Dead Rising 2

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Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2 cover
Blue Castle Games
Windows Mercenary Technology
Release dates
Windows September 28, 2010
Dead Rising 2 guide on StrategyWiki
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Dead Rising 2 on Wikipedia


For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.
Dead Rising
Dead Rising 2 2010
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record 2011
Dead Rising 3 2014
Dead Rising 2016
Dead Rising 4 2016

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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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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All non-Steam versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]
Retail product keys activate on Steam (Games for Windows Marketplace game and DLC cannot be transferred).[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Ninja Skills Pack
Psychopath Skills Pack
Soldier of Fortune Pack
Sports Fan Skills Pack

Essential improvements[edit]


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).[3]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Replace fecmn.big[citation needed]
  1. Download a modded fecmn.big.
  2. Place it in <path-to-game>\data\frontend and replace the original file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

PC Settings
PC Settings

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools[4][5]
  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.


Force borderless fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the Path to <path-to-game>\deadrising2.exe.
  4. Set the desired window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.

Input settings[edit]

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
Only Microsoft brand Xbox 360 controllers work, third party controllers are unrecognized by the game and the option to enable a controller will be grayed out.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See Remapping.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
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[6]
  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 settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume sliders for music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in Polish retail release[8]

Mute on focus lost[edit]

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
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op, Versus
Co-op: Co-op campaign (2 players). Versus: Terror Is Reality mode.

Issues fixed[edit]

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

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[edit]

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.)

"Games for Windows – LIVE has encountered a corrupted file." error[edit]

The game may show the following error after start: Games for Windows - LIVE has encountered a corrupted file. Please reinstall the game fix. This error is related to "Game for Windows – Live! Zero Day Piracy Protection".
This issue happened when trying to launch game from Steam under Windows 8.1 64-bit. It is unknown if it happens under different OS versions or retail version.
Manually run zdp.exe[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Zdp\
  2. Run zdp.exe. The game should launch successfully.
From that point, the game should work fine when launching through Steam normally.

Game doesn't launch[edit]

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[edit]

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

Game cannot connect to the internet to verify release date for GFWL version[edit]

During initial activation of the game, you may receive an error stating that you are not connected to the internet and therefore are unable to activate the game.
Manually install the title update[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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 8800GTS
ATI Radeon HD 3850
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: SSA+ZDPP activation, local profile support unknown.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.