issue. The first and easiest option is to simply download Mass Effect 3 via Origin. However for those on slower or bandwidth limited internet connections, this may not be a viable option. It is still possible to install from the CD's using the following workaround:
Retail CD Install Issue • Link
 Origin Install Issue
In some cases where Mass Effect 3 has been downloaded through Origin, upon installation users are met with this error message:
Error: The VC++ runtime redistributable package was not installed successfully. Setup cannot continue.
In order to solve the issue:
Origin Install Issue • Link
 Language Fix
If you buy the game on Origin and discover the in-game menu and subtitles are a different language then English, there is a way to correct it;
Language Fix • Link
After you have downloaded and installed the game:
1) Download the language pack: From MediaFire
2) *Click Start, Run, and type:
and the press Enter
Finally, just delete the
 DLC Error
Sometimes the game will have problems loading DLC (both free and paid DLC) and will present an error message stating "Unable to authorize the listed DLC. Please log in to the Alliance Network with the account used to purchase the DLC". This is usually caused by an error during the download. To solve the error, open Origin and bring up Mass Effect 3's information by clicking the "i" icon below it. Then right click on the DLC causing the error and select "Check for update". A download should begin to download any missing or broken files. The DLC should work the next time you launch the game.
 Import Issues And Fixes
 Import Save Game
For general troubleshooting with importing, please refer to EA's save game import FAQ and this detailed post about modding and save game imports from LiveJournal user bluefall.
 Import From Mass Effect 2 Folder
Mass Effect 3 does not use an import save game data in the same way that one could import save game data from Mass Effect to Mass Effect 2. Instead, it detects an existing Mass Effect 2 save games folder (as if Mass Effect 2 was installed and completed). Therefore there should be no issue as long as the same computer used to complete Mass Effect 2 is used to start a new game in Mass Effect 3.
 Import Without Reinstalling
Import Without Reinstalling • Link
To import a Mass Effect 2 save file from an old computer to the one in which Mass Effect 3 is currently installed, copy your old career folders to:
Click here for more information regarding save imports.
 Lost Old Save Game
One can replace an old save game by going to Mass Effect 2 Saves, which is a repository of Mass Effect 2 save games with various playthroughs which can be imported into Mass Effect 3.
 Save Game Not Detected
If a Mass Effect 2 save game is not detected, there are currently some methods to fix this.
 Method 1 - Rename Save Game Folder
Rename Save Game Folder • Link
 Method 2 - Edit gamersettings.ini
Rename Edit gamersettings.ini • Link
1) Navigate to
Copy and paste the folder address for your ME 2 save next to
 Import Xbox 360 Version
One can copy Mass Effect 2 save game data from Xbox 360 by referring to the guide entitled Mass Effect 2 - Import Xbox 360 Mass Effect 2 Save Files.
 System requirements
|Operating system (OS)||Windows XP/Vista/7||Windows XP/Vista/7|
|Processor (CPU)||1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo||2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|System memory (RAM)||1 GB for XP/ 2GB for Vista/7||2 GB for XP/ 4GB for VISTA/7|
|Video card (GPU)||256 MB (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)||AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||15 GB free||15 GB free|