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Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP powers)

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Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP powers)

Postby AVPen » 10 May 2015, 05:11

This is a very special DLC-mod project - one that took me 2 weeks of non-stop work, numerous nights staying up till 3 in the morning, and much, much frustration to work out.... but I've completed it :) And you guys are going to like this one, I hope.

So without further adieu.... the Bonus Power Packs.
 
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About the Mod
Like many people I'm sure, there are a number of powers in Mass Effect 3's Multiplayer that I love to use and thought that a number of them would make good additions for Shepard's power arsenal in Single-Player. However, no such official DLC came from BioWare and the previous modding methods for imported MP powers into SP could be overtly convoluted and difficult for the general mod user... not to mention that a number of the MP powers could have, well, "issues" when used in SP (I love it when a power is both invisible and does no damage, lol).

My prior research and development with making Stimulant Pack as a true bonus power for the Citadel DLC has given me a fair understanding of how Bonus Powers are constructed, on top of my other work with making DLC mods and introducing custom textures into mods. To that end, I decided to see whether or not if would be possible to convert an MP power in an SP version and to make that new power usable as a bonus power for Shepard. The result of my work are the Bonus Power Packs - a pair of DLC mods that introduces 10 powers taken from Multiplayer into the Single-Player campaign as true, genuine bonus powers for Shepard to use.

Bonus Power Pack 1 contains: Arc Grenade, Ballistic Blades, Biotic Sphere, Smash, and Submission Net
Bonus Power Pack 2 contains: Annihilation Field, Tactical Scan, Multi-Frag Grenade, Biotic Slash, and Geth Turret

Required Files/Programs
This mod does require WarrantyVoider's DLC Patch files to be downloaded and installed in the "Mass Effect 3\Binaries\Win32" folder: http://www.mediafire.com/download/vwtd3ofsggnusr9/binkw32.rar

Download Link
Available on the NexusMods website: http://www.nexusmods.com/masseffect3/mods/344

Install Instructions
Just drag and drop the "DLC_CON_BPPack1" and/or "DLC_CON_BPPack2" folders into your Mass Effect 3 DLC folder (Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\DLC). :)

Q&A
1. Really? I just drag and drop this into the game's DLC folder?
Yep. :)

2. No, seriously, I don't have to fiddle with ME3Explorer or the ME3 Console at all for this to work?
Nope.

3. ... Really?
Really :)

4. How do I obtain all these new bonus powers?
The new bonus powers will automatically unlock the first time that Shepard steps foot onto the Normandy after the mods have been installed - this only needs to be done once and doesn't matter if you load a save with Shepard already on-board the Normandy or if Shepard returns to the Normandy from the Citadel or a mission. Like all regular bonus powers in the game, once the new BPs are unlocked you'll need to make another save after that in order for the new powers to become permanently unlocked in your player Profile data (which in turn allows all of your Shepards have access to the new powers).

5. Do I need any of the MP DLC installed in order to use these mods?
Nope :) you do not need to have any of the MP DLC installed in order for the Bonus Power Packs to work.

6. Are there any differences between between these new bonus powers and their previous MP versions?
- a few of the powers like Smash and Biotic Slash have slightly increased cooldowns to compensate for their power damage in SP
- any grenade power has their Rank 5A evolution, "Max Grenades", increased to 2 grenades instead of 1
- Biotic Sphere has had its overall damage reduction increased, up to a possible 100% damage reduction if the proper Rank evolutions are taken

7. Why does "Name" bonus power disappear from the MedBay terminal's power list after I purchase it?
This is standard behavior for any bonus power that comes from a DLC (including the official DLC like Leviathan/Omega/Citadel). My guess is the developers changed how DLC bonus powers appear in the MedBay terminal starting with Leviathan (and honestly, it makes sense - if you buy the power once, there's no need for it to remain in the list since you already have it). If you purchase a different bonus power, though, then the previous power will reappear under the Terminal's power list.

8. Are you going to make all of the MP powers available as bonus powers?
The short answer is, unfortunately, no. :(

The longer answer is, as much as I would like it otherwise, there's a number of MP powers that just frankly don't work well when they are ported over to SP - they either have major graphical issues (Snap Freeze is missing all particle effects and animation) or gameplay errors (Bloodlust makes you virtually unkillable) or even both (Flamer is both invisible and does no damage, Blade Armor is missing the physical armor and has a bugged 'return melee damage' effect), which keeps them from being usable for my mod.

Additionally, BioWare started hardcoding all of their MP powers data directly into the Character Kit files starting with the 4th MP DLC "Retaliation", which causes colossal problems when I attempt to use my methods of converting MP powers into SP bonus powers (10 out of 10 times the game will crash if you try to load a modified power from a Character Kit file) - unfortunately, this means that any MP power that originates from the 4th and 5th MP DLCs are not able to be converted into SP bonus powers for my mod. (which sucks, I know... I myself was hoping to have Biotic Orbs when I first started work on this mod)

9. Are you going to make any of the bonus powers from the official DLCs - Leviathan, Omega, Citadel - available in a BP Pack?
No, I am not.
 
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Re: BPP mod.... a DLC surprise for tomorrow....

Postby KFreon » 10 May 2015, 07:20

Those two bottom pictures (especially the bottom left) would be the most badass wallpapers.
I love it.
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Re: BPP mod.... a DLC surprise for tomorrow....

Postby giftfish » 10 May 2015, 15:09

KFreon wrote:Those two bottom pictures (especially the bottom left) would be the most badass wallpapers.
I love it.

Agreed. Bottom left picture is awesome.
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Re: BPP mod.... a DLC surprise for tomorrow....

Postby rusm0 » 10 May 2015, 15:37

Looks like they it's MP... doh! (i dont play MP anymore).
But yes, they look awesome. Fingers crossed for SP.
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Re: Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP pow

Postby AVPen » 10 May 2015, 21:29

And the Bonus Power Packs are now online, folks :) Head to the NexusMods to download the mods: http://www.nexusmods.com/masseffect3/mods/344
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Re: Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP pow

Postby JunkoXan » 10 May 2015, 23:56

Arc Grenades? Multi Frag Grenades? Geth Turret? I can smell Soldier overpowerness if these three were in a single power pack? :D i would love to see that.
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Re: Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP pow

Postby Kinkojiro » 11 May 2015, 00:29

Having beta tested most of the powers, have to say this is an awesome achievement. Runs smoothly, adds a different dimension to gameplay. Will be one of those must-have mods on my next playthrough.
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Re: Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP pow

Postby crazyrabbits » 13 May 2015, 00:43

Them's some good screenshots, and one hell of a mod. You should be proud.
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Re: Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP pow

Postby Vanders » 15 May 2015, 07:33

This sort of stuff is incredible, I can't believe people are only now discovering it and that it is possible at all!

I think you have deserved your break ;)
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Re: Bonus Power Packs (gives Shepard new BPs based on MP pow

Postby Vanders » 15 May 2015, 09:14

Can passive powers be added using this technique as well?

If I recall after trying, it wasn't possible to add passives using that convoluted process you spoke of earlier.
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