DMStewart Oct 25, 2013 @ 5:04pm
ME2 - Anyway to use a controller?
I downloaded ME2 Demo and Im surprised I waited so long to try this series out. The graphics and the in-game mechanics seem excellent. But, and this is huge, is there controller support or anyway to use a controller only for either Mass Effect on PC? I hate using keyboard and mouse to play games. One day I will break down and get a a gaming mouse and keyboard (that doesnt mean I am going to like it though)

Using the keyboard just sucks. I can never remember all of the correct keys; I press the wrong ones at the worst times and end up dying. Plus, we are the only animals to have poseable thumbs. Why not use them rather than trying to use 2, 3, or even 4 fingers to do the same thing?

So, does the full version of ME 2 have controller support? If it does, I wont hesitate to buy it
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peer_inward Oct 25, 2013 @ 5:35pm 
Try looking up MotionInJoy. It lets you bind keys and mouse movements of your choice to a controller. I used it when I first started playing games on PC, as I wasn't great at aiming.
Cat Daddy Oct 25, 2013 @ 5:53pm 
google XPADDER SEVEN and look for the FREE version

if your using an xbox pad look on google for Xpadder Seven Mass Effect 2 Profile. you should be able to find the ps3 and 360 profiles easy enough. just open xpadder and upload the profile and then load the game - vola, ur pad now works
peer_inward Oct 26, 2013 @ 12:56pm 
Whoops, when I said MotionInJoy, I meant Xpadder. MotionInJoy is what I use to have my PS3 controller recognized as a 360 controller.
DMStewart Oct 26, 2013 @ 8:54pm 
Thanks, I just got Xpadder and it is great. Plus it is super easy to use and map your keys to buttons. I only had to play the game once to do a trial run of the controller set-up. (That was for bringing up the unity menu that selects weapons and powers...In the game, you just mous over the area) But other than that I jsut grabbed the pdf of the xbox manual and the pdf of the pc manual, and copied the button placement.

@Thundercats - I actually did all of this before seeing your response. Wish I had seen it first. It wouldve saved me some time. But at least now I know to look for preset profiles
jaretp Oct 27, 2013 @ 12:05am 
I got it and am going to wait until the Steam controller comes out so I can play it. I've tried Xpadder on games with some success, but not all games work that great with Xpadder. I'm just getting games because I know eventually I will be able to play them with the Steam controller.
M0iM0i Oct 27, 2013 @ 2:53am 
@jaretp i dont think it works that way. Only game that controller support lets you play with the steam controller.. eventually new released games will have the compatiblity controller support. but for now you should have to use Xpadder. (for an example some games require lots of buttons functionaltys only the controller supports an X amount of buttons so some PC games can never be played with the controller.)
Corporal Pakundo, Weekend 63 Oct 27, 2013 @ 3:32am 
Hey guys, you are all ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ters, xpadder and pinnacle are crap for gaming, nobody wants K&M emulation, we want BUILT-IN controller support.

As for OP, actually, ME1 and ME2 DID get controller support mods.
They're incomplete as far as how much of the game you can interact with a controller, but they're all nearly complete.
And since I'm not an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ like those who say "hurr durr use xpadder/pinnacle", I'll even provide links for you.

First up, Mass Effect 1 Controller support, which pretty damn near complete (except for when you use the combat pause menu, that's still meant for the mouse, but hey, it's really close enough):
http://www.mediafire.com/download/dy2u24jwzc8h724/Config_ME_PC1.1.zip
These files go to your documents/bioware/mass effect.
See that the folders match, make appropriate backups, then copy/paste (and overwrite, obviously)

Now, for Mass Effect 2.
This thing has radial menus, but without the actual menus showing on screen, so you'll have to blindly rotate through your weapons/powers, though you DO get the text description of whatever you're on at that moment, so you can still use this, it's just slower.
Also, pause menu analogue stick is reversed, which means if you hold it to one side, it'll select the option on the other side.
http://www.mediafire.com/download/g932loi1qa4wtq0/ME2_controller_support_coalesced.rar
This file is a modified coalesed file, which is THE main settings file for the game.
This one here is meant to replace the exisiting coalesced file you have in your game installation.
Excuse me but I forgot where it is, so you'll have to go to steam/steamapps/common/Mass Effect 2, and search in that folder's sub-folders for coalesced, make a backup of it, then overwrite.

Enjoy actual, TRUE, fan modded controller support.
peer_inward Oct 27, 2013 @ 3:58am 
Xpadder has functioned very well for me. There's no need to be forcing your religion upon others.
jaretp Oct 27, 2013 @ 8:58am 
Originally posted by M0iM0i:
@jaretp i dont think it works that way. Only game that controller support lets you play with the steam controller.. eventually new released games will have the compatiblity controller support. but for now you should have to use Xpadder. (for an example some games require lots of buttons functionaltys only the controller supports an X amount of buttons so some PC games can never be played with the controller.)

I was just reading on the internet about the Steam Controller here is a direct quote I got off of Tom's Hardware website:

"Valve's new controller will work on all games listed on Steam, even the older titles not designed for controller support. The company says that it has "fooled" these older games into thinking they’re being played with a keyboard and mouse."

Here is the link if you want to read the article yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/valve-steam-box-controller-steamos,24435.html
Cat Daddy Oct 27, 2013 @ 4:58pm 
its just a rip off/copy of xpadder then basically?

ive gotten everything to work perfectly with xpadder seven. only game i had a SLIGHT issue with was oblivion but even then it wasnt much of a problem
They Call Him Bullet! Oct 27, 2013 @ 8:22pm 
Damn...Steam ♥♥♥♥ed me again....I bought this thinking that a controller was going to work. The could have added on the page that it doesn't support a controller. $10 bucks wasted to Steam again...
megamanfan01 Oct 27, 2013 @ 8:54pm 
Originally posted by KnightMir:
Damn...Steam ♥♥♥♥ed me again....I bought this thinking that a controller was going to work. The could have added on the page that it doesn't support a controller. $10 bucks wasted to Steam again...
It doesn't claim to have controller support.Stop blaming steam for you assuming every game has controller support even if it doesn't say it does.
DMStewart Oct 27, 2013 @ 9:23pm 
@Pakundo Thanks for the links and the other info. I also think the key to the whole thing lies in what you said; that the files that are preset are "nearly" complete. So I am sure that is fine for some but in the same amount of time I quickly mapped my controller on xpadder according to the xbox manual. It literally took me about 2 minutes. Also, if I ever change my mind about the set up I can change it as well. Another thing I noticed with xpadder is that I can reassign buttons for certain games when certain games have preset button layouts that cant be edited.

So I dont mind K+M emulationo when the programs work without error. In addition to my above point, there are two buttons that I might still want to swap around for ME2...just not sure I even like the Xbox layout. So far I have mapped the crew commands/orders to the (R) stick. Since there are only three, theyoperate independent of other buttons being mapped to the Up, Left, and Right movements on the (R) stick and that leaves "Down" open for whatever else I want to add there.
Corporal Pakundo, Weekend 63 Oct 28, 2013 @ 4:20am 
I personally just fail to see the point in emulating keyboard and mouse on a controller.
You're only adding another layer that consumes time to your interface.
This is why I'd take the "nearly complete" files I posted anyday over emulation programs, because at least then the interface is adapted to the controller, and not the other way around.
Cat Daddy Oct 28, 2013 @ 8:14am 
errr are your computers crap or something? or am i just missing something here?

i run xpadder in the background so i can play with my xbox360 pad for games such as ME1+2+3 and games like Bad Company2 and killing floor and loads loads more

I dont have any drop in performance or resources so what the hell are you guys moaning about saying you wont use xpadder because you want steam to fix the problem?? news flash i doubt steam actually cares about what its customers think and either way WHY cant you just use xpadder? its so simple to set up that even my 7year old daughter could do it

Takes less than 5 minutes to set up and works perfectly and is free. How the hell is this consuming time in my interface?? i want to play ME2 with a pad - 5 mins of my time and BOOM its done. I close the program and if i wana use my pad again i just open it up again and open the layout. Takes what 20 seconds if that? or are you realistically saying 'i cant install the program' and then just not playing the game you have purcahsed.

The steam thingy is nothing more than a copy of what xpadder does, it just emulates the keyboard and mouse but there making you pay for it....fool and there money and all that hey?
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