The Mass Effect trilogy video games are undisputed classics in the worlds of console and PC gaming.
The first title, ME1, hooked a legion of new fans. The follow-up, ME2, made the debut game’s massive success seem small. ME3 was less exciting but still offered fans welcome closure.
This caliber of storytelling has yet to be replicated in action-adventure and sci-fi gaming.
- Our Favorite Top Mods for Mass Effect 2
- 25. Casual Hubs for ME2
- 24. Improved Bun Textures
- 23. Too Dark Fix
- 22. Intuitive Controls
- 21. Modern Weapon Pack
- 20. Illium Landing Movie Mod
- 19. Asari Remastered
- 18. Increased Maximum Fuel and Probes
- 17. Unlimited Sprint and Boost Duration
- 16. 4x Faster Loading Screens
- 15. Arrival Triggering Mod
- 14. Remove Shared Cooldown
- 13. Expanded Shepard Armory (ESA)
- 12. Suicide Mission Survival Calculator
- 11. MEUITM2
- 10. Same-Gender Romances for ME2
- 9. Massively Effective Color Palette (MECP)
- 8. A Lot of Videos (ALOV)
- 7. No Minigames
- 6. A Lot of Textures (ALOT)
- 5. Recovered Powers
- 4. Shorter Loadings (Animated – New Version)
- 3. ME2 Gameplay Tweaks
- 2. Mass Effect 2 Save Editor
- 1. Mass Effect 2 Cheat Console
Our Favorite Top Mods for Mass Effect 2
This list focuses on mods that will work for a standalone copy of Mass Effect 2 as well as the ME2 portion of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
We have a list for MELE that’s worth checking out if that’s the version you play on.
Please keep reading to see our picks for the 25 most fun-enhancing or game-improving mods for Mass Effect 2.
25. Casual Hubs for ME2
Casual Hubs allows the player and crew members to wear their casual outfits on the Citadel, Omega, and Illium.
This mod isn’t game-breaking, but it’s a nice change of pace to see the crew in more comfortable clothes. Casual Hubs also puts some squad mates into casual outfits aboard the Normandy.
They’re already in high-stress, dangerous situations; they should be comfortable at the very least!
For those players that want Commander Shepard to be chilling in combat, too, another entry on this list allows just that!
24. Improved Bun Textures
These Improved Bun Textures for Mass Effect 2 make the female Commander Shepard model’s hairstyle more realistic and better to look at.
The hair texture for bun hairstyles in ME2 is less than high quality compared to the standard of the other visual assets.
When playing as a woman, the low-res graphic can be distracting and immersion-breaking.
Thanks to the work of this mod maker, players can enjoy a wide variety of bun hairstyles in several colors that look decent. The base game’s models look a little too PS2-y for our tastes.
23. Too Dark Fix
A large number of games display darkness and the color black poorly. Unfortunately, Mass Effect 2 is no exception.
Too Dark Fix modifies the default shader of the game to offer more precise darkness and sharper details when objects are some kind of black.
No more washed-out faces or pure black, texture-less hair on Miranda. This visual fix is a must-have for any player that cares about the finer details of visual presentation in their games.
In some situations, the enhanced legibility and detail make combat more manageable and more successful.
It’s more fun to strategize and fight when you can accurately see what you’re up against.
22. Intuitive Controls
The Intuitive Controls mod reworks the PC controls for ME2.
We don’t have an issue with how the base game plays, but this mod offers a real improvement nonetheless.
This mod introduces a sharper, more accurate, responsive control scheme to the character.
Suitable for every level of player, Intuitive Controls offer better cover mechanics for high-tier play, and a flatter learning curve is perfect for new players.
This modder has similar tools for Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age 2, Origins and Inquisition, and The Witcher 2. Be sure to check them out if any of those titles interest you.
21. Modern Weapon Pack
Modern Weapon Pack (MWP) adds 18 new weapons to the game, including some items from ME3.
Many players notice the lack of weapons in Mass Effect 2. It’s a great game, but the lack of a varied arsenal is one of its few weaknesses.
MWP adds new heavy pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, and a new heavy weapon in the form of the Collector Cannon.
All new weapons can be obtained early in the game; they are well-balanced so as not to add a huge level of advantage or power.
There’s an added bonus of some narrative continuity by seeing weapons shared between ME2 and ME3. Mods that add continuity between the trilogy titles are some of the best.
20. Illium Landing Movie Mod
Illium Landing Movie plays the pre-rendered cutscene each time players visit the gorgeous city, instead of solely the first time.
Illium is a gorgeous techno-utopia that serves as the epicenter of asari business dealings and prosperity.
The first time Shepard arrives, there is a stunning movie that plays, showing the outside of the city in detail.
The water, sunset, and colors of the buildings come together to make one of the few travel cutscenes worth watching over and over.
We know it’s more common to skip cutscenes with mods, but this is worth a download.
19. Asari Remastered
Asari Remastered is a thorough re-texture of the Asari race from ME2.
The Asari are one of the fan-favorite races from the Mass Effect world. These blue-green skinned humanoids are a quintessential example of sci-fi aliens.
This mod offers them new textures, yielding more natural features, and defined skin detail like freckles, teeth, makeup, and other markings.
We noticed the difference right away. Mods like this are purely upgrades. This might even surpass Mass Effect Andromeda visuals.
18. Increased Maximum Fuel and Probes
The probing system in Mass Effect 2 is a fun side activity that utilizes the galaxy map to seek out landing sites and precious resources.
Why should this system be artificially limited by supplies like fuel and probes?
This mod boosts the maximum fuel limit to 7000 and the probe limit to 500, functionally enabling constant, unrestricted use of the system.
Some players enjoy procuring currencies and supplies in single-player games, but we prefer not to when it is gating a gameplay element.
Increased fuel and probe capacity allows players to work through the game’s extra content with more speed and efficiency.
17. Unlimited Sprint and Boost Duration
This mod allows players to sprint and boost infinitely.
Playing through the Mass Effect games with limitless sprint and boost bars is excellent.
Playing the main single-player story, we would never think of this as cheating; it lets you experience the story without some of the gameplay friction.
Running out of sprint or boost mid-combat is a drag. This is a quality of life improvement you won’t want to give up.
16. 4x Faster Loading Screens
The loading screens in Mass Effect 2 can be bothersome.
Rather than cut them short or sit through the original length, there’s a third option for players who enjoy the loading animation but want to save time.
4x Faster Loading Screens makes the original animation four times faster, raising the framerate from 15 fps to 60 fps.
The resulting loading screen displays all the visual content in less than half the time. This is a minor detail but smooths out the gameplay experience in a subtle way.
If you want the loading screen cut short, there’s a different mod for that.
15. Arrival Triggering Mod
Arrival Triggering Mod moves Hackett’s message about The Arrival until after the suicide mission a the end of the game.
As the creator says, the Arrival DLC works better with the Mass Effect narrative at the end of Mass Effect 2, but as-is, it begins pretty early in the game’s campaign.
It’s disorienting and distracting. This change replaces the DLC in a spot where it can serve as a bridge between ME2 and ME3; it feels like a natural progression for the story with this placement.
Power’s sharing a single global cooldown feels fine, but more power feels even better.
Remove Shared Cooldown gives each power its own individual cooldown.
While an increase in player power, it also adds a new dynamic element to the in-game combat since players can now combine or double-up on their abilities.
This change impacts the player as well as their squad mates and enemies.
Consider increasing the difficulty of your playthrough to balance this mod’s power, or alter powers’ individual cooldowns to create a custom sense of battle balance.
13. Expanded Shepard Armory (ESA)
ESA introduces armor and casual outfits from Mass Effect Andromeda, ME1, and ME3, in addition to the option the hide helmets on Commander Shepard.
Many players, us included, prefer seeing Shepard’s face, helmet-free, as well as the Commander wearing more comfortable clothes.
The numerous style options introduced by the Expanded Shepard Armory breathe new life into the visuals of Mass Effect 2 and make it more playable in the current era.
This mod requires the ME3Tweaks Mod Manager.
12. Suicide Mission Survival Calculator
SPOILER ALERT: If this is your first playthrough of Mass Effect 2, skip this entry on the list.
We promise it’s worth it to play the game with fresh eyes. Come back to this mod later to refine your skills and in-game success.
This Suicide Mission Survival Calculator helps players assess their chances and outcomes in the final, epic mission of ME2.
For players going for a perfect run, this tool is crucial for figuring out which crew are likely to survive and when.
The use of this calculator can ensure that the right conditions get imported into Mass Effect 3, too.
MEUITM2 is a large package of visual improvements and stylistic goodies for Mass Effect 2.
This mod is so huge that it feels like an official overhaul, even though it is fan-made.
MEUITM2 includes bug fixes for vanilla male Commander Shepard, HD textures for Project Overlord, Tela, Volus, the Collectors, and more.
Players will notice improvements throughout the game’s universe with this mod installed.
We’d consider this mod to be among the must-haves for ME2.
10. Same-Gender Romances for ME2
Same-Gender Romances adds more same-gender relationship choices to Mass Effect 2.
One of the Mass Effect series’ original draws was its detailed inter-character romance and relationship system.
It was one of the first AAA titles that offered more diverse relationship story options.
This mod allows female Commander Shepards to romance Tali and Thane and uses unused voice files from the game itself. Imported Ashley and Kaidan romances are fixed, plus other same-gender content is restored.
Exploring all of the squad member romances is one of the main reasons gamers replay the Mass Effect games.
9. Massively Effective Color Palette (MECP)
MECP gives players the freedom to customize armor with over 200 colors.
More customization is always a good thing in gaming. This mod offers a well-organized approach to recoloring your armor and helping locate the exact shade in mind.
Fiddling around with shading and color combinations can take up as much time as an entirely crafted minigame.
We like our Commander Shepard saving the galaxy in a bright neon color.
8. A Lot of Videos (ALOV)
ALOV improves and reworks all of the pre-rendered cutscenes in Mass Effect 2.
This mod takes the improvements of a lot of gameplay graphics mods and applies them to the cutscenes.
Visuals can see boosts to 60 fps and 1080p/4k resolution; it’s a significant improvement from the base game’s appearance.
ALOV plays nicely with other mods and available downloadable content, so download with confidence.
While undeniable classics, parts of the games show a little bit of their age. Mods like ALOT and ALOV are wonderful remedies.
7. No Minigames
No Minigames instantly completes the hacking and bypass minigames in Mass Effect 2.
This mod is similar to the unlimited sprint and boosts mod in that it makes playthroughs, first or otherwise, smoother.
The minigames get old after the first few instances; over and over, they lose their appeal. We love the simple quality of life improvements for our favorite games.
Together, compulsory minigames and loading screens are the top two factors that contribute to frustration with a game.
6. A Lot of Textures (ALOT)
ALOT is an extensive graphical rework for Mass Effect 2.
This mod augments the visuals in Mass Effect 2 through a variety of tweaks and changes. Improvements include anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, and anisotropy.
Many of these visual tweaks are present in the Mass Effect Trilogy’s Legendary Edition, but not all. Whether you’re playing LE2 or the original Mass Effect 2, this mod is a step up.
The creator also offers a list of other recommended mods to enhance the experience worth checking out. Gameplay and pre-rendered cutscenes see noted improvements.
5. Recovered Powers
Commander Shepard is powerful and skilled, but what if they were even more so?
Recovered Powers is a small bundle of four new powers for the player character. These powers are hidden in the game files, usually reserved for special enemies.
Take the power of carnage, energy shield, Geth siege pulse, and shock pulse to engage in combat in fresh new ways. These special recovered powers work just like bonus powers.
4. Shorter Loadings (Animated – New Version)
Shorter Loadings cuts off the loading screen animations as soon as the game is ready.
For some reason, every loading screen in Mass Effect 2 lasts for the same amount of time.
The animation has a set duration that plays in its entirety each time, resulting in a flat loading time whether you’re going to a vast battlefield or just aboard the Normandy.
With Shorter Loadings, players wait the appropriate amount of time and not a second more.
3. ME2 Gameplay Tweaks
This mod offers a collection of new options for every facet of gameplay in Mass Effect 2.
These custom gameplay settings with incredibly precise and detailed instructions allow the player to adjust ME2 to their exact needs.
Available changes include controls and handling changes, increased maximum fuel capacities, infinite ammo, radar mini-map options, enemy detection range, and much more.
Any in-game value you can think of likely has a setting in ME2 Gameplay Tweaks.
2. Mass Effect 2 Save Editor
The ME2 Save Editor is a mod that allows players to edit their save files for Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.
Out of all the save editors in the modding world, they don’t get more powerful or detailed than this one for ME2.
Players gain the ability to change plot flags, manage inventory, use multiple bonus powers, set their RPG parameters, and more.
There is even support for Xbox 360 and PS4. There is very little players can’t do with Trilogy Save Editor.
It’s the perfect compliment to the expansion mods on this list to create a more comprehensive, totally customized Mass Effect experience.
1. Mass Effect 2 Cheat Console
This Cheat Console for Mass Effect 2 adds several toggleable power-enhancing features to the game.
One of the best ways to enjoy a game after the first playthrough is via cheating tools like this one.
Once players have exhausted the base game’s campaign, turning Mass Effect 2 into a sandbox introduces hours for fresh replayability.
Unlike the save editor, this mod doesn’t require restarting the game; its commands work with the number pad in real time.
Toggle god mode, create ammo, max your levels, generate credits, and more with a single key press without interrupting the flow of your gaming session.