Mass Effect Legendary Edition

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Mass Effect Legendary Edition cover
Developers
BioWare
Abstraction[1]
Blind Squirrel Games[2]
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Unreal Engine 3[3]
Release dates
Windows May 14, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 88
IGDB 87
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Mass Effect
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Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2008
Mass Effect 2 2010
Mass Effect 3 2012
Mass Effect: Andromeda 2017
Mass Effect Legendary Edition 2021

Contents

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a third-person ARPG and shooter developed by BioWare, with assistance from Abstraction Games and Blind Squirrel Games.[1][2] It is a compilation of the Mass Effect trilogy, including most of the additional content, and featuring remastered visuals, such as upgraded textures and lighting, support for HDR, and tweaks to game balance.[3][4]

Mass Effect 3's multiplayer is not included due to time constraints, while the Pinnacle Station downloadable content for Mass Effect is not included due to loss of the original source code.[5][6]

The game released on the Origin and Steam platforms for Windows on May 14, 2021, after being announced at the "N7 Day" fan celebration in November 2020.[4]

A number of user reviews following the PC release were critical of some technical aspects of the game, including forced mouse acceleration, poor implementation of the advertised support for ultrawide aspect ratios, and lacking graphical options, including field of view adjustment.[7][8]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.com
Origin
Windows
Amazon.com
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Origin
Windows
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Origin
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Origin
Region locked in Latin America.
Windows
Humble Store
Origin
Windows
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
Steam
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Origin
Windows
All versions require Origin DRM. Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on June 7, 2021.[9]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro video[edit]

Delete or rename video file[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\Launcher\Content\
  2. Rename, move or delete BWLogo1.bik

Skip splash screen[edit]

Delete or rename image file[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\ME1\BioGame\Splash\PC
  2. Rename, move or delete Splash.bmp
For Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, replace ME1 in the address with ME2 or ME3

LE1 Community Patch[edit]

Fixes bugs not resolved by the official patches in Mass Effect 1

LE3 Community Patch[edit]

Fixes bugs not resolved by the official patches in Mass Effect 3

Pinnacle Station DLC[edit]

Enhanced port of the original Pinnacle Station DLC from Mass Effect, which was not included in the Legendary Edition due to lost and corrupted source code.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Game\ME1\BioGame\Config\[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Game\ME2\BioGame\Config\
<path-to-game>\Game\ME3\BioGame\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1328670/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect Legendary Edition\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1328670/pfx/[Note 2]
Existing save data from Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 can be used after copying them from their respective locations.[12][13]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Handled through the cloud sync of Origin.

Video[edit]

Graphics settings[Note 3]
Graphics settings[Note 3]
Image calibration settings[Note 3]
Image calibration settings[Note 3]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ from 16:9 in gameplay and menus.
Conversation scenes and cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9.[14]
Use Flawless Widescreen to remove the pillarboxing at 21:9 and 32:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Capped at 75°. See Field of view (FOV) for more.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Toggle for post-process antialiasing.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double-buffered.[15]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Games are capped at 240 FPS. Launcher is capped at 60 FPS. FMVs are at 30 FPS.
Framerate is limited to display refresh rate during cutscenes and dialog.[16]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Options for peak brightness (400 - 10k nits) and contrast.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use Flawless Widescreen to control the cinematic and gameplay FOV.[17]
Use the Better Camera mod for to permanently change the Exploration and Combat FOV.
Requires ME3Tweaks Mod Manager
See the How to change the FOV Steam Guide on editing the ADS FOV.

Depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field through a config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location
  2. Open GamerSettings.ini
  3. Add DepthOfField=False at the bottom of the [SystemSettings] section.
  4. Save the file
Use the Disabled or Less Intense Depth of Field mod to remove or adjust depth of field in ME1.
Requires ME3Tweaks Mod Manager

Input[edit]

Controls settings (Mass Effect)
Controls settings (Mass Effect)
Controls settings (Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3)
Controls settings (Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3)

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration is always enabled with no option present in Mass Effect.[18] Known as Mouse Dampening in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Three sensitivity options under Camera Sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock controllers use the PS4 Controller Icons mod
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Steam Controller button prompts

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Negative mouse acceleration is always enabled with no option present in Mass Effect.
Use No Mouse Acceleration for ME1[19]
Requires ME3Tweaks Mod Manager
Disable mouse acceleration through config file edit[dubious – discuss]
  1. Go to configuration file(s) location
  2. Open GamerSettings.ini
  3. Add UseMouseDampening=FALSE at the bottom of the [SystemSettings] section.
  4. Save the file

Audio[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings
Launcher settings
Launcher settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Dialog, Sound Effects and Music.
Surround sound
7.1 surround sound in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.[20]
Subtitles
Subtitles are locked to audio language.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Only Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.[14]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Audio is only available for Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.
Mass Effect 2 is missing some voiceover that could not be restored.[21]
Russian
Audio is only available for Mass Effect.[21]
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Visual glitches at ultra-widescreen resolutions[edit]

The game may sometimes present visual glitches when playing the game on ultrawide resolutions, generally at 32:9 aspect ratio.[22][23]
Disable anti-aliasing in the graphics settings.[22]

Shields do not recharge in Mass Effect 3[edit]

Running Mass Effect 3 at uncapped framerates may cause shields to not regenerate.[24]
Cap the frame rate to anything up to the monitor refresh rate or use VSYNC[24]

Stuttering or low framerate[edit]

Lower mouse polling rate[25]

[26][27]

Misaligned bloom or odd light halos[edit]

Disable any kind of forced anti-aliasing[28][29]

Cannot toggle squadmate helmets in Mass Effect[edit]

In Mass Effect, opening the Squad menu using the shortcut hotkey (U) can make the helmet toggle for squadmates unable to be used.[30]
Open the Squad menu via the pause screen[30]

Open the Squad menu from the pause screen (press Esc) instead of using the shortcut, allowing to toggle the helmet on all squad members.

Cannot downsample via DSR/VSR[edit]

Setting a DSR/VSR resolution in any of the games fails to have the game apply the new resolution.
Open the appropriate game's GamerSettings.ini file (see Configuration file(s) location) and edit the ResX and ResY cvars as needed.[31] Going into the Options menu will revert the change. While keeping GamerSettings.ini as "Read Only" will not prevent it getting changed, it will revert to your new resolution the next time you launch the game.

Dynamic Range audio option is missing in Mass Effect 3[edit]

Audio dynamic range is the volume difference between the loudest and quietest sound. You could choose between low and high dynamic range in the original ME3, but the option is absent in the Legendary Edition.
Use Audio Dynamic Range option fix for ME3LE mod[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio ISACT, Wwise[32]
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7s

Mods[edit]

Conrad Verner Remembers (ME2LE) BUG FIX[edit]

Fixes a well-known bug related to the character Conrad Verner.

Conrad No Apology[edit]

Fixes another well-known bug related to the character Conrad Verner.

Corpses Stay[edit]

Makes corpses stay. Only works for the first game.

Missing Codex Restored (ME2LE) BUGFIX[edit]

Fixes some missing Codex entries.

Ronald Taylor's Fate Fix (ME2LE) BUG FIX[edit]

Fixes a well-known bug related to the character Ronald Taylor.

Citadel Asari Hands (BUGFIX) ME2LE[edit]

Fixes a visual bug related to the asari hands.

MELE2 brows and facial hair transparency fix[edit]

Fixes a transparency issue of the brows and facial hair.

ME2 Councilor Name Fix[edit]

Fixes the misspelling of the councilors names.

Hammerhead Suicide Mission (BUGFIX)[edit]

Fixes a bug related to a certain mission.

Asari makeup fix for MELE1[edit]

Fixes the makeup of some of the asari NPCs.

Teeth fix for new hairstyles (ME3)[edit]

Fixes a teeth visual bug when certain new hairstyles are used.

Early Recruitment (LE2)[edit]

Fixes some bugs, also adds the option to recruit some of the characters sooner, making more sense lorewise.

Overlord Morality Fix[edit]

Adds a morality reward for a certain mission that lacked it originally.

Oriana looks like Miranda's Twin (ME2LE)[edit]

Changes the face of a certain female character to look like her twin in ME2LE, to better fit the game lorewise.

Oriana looks like Miranda's Twin (ME3LE)[edit]

Changes the face of a certain female character to look like her twin in ME3LE, to better fit the game lorewise.

Respec Javik[edit]

Adds the option to respec the character Javik, option that originally is present for all other crewmates, other than Javik.

Miranda Butt Shot Restoration (LE2)[edit]

Restores the camera position to how it used to be in the original game in certain scenes with the character Miranda Lawson in LE2.

Miranda Butt Shot Restoration (LE3)[edit]

Restores the camera position to how it used to be in the original game in certain scenes with the character Miranda Lawson in LE3.

More Gay Romances[edit]

Adds the option for same-gender romance for certain characters, using files already present but not used.

A Lot Of Textures (ALOT)[edit]

A significant visual upgrade for the game.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3570
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 120 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon R9 280X
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
AVX instructions requirement was removed with the second patch[33]

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1328670/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1328670) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Settings are identical across all three games.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Abstraction Games - Mass Effect Legendary Edition - last accessed on 2021-05-01
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blind Squirrel Entertainment Inc. - Our Games - last accessed on 2021-05-01
  3. 3.0 3.1 IGN - Mass Effect: Legendary Edition First Impressions: Less Than a Remake, but Much More Than a Basic Remaster - last accessed on 2021-05-01
  4. 4.0 4.1 BioWare - Happy N7 Day! - last accessed on 2021-05-01
  5. Game Informer - BioWare Explains Why It Didn't Bring Back Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer In Legendary Edition - last accessed on 2021-05-01
  6. Game Informer - BioWare Explains Pinnacle Station DLC Exclusion From Mass Effect Legendary Edition, "Heartbreaking" - last accessed on 2021-05-01
  7. PC Gamer - Here's why Mass Effect Legendary Edition launched to mixed Steam reviews - last accessed on 2021-05-16
  8. Mass Effect Legendary Edition causing crashes, players unhappy about certain features - last accessed on 2021-05-16
  9. Denuvo Has Been Removed From Mass Effect Legendary Edition - TheGamer - last accessed on 2021-06-17
  10. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-05-16
  11. Verified by User:136.37.8.19 on 2021-06-12
  12. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-05-14
    Copied my existing Mass Effect 2 and 3 save files over to the MELE saves folder and they showed up in game and could be loaded. Mass Effect 1 does not work as the save format has changed from the original version.
  13. Mass Effect Legendary Edition: Tests, thoughts, three hours of gameplay [Updated] | Ars Technica
  14. 14.0 14.1 Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-05-14
  15. The 3 main issues I've found with PC Performance in ME: Legendary : masseffect - Reddit
  16. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-05-14
    Testing after a report by Fayaine on the PCGW Discord that the cutscenes were locked to 60 FPS, where I hadn't noticed it happening on my end. Disabled Vsync and observed that entering any affected scenes capped my framerate not to 60 (which is their monitor's refresh), but to 144 (which is my monitor's refresh rate), leading me to believe these scenes might be forcing vsync and not a specific framerate.
  17. PSA: Mass Effect Legendary Edition now fixed by Flawless Widescreen - last accessed on 2021-05-16
  18. Verified by User:Aaronth07 on 2021-05-14
    Tested in Mass Effect 1. Even with mouse dampening disabled through the INI (no option in menu), moving the mouse faster results in a lower overall camera movement than just moving the mouse slowly. This may be different for Mass Effect 2 and 3.
  19. No Mouse Acceleration for ME1 LE at Mass Effect Legendary Edition Nexus - Mods and community
  20. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-05-14
    Tested using Razer Surround 7.1 virtualisation and confirmed using Special K. Mass Effect 1 did not show any channel activity other than left and right stereo channels.
  21. 21.0 21.1 EA - Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition - What languages are supported in the Legendary Edition? - last accessed on 2021-05-06
  22. 22.0 22.1 /r/WidescreenGamingForum Subreddit - Mass effect legendary edition Antialiasing glitch multi-monitor - last accessed on 2021-05-17
  23. Steam Community - Please update the game so 3440x1440 is an option for super ultra wide monitors. - last accessed on 2021-05-17
  24. 24.0 24.1 /r/MassEffect Subreddit - PSA: High Framerates breaking shield regeneration wasn't fixed in the LE edition. - last accessed on 2021-05-20
  25. I seem to have fixed my stuttering issues in ME:LE ME1 by... reducing my mouse's polling rate? : masseffect - Reddit
  26. [PC] ME1:L Reduce your mouse polling rate if you are getting fps stutter and nothing else works : masseffect - Reddit
  27. If mouse is plugged into a hub or switch, plugging the mouse in directly may reduce stuttering when Mouse Polling rate changes have no effect.
  28. Can anyone please tell me how to get rid of these ugly lighting shadows happening in ME3L? I'm on PC... is this a bug or something? : masseffect - Reddit
  29. [Mass Effect 3] How to fix misaligned bloom? : masseffect
  30. 30.0 30.1 /r/MassEffect Subreddit - ME Legendary Edition Toggle Helmets question - last accessed on 2021-05-23
  31. Verified by User:ChaosBahamut on 2021-05-27
  32. Eric Vervaet on Twitter - last accessed on 2021-05-01
    "Due to a number of reasons, we needed to stick with ISACT it for ME1. Naturally that has brought its own challenges. 2&3 are with Wwise as they were previous."
  33. 7 June Update