Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext)

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Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext)
Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) cover
Windows Sourcenext
Release dates
Windows February 17, 2006[1]
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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Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) on Wikipedia
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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[edit]


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[edit]

Translates the game into English, adds support for higher resolutions by pressing F8, adds XInput, DS3 and DS4 support, fixes some lag issues on Windows 10, fixes color space issues for the prerendered backgrounds, restores some missing audio tracks, removes censored death scenes, and allows the game to run as a portable program.
Provides extended mod support.
Requires version 1.1.0.
Launch game with -config command line argument in order to change options before each game launch.
May require changing dpi compatibility settings to enable resolutions above 720p.

RE2SN HQ sound for Classic REbirth[edit]

Replaces the audio in the game with higher quality sounds.

RE2SN Better Quality H264 Movies for Classic REbirth[edit]

Replaces in-game video cut-scenes with noise reduced and better quality MP4 files.

HD mod by teamx & BRX update[edit]

Improved backgrounds and effects.
HD files and HD fonts.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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.
CLAIRE_MAX.BIOHAZARD2 and LEON_MAX.BIOHAZARD2 are required to start a new game.


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 in GPU control panel
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game defaults incorrectly to 28.97 FPS; use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth for the intended 30 FPS. Menus and door loading screens run at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Vanilla game only has stereo and mono audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
FMVs have hardcoded subtitles
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth for English text.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Fan translation by CiTRU5, requires Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth.
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 Accandon, requires Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen when playing FMVs[edit]

This is generally caused by DirectShow codecs on Windows 10 being incompatible with Nvidia desktop drivers. Versions such as Windows XP do have the codecs to run the cutscenes 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[edit]

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. Check the box for "Override high DPI scaling behavior".
  6. Make sure "Application" is selected in the drop-down menu.
  7. Press OK.

Error: "Error."[edit]

Install K-Lite Codec Pack

Low frame rate[edit]

Run Windows Media Player
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth

Wrong colors[edit]

Switch to windowed mode
Use Resident Evil 2 Classic REbirth

Other information[edit]


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

System requirements[edit]

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. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (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).