Mass Effect 1/2/3 Remastered! Wow...

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Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Even though everyone has reassured me that I'm free to take my time here, since my previously projected ETA has since come and passed I wanted to give an update.

I did some work on Thursday and Friday. Thursday namely was getting the HUD worked out, and I managed to get an autodepth crosshair and 3D in-world interaction icons working, and then I started looking at reflections and specular highlights on metallic surfaces while still inside the Normandy, which brought a disappointing discovery. Unfortunately, this Remaster is feeling very much like a simple texture upgrade, because speculars and reflections are baked right into the textures themselves, rather than being calculated separately by individual shaders. Basically, this game is still using old rendering techniques, which is as disappointing to discover as it is limiting. Fortunately, it is still possible to adjust those reflections and speculars, but unfortunately they may as well not be as they are proving to be conflicting with one another, that fixing reflections causes speculars to be floating off a surface rather being "inside" the surface, and vice versa. Still investigating whether this can be accounted for and handled separately from one another. If not, then at the very least, by default, both reflections and speculars are at surface depth, and although that's not realistic looking, it's less visually displeasing and probably better than having some things look perfect and others be broken.

On Friday I went out on Eden Prime, saw the first body of water, which have screenspace reflections on the surface. These seem to be fairly similar in code to the previously mentioned reflections/speculars, but unlike the others, these are very broken looking by default and will require fixes. I've managed to find some "good enough" solutions here, but I'm still investigating to find the best solution for both here, and hopefully elsewhere, but I'm a bit worried that this might not be something I can do via regex for various reasons, which will definitely slow down progress on the final release of the fix.

That's where my work ended, as it was a Canadian long weekend and I was preoccupied with having my (understanding and patient) girlfriend over the whole weekend (whom sat and watched me work on my Ryse fix most of the previous weekend, and probably would have castrated me if I did the same thing this weekend :lol:). I decided I wasn't willing to put up a WIP until I can get something to my satisfaction worked out with those reflections.

Today I've been trying to get back into the working groove, but I've been home all day and still have yet to fire up the game. To be honest, I'm feeling a bit demotivated and disappointed that this game is literally just a fresh coat of paint thrown on, and not quite as impressive of a remaster as they were making this out to be. I really wish they could have updated the game to use some more advanced lighting and rendering techniques. So far the game looks flat to me... and knowing that I've got that mess with reflections to contend with on my return doesn't help excite me either. I think maybe I should just try playing for a bit tonight (and ignoring the reflections for now) just to get myself a little more invested into it and hopefully have my opinion changed, and then come back and try fixing the issue tomorrow.

tl;dr: Did some work last week, got stuck on fixing reflections, took the long weekend off, and procrastinating today because first game impressions are a bit disappointing.
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Thanks DJ, hope you persist to the end for this classic :)
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These games shines in so many ways, except the screenspace reflections perhaps :)

But I know you can get the best out of it, so please keep up the spirit !

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Thanks for your patience everyone. Hot off the press, just in time for the weekend is my first WIP.

I've only played as far as reaching the Citadel, so this is unverified to be complete beyond this point in Mass Effect 1, or to even work in either ME: 2 or 3 (I haven't tested it yet, and doing so would only delay me getting this in your hands sooner), but all graphical issues up to this point have been fixed. Specular highlights, as previously mentioned, are a bit of a challenge still at this point. There is a fix in place for many surfaces, but unfortunately some surfaces found later flicker with the fix in place so this has been disabled by default for now (and speculars will be at surface depth) until I can hopefully find the best solution here.

Fixed:
-Halo distortions on various effects
-Lighting/shadows - Directional lighting, point lighting, dynamic shadows during cutscenes
-Screenspace reflections
-Specular highlights on water surfaces, and some metallic surfaces (disabled by default, can be enabled via the ' key)
-God rays & lens flares

User Interface:
-3D crosshair and in-world interaction icons (enabled by default. can be disabled via ctrl + ] keys)
-Convergence preset for during gameplay, can be cycled through 4 values via [ key.
-Cutscenes will revert back to the driver default convergence value (set to 50 in the .ini). Either adjust the .ini value or during a cutscene adjust your convergence and save the value to the driver using the Nvidia hotkey. Or, you can still use the [ key during cutscenes, it just will not remember this value after the cutscene plays. I may set up another key to select different cutscene preset values later, or maybe I might have another little idea entirely here.... 8-)
-Automatic convergence transitions can be disabled via ctrl + [ keys
-Disable HUD via \ key
-Adjustable HUD depth via ] key
-Lens flares can be disabled via the ; key
-Depth of field during cutscenes & conversations can be disabled via ctrl + ; keys


Fix can be downloaded: here

Installation: Extract the zip into each specific game's Win64 folder. So for Mass Effect 1, the fix installation path is: ..\Mass Effect Legendary Edition\Game\ME1\Binaries\Win64\, and for Mass Effect 2 and 3 you'll have to install to each one's respective Win64 folder. (assuming the fix is universal across all 3 games, which is likely, but not yet tested)

Enjoy, and given the early nature of this release all feedback and bug reports are welcome and appreciated. :D
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Thank You very much for this early release and the effort, DJ-RK!

Now we can enjoy those amazing games not only as impressive remaster, but with an even more impressive 3DV-Fix! What a time to be alive! :woot :woot :woot
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DJ-RK thank you for taking the time and the great work.
xabarih wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 1:15 pm for some reason my game crashes when I start it in 3d
xabarih did you ever get this resolved?

I have a similar problem the games Freeze whenever i try tyo start any of the actual versions in 3D. Freezes on the laodign screen right after selecting the version for me.


This happens right out of the box with or without DJ-RK's amazing fix.

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Ooooh, but this is good, GOOOOOD! :woot
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msm903 wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 6:53 am DJ-RK thank you for taking the time and the great work.
xabarih wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 1:15 pm for some reason my game crashes when I start it in 3d
xabarih did you ever get this resolved?

I have a similar problem the games Freeze whenever i try tyo start any of the actual versions in 3D. Freezes on the laodign screen right after selecting the version for me.


This happens right out of the box with or without DJ-RK's amazing fix.
Which driver are you using and how you have installed it??? Is the global driver hack enabled in case you are using a driver later 425.31 ???

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Screenshots look amazing, DJ-RK! Thank you for your work on this!
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splendid last pic :)

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Losti wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 9:37 am
msm903 wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 6:53 am DJ-RK thank you for taking the time and the great work.
xabarih wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 1:15 pm for some reason my game crashes when I start it in 3d
xabarih did you ever get this resolved?

I have a similar problem the games Freeze whenever i try tyo start any of the actual versions in 3D. Freezes on the laodign screen right after selecting the version for me.


This happens right out of the box with or without DJ-RK's amazing fix.
Which driver are you using and how you have installed it??? Is the global driver hack enabled in case you are using a driver later 425.31 ???
Thank you very much. Losti You are a life saver. Toggling on the global driver hack fixed my issue.

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msm903 wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 2:56 pm
Losti wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 9:37 am
msm903 wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 6:53 am DJ-RK thank you for taking the time and the great work.



xabarih did you ever get this resolved?

I have a similar problem the games Freeze whenever i try tyo start any of the actual versions in 3D. Freezes on the laodign screen right after selecting the version for me.


This happens right out of the box with or without DJ-RK's amazing fix.
Which driver are you using and how you have installed it??? Is the global driver hack enabled in case you are using a driver later 425.31 ???
Thank you very much. Losti You are a life saver. Toggling on the global driver hack fixed my issue.
Glad you got yourself sorted, and cheers to Losti for quickly stepping up and helping out! No doubt he's quick to identify the issue thanks to all the help he's given people over these past couple years or so! Also, Losti has been very eager to offer his assistance with this fix, and certainly would have graciously added yet another fix to his impressive collection had I not already mentioned that I would like to work on this project myself. Just wanted to publicly acknowledge and thank him for his tireless efforts in the community.
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+1

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Hey everyone, just a small update for now on my general fixing progress since things got a little quiet for me on the fixing front lately. I've mostly been spending my time and focus on some other DIY projects and designing some 3D prints these past couple weeks, but I'm mostly finished up with those and I did manage to squeeze in a little time to look more at XCom 2 and ME:L when I had the chance. I still have a bit more work to do on the user interface for XCom 2 before a release will be ready, but I do have an update for ME:L to address the fact that ME3 crashes on launch with the previous version. It's actually a very tiny change, really, just a deletion of one line from the d3dx.ini file, so you don't really need to download this update if a) you're not even playing ME3 yet, or b) you'd rather just edit the d3dx.ini file yourself.

For those that would rather edit the d3dx.ini: delete or comment out line 37, which contains: "include = ShaderFixes\mouse.ini".

For anyone else that needs it, here is the update: https://www.mediafire.com/file/jerj4jyt ... WIP1_1.zip

It's not recommended for anyone playing on KB+M to update until you're actually ready to play ME3, because currently the mouse.ini file is used to have the mouse cursor line up with the other HUD elements. This update will remove that because unfortunately something in the mouse.ini file is causing the game to crash on the title screen. Not sure how I'll resolve that situation, but I'm a long way off from ME3 before I need to address it.

On another note, ME2 loaded up fine with the fix, however the lens flare on the title screen is at screen depth, and as soon as you press any button it goes away until you exit the game and relaunch, so it's extremely tedious to try to fix at this point, and I'm not really in the mood to load up a new game in ME2 (while I'm still at the beginning of ME1) to have to play far enough until I find a broken lensflare. On that note, very few people have made any indication that anyone has even bought this game, so I'm not sensing that there's any urgency in me having to play the games out of sequence and to fix that ASAP, so I'm just going to return to my ME1 playthrough at this point and continue playing/fixing this at my own pace (hopefully everything else is fine and I just need to power through my playthrough). If anyone finds anything that's particularly bad or gamebreaking later, then let me know and we'll work something out since I don't want anyone to have to halt their progress to wait on the next/final release, but if I don't hear as such I'll assume my previous assumption is correct and/or everything is fine ahead of where I am in my progression (aside from that lensflare) and there's no rush.
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Thanks for the update, and yeah I plan to play the game but I'm in the middle of a Watch Dogs Legion play so not in a hurry, so at least imho just relax and fix this at your own pace, even if it takes months, there's no hurry :)
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I just wait until its finished. I currently playing other rpgs this while. I want to play the games in a row and not try to fix issues while playing thati do too often and this afflicts the immersion. So i am Happy that you are fixing this one for us. Thanks a Lot.

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Yeah, same here, I will play this trilogy for sure because I've never played ME and know it's great, but it will be months into the future. So from my perspective - take your time, enjoy the games and when the fix arrives, I'll be super happy it's there waiting for me :)
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Agree with the two "L's" above!

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I've actually just started the first game, and so far it looks truly great, not many games can compete with these, IMO BioWare's best...

I'm a slow player, particular when playing rpg's, so just take your time :)

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Thanks also DJ-RK for taking another look at XCOM 2.

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