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Dead Space 2

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Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 cover
Visceral Games
Electronic Arts
Visceral Engine
Release dates
Windows January 25, 2011
Metacritic 87
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Cross-game bonus, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions Time-limited
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror, Sci-fi, Space
Series Dead Space
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Dead Space 2 on Wikipedia
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Dead Space 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person shooter and survival horror game in the Dead Space series.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Released on 2 DVDs. TAGES Solidshield v2.0.3.0 DRM.
All retail versions require signing into an EA account in-game. This unlocks a copy of the game on Origin for that EA account.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Included with EA Play.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
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Included with EA Play (Steam). TAGES Solidshield DRM.
EA account sign-in can be skipped in the Steam version for singleplayer but is still required for multiplayer.
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Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
Humble Store (unavailable)
All digital versions activate on Origin.


Type Notes
Cross-game bonus A savefile from Dead Space 1 unlocks the Refurbished Plasma Cutter.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Hazard Pack Integrated in Update 1.
Martial Law Pack Integrated in Update 1.
Supernova Pack Integrated in Update 1.
Collector's Edition Includes: Zealot Suit and Zealot Force Gun.[Note 1]
Ignition Rewards Reward for completing console exclusive Dead Space - Ignition. Can be unofficially unlocked on PC, see Conduit rooms not accessible.
Refurbished Plasma Cutter Reward for having a Dead Space save file.
Preorder bonus Allows to use Rivet Gun both in singleplayer or multiplayer. Unavailable to purchase. Was a bonus for preordering at GameStop.
The Dead Space 2: Severed story and Outbreak multiplayer maps package DLC are not available on the PC.[2]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 2\settings.txt
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47780/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EA Games\Dead Space 2\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47780/pfx/[Note 2]
20 save slots available.

Save game editor

A tool that allows players to modify their Dead Space 2 game save data. Backing up the original save files is recommended before using this tool. Can be downloaded here.
Can unlock access to items in the PC version that were previously exclusive to the console versions, which are the Hacker Suit and Hacker Contact Beam (required a save file from Dead Space: Ignition, which is not on PC), the Zealot Suit and Zealot Force Gun (exclusive to Collector's Edition owners), Rivet Gun (Pre-order bonus).[3]

Save game cloud syncing

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


Visuals settings.
Visuals settings.
Custom Render Settings
Custom Render Settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
See Subtitles too small at high resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer. Changing FOV inhibits selecting things in menus.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/off toggle.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
In-game Vsync limits frame rate to 30 FPS for all refresh rates.[5]
See the glossary page for proper Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Very high frame rate potentially causes problems with QTEs, physics (specifically ragdoll), and animations.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Control settings.
Control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Unable to assign "Aim Mode (Toggle)" function to any mouse button.
Mouse acceleration
See Raw mouse input fix to disable negative mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See Raw mouse input fix to fix multiple issues.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Only works if Steam Input is enabled. Requires mod for DualShock button prompts, Xbox prompts will be displayed otherwise.
DualShock button prompts
Link to mod. Requires TexMod.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[6]
See Subtitles too small at high resolutions.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, donwload
Fan translation.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation: download (GGames)
Retail only. Patch for digital release here. Fan (audio) localization by CGInfo


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus
Scheduled to shut down on December 8, 2023.[7]

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Very poor native support; see Nvidia 3D Vision to fix.
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Nvidia 3D Vision

Dead Space 2 has mediocre Nvidia 3D Vision support out of the box.
It has however been modded by HeliX to the point where it can be considered a 3D Vision showcase game. You can play with any convergence and depth.
Use Helix Mod[citation needed]
  1. Install Dead Space 2 3D Vision Fix.
  2. If you're playing through Steam or Origin, disable the overlay.

Issues fixed

In-game stuttering, freezing issues

When using VSync,the game places most of its processing load on the first CPU core only(typically 99%) which may cause stuttering and occasional framerate dips on some systems while traversing through the map

Making affinity changes permanent (setting affinity in task manager only lasts until you exit the game):

  1. Edit your preferred shortcut for launching the game (desktop and/or start menu)
  2. In the target field, set the following (just put the default contents in double quotes and prepend cmd.exe /C ...):
  • For a 4/4 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity e "<path-to-game>\deadspace2.exe"
  • For a 4/8 and 8/8 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity fe "<path-to-game>\deadspace2.exe"
  • For a 6/6 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 3e "<path-to-game>\deadspace2.exe"
  • For a 6/12 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 7fe "<path-to-game>\deadspace2.exe"
  • For a 8/16 (core/thread) CPU and higher cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity fffe "<path-to-game>\deadspace2.exe"

Verify correct affinity by launching the game and checking affinity in task manager (see beginning).

To be used in Steam launch options, to launch the game directly from Steam, it must be a little different:

  • Ex. for a 8/16 (core/thread) CPU and higher C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity FFFE "<path-to-game>\deadspace2.exe" %command%

Crash on launch with more than ten processors

Set Windows to automatically limit the game to one CPU core (Windows 10 and 11)[8]
  1. Download the Windows ADK.
  2. During installation, it gives the option to select multiple tools; the only one needed is Compatibility Administrator.
  3. Once installed, open the Start Menu folder named Windows Kits, and launch Compatiblity Administrator (32-bit).
  4. Select the new database under custom databases.
  5. Click the database menu > Create New > Application Fix.
  6. Provide the full path of deadpspace2.exe and give it a name of choosing.
  7. Skip past the compatibility mode options.
  8. In compatibility fixes select ProcessorCountLieForHybridCPU.
  9. Save the database from the Database menu and give it a name when prompted.
  10. Select File > Install. Now the fix will automatically be applied whenever the game is launched.
Use custom DLL fix (Windows)[9][10]
  1. Download custom DxWrapper fix.
  2. Unzip the contents to <path-to-game> next to deadspace2.exe.


Some users with newer Intel CPUs (those with a mixture of performance and efficiency cores) are experiencing shadow flickering issues with this fix.
Use the WINE_CPU_TOPOLOGY="4:0,1,2,3" %command% command line argument[11]
Only applicable to Linux users, since it depends on functionality present in the proton compatibility layer.

Mouse acceleration, lag, and random sensitivity

The game has negative mouse acceleration and a sensitivity that is dependent on the frame rate, which leads to inconsistent movement when the performance is not stable. Horizontal sensitivity is also much higher than vertical sensitivity.
Use Dead Space 2 Mouse Fix[citation needed]
Fixes mouse issues by adding raw mouse input.
Does not work properly in the zero-g areas.
Causes the game to crash when playing as a Necromorph in multiplayer.

Subtitles too small at high resolutions

Subtitles scales poorly with resolution larger than 1280 pixels wide, making them too small at higher resolutions.
Use Cheat Engine table

Weapons and suits unlocked at start

In the latest Dead Space 2 version most of DLC items are available for free in the shop, thereby negating the need to find schematics and decreasing the difficulty. The simplest workaround is either to ignore them, or buy all and store in safe. The methods below remove them entirely.
Downgrade the game to remove the DLC
  1. For Steam/Origin: turn automatic game updates off.
  2. Download the v1.0 executable from EA site (universal), (Steam), or GCW.
  3. Make a backup copy of the currently installed executable and copy the downloaded .exe into the Dead Space 2 folder.
  4. Reset the keybindings to default.


All .exes are not compatible with Widescreen Fixer.
If you are experiencing "Solar Array Elevator Glitch", just exit to main menu and then hit continue.
It recommended that you use the newer .exe for subsequent play-throughs, as it properly unlocks some bonus items that you normally get for completing the game.

Conduit rooms not accessible

There are four special rooms in the game that are unlocked by completing the Dead Space Ignition tie-in, which is not available for Windows.[12]
In order to make this workaround effective, you must have beaten the game at least once.[citation needed]
If need to install any fanmade translation patchs which modify DS2DAT3.DAT packed file, replace before installing localization.
Use unlocker[13]
  1. Download Dead Space 2 Conduit for PC (PCGW mirror)
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Run DS2Patcher.bat to apply the fix.

No suit unlocks for higher difficulty completion

Normally upon completing the game on higher difficulties, you would unlock Soldier Suit(Hardcore) and Arctic Security Suit(Zealot). These unlocks do not work properly unless you happen to complete the game in a single playthrough.
See Save game editor to fix
Unlock suits and hardcore difficulty[14]
  1. Navigate to %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 2\.
  2. Edit the settings.txt file.
  3. Look for the lines containing Controls.AcL.X and Controls.AcL.Y, which dictate achievement progress.
  4. These values are shown in hexadecimal. Temporarily convert them into binary (a string of length 32 containing 1s and 0s) to start working on them.
  5. Flip bit 17 of Controls.AcL.X to 1 to unlock the Mission Impossible achievement (beat the game on Zealot) and the Arctic Security Suit.
  6. Flip bit 14 of Controls.AcL.Y to 1 to unlock the Hard to the Core achievement (beat the game on Hardcore), Soldier Suit, and Hand Cannon.
  7. Don't forget to convert the binary back into hexadecimal before saving the settings file.


There is no need to apply this fix to the "Made Us Whole" achievement since that one works as intended.
This fix can also be used to unlock Hardcore difficulty early without beating the game once prior, by modifying Controls.AcL.X.

Elite Security Suit disappears

Buying the Zealot Suit DLC would cause the Elite Security Suit to disappear from the safe (cannot retain both suits together).
See Save game editor to fix

Cannot respec power nodes at the bench

If the R key binding gets changed to something else, it can break the ability to use respec in chapter seven. This tool fixes this problem by allowing to assign another key instead.
Use Dead Space 2 Respec Key Fix[15]
Ensure that the game is not running during this procedure otherwise it won't work.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio RwAudioCore [6]

Activation limits

EA limits Dead Space 2 to being authorized on a maximum of five computers at a time. The games must be authorized on a computer before you can play it. De-authorizing the game on a computer does not uninstall it.[16]
To reauthorize the game on a given computer, simply launch the game on that computer while being connected to the Internet.
See Solidshield
De-authorize game (Windows Vista and Windows 7)[17]
  1. Click on the Windows button on the Windows Taskbar.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Click on Games.
  4. Click on Games Explorer.
  5. Right-click on the Dead Space 2 icon.
  6. Click on Dead Space 2 - Deauthorize this machine.
De-authorize game (Windows XP)[17]
  1. Click on the Start menu on the Windows Taskbar.
  2. Select All Programs
  3. Find the EA Games folder.
  4. Roll over the Dead Space 2 folder.
  5. Click on the Dead Space 2 - Deauthorize this machine option.
Uninstall the game[citation needed]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Redeem by entering online activation code in game.
  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>/47780/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (47780) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Games for Windows Marketplace y se fusionan - last accessed on 19 August 2022
  2. Dead Space 2: Severed - Dead Space Wiki - last accessed on 2019-04-01
    "Dead Space 2: Severed is a two-chapter downloadable content pack for Dead Space 2. The game takes place on Titan Station and follows the story of Gabe Weller and Lexine Weller. The DLC was released on March 1 in the U.S. and March 2 in Europe on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network for 560 Microsoft points (Now $6.99) and $6.99/€5.40 respectively."
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-03
  4. Dead Space 2 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  5. New 120Hz Games Report
  6. 6.0 6.1 PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  7. Online Services Shutdown - A-H - last accessed on 2023-06-10
    "December 8, 2023
    Dead Space 2 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  8. Does anyone know how to fix this texture flickering in Dead Space 2? (specs in comments) - last accessed on 2022-12-14
  9. Steam Community :: Guide :: Fix for game crashing at startup with modern processors (> 10 cores) - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  10. Verified by User:Keith on 2023-05-29
  11. Certain Games will not launch via Proton If you have a high CPU Thread Count but will on native Windows - last accessed on 2022-12-14
  12. Conduit rooms | Dead Space Wiki | Fandom
  13. Unlocked conduit rooms in DS2 PC version? Hell Yeah!! - Steam Users' Forums (archived)
  14. Your rewards for Zealot and Hard Core are HERE - Steam Users' Forums - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  15. Steam Community :: Guide :: Respec button bug workaround - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  16. WARNING: Dead Space 2 DRM Install limit - Page 8 - last accessed on May 2023
  17. 17.0 17.1 Dead Space 2 - Deauthorizing Dead Space 2 on PC