Legendary Edition 2 Modding Guide

Legendary Edition 2 Modding Guide

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Since the original Mass Effect 2 at lot of time has passed and this modding guide will show, that the Legendary Edition ME 2 is much easier to modify than its predecessor.

Modding Guides

  1. Mass Effect 1 Original Trilogy
  2. Mass Effect 2 Original Trilogy
  3. Mass Effect 3 Original Trilogy
  4. Mass Effect 1 Legendary Edition
  5. Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition < – You Are Here
  6. Mass Effect 3 Legendary Edition

Before You Start

It is very important that your Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition installation is clean before you continue. This means that nothing must be modded into your installation, and all files have to be in vanilla state.

If you have never edited and/or modded your Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition installation, then you can try the “Repair” functionality of your Origin client.
But this does only check files belonging to the official install, and does not remove added files.
Therefore it is safest to start your modding journey by doing a clean install.

Creating Your Master Backup

Modding Mass Effect 2 has basically two parts: DLC Mods and Texture Mods.

While DLC Mods are just folders added to your installation, which you can rename, move and delete as you wish, Texture Mods have to actively change your installation to work.
It is also important to know, that no new DLC Mods can be added after you have applied your first Texture Mods, because such additions would break your installation.

So what do you do if you want to add or upgrade DLC Mods after you have applied some Texture Mods?

You could delete your Installation and start with a fresh one, of course. But the much faster option is to revert to a backup of a clean install.

The creation of such a backup is very simple:
You need some space where to put it, and only have to fire up the Mod Manager. The program will greet you with a list of installed Mass Effect titles for which you do not have a backup.

Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition Modding Guide Part 1: "Creating the Master Backup"
Watch this video on YouTube.

Open the Backup Manager, select your Mass Effect 2 installation, and click “back up”. If you do not have the international version, but a localized one installed, you must add the correct language to back up. Finally choose a backup destination and let it roll.

Once you have reached this stage, only the rest of the Legendary Edition 2 Modding Guide will matter to you. If no bad things happen, you will not have to repeat any of the steps above.

Restore From Your Master Backup

Once you have installed Texture Mods, you have to revert to your Master Backup if you wish to add or upgrade DLC mods.

To restore your backup open ModManager and select Backup and restore in the top menu, then select “Restore”.
Select your Mass Effect 2 installation folder and click on “Restore this Target.”

Backup & Restore → Restore

Once the restoration of your master backup is finished, you can move on with re-modding your installation.

DLC Modding

The full process of
    Restore → DLC Modding → Texture Modding
is shown in the video to the right.

There aren’t many rules, so this might be all you need.

Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition Modding Guide Part 2: "Restore and Mod (full)"
Watch this video on YouTube.

The Very First Mod

Always install the Unofficial LE2 Patch first, as many mods rely on it being installed.

Sometimes the Order Matters

Some mods install compatibility patches whenever certain other mods are installed.
But while some mods let you choose which compatibility patches to install, other mods do not let you unless the other mod is present.
You have to take care of the installation order in this case, for which I use a Modding Checklist, so I do not have to remember which mods need which other mods..

All mods I install and/or recommend that are listed below are in alphabetical order. In my Modding Checklist for LE2 the order is changed to honor prerequisites. You can use it as a starting point for your own modding journey.

List Of DLC Mods Used

The following is my personal list of DLC Mods. Please read the description of each Mod before downloading and installing it.

Unofficial LE2 Patch

The Unofficial LE2 Patch is a comprehensive bugfix mod, currently in stable public beta.

A Lot Of Videos (ALOV)

ALOV is an exhaustive and comprehensive 4K 60fps video overhaul project powered by AI and augmented with faithful in-game remakes, error corrections and other misc improvements.

ALOV Relay Jump Remaster (LE2)

This is a port/remake of the optional Relay Jump Remaster from ALOV for ME2. It combines an entirely new 3D render of the Cerberus Normandy SR2 with an edited ME3 relay jump.

Alternate Squad Casuals for Casual Hubs 2

Alternate casual outfits for Casual Hubs 2. Grunt, Jacob, Kasumi, Mordin, Thane, and Zaeed available.

Aria Consistency Mod (ME2LE)

Makes Aria consistent with her looks from the Omega DLC, both for her outfit as well as facial features, providing updated models and textures.

Basic Enemies (LE2)

Removes Armor and Shield bonuses granted to enemies at Hardcore and Insanity. Doubles enemy health at same difficulties. In effect removes protections from basic enemies and doubles their health making squad powers more useful while basic enemies are still more durable.

Casual Hubs for LE2

Allows Shepard and squadmates to wear casual clothes on the Citadel, Omega, and Illium, and gives certain squadmates casual appearances on the Normandy.

Cerberus Ladies Wear Cerberus

This mod restores the correct uniforms to most of the female Cerberus crew members of the Normandy that Bioware never patched. It also includes the option to give Kelly her hair from the original Mass Effect 2.

Citadel Asari Hands (ME2LE)

Ever since the original release of Mass Effect 2, Asari on the Citadel have been known to have human hands. Some are fixed in LE, this mod fixes the rest. Also included are some extra corrections to props placement around the Zakera levels.

Conrad Verner Remembers (ME2LE)

Conrad Verner Remembers solves the Conrad Verner bug in which the incorrect stage is set, and he always believes you pointed a gun at him on Mass Effect 1. Since a fix on Mass Effect 1 is not implemented yet, a special, in-universe mechanic has been introduced to fix the import before meeting Conrad.

Crouch Button (LE2)

This mod adds the unused Crouch command to a button of your choice with controller support.

DLC Timings Mod (ME2LE)

DLC Timings Mod delays most of the former DLC content of Mass Effect 2 through different methods.

EGM Armors for LE2 and LE3

The Initiative Armors from Ark Mod and MP Armors from EGM all set up as a brand new DLC Mod for LE3. Includes T5-V Battlesuit, N7 Pathfinder, Initiative Spearpoint, N7 Slayer and many more.

EGM Fix Weapons in Cutscenes LE2

For LE2 (Mass Effect 2 – LE) ported version of the Fix Weapons in Cutscenes code, this will means in all cutscenes Shepard or the squad will use the carried weapon if available in preference to the default rifle.

Early Recruitment (LE2)

Early recruitment of Thane, Samara and Tali. Early access to Illium. Early access to Tuchanka if Wrex is the clan leader.

Easy Armor Stats (LE2)

This mod adds detailed statistics to all your weapons and moves the stats of all your armors above their descriptions, therefore eliminating the need to scroll down to see them.

Expanded Shepard Armory (ME2LE)

Expanded Shepard Armory mod unlocks helmetless versions of the official DLC armors to players who wish to use them and see their Shepard’s faces; as well as adds additional armors and casual outfits ported from Mass Effect 1, 3 and Andromeda.

Extended Romance Scenes

Extended Romance Scenes expands on the LE2 romance scenes by adding the romantic cinematics from LE3 to all 7 LE2 romance scenes.

Eyebrows and facial hair restoration

This mod restores a missing texture that was causing sparse eyebrows and facial hair, making them more in-line with how LE1 and LE3 eyebrows look. This will affect ALL custom Shepard eyebrows and facial hair options, but not NPCs.

Faster Weapon Tracers (LE2)

LE2 bullet tracers are far slower than the tracers from LE1 or LE3. With this mod bullet tracers from weapons now travel much faster. Similar to the other games.

Flipped Kuwashii Visor (LE2)

Adds a mirrored Kuwashii visor which works exactly the same way as the original, except it’s on the left eye instead of the right one.

Fly B1TCH A Jack Enhancement

A mod that gives Jack some more bite in every phase of the game and on insanity!

Free Jack (LE2)

Jack wears a real shirt for all appearances. No nipple straps or visors in sight. Includes compatibility for Casual Hubs 2.

Genesis Intro Dialogue Undo Mod

Restores the original Mass Effect 2 opening dialogue from before BioWare created the Genesis 2 DLC, while retaining all features of the Genesis Recap comic. Remake of the OT ME2 mod.

Hammerhead Suicide Mission

This bug fix ensures the Hammerhead shows on the cargo bay during the endgame if the player had previously acquired it.

Hugo Gernsback Consistency Mod

Restores weapons used by the survivors to LE1 models and removes Thermal Clips. The Heavy Weapon Powercell before the boss fight remains available.

LE2 Planet Scanner Speed Incr.

Gives a couple of different options for the speed of the scanning reticle when you are scanning planets for resources.

Leather Jacket for Femshep LE2

This DLC mod adds four custom leather jacket outfits for Femshep. You can buy them at Citadel Souvenirs if you use Expanded Shepard Armory, or they’ll get added to the locker (along with duplicate jackets for maleshep) if you don’t.

Liara Consistency Mod (ME2LE)

Makes Liara’s facial appearance fully consistent within Mass Effect 2, by either choosing her original basegame look from Mass Effect 1, her Lair of the Shadow Broker look or her Mass Effect 3 appearance.

Miranda Romance Mini Dress (LE2)

Miranda wears a sleek mini dress for her romance scene and cabin visits.

Missing Codex Restored (ME2LE)

Ever since the original Mass Effect 2, several Codex Entries have been missing due to lack of implementation or wrongly set flags. The Legendary Edition finally restored the entry for the M-920 Cain, but still did not fix Thermal Clips, Grenade Launcher, Drell or Oculi. This mod restores them at their appropriate place. They are fully voiced.

Mission Results Screen Fix

LE2 Mission Results Screen Fix fixes the scaling for the mission results screen.

More Gay Romances

More Gay Romances is a mod for Mass Effect: Legendary Edition that adds more same-gender romance options to the game.

Morning’s Dresses and Skirts LE2

Batch of outfits that contains dresses and skirts from Sims CC Creators and Original Sims Content as buyable Casual Clothes for FemShep LE2.

Morning’s Dresses and Skirts PT2

Bunch of new outfits that contains dresses and similar stuff from Sims CC Creators as buyable Casual Clothes for FemShep LE2.

Morning’s Hairstyles Fem LE2 PT2

Bunch of Hairstyles by AHarris00Britney, Okruee, RavenSim, SheaButtyr, Oakiyo, Simandy, Kamiiri, Wild Pixels, and AladdintheSimmer for FemShep in LE2.

Morning’s Pants Outfits LE2

Batch of outfits that contains pants and similar stuff from Sims CC Creators and Original Sims Content as buyable Casual Clothes for FemShep LE2.

Morning’s Pants Outfits PT2 LE2

Bunch of new outfits that contains pants and similar stuff from Sims CC Creators as buyable Casual Clothes for FemShep LE2.

Morning’s Pants Outfits for Men

Bunch of outfits from Sims CC creators and original sims content as buyable Casual Clothes for MaleShep LE2.

N8 Custom Mod Group for LE2

Contains a few quality of life mods in a single download. For use with mod manager.

No Headgear for Squadmates

This mod removes (or alters) the headgear on squadmates’ Alternate Appearance Pack armors.

No Saving-Loading Text Mod

Mod to remove the unnecessarily long saving and loading messages from your user interface. There is also an option included to remove the spinning disk icon as well, for those who prefer an even clearer UI.

Open Suit and Slimfit Suit for KP

Optional mod (See files section) for replacing the Kasumi Loyalty Party Mission outfit. You need the main file for it to work. Color can be chosen during installation.

Optional Flirting Mod (LE2)

This mod attempts to make which options pursue a romance clearer and open up platonic options to Shepard regardless of gender.

Oriana looks like Miranda’s Twin

Small lore-friendly mod that changes Oriana’s face into Miranda’s, so they actually look like twins.

Outfits for FemShep LE2

Bunch of outfits from Sims 4 imported as store buyable Casual Clothes for femShepard for LE2.

Overlord Morality Fix

Overlord DLC in vanilla does not grant a single morality point through its entirety. With this mod, choosing the fate of David Archer on Overlord now grants 30 morality points. Paragon or Renegade depends on the appropriate option chosen.

Quiet Interrupts

Removes the sounds (entirely or just the trigger noise) from Paragon and Renegade interrupts for a more immersive cutscene experience

This mod might be just a small change, but it is one of my personal highlights!

Reformatted Emails

This mod edits the in-game messages to read more like an actual email inbox and less like a collection of sticky notes on a fridge. Email titles now follow the format “Name – Title”, and messages show the sender’s full name and rank/academic title (where applicable) at the top.

Ronald Taylor’s Fate Fix

Ronald Taylor’s Fate Fix properly records the choice done with Jacob’s father on his loyalty mission. Although the bug is noticeable if you pay close attention to one specific line in Mass Effect 2; it is especially a noticeable BUG in Mass Effect 3. Fixing it in 2 will ensure both Shepard and Jacob remember what they chose.

Samara Camera Restoration

This mod restores the unusual camera angles in Samara’s first conversation with Shepard aboard the Normandy. These shots were present in the 2010 release of Mass Effect 2. 

Same-Gender Romances for LE2

This mod allows Tali and Thane to be romanced by both male and female Shepard, utilizing unused dialogue in the game files and repurposed dialogue from other parts of the trilogy. It also fixes issues with imported FemShep/Ashley and MaleShep/Kaidan romances, and allows and restores other same-gender content when possible.

Shepard Movement Animation Replacer

Replaces Shepard’s idle, walking, running, and sprinting animations, either by porting their LE1 animations or by swapping their gender-specific animations.

Sheploo Appearance Consistency

Makes Sheploo consistent with Mass Effect 1 and 3 on 2. For some reason in 2 he has a painted ORANGE diffuse texture that does not properly tint with any outfit. This mod restores the tintable, unpainted textures from Mass Effect 1, which will make his skintone match with any outfit as well as restores the correct opacity of his eyelashes.

Shorter Notifications (LE2)

Reduces the duration of popup notifications and hints. Includes options to selectively remove certain types of notifications.

Skip Mass Effect 2 Prologue

This mod lets you skip right to the character creator when starting a new game.
This means skipping the Miranda-Illusive Man conversation, Normandy SR-1 attack, the Genesis comic and Lazarus intro.

Note: I only use this mod when either testing new mods that need new characters, or when generating dummy characters for face alterations.

Smaller Notifications (LE2)

Reduces the size of ME2 and ME3’s notifications and moves them closer to the bottom right corner.

About the next three Mods: Only install one of the three!

Subtle Face for Tali” is very compatible with other mods, Talis Visor is semi-transparent and her facial animations are really good.
Tali Remastered” has a very beautiful and well animated face, her Visor is not fully transparent, but the mod has some compatibility issues.
Tali Zorah Overhaul” is very compatible with other mods, Talis Visor is always fully transparent but her facial animations are a bit weak.

Please read the mod descriptions on the mod pages carefully and have a good look at their image galleries.

(NEW) Subtle Face for Tali – LE2

More visible and detailed face for Tali’Zorah.
New textures and fully animated face mesh.

*** OR ***

Tali Remastered LE2

This DLC add Creative Machinima’s 3D model of Tali Zorah to LE2

*** OR ***

Tali Zorah Overhaul (LE2)

Overhaul of Tali’s LE2 appearance with a completely new, fully animated face.

Again, do *NOT* install more than one of the Tali mods, it would break your game!

Tank Top Casuals for LE2

Adds new tank top outfits to casual appearance for both Female & Male Shepard. Includes optional additional casual outfits for FemShep.

Thematic Squad Guns (LE2)

Changes weapons for certain Squad members to be more Gameplay and Lore accurate and fun.

Trigger Buttons (LE2)

Trigger “ambush” events with a button press. Allows players to delay Horizon, the Collector Ship, Arrival message and the Crew Abduction until a time of their choosing.

Vignette Remover

Removes the ugly vignette effect in the corners of the screen, producing the same image as photo mode with vignette off!

Wrex Armour Consistency (LE2)

Replaces Wrex’s ME2 Warlord armour with his iconic red look from ME1 and ME3.

Texture Modding

If you really want to lift up your Mass Effect 1 experience, you will have to install texture mods.

Luckily it is very simple to install these mods, you do not even have to quit ModManager. Instead, open the Tools menu and select:
“Mass Effect Modder (for Legendary Edition)”.

Each of the three Mass Effect titles has its own section.
Click on “Mods Manager” under “Mass Effect” and select the “Mods Installer”
Here you click on “Add to list” and select all MEM files you wish to install.

I prefix my files with LE1, LE2 and LE3, so mods are grouped by game title and therefore easier to select.

LE2 MEM list to install

Once you have selected all texture mods you want to install, click on “Install all mods” .

Now do something completely different, because this takes a long time, almost 30 minutes on my laptop.

List Of Texture Mods Used

The following is my personal list of Texture Mods. Please read the description of each Mod before downloading and installing it.

A Lot Of Textures (ALOT)

Vanilla-friendly, exhaustive and easy to install graphical overhaul mod for the Mass Effect Trilogy.

Eyebrows and facial hair restoration

This mod restores a missing texture that was causing sparse eyebrows and facial hair, making them more in-line with how LE1 and LE3 eyebrows look. This will affect ALL custom Shepard eyebrows and facial hair options, but not NPCs.

Fix Middle Part Lipsticks LE1/2/3

Fixes the lighter color issue on lips which is especially visible on darker lipstick colors.

FemSheppings MELE Eyes

Eye textures. Replaces textures for male and female humans. I think it replaces asari eyes too. Check image section for the comparison. It makes the iris more detailed and the pupil smaller.

Improved Normandy Crash Site Flashback Textures

New 4K versions of the flashback images shown during Normandy Crash Site in LE2, which were not updated in Legendary Edition.

Jack complexion (LE2 and LE3)

This look softens her make up quite a bit and also adds a couple of scars to further emphasize the abuse she suffered.

Jack Alternate Loyalty Outfit

A revamp of Jack’s loyalty outfit with hi-res tattoos for Mass Effect 2 LE.

New Lashes for FemShep

New Lashes for FemShep.

No Headgear for Squadmates (Squad Select Textures)

This mod removes (or alters) the headgear on squadmates’ Alternate Appearance Pack armors.

(NSFW) Paramours

Fully nude textures for in-game female body meshes.
Important: This mod and it’s files are merely texture edits and can NOT make characters nude. Specifically, these only affect the vanilla nude mesh, NOT the underwear.

Thanks

Many Thanks to all of you awesome mod authors! Without you the Mass Effect Journey would have ended many years ago for a lot of us, and would have never started for some of us.

Special Thanks To:
55tumbl, Audemus, Beccatoria, CreativeMachinima, CreeperLava, Herobrine24, Jenya66, Khaar Machinima, Kinkojiro, KittenTails, ME3Tweaks, Mellin, Mentlegen, MorningAngel, Padme4000, Phoenixsoul13, RepugnantPear, Rondeeno, Scottina123, Team Pyjak and ThaliaGraces.

VERY Special Thanks to Vikki, your “Quiet Interrupts” mod fixed the biggest issue I had with the game!

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