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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record cover
Capcom Vancouver
Windows Mercenary Technology
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Release dates
Windows October 11, 2011
Metacritic 66
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
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: Off the Record on HowLongToBeat
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record on IGDB
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record on MobyGames
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record 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

Based on Dead Rising 2 with similar overall content but slightly improved gameplay features.
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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CD key
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Some regions excluded (Germany/Israel).
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Origin (unavailable)
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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]

DLC and expansion packs

Purchasing DLC has been disabled from Steam, it also has issues working properly for some users.
Name Notes
Cyborg Skills Pack
BBQ Chef Skills Pack
COSPLAY Skills Pack
Firefighter Skills Pack

Essential improvements


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).[5]


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 Off The Record
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/45770/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\saves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/45770/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

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


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Field of view (FOV)

Use Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools[7][8]
  1. Download Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools and extract it somewhere.
  2. Go to the Dead Rising 2 Off the Record 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[9]
  1. Open deadrising2otr.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[9]
  1. Open deadrising2otr.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[10]
  1. Open deadrising2otr.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.


May improve game performance.


In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

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.[11]
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
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock prompts use this mod Ps3 botton mod for DR2 has been tested by me an does replace Xbox prompts for ps3 prompts with dr2otr
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Rebinding keys[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\controls\
  2. Edit the file keymap.txt (keyboard controls) or mousemap.txt (mouse controls) with Notepad++.


In-game sound settings.
In-game sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume sliders for music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[12]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Local retail only. For digital release use this patch.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation — download.
Local retail only. Use this patch for digital release.


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

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op
Co-op campaign.

VR Support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
In the properties of deadrising2otr.exe, go to the Compatibility tab and check Disable fullscreen optimizations and Run this program as administrator

Issues fixed

Game is stuck on a white screen after starting a new save

Fixing corrupted save game[3]
The example used in this guide is for Steam downloads.
  1. Right click Dead Rising 2: Off the Record in Steam
  2. Click on Properties
  3. Click on the Updates tab
  4. Disable Steam Cloud synchronization
  5. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\saves\
  6. Delete any save files in this folder
  7. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata
  8. Select your SteamID folder
  9. Open the 45770 folder
  10. Delete all files inside this folder


If you're unable to find the Dead Rising 2 Off the Record folder in My Games try using the search bar in File Explorer.

Game doesn't recognize Xbox 360 controller

Enabling controller support[13]
  1. Download TocaEdit Xbox 360 Controller Emulator.
  2. Extract x360ce.exe to the DR:OTR folder.
  3. Unplug the controller.
  4. Open x360ce.exe. Say yes when it wants to create some files.
  5. In the Presets dropdown menu, select Controller (Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows). Click Load.
  6. In the Options tab, check xinput1_2.dll, xinput1_1.dll, xinput9_1_0.dll. InputHook Hook Mode: Compatibility.
  7. In the Advanced tab of the conroller tab, Device Type: GamePad.
  8. Plug in the controller and verify all the buttons work.
  9. Save and close, then run the game.

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

After installing the game, it tries to verify the release date using ZDPP but fails, making it impossible to launch and activate the game.
Manually install the title update.[14]
  1. Download and extract the title update.
  2. Go to <path-to-game> and delete deadrising2otr.exe.zdp and the Zdp folder.
  3. Launch setup.exe from the extracted title update.

Other information


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. 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>/45770/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (45770) 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. Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace - last accessed on 20 August 2022
  4. DEAD RISING® 2: OFF THE RECORD - last accessed on 7 June 2022
  5. GFWL won't connect. Can't play! - Page 2 - Steam Users' Forums
  6. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2021-09-20
    Tested with a retail, GFWL-enabled copy and a 144hz display. With the 144hz resolution option selected, regardless if V-sync is enabled or not, the game does not exceed 120 FPS at any point.
  7. Dead Rising 2 - PC - How to Edit datafile.big & change Field of View (FOV) - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  8. (TOOLS) Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools (latest revision) | Dead Rising Console & PC Modding
  9. 9.0 9.1 [1]
  10. [2]
  11. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2021-04-19
    Tested with a wired Xbox One (model 1537) controller. The game does not recognize Xbox One controllers at all.
  12. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  13. Xbox 360 Controller Fix - last accessed on 2020-21-03
  14. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2021-09-17
    Tested with the retail, GFWL-enabled copy. After trying to launch the game, a window for ZDPP appears. After accepting the date check, it times out after 15-20 seconds. Manually installing the title update allowed me to launch and activate the copy.