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Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext)

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Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext)
Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) cover
Windows Sourcenext
Release dates
Windows February 17, 2006[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics, Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Horror, North America, Zombies
Series Resident Evil
Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) on IGDB
Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) guide on StrategyWiki
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This game is only playable in English with a fan translation (see Localizations for details and other supported languages).

Key points

Port of Biohazard 2 made for Windows 2000 / XP.
Has improved compatibility for modern versions of Windows.
Allows both scenarios to be played without needing to change discs.
Has the highest quality FMVs out of any other release.
Capped at 28.97 FPS.
Death scenes are censored in Original Mode.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key

Essential improvements


Latest version is 1.1.0. Save files from version 1.0 will not work with version 1.1.0.

Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth

Translates the game into English, adds support for higher resolutions, adds XInput and DS3/DS4 support, fixes some lag issues on Windows 10, fixes color space issues for the prerendered backgrounds, restores some missing audio tracks, restores original death scenes and allows the game to run as a portable program.
Provides extended mods support. Required for most mods.
Requires version 1.1.0.
Run the game with -config command line argument to configure options.
May require changing dpi compatibility settings to enable resolutions above 720p.

High Quality Audio

Replaces music and sound with the ones from the GameCube version and the OST.
Replaces the voice acting with the from the PSX version.
Includes an older version of the REbirth Patch.

Seamless HD Project

Replaces textures with upscaled versions.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Capcom\Biohazard 2[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata[Note 2]
This is the default path used by the game. The save file location can be determined by the user by editing the SavePath value in the registry.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth.
May require changing dpi compatibility settings to enable resolutions above 720p.
Field of view (FOV)
Press F8
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless Gaming or Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth can be used.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force it through the GPU control panel
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Runs incorrectly at 28.97 FPS. Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth to achieve 30 FPS.
Menus and door loading screens run at 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
The vanilla game has only stereo and mono audio
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth for English text
Fan translation by Accandon.
Requires Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth.
FMVs have hardcoded subtitles
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation. Download.
Translation by CasperPRO. Requires Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth. Voice acting by Webcoll (need to unpack to game folder and run xdelta.bat). For subtitles, unzip over fix.
Fan translation by CiTRU5. Requires Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth.

Issues fixed

Black screen when playing FMVs

This is generally caused by the incompatibility of DirectShow codecs on Windows 10 with Nvidia desktop drivers.
Versions such as Windows XP have the codecs to play FMVs with no issues.
Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth makes FMVs work again by replacing DirectShow with FFMPEG[2]

Classic REbirth does not enable resolutions above 720p

Change high DPI compatibility settings
  1. Right-click the game executable (bio2.exe) or desktop shortcut.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Click Change high DPI settings.
  5. Tick Override high DPI scaling behavior.
  6. Select Application in the drop-down menu.
  7. Click OK.

Error: "Error."

Install K-Lite Codec Pack

Low frame rate

Run Windows Media Player
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth

Wrong colors

Switch to windowed mode
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.6 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other 2x speed CD-ROM


  1. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).