I've just noticed that EA has updated the retail version of ME2 to reflect the Trilogy version and renamed the main executable. In fact the only change to the game has been to rename MassEffect2.exe to ME2game.exe and put a new MassEffect2.exe which carries the activation details. That way you can't just rename or copy ME2game.exe into MassEffect2.exe because the license won't load and then the game won't start..
Proposed Solution: I just found a neat and easy little workaround for anyone interested. You can just download a nocd version of MassEffect2.exe v1.02 and replace the pesky launcher executable (i recommend just renaming it) with the new file. That way you still retain online connectivity for your legal copy while being able to use the old retail trainer. Note: if you want to upload your saves to origin's cloud storage you'll have to simply save your game, exit the game, return your old MassEffect2.exe to its place and run it. When Origin asks you which saves to keep you just click on Local Storage and you're set. Hope this helps guys! Worked like a charm for me..
thanks tentax.... fyi mass effect 2 is still active for updates on trainers but yet you will not release them? then why is the game not retired? that makes absolute no sense. origin ****ed me off game not found so i downloaded it threw steam again installed all my dlc manually game will not launch now..... so im back to origin which makes the game lag now that is beside the point. now i need a no cd .exe when cheathappens says updates are still active?? why?
the way the DLC and ea has changed the game they are now pretty much forcing origin. if there will not be one retire the game... i really wish you would update it one more time for origin and the games changing.
[Edited by gambara29, 9/3/2014 12:49:14 AM]
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