:wizard:Javierabegazo has taken the liberty of updating. The outdated FAQ is here
Modding on the Xbox 360 is about as easy as eating Waffles.
Following common sense, no one needs me to say that it's always prudent to keep a folder of all your save files as Backups in case you mess up a modding code and the file ends up corrupted. Don't be scared, like I said, it's easy as eating Waffles.
The official Xbox Live update from a year ago enabled USB memory drive options.
You'll need 3 tools, a USB device, a Save File Extracting/Injecting Program, and a Save File Editor.
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1) USB Device
How to format a USB flash drive as a storage device for the Xbox 360
2) Save File Extracting/Injecting Program, Modio
3) Save Editing Program: Pordis Shepard's customized Mass Effect 2 Gibbed Save Editor
or the old Gibbed's Mass Effect 2 Save Editor Xbox360
The actual mod process is very simple, and once you get the hang of it, modding will take you easily less than 5 minutes.
- Put Shepard Career Save on USB with Xbox
- Open Shepard Career Save with "Modio" on PC
- Extract individual Save File (i.e. 021.xbsav) and open extracted save with "Gibbed Save Editor"
- Make changes/mod values to Save File, save the changes in "Gibbed Save Editor"
- Inject newly modded Save File into Shepard Career Save with "Modio" on PC
- Rehash/Resign, then Save to Device with "Modio" on PC
- Play Mass Effect 2 without tedium and with fun new Abilities on Xbox
Throughout the FAQ, I will be assuming that you make:
1. A folder for Backup Save Files
2. A folder for save files you will be modding
In MEMORY of the Xbox Dashboard, find the Shepard Career file you wish to mod and move it from your Xbox HDD onto your newly formatted USB MEMORY STICK
Unplug your USB and plug it into your PC
Open Modio, and click on OPEN FROM DEVICE
Click through Mass Effect 2, and click on your desired Career you wish you mod.
Click on the top-right tab, FILE CONTENTS
Right-click on the save file you wish you mod, and click EXTRACT TO and put it where ever you are keeping your save files to be modded.
*Smart Tip: If you have never made a backup of this career, click on [Show File] and Copy---do not move---the career file to your backup directory. If your career is ever corrupted, you can use a copy of this career file, along with your game saves to recover.
Open Gibbed Save Editor and open up your extracted save file and it will look something like this:
From here you can do a great many number of things.
*Smart Tip #2*
If you see a really cool Shepard on the database, plug in the face codes into Gibbed Editor. The next time you open the game save you can EXPORT the Headmorph and keep a Folder full of Headmorphs that you can switch in and out and easily give your Shepard a makeover
After modding, click SAVE and either overwrite the save you opened or you can just rename it as the next successive save, like instead of 021.xbsav, you can rename it 022.xbsav so that you keep the prior one as an unmodded backup save
In Modio, right click on the FILE CONTENTS, and then click INJECT FILE and insert your modded save file.
Click on the top-left tab, GENERAL FILE INFO and click REHASH & RESIGN and then click SAVE TO DEVICE
What's possible with Modding Xbox 360's Mass Effect 2?
I've created the following HUB Link that will contain instructions on how to do the following.
:wizard:Docs for Modding Xbox 360 ME2 - Google Docs:wizard:
1) Give yourself as much as you want of....
a) Paragon/Renegade points (i.e. won't have to meta-game)
Credits (i.e. can purchase everything, won't have to hack every PDA)
c) Resources (i.e. Never have to mine ever again)
d) Ability Points (i.e. Can evolve every power)
2) Modding Weapons and Ammo and Removing Undesired weapons:
a) Give Weapons Training for Shotguns, Snipers and AR's
Give yourself tons of Ammo so you never have to pick up Ammo again
c) Give Squaddies weapons they shouldn't have, i.e. Miranda with the Revenant
3) Unlock Upgrades and Equipment
a) get all of them as soon as you want
Get more than stock limit to decrease Cooldowns for Tech and Biotics, be the "Biotic God"
c) Switch Armor on the fly mid-mission and even if you haven't purchased them yet
d) Stack DMG upgrades, (i.e. make 10/10 Shotgun upgrades so they have proper damage)
4) Changing ME1 History
a) Can experience alternate stories without having to replay ME1
5) Change Shepard's Physical Appearance such as...
a) Hair, Facial Features, Skin Color, Eye Color
Give Shepard the "Illusive Man's Eyes
c) Give Shepard the vanilla hero male/female poster face (Default Shep)
6) Change Shepard's Gender
a) Access same-sex Romances through loophole
7) Change Shepard's class
a) Can switch mid-game
8) Change Shepard's Powers/Abilities
a) Give yourself up to 5 bonus powers
Give squaddies Ability points to max out their powers
c) Unlock Squad Loyalty powers as soon as you want
and the finale
9) Access previously Hidden Content
a) See the true Paragon response from Conrad Vernor
Play with dev weapons like the Mini Gun
c) Play with experimental Accessory Meshs such as visors, caps, etc.
Credits: Many thanks to Darth_Trethon for originally compiling and making this thread, and to XanderChaos' wonderful Gibbed Editor, Xbox LIVE's USB update, The BioWare forums, our awesome modding community, Pordis Shepard for his wonderful tuneup to Gibbed's Editor, and BioWare again for an awesome game
local ME Forums Moderator and Mass Effect afficiando
Edited by Darth_Trethon, 05 May 2011 - 04:16 AM.