BioShock 2 Remastered

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BioShock 2 Remastered
BioShock 2 Remastered cover
Original game 2K Marin
Remastered Blind Squirrel Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
2K Games
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
macOS (OS X) October 22, 2020[1]
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, RPG, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi, Steampunk
Series BioShock
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BioShock 2 Remastered on Wikipedia
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BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013
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BioShock 2 Remastered 2016

Key points

Remastered version of BioShock 2 and its add-on, Minerva's Den. Released as part of BioShock: The Collection, which also includes BioShock Remastered.
Free to owners of BioShock 2 on Steam.[2] Purchasing this version likewise gives a free Steam copy of the original.
Does not include BioShock 2's multiplayer mode.[2]
Some players may have issues with crashes to desktop on Windows 10. Possible fix here.[3][4][5]

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Included with BioShock 2 Classic.
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock 2.
macOS (OS X)

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Minerva's Den Remastered Also unlocks a copy of the original Minerva's Den.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Fix audio balance issues[edit]

The game does not use the original audio mix, causing some audio balance issues; most notably, gun fire is much quieter as well as other sound effects. The sound effects can be restored by downloading a modified .ini file:

Restore correct audio settings[citation needed]
  1. Download SoundMixStates.ini from Fix Quiet Guns and Unbalanced Audio - Restoring the Retail Audio Mix.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\ContentBaked\pc\System and place SoundMixStates.ini inside.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -nointro command line argument[6]

Restore uncompressed FMV audio[edit]

Download and install this mod.

BioShock Tweaker[edit]

Allows you to change settings that are not normally adjustable from the options menu (i.e. custom resolution). Point the program at the game's configuration file location.
Allows access to ForceGlobalLighting, a setting left over from the original 2010 release that will cause the game to freeze in specific places if enabled.[citation needed] This is verifiable by examining the logs that can be found in the %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\ShaderErrors folder after at least one such crash occurs.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Up to 128 save files (and no more than 512 MB) can be synced.


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited to a maximum of 1440p when using DSR.
Navigation arrow is out of view and the weapon model is cropped. See the related WSGF thread for a workaround.
Added in via patch. Navigation arrow is out of view and the weapon model is cropped. See the related WSGF thread for a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°. Default is 100°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate caps. First person animations are locked at 60 fps.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
The original was updated with color blind friendly hacking UI, but the remaster goes back to the original unfriendly UI.[citation needed]

Advanced graphics settings[edit]

Settings[citation needed] are located in the configuration file location folder, named Bioshock2SP.ini
Option Values Description
Shadows True/False Shadow Maps
UseHighDetailPostProcEffects True/False High Detail Post Processing
HighDetailShaders True/False High Details Shaders
True/False Use Detail Surfaces
Enabling soft particles has no effect
True/False Actor Detail
Set both to false for low, only first option to true for medium, both to true for high
TextureDetail Low/Medium/High/UltraHigh Texture Detail


Controllers need to be unplugged or disabled in game settings for mouse to work.
Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Two keys per action. Tab key is hard-coded to console and cannot be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
If controller is disabled in settings, requires keyboard or mouse to enable.
Controller remapping
Four presets available.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Confirmed up to 7.1 output.[7] Audio mode is set to Stereo by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[8]
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Ported from BioShock 2. Available here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game overwrites desktop color profile[edit]

Use the -nogamma command line argument.

Frequent crashes[edit]

A new fix attempt for frequent crashes on modern PCs has been proposed on Steam limiting the game to run on 4 CPU cores max, which seems to work fine for many users.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7770
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Mobile chipsets and integrated/AGP graphics cards may be incompatible.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.14.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 1.1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris Pro 5200
1.5 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Steam version requires 10.15.4.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/409720/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (409720) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.