If you don’t like the chilly deep-space atmosphere of Mass Effect 2’s minigame, where you launch probes at planets and watch your pile of iridium rise, there are other options. The One Probe All Resources (opens in new tab) The mod, as the name suggests, gives you every resource on a planet with a single detector. Or you could just cheat your engine into a huge inventory and never run out of item zero again. If none of that satisfies you, now there’s another way to escape by hearing the words “launch probe” about a hundred times.
Nos. Astra Mineral Exchange (opens in new tab) is a mod for Mass Effect Legendary Edition by beccatoria and Team Pyjak that allows you to trade resources and currency on a galactic exchange, buying and selling goods in exchange for or mining them. In addition to being a spaceship commander, hostage negotiator, and advertising representative, Shepard can now also be an investor.
The mods also include new missions, with additional lines for existing characters created with the AI dialogue tool xVASynth and voice acting by modder Gaige Barker. To start the mod, head to Nos Astra on the asari world of Ilium in the Crescent Nebula, where you’ll find public trading terminals near the dock entrance. There you can register to buy and sell element zero, iridium, platinum, palladium and the galactic standard currency for a variety of transactions.
As the mod description explains, “Trade rates are refreshed after each mission, along with randomly generated economic conditions that have resulted in any surplus, fixed supply, or shortage.” You can also play the market from a terminal on the Shadow Broker’s ship. It’s not the same as exploiting supply and demand in games like Elite or Wing Commander Privateer, but it’s nice to have an alternative to planet scanning that adds something rather than trivializing what’s already there.
To install Nos Astra Mineral Exchange, you will need to download it from NexusMods (opens in new tab) or Mod DB (opens in new tab)then install it with ME3Tweaks Mod Manager (opens in new tab). Obviously not compatible with the new dresses for women (opens in new tab) mod, since they both change the content in the docks area of Ilium, so I’m afraid you’ll have to choose between playing the stock market or making every woman wear a minidress.
For more, here’s our list of the best Mass Effect Legendary Edition mods.