Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record cover
Developers
Capcom Vancouver
Windows Mercenary Technology
Publishers
Capcom
Engines
Forge[1]
Release dates
Windows October 11, 2011
Reception
Metacritic 66
IGDB 72
Taxonomy
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

Warnings

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Some regions excluded (Germany/Israel).
Windows
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

Name Notes
Cyborg Skills Pack
Windows
BBQ Chef Skills Pack
Windows
COSPLAY Skills Pack
Windows
Firefighter Skills Pack
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/45770/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

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[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

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 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.

Notes

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.


Custom refresh rate[edit]

Changing refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\rendersettings.ini
  2. Modify the Refresh entry to the desired refresh rate. Make sure your monitor supports the desired rate.
  3. Save your changes.


Disable depth of field[edit]

Remove distance blurring effects[6]
  1. Download a hex editing program like HXD
  2. Open HXD or your Hex Editor of choice
  3. Go to File, Open
  4. Navigate to your Dead Rising 2: Off the Record directory
  5. Select deadrising2otr.exe
  6. Go to Search, Replace
  7. In the Search for box enter gDOF
  8. In the Replace with box enter xDOF
  9. Hit Replace all
  10. Save your changes.

Disable screen vignette[edit]

Remove dark screen edge effect[7]
  1. Download a hex editing program like HXD
  2. Open HXD or your Hex Editor of choice
  3. Go to File, Open
  4. Navigate to your Dead Rising 2: Off the Record directory
  5. Select deadrising2otr.exe
  6. Go to Search, Replace
  7. In the Search for box enter gVignette
  8. In the Replace with box enter xVignette
  9. Hit Replace all
  10. Save your changes.

Disable fog[edit]

Remove visual fog[8]
  1. Download a hex editing program like HXD
  2. Open HXD or your Hex Editor of choice
  3. Go to File, Open
  4. Navigate to your Dead Rising 2: Off the Record directory
  5. Select deadrising2otr.exe
  6. Go to Search, Replace
  7. In the Search for box enter mFogMax
  8. In the Replace with box enter xFogMax
  9. In the Search for box enter mFogEnd
  10. In the Replace with box enter xFogEnd
  11. In the Search for box enter mFogStart
  12. In the Replace with box enter xFogStart
  13. In the Search for box enter mFogColour
  14. In the Replace with box enter xFogColour
  15. Hit Replace all
  16. Save your changes.

Notes

May improve game performance.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
Controller support
Mouse aiming can't be used if controller is enabled. 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

Remapping[edit]

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++.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume sliders for music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[9]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Spanish

Network[edit]

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

Multiplayer types

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

VR Support[edit]

3D modes Native 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[edit]

Using Notepad to modify game files may cause errors.[citation needed] Use Notepad++ to edit the .ini files mentioned on this page.

Crash. The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect.[edit]

Rename or delete deadrising2otr.exe.manifest in the game root folder

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]

The audio-related crash 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.)

Update Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable[citation needed]
The game will not warn you about client issues, just silently crash.
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.
Check Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant status[citation needed]
These steps do not apply to Windows 8 and later.
  1. Open Services:
    • Vista and later: open the Start Screen/Start Menu, type services.msc and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type services.msc and press Enter.
  2. In the new window, open the entry for Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant.
  3. Ensure Startup type is set to Automatic and confirm by pressing OK.
  4. Restart your computer.
Crashes upon Startup with Windows 10 Creators Update[citation needed]
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record installs on Windows 10 Creators Update, but launching the game fails. It appears that something is causing the game to not create the RenderSettings.ini file.
  1. If you have Dead Rising 2 installed (which is oddly NOT affected by this issue), you can use the RenderSettings.ini generated by it to get Dead Rising 2: Off the Record working.
  2. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2\
  3. Right click on and select to copy the RenderSettings.ini from this folder.
  4. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2: Off the Record\
  5. Paste the RenderSettings.ini file into the root of this folder
  6. Launch the Game

Game crashes to desktop during intro credits or first stage[edit]

Fixing early gameplay crashes[citation needed]
The example used in this guide is for Steam downloads.
  1. Follow the recommendations in the audio sample rate fix, above. If you continue to have issues, read on.
  2. Open Programs and Features:
    • Vista and later: Open the Start screen/Start menu, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: Press Win+R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  3. Remove both Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable and Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  4. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.
  5. Go to <path-to-game>\support\DirectX\. Run DXSETUP.exe and allow any additional components to install.
  6. Go back up to the installation folder. Like steps 5 and 6, set deadrising2otr.exe to run as an administrator and in compatibility mode, but this time select Windows 7 as the mode. Press OK to accept the changes.
  7. Run deadrising2otr.exe by double-clicking on it, instead of through Steam.
  8. Allow Games for Windows Live to automatically update, but do not reboot; simply continue with the game as normal.

Notes

If you are able to play the game to the point of standing in a locker room, then this fix has worked.

Game is stuck on a white screen after starting a new save[edit]

Fixing corrupted save game[1]
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

Notes

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[edit]

Enabling controller support[10]
  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.

Infinite Loading Screen/Bugged Camera in Case 7-4: Breach[edit]

Fixing Infinite Loading Glitch[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\rendersettings.ini
  2. Change the UseMultiCore entry to false

After getting past this loading screen you are free to change rendersettings.ini so that UseMultiCore is true

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E4600
AMD Athlon X2 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS
AMD Radeon HD3850
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  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.

References