Several months after the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, modders released a community patch to fix a host of minor bugs and irritations in the remastered version of the first game. A similar community patch for the Mass Effect 3 update of the legendary edition followed. But the remastered Mass Effect 2 lacked a similar community patch – until now.
Although the legendary version of Mass Effect 2 had already addressed the most glaring bugs in the best game in the series (don’t @me), there were still a lot of little things to fix for the unofficial LE2 patch. The lengthy changelog notes numerous lighting fixes, changes to match NPC uniforms, fixes for inconsistent skin tones and misaligned accessories, and typos. There are a few more notable fixes, however.
If you played the previous game with the LE1 community patch installed, Shephard’s creepy super fan Conrad Verner will now correctly remember how you treated him rather than defaulting to the Renegade choice. Individual mods had already corrected this oversight, but it’s good to have it grouped together in the same patch which also ensures that the asari on the Citadel no longer have human hands.
The changelog description “Communications animation fixed” might not sound like much, but it rids me of something that’s been bothering me for years. When characters held two fingers to their ears in the universal “I’m speaking into an earpiece” gesture, if they weren’t wearing headphones, they would still be holding their hands a good ten centimeters from their head as if they were . The same bug was present in the third game until the LE3 community patch fixed it, and now it’s gone here too, I can finally stop gritting my teeth about it.
Several of the minor changes amused me, so here they are for your edification:
- Jacob won’t start tapping the air after Shepard broke up with him.
- Male quarians can now blink.
- Hammerhead will no longer scream like an undead nightmare when mining nodes.
- Legion will correctly reference Shepard’s encounter with Sovereign that takes place on Virmire (rather than Ilos).
- Eyelashes restored to members of the Normandy crew, including Ashley and Joker as the most notable cases.
- Shiala’s teeth are now visible.
As the LE2 Unofficial Patch FAQ explains, although its team contains several modders who have contributed community patches to the other two games, they are a separate release group, hence the name change from Community Patches LE1 and LE3. Since no one else seemed to be working on an equivalent for Mass Effect 2, they stepped up.
They also note that while this mod will continue to be updated to “more comprehensively address smaller aesthetic and quality of life issues”, they felt it was worth releasing now, because in its current state, it is still “a full working bugfix mod”.
It’s time to update our list of the best Mass Effect Legendary Edition mods, I guess.