It doesn’t matter whether you want to update the visual or increase the amount of content with the help of the mod, you will definitely find something for yourself.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is finally out and the modding community has created several graphical enhancements, shortcuts, and cheats that you can download now.
Judging by the reactions of both critics and fans, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is the best way to enjoy the original trilogy, thanks to updated textures and higher resolutions, as well as increased frame rates on modern systems and the ability to play Shepard’s woman in early titles. All this in one coherent, but not a small package with a volume of 80-120 GB (depending on the system you choose).
Despite the fact that the Legendary Edition came out not too long ago, NexusMods supports and offers several mods that can significantly affect your playthrough. The community is releasing new mods almost every day, but here are eight of the best Mass Effect: Legendary Edition mods to download and install right now.
Better Colors And Lighting Reshade Preset
The original Mass Effect had a very flat and gray color scheme, which was changed in the Legendary Edition. Devinite’s Better Colors and Lighting Reshade Preset mod adds additional color grading and effects to better match the original titles. The Legendary Edition has received some criticism for its brighter colors and noticeable saturation, which in turn spawned this and similar mods, restoring the overall tone of the original games.
Players will appreciate not only the fact that the mod is compatible with all three titles, but also the presence of a list of all added visual effects. These effects include adjusted brightness levels (darker blacks, brighter whites), adjusted contrast and saturation curves, as well as additional tone mapping, bloom, and highlights. Keep in mind that this all works at the cost of 5-10 FPS loss.
This mod by dukeofkiewit may scare away players who prefer a more relaxed playthrough. The HUD of the original games has gradually improved as new releases have been released, but it’s fair to say that it’s overwhelmed.
Despite the fact that the gameplay looks more cinematic and hardcore, some necessary information from the HUD, such as the player’s health and the location of targets, are not displayed. However, being able to toggle the HUD with a single press of the F11 key saves you a hassle.
The default field of view in the Legendary Edition and in the original games is quite narrow, which creates the feeling of sticking to the character’s back. JadeBarker’s Higher FOV mod is designed to increase space with a slider up to 100.
The difference is not very noticeable at first, but when you increase the angle of view to its maximum value, the field of view will increase dramatically. More options never hurt.
Same Sex Mod For Default Shepards
Biganimefan2’s Same Sex mod allows both of the default Shepards of the first Mass Effect to engage in same-sex relationships. If such a possibility exists in subsequent parts, it makes sense to add it to the original.
The Mass Effect series is all about player choice and how that choice inevitably affects subsequent events. Having more possibilities, whether it’s romance or not, is always welcome.
Perfect Cinematic Lighting
Even though this mod is another reshader, it offers a completely different atmosphere from the others. Created by detran, the Perfect Cinematic Lighting mod is a complete graphic overhaul with realistic lighting and crisp textures.
Of course, you need to get used to it, given the sharp differences from the vanilla version, but this is another example of a harmless mod that would be interesting to apply in the next playthroughs. At first glance, it looks like a popular sci-fi blockbuster, which is great!
ACVIPERpro offers additional keyboard shortcuts to make Mass Effect 2 better for people using a keyboard and mouse. Mouse anti-aliasing is disabled, the field of view can be increased up to 100. Moreover, there are now separate keys for interaction, sprint and cover. Players can turn off glare and fog. Added shortcuts for magazine, skills and codex.
This mod remains among the majority of the mods available for the Legendary Edition right now, as most of them are aimed at changing the field of view and lighting. Players love the convenience and this mod includes tons of useful options. It is not stated exactly if it is compatible with all three games, so please pay attention to this before downloading.
Custom Launcher (AVX Bypass)
If your PC isn’t powerful enough, chances are the launcher won’t launch. An older processor may not support the AVX instruction set, and the launcher requires it, although the games themselves do not need it.
Developed by dvidebyzero, Custom Launcher bypasses the AVX instruction set requirements in the Legendary Edition launcher. Older processors can now run all three games. This is not the most interesting mod available at the moment, but it can definitely help a significant number of people launch titles.
LEME1 Cheats And Utilities
In addition to the many tech mods available, lozzer22’s LEME1 Cheat and Utilities mods create console cheats that are activated by function keys. Like the other mods on this list, these also tweak the viewing angle for your convenience.
The cheats and utilities offered in this pack increase XP, add or take 100,000 credits, squad talent points, Electronic and Decryption talent points, allow you to correct the angle of view up to 90, and also increase Paragon and Renegade. Not everyone approves of the idea of adding cheats to your game, but there are some if you suddenly want to get a quick and easy advantage over your extraterrestrial opponents.