Mass effect 1 Texture Overhaul, shadow engine fix, and visual effects enhancements.
MEUITM Anniversary Edition 2018. Improved performance, simpler preinstall (more things automated for user), more features within the installer including customizing using variants, ReShade, and indirectsound all optional installs with just a click. DIRECT DOWNLOAD Read below for install instructions and setup.
(Mass Effect Updated/Improved Textures Mod) by CDAMJC
Hello Mass Effect modders and mod users,
I'm trying to fix some of the "uglies" in ME1 and give it the polished look the epic story line deserves. So far I have updated/re-textured: Light and Shadow Maps on walls and floors, Kaidan, Tali, Garrus, Wrex, Liara, Saren, Benezia, Udina, Council, Anderson, Joker, Chakwas, Geth, Colonists, Scientists, Keepers, Normandy, Mako, many NPC clothings, Geth ship, volus, hanar, elcor, some armors and default character armors including N7 armor (of characters re-textured). This was Achieved by texture editing (up-scaling, repainting, adding details, adding texture, and rebuilding normal maps). Finally, but probably my favorite, I made a new Film Grain Texture to replace the muddy Film Grain with a much less obnoxious ME2 "looking" effect. Now you can keep film grain on and still have a crisp picture.
Requests are always welcome :)
0). Yes step zero :). Install the game fresh with DLC if you plan to use it, especially if you are updating from pr-2018 MEUITM or any other ME3Explorer based mod. (you can still install the mod on a game that's been run this just is the ideal way to start)
Install vanilla Mass Effect and DLC.
**This mod is not compatible with old pre-MEUITM for file structure reasons. You need reset to vanilla before installing the new version, there is currently no way around this. If you don't the installer will abort as to avoid breaking your game**
1). Run Once. Now we can run the game one time before doing any texture modding so all files are set up by the game it also builds the shader cache with the soft shadows. This is also a good time to go in and Max Out in-game graphics settings and choose your gaming resolution (use left and right arrows to see resolutions not displayed in the drop down in game menu). Also if you've never played Mass Effect before please run around a bit in vanilla so you can see what it is the mod is aiming to improve.
2). Install any other mods that you want that are non-texture based now (they can also be texture based but MEUITM will overwrite any that are covered in it).
Mainly this applies to same sex romances, Xbox 360 controller support, any mods that alter the games files etc...these mods will break MEUITM and the game if installed after. Install the mods for vanilla compatibility (Ignore MEUITM versions as they refer to the old pre-2018 MEUITM which is incompatible.)
MEUITM Anniversary Edition is the new version of MEUITM, it uses MEM with a user friendly installer.
Smaller download size, More localizations support (only textures are being installed), Improved performance, Perfect mipmap function, and boat loads of new and revised textures.
Special thanks to Aquadran for MEM and all the support getting this going including the nice installer! Special thanks to CreeperLava for pointing me towards MEM, support, and all of the work on ALOT!
1) Extract the MEUITMAnniversay.zip.
2) From the extracted folder, run MassEffectModder.exe and click "install".
3)Follow any prompts but mostly kick back until it's done and then launch MassEffect.exe like normal.
Happy New Year enjoy...:)
All users could also be interested in FPS Counter because it adds SweetFX/ENB style color, sharpening, and lighting tweaks in game with a slider menu and the best ambient occlusion support you can find for Mass Effect, a feature ENB sweetfx gemfx and Resahde are all missing in Mass Effect. Download, tweak away, and enjoy!
Install the "soft shadows" by extracting the contents of the zip file in to your game directory example: "C:\Origin\Mass Effect\" Then for them to take effect you must clear the shader cache, to clear the shader cache (steps heavily taken from Pcgamingwiki.com):
1) Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\Published\CookedPC.
2) Delete LocalShaderCache-PC-D3D-SM3.upk.
3) Go to \BioGame\CookedPC.
4) Delete or rename LocalShaderCache-PC-D3D-SM3.upk.
5) Restart and behold soft shadows.
The game will take longer to boot on the first run after performing the above steps. This is due to the engine recaching. Following the first boot, each subsequent boot up should be as normal.
Lastly, to match the screenshots you will need to install the MEUITM Reshade locatated in the mod's "addons" sections. Simply extract the contents in to the binaries folder in you Mass effect install directory.
**Note- FPS Counter is not compatible with ReShade so you will need to make a choice as to which one you want to use.**
The most prominent issues:
These will cause random invalid page faults and crashes. There are pages and pages online of people with this issue back to 2008. Google is your friend here. Usually a fairly simple bioengine.ini fix which will vary depending on your audio hardware.
This is caused by playing the game on any post 2008 AMD processors (bulldozer or later chipsets) this is because Mass Effect is seeing AMD and looking for 3D now instruction sets that existed when it was made. AMD has ditched these instructions in their latest processors causing miss timings and faults in communication between Mass effect and the CPU. Due to this you will also see black textures for characters on Noveria and Ilos.
Video of the issue on un-modded game with workaround fix: Youtube.com
**The black blob character texture bug is now completely fixed by FPS Counter, see link above**
This is a known game glitch see the link below for the fix: Pcgamingwiki.com
You didn't clear your shader cache before running the game because the shadows from Daemonjax completely resolve this problem.
This is a result of an incomplete install or Origin updating the game back to vanilla, or installing another mod after MEUITM which has altered things to be incompatible. To fix, try first reinstalling MEUITM. Make sure to Disable Origin's auto update feature for games. if it still persists uninstall and then reinstall the game.
This is the results of MEM detecting a modified game, it may or may not be a problem. If you have modded with MEM then it most likely is fine, but if you are attempting to install MEUITM over a ME3Explorer modded game then you will have issues, possibly black textures or crashes. Do not use ME3Explorer to mod Mass Effect 1, only use MEM. If you see these issues and have not used the old MEUITM or any other Me3Explorer based mods, click continue and you should be fine.
This is rare and seems to mainly affect the disc version. It is antivirus related. Some Antiviruses such as Avast can delete the save immediately after saving. Make sure to allow Mass effect.exe to anti your virus exceptions to resolve the issue and any other issues it may cause.
If you backed up the vanilla files, you can simply delete the modded versions and replace with your backup then delete the bioengine.ini in the My Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect\config directory.
Uninstall the game through windows program manager, delete the bioengine.ini from the My Documents\Bioware\Mass Effect\config directory and then reinstall.
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