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Dead Rising 2

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Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2 cover
Capcom Vancouver
Windows Mercenary Technology
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Release dates
Windows September 28, 2010
Metacritic 78
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions Finite spend, Unlock
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
Series Dead Rising
Dead Rising 2 on HowLongToBeat
Dead Rising 2 on IGDB
Dead Rising 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Dead Rising 2 on MobyGames
Dead Rising 2 on Wikipedia
Dead Rising
Dead Rising 2 2010
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record 2011
Dead Rising 3 2014
Dead Rising 2016
Dead Rising 4 2016


For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Key points

Steam version DRM switched from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks.[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM disc check.[3] Russian release has 2 discs: one for the game itself and another for installing Russian subtitles.[4]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Not purchasable in Germany.
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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All non-Steam versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1][Note 2].
Retail product keys activate on Steam (Games for Windows Marketplace game and DLC cannot be transferred).[2]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Ninja Skills Pack
Psychopath Skills Pack
Soldier of Fortune Pack
Sports Fan Skills Pack
Case Zero and Case West standalone DLCs are only available for Xbox 360.

Essential improvements


For the Russian version use Russian patch
A title update is available. The game should automatically prompt for the update when using a LIVE profile; the update can also be downloaded manually (extract the contents and run setup.exe).[7]

HD Frontend

UndeadFrankie's HD frontend Fixes many compression artifacts on hud, menus, loading screens & map
Breaks the Off the Record version
  1. Download HD frontend.
  2. Extract the "data" folder into your Dead Rising 2 directory folder
  3. Accept replacements
  4. Start up the game and you should now see the changes in effect.


DR2Hookary will allow you to do quite a few things that make the overall experience better like: Skipping the intro logos, Allowing you to play in Windowed or Borderless fullscreen windowed & Enabling Debug options.
  1. Download DR2Hookary.
  2. Place the files: DR2Hookary.asi & DR2Hookary.ini into the root of your Dead Rising 2 installation folder.
  3. Download the 32-bit version of Ultimate ASI Loader.
  4. Place the file: dinput8.dll into the root of your Dead Rising 2 installation folder.
  5. Open file: DR2Hookary.ini and set the options to your liking and save the file once you have done so.
  6. Start up the game and you should now see the changes in effect.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2\rendersettings.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/45740/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2\saves\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\45740\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/45740/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


PC Settings
PC Settings

Field of view (FOV)

Use Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools[8][9]
  1. Download Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools and extract it somewhere.
  2. Go to the Dead Rising 2 installation folder, and open the data folder.
  3. Drag datafile.big and place it onto Gibbed.DeadRising2.Unpack.exe.
  4. When it's finished unpacking, open the datafile_big folder that was created in the data folder.
  5. Open camera.txt with Notepad, and click Edit → Replace.
  6. Type FOV = "43" in the Find, and FOV = "63" in the Replace (change 63 to desired FOV) and click Replace All.
  7. Some other cameras use FOV = "45" which can also be replaced, such as in the cVehicleBehaviorCam PushableCam section.
  8. Save the file.
  9. Drag the datafile_big folder and place it onto Gibbed.DeadRising2.Pack.exe. This will create a new file called datafile_big.big.
  10. Backup the original datafile.big by renaming it to something else.
  11. Rename datafile_big.big to datafile.big.


Vehicles have a modifier that decreases FOV by -7 when moving at full speed. Changing this to 0 in each entry will stabilize the FOV.

Disable Depth of Field

Hex-edit the game executable
  1. Open deadrising2.exe using the hex editor of your choice.
  2. Find and replace gDOF with xDOF.
  3. Save your changes

Disable Screen Vignette

Hex-edit the game executable
  1. Open deadrising2.exe using the hex editor of your choice.
  2. Find and replace gVignette with xVignette
  3. Save your changes

Disable Fog

Hex-edit the game executable
  1. Open deadrising2.exe using the hex editor of your choice.
  2. Find and replace mFogMax with xFogMax.
  3. Find and replace mFogEnd with xFogEnd.
  4. Find and replace mFogStart with xFogStart.
  5. Find and replace mFogColour with xFogColour.
  6. Save your changes.

Disable Luminance Variation

Hex-edit the game executable
  1. Open deadrising2.exe using the hex editor of your choice.
  2. Find and replace mDesiredLuminance with xDesiredLuminance.
  3. Save your changes

Disable Blur

Hex-edit the game executable
  1. Open deadrising2.exe using the hex editor of your choice.
  2. Find and replace gCombinedDOFBlurParameters with xCombinedDOFBlurParameters.
  3. Find and replace gCombinedCameraBlurParameters with xCombinedCameraBlurParameters.
  4. Find and replace gCombinedVelocityBlurWeights with xCombinedVelocityBlurWeights.
  5. Find and replace gCombinedVelocityBlurOffsets with xCombinedVelocityBlurOffsets.
  6. Save your changes



Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration is active.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Only if controller is disabled.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Official Xbox 360 controllers only. Or Controller act like xbox 360 pad like sn30 pro plus in xbox mode.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See Remapping.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Uses Xbox 360 button prompts.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock prompts use this mod Ps3 botton mod for DR2
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Use Dead Rising 2 Key Remapper
  1. Go to Dead Rising 2 Key Remapper.
  2. Download the .exe file and run it.
  3. Use the GUI to change your keybindings, and then hit "Save".


Keybindings must be written as text. Click the "?" Button for exactly what you need to type for special keys like Enter, Numpad, etc.
Editing input text files manually[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\controls\
  2. Edit the desired text file:
    • Edit keymap.txt for keyboard bindings
    • Edit mousemap.txt for mouse bindings
    • Edit padmap.txt for Xbox 360 Controller bindings


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume sliders for music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[11]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Local retail only. For digital versions use this patch.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Local retail only; Russian localization is stored on Disc 2 and requires a separate install. A patch for digital versions is available here.

Mute on focus lost

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Window Management" and "Input/Output Behavior"
  4. Enable "Mute Game" under "Background Behavior" and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to toggle Special K's On-Screen Display.


Online features require a Microsoft account (optional for offline play).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op, Versus
Co-op: Co-op campaign (2 players). Versus: Terror Is Reality mode.

Issues fixed

Game crashes to desktop on launch after spawning windowed mode then fullscreen

Install to C drive or install first to C then move files and make a junction point to C location

Game crashes to desktop on launch

This issue was resolved in the 20 May 2015 patch released for the Steam version.
Set sound quality to 24 bit, 48000 Hz[citation needed]

See Sound problems (cracking, delays, missing music/effects, etc.)

Game doesn't launch

The game is not launching after successful release date check on Windows 8 and later.
Update Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable[citation needed]
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.

Item cycle buttons are reversed

Swap cycle buttons[citation needed]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\data\controls\padmap.txt.

Quiet audio

Set sample format/sample rate to 24 bit 48000Hz (Studio Quality) and set 5.1 surround audio
  1. Right click the speaker icon in the bottom right (closest icon to the left of the clock and date) and click on Playback Devices
  2. Click on Speakers and then click Properties, then go to the Advanced tab.
  3. Switch your default format/sample rate to 24 bit 48000Hz (Studio Quality) to start with if it isn't.
  4. Go back to the Playback Devices screen, click Speakers, and then hit Configure.
  5. Change the speaker configuration to 5.1 surround.
  6. Go through the screens as prompted while disabling any speakers you don't have (so if you have Stereo Speakers, enable 5.1 Surround audio and uncheck everything but Front Right and Front Left speakers in the prompts), then apply your changes.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
ATI Radeon HD 3850
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: SSA+ZDPP activation, requires a Microsoft account - local profiles are not supported.
  2. The Polish "Złota Edycja" version does not contain ZDPP.[6]
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/45740/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (45740) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Dead Rising 2 Developer Interview and Hands-On Preview - last accessed on May 2023
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record Steamworks transition imminent - GregaMan > Manage Blog
  3. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2021-09-17
    Tested with a retail, GFWL-enabled copy. After installing the game, launching the game without the disc, a SecuROM prompt appears, asking to re-insert the disc.
  4. Verified by User:Itzrealkardi1 on 2023-06-29
  5. Dead Rising 2 - Games For Windows - last accessed on 2022-11-16
  6. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2022-10-15
    After installation, there are no files related to ZDPP in the game folder.
  7. UPDATES & TITLE UPDATES Support Start Here Technical Support - Forums - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Dead Rising 2 - PC - How to Edit datafile.big & change Field of View (FOV) - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  9. (TOOLS) Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools (latest revision) | Dead Rising Console & PC Modding
  10. PC key mapping possible - Steam Game Discussions (retrieved)
  11. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023