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==Game data==
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Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 cover
Multiplayer Psyonix[1]
Electronic Arts
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows March 6, 2012
Metacritic 89
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions Currency, Loot box
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes LGBTQ, Sci-fi, Space
Series Mass Effect
Mass Effect 3 on HowLongToBeat
Mass Effect 3 on IGDB
Mass Effect 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Mass Effect 3 on MobyGames
Mass Effect 3 on Wikipedia
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2008
Mass Effect 2 2010
Mass Effect 3 2012
Mass Effect: Andromeda 2017
Mass Effect Legendary Edition 2021

Key points

Mass Effect 3 can optionally import save games from Mass Effect 2, which in turn can import save games from Mass Effect.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Executable on disk contains SecuROM DRM Release Control
Included with EA Play. Digital Deluxe also available.
Icon overlay.png
N7 Digital Deluxe Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)
Mass Effect Trilogy. Includes Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.
Humble Store (unavailable)
Mass Effect Trilogy
All versions require Origin DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

All of the DLC is now available in a bundle on Origin and Steam.
This game has in-game micro-transactions (not listed below).
DLC can be downloaded through Origin by right clicking Mass Effect 3 and View Game Details. The Final Hours Of Mass Effect™ 3, soundtrack, and artbook can be downloaded for free from this EA page.
All DLC is free as of July 13, 2022.[2] DLC-Bundle is free as of August 15, 2022.
Name Notes
Alternate Appearance Pack 1
Earth Multiplayer Expansion Free
Extended Cut Free
Firefight Pack
From Ashes Included in Digital Deluxe
Genesis 2
Groundside Resistance Pack
M90 Indra Sniper Rifle Redeemable through Alienware Promo or Included with Firefight Pack
Mass Effect™ Trilogy Art Included in Mass Effect Trilogy bundle
N7 Collector's Edition Content Included in Digital Deluxe
Reckoner Knight Armor Originally able to be obtained by logging in to account in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo[3] (The demo is still available on Steam but the servers are shut down)
Reckoning Multiplayer Expansion Free
Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion Free
Resurgence Multiplayer Expansion Free
Retaliation Multiplayer Expansion Free

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument[4]
Modify ME3_sig_logo in bioengine.ini[5]
  1. Download and run ME3 Coalesced Utility.
  2. In the utility open Coalesced.bin from <path-to-game>\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole\
  3. Go to the bioengine.ini > fullscreenmovie > startupmovies section.
  4. Add a semicolon in front of the ME3_sig_logo line like so: ;ME3_sig_logo
  5. Save the file and exit the utility.

Bug Fixes

Fix Pack For Mass Effect 3

Various fixes for Mass Effect 3.
Also fixed the Ashley Marksman bug.

Project Variety

A major bug fix and overhaul mod.
Compatible with numerous mods. See here.

True Ashley Marksman Fix

Fix for Ashley when using the Marksman Skill.
Not required if Fix Pack is installed, but can be used.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game narrative settings.
In-game narrative settings.
DLC files are saved in <path-to-game>\BIOGame\DLC\; an explanation of the folder names and which DLC they represent can be found here.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1238020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1238020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-, use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Use Flawless Widescreen[6] or Widescreen Fixer.
4K Ultra HD
Vert-, use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer, and Interface Scaling Mod.
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 75°. See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
If the taskbar appears on top, set the game to Fullscreen and then back to Window (No Border) to eliminate it.[7]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The level of filtering can be adjusted in MassEffect3Config.exe.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA only. For other options see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Forced on by default. To disable see Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See High frame rate issues.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Several graphic settings cannot be changed in-game.

Field of view (FOV)

Use third-party mods
  1. Flawless Widescreen
  2. Widescreen Fixer
  3. Mass Effect 3 FoV Mod.


Widescreen Fixer affects FOV during cutscenes.
Set camera FOV (doesn't affect cutscenes)[8]
  1. Download and run ME3 Coalesced Utility.
  2. In the utility open Coalesced.bin from <path-to-game>\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole\
  3. Go to the bioinput.ini > sfxgame > sfxgamemodedefault > bindings section.
  4. Add this custom binding via empty line at the bottom of bindings list.
    ( Name="F1", Command="set SFXGame.SFXCameraMode FOV 90" )
    • Change 90 to the desired FOV.
  5. Save the file and exit the utility.
  6. Press F1 once each gaming session while being able to control Shepard, i.e. not in a cutscene or menu.


Only works in singleplayer. Activating this fix while in singeplayer then returning to the main menu and attempting a multiplayer match will result in disconnects. To remedy this, restart the game, since that also resets the FOV.
Use ThirteenAG's Mass Effect Trilogy FOV Fix
  1. Download the archive from here.
  2. Download and extract the archive to the game directory, where the exe is located (Binaries or Binaries\Win32)


Automatically corrects in-game FOV (Hor+)
Works with Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2
16:9 only[citation needed]

Anti-aliasing (AA)

By default the game only has FXAA for anti-aliasing. But is possible to force other anti-aliasing types.
Use Nvidia Inspector (Nvidia only)[citation needed]
  1. Download and launch Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Choose Mass Effect 3 from the profile list
  • Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  • Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling] or 16xQ [16x CSAA (8 color + 8 cv samples)]
  • (Optional) Change Antialiasing - Transparency Multisampling to Enabled to enable transparency multisampling. Or you can change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to one of the supersampling options to enable transparency supersampling.
  • Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x080000C1[9][10][11]
  • Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  • Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling]
  • Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling
  1. Apply changes.


Default compatibility bits for anti-aliasing (0x080100C5) should be enough for MSAA. Therefore there is no need to change them when using MSAA.
If you are a SLI user and using SGSSAA you might want to change SLI compatibility bits to 0x42502005 for improved performance.[11]
If forcing AA causes video stutter, activating MSI Afterburner's OSD can fix it.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Disable VSync[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GamerSettings.ini.
  3. Add the line UseVSync=False under the [SystemSettings] section.
  4. Save the changes.


In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative acceleration when "Mouse Dampening" is enabled in options. Can also be tweaked through Coalesced.bin.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
See Controller support.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
See Controller support.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
See Simultaneous mouse and joystick support

Controller support

Native Xbox 360 UI Controller Support mods:

There's also a separate mod installed via Coalesced.bin.
Barebones controller support[13]
  1. Download the replacement Coalesced.bin.
  2. Move it to <path-to-game>\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole, replacing the existing file.
  3. Connect your controller and launch Mass Effect 3. The controller should now work.


The mouse is still required in menus and conversations.
If you have made other changes to Coalesced.bin you will need to redo them.
This method should not be mixed with the native controller mods, it will break them.

Simultaneous mouse and joystick support

Enable joystick move to be used with mouse[14]
  1. Download ME3-Coalesced Utility.
  2. Run it and use it to open the Coalesced.bin from <path-to-game>\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole\
  3. Go to [Bioengine.ini > winDrv > windowsClient] and then change allowjoystickInput=0 to
  1. Go to [bioinput.ini > SFXGame > SFXGameModeBase > Bindings] and paste in the following, and then save and exit program:
( Name="XboxTypeS_LeftX",Command="Axis aStrafe Speed=1.0 DeadZone=0.3")
( Name="XboxTypeS_LeftY",Command="Axis aBaseY Speed=1.0 DeadZone=0.3")
( Name="XboxTypeS_RightX",Command="Axis aTurn Speed=0.2 DeadZone=0.3")
( Name="XboxTypeS_RightY",Command="Axis aLookup Speed=0.2 DeadZone=0.3")


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
See Surround sound notes.
Royalty free audio
Combination of original and licensed music.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, Download
Fan translation.


In-game online settings.
In-game online settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Co-op
Use ME3 Private Server Emulator/LAN.
Online play
4 Co-op
Multiplayer activity and progress affects the singleplayer storyline. Note that the Extended Cut DLC modifies the game such that playing the multiplayer is not required for the "best" singleplayer story ending.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 5659, 6000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Mass Effect 3.
TriDef 3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved

High frame rate issues

Framerate can be easily unlocked with the usual UE3 bSmoothFrameRate fixing. Unfortunately, this disturbs normal gameplay in a lot of ways,[17][18] including:

  • enemies AI will be more accurate
  • shields will regenerate slower
  • powers can't be used from cover, requiring to lean out manually

"Tuchanka: Turian Platoon" mission doesn't progress in the last section

If the two Harvester enemies are killed before they should be then the one in the last section of the mission will never appear causing the mission to be stuck[19][20]
Restart the mission and don't kill the first two Harvester enemies[21]

Issues fixed has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Steam version suffers from significant FPS drops due to Origin in-game overlay

Install Origin in-game overlay disabler

The Origin in-game overlay seems to conflict with the Steam overlay and cannot be turned off, even in Origin settings. Using a .dll that proxies d3d9.dll, which Origin hooks into for its overlay, will prevent the overlay from loading and will fix the framerate on the Steam version of the game.

Appears to be already fixed[22]

"Origin (EA) is no longer running. Mass Effect 3 will now close"

Reinstall Origin into default folder[23]

Make sure Origin is installed in the default folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\), not on another drive.

64bit Version Error Message

"Incompatible Windows Version" Error Message[citation needed]

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[citation needed]
  1. Click on the gear in the top right.
  2. Click "Settings".
  3. Click the "In Game" tab.
  4. Make sure "Enable Origin In Game" is disabled

Not starting

The game is not starting. See multiple solutions below. Make a backup first before you delete anything, so you can restore your installation to its original state when trying another fix.

Generic startup crash

The issues are one of the following:

  • Crashed immediately
  • A black screen for a few seconds, then crash
  • Only the intro plays

Try the fix MSVCR90.dll error fix below.

Startup MSVCR90.dll error

The game crashes with an error about MSVCR90.dll. Although this indicates a problem with VC++ the cause can also be corrupt saves/settings.

Check for corrupt saves/settings[24]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware\
  2. Rename the Mass Effect 3 folder to Mass Effect 3 backup
  3. Try starting the game again
  4. If it does work you can try to restore your old saves:
    1. Delete the Saves
    2. Copy the Saves from your backup
  5. If this fails then your saves are corrupt. You can try restoring the last save from Origin:
    1. Open Origin > Game Properties > Cloud Saves
    2. Click Restore Saves

Startup BEX/APPCRASH error

A error message about BEX or APPCRASH when trying to start the game.

 Problem signature:
 Problem Event Name:    BEX (PCGW note, this could also say APPCRASH)
 Application Name:    MassEffect3.exe
 Application Version:    1.1.5427.4
 Application Timestamp:    4f46d052
 Fault Module Name:    awc.dll
 Fault Module Version:
 Fault Module Timestamp:    4ee2521d
 Exception Offset:    0008342f
 Exception Code:    c0000417
 Exception Data:    00000000
 OS Version:    6.1.7601.
 Locale ID:    1033
 Additional Information 1:    636e
 Additional Information 2:    636ed4ad6e2ce5a3e01564e40133fee8
 Additional Information 3:    61e2
 Additional Information 4:    61e20e96bfcd8b3479be5a6b63429556
Rename atiags.dll[25]
  1. Open the Win32 Binaries folder in your Mass Effect 3 installation (default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Bioware\Mass Effect 3\Binaries\Win32\)
  2. Rename the file atiags.dll to atiagsBACKUP.dll

Modded game not starting

The game does not start when one or more mods (e.g. Controller Support) have been installed via the third-party mod manager.

Start Mass Effect 3 from Mod Manager
  1. Open the Mass Effect 3 Mod Manager
  2. Click the Start Game button in the bottom right corner

Crash on From Ashes DLC

Crash on From Ashes DLC[citation needed]

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 videos in order: Right after the first video is done playing, press your escape button a few times.

Retail DVD Install Issue

Some users experience issues installing Mass Effect 3 from a retail disc. After starting the install process and entering the product 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 DVDs using the following workaround:

Retail DVD Install Issue[citation needed]
  1. Start downloading Mass Effect 3 via Origin, pause the download and exit Origin.
  2. Delete all files in the Mass Effect 3 subfolder of Origin's game install folder. By Default this is C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3 Also, delete all files in Origin's download cache %PROGRAMDATA%\Origin\DownloadCache
  3. Copy the file Mass Effect 3.z01 from disc 1 and Mass Effect from disc 2 to a temporary location on your hard drive.
  4. Extract these files to the Mass Effect 3 folder in Origin's game install folder. Default C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3 (NOTE: Traditional unzipping software such as WinRAR or 7-zip may experience critical errors extracting these files. If this occurs, you can use a program called Total Commander to extract them. In Total Commander, some error messages will appear, but these can be ignored)
  5. Remove the read-only attribute to these files and folders (Right Click on the folder in Windows, select properties and uncheck the "Read-only" box).
  6. Launch Origin and resume the download. A small download of approximately 60 MB should start to fix missing or broken files. After this, Mass Effect 3 should be fully installed and working.

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.

To solve the issue:

Origin Install Issue[citation needed]
  1. Exit Origin.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and uninstall any 'Microsoft Visual C++ 20XX' packages you may have.
  3. Download both the 2010 x64 and 2010 x86 redistributable files from the Microsoft website.
  4. Once both files have downloaded successfully, navigate to Mass Effect 3's installation folder, default is
    C:\Program Files\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3\__Installer\vc\vc2008sp1\redist\
  5. Inside that folder, either delete or rename both the vcredist_x64.exe and vcredist_x86.exe and replace them with your newly downloaded versions.
  6. Open Origin and install the game.

Language Fix

If you buy the game on Origin and discover the in-game menu and subtitles are a different language than English, there is a way to correct it;

Language Fix[citation needed]

After you have downloaded and installed the game:

  1. Download the language pack: From MediaFire
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\BioWare\Mass Effect 3
  • Now change the Locale data to: en_US and change the final part of GDFBinary path to GDFBinary_en_US.dll by right clicking the relevant row and pressing 'edit value'.
  1. After changing these values go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Origin Games\71402
  • Now change the Locale value to en_US by right clicking the relevant row and pressing 'edit value'.

Now replace the CookedPCConsole folder found in Mass Effect 3\BIOGame with the one found in the language pack, and accept all the changes and overwrites.

Finally, delete the BIOGame_RUS.tlk in your Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole folder and rename the BIOGame_INT.tlk language file, that you will find in the CookedPCConsole folder after you have replaced it with the one found in the language pack, to BIOGame_RUS.tlk.

Mass effect 3 is now fully in English.

DLC Error

DLC Error[citation needed]

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.

  1. To solve the error, open Origin and bring up Mass Effect 3's information by clicking the "i" icon below it.
  2. Right-click on the DLC causing the error and select "Check for update".
  3. A download should begin to download any missing or broken files.
  4. The DLC should work the next time you launch the game.

Unable to save any more games

Increase 50 save limit[26][citation needed]
  1. Download ME3 Explorer
  2. Run ME3Explorer and select PCC Editor 2.0 (under Developer Tools)
  3. Provide game executable situated in <path-to-game>\Binaries\MassEffect3.exe
  4. Go to File > Load and open <path-to-game>\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole\SFXGame.pcc
  5. Choose Exports tab and scroll down to the 45242 line
  6. Select it and set MaxSaves IntProperty to a big number like 999
  7. Go to File > Save


Import Save Game

Import Save Game[citation needed]
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

Import From Mass Effect 2 Folder[citation needed]
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[27]

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: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect 2\Save\

Lost Old Save Game

Lost Old Save Game[citation needed]
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.

Rename Save Game Folder[citation needed]
A save editor may have changed the folder structure. Change this back to allow Mass Effect 3 to autodetect correctly.
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect 2\Save\
  2. Change the folder name to Name_12_Class_012610
Edit GamerSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GamerSettings.ini.
  3. Add your Mass Effect 2 saves folder location next to Location=
Location=%USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\Save\
Make sure that the above location is the correct location of your save games.

Multiplayer game using "Different Version"

When attempting to join a friend's game an error will display that you cannot join due to game versions being different
Downgrade Mass Effect 3
  1. Follow directions on this forum post.
This issue seems to only affect some users in the UK. This executable has not been seen outside of that region

Textures become black as you approach them

You most likely had A Lot of Textures (ALOT) applied to the game in the past. Apply it again or use one of the fixes below.
Launch the game through ME3Tweaks Mod Manager
Set the Texture LODs to Vanilla with LOD Switcher in ALOTInstaller's Settings
Delete Configuration Files
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\
  2. Delete the Config folder
  3. Launch the game

Ashley glitches after activating Marksman power

Use True Ashley Marksman Fix mod

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX 2.8.3
Audio Speex, Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9p

Ambient occlusion

Default Nvidia driver profile does not have compatibility bits to enable ambient occlusion for the game. But it can be enabled by tweaking the driver profile settings.
Use Nvidia Inspector (Nvidia only)[28]
  1. Download and launch Nvidia Profile Inspector
  2. Choose Mass Effect 3 from the profile list
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility to 0x00000020
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled
  5. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to Performance, Quality or High quality
  6. Apply changes.


  • Mass Effect 3 Nexus - Has a decent amount of mods for Mass Effect 3.
  • ME3Tweaks - Hosts mods, guides, and tools for modding the Mass Effect trilogy.
  • Mod Manager - A tool for handling installation and development of mods
  • ME3Explorer - A multi-tool software for modding Mass Effect 3. Also includes a Coalesced.bin editor for further tweaking.

HD Texture Pack

A Lot of Textures (ALOT) is a fanmade re-texture mod aiming to bring Mass Effect 3's textures to today's standards, replacing around 3000 textures with high-resolution variants.

HD Video Pack

ME3 Opening Remaster improves the opening cinematic of Mass Effect 3.
A Lot of Videos (ALOV) is a fanmade mod that increases the detail & resolution of Mass Effect 3's videos to today's standards.


  • Extended Final Anderson Conversation - Restores (mostly) the full final conversation with Anderson that was severely shortened in the released game.
  • Expanded Galaxy Mod - Adds a huge number of changes, both large and small, to improve the overall gameplay of the game, giving the user a more personalized experience.
  • Ark Mod - Additional Hazard maps and an entirely new N7 mission.
  • Individual Cooldowns Mod (ME1 Style) - Disables the global cooldown of powers, making them all have individual cooldowns just like ME1 (and the mod from ME2)
  • MEHEM - The Mass Effect (3) Happy Ending Mod - Replaces the "controversial" endings with new alternative endings
  • Citadel Epilogue Mod - A mod that makes the Citadel DLC play like an epilogue or simply throw a party after you blow up the reapers.
  • Ambient Audio Overhaul Mod Makes each level in Mass Effect 3 more immersive, unique and rich in audio by restoring all ambient SFX that was either accidentally cut or inaudible
  • Restored Zaeed Conversation - This mod alters the conversation with Zaeed in the Holding area so that all of his dialogue can be heard.
  • Same-Gender Romances for ME3 - This mod fixes various issues with imported same-gender romances with Ashley, Kaidan, Tali, and Thane, focusing on immersion and restoring unused content.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1800
Nvidia GeForce 7900
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3 support
AMD video cards below minimum system requirements: Radeon HD 3200, HD 3300 and HD 4350.
Nvidia video cards below minimum system requirements: GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400 and 8300.
S3 video cards are not supported.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1238020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1238020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Psyonix on Twitter: "@Shinjiki81 Well, we helped contribute to the multiplayer for that one. The lovely folks at @bioware crafted the rad single-player game." - last accessed on 2017-07-23
  2. PC Gamer - EA kills off BioWare Points, making old Mass Effect and Dragon Age DLC free - last accessed on 2022-07-14
  3. Kingdoms of Amalur Crossover Content - Mass Effect 3 Wiki Guide - IGN - last accessed on 2016-8-30
  4. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2016-11-02
    Makes the game skip right to Press any key to continue
  5. PC Tweaks (Mass Effect 3) - Mass Effect Wiki
  6. How to fix games for 21:9 Ultrawide Gaming - Mass Effect 3, Ori and the Blind Forest, GoT, Fallout 4 - YouTube
  7. Tested by Andytizer
  8. How to actually fix FOV in Mass Effect · Eugene Homyakov
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