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
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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Key points

In-game Vsync option caps frame rate at 30 FPS.[1]
Suffers from poor mouse input. See Raw mouse input fix.
Game may crash at start-up if CPU has Logical Processors above 8. Disable SMT Mode / Hyper-Threading in BIOS.

General information

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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.
Included with EA Play.
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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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Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
Humble Store (unavailable)
All digital versions activate on Origin.

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.
Buying this Zealot Suit would cause the Elite Security Suit to disappear from the Safe (Can not retain 2 suits together). See Save game editor
The Dead Space 2: Severed story and Outbreak multiplayer maps package DLC are not available on the PC.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

May cause the main menu to become glitched and unusable.[3]
Delete/rename video[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies\ followed by your language's folder.
  2. Delete or rename Trio_FrontEnd.vp6, or replace with an empty VP6 video.

Use DXVK to Improve Performance[edit]

Improves framerate significantly
Install the DXVK file
  1. Download the Latest DXVK file on github.
  2. Use WinRAR or 7-Zip or WinZIP to unpack the file and copy d3d9.dll from x32 folder to your Dead Space 2 installation folder.
  3. Launch the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Subtitles do not scale. Untested Cheat Engine table for subtitle scaling.
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 only. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
In-game Vsync limits frame rate to 30 FPS for all refresh rates.[1]
See the glossary page for proper Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Very high frame-rate (+30 FPS)potentially causes problems with QTEs, physics (specifically ragdoll), and animations.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Apply hardware anti-aliasing (Nvidia only)[6][7]
  1. Open the game profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Antialiasing compatibility to...
    • 0x004030C0 : the anti-aliasing works flawlessly but shadows will only work on normal setting (they disappear completely on high or very high setting), alt-tabbing may possibly break the game's lighting.
    • 0x00411245 : the anti-aliasing is not as thorough and white artifacts may appear on the edges of objects but shadows will work correctly on all settings and the game can be safely alt-tabbed.
  3. Change Antialiasing - Behavior Flags to None.
  4. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  5. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling].
  6. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling
  7. Click apply changes.


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
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

Raw mouse input fix[edit]

Dead Space 2 suffers from negative mouse acceleration by default.
Mouse sensitivity is dependent on the frame rate, which can lead to inconsistent movement when the performance is not stable. Horizontal sensitivity is also much higher than vertical sensitivity.
Use Dead Space 2 Mouse Fix
This fix will cause the game to crash when playing as a Necromorph in multiplayer.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[8]
Fixed size, does not scale up with resolution
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


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
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus

VR support[edit]

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

Nvidia 3D Vision[edit]

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[edit]

Weapons/Armor unlocked at start[edit]

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.
The Elite Engineering Suit will not unlock for subsequent play-throughs, Save games will not be recorded, and deducted, properly when playing the Single Player Campaign in Hardcore mode.
Remove the DLC (universal)
  1. For Steam/Origin: turn automatic game updates off.
  2. Download executable from EA site here.
  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.


Compatibility with fixes is unknown.
Remove the DLC (Steam)[citation needed]
  1. Download the original executable here.
  2. Make a backup copy of the currently installed executable and copy the downloaded .exe into the Dead Space 2 folder.
  3. Reset the keybindings to default.


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.
The Origin version includes the DLC, and the above fix no longer works.
This exe is not compatible with Dead Space 2 Mouse Fix and Widescreen Fixer.
Remove the DLC (for Origin version)
  1. Make progress to first savepoint and save.
  2. Turn automatic game updates off in Origin.
  3. Download the Dead Space 2 v1.0 FairLight Fixed EXE here.
  4. Make a backup copy of the currently installed executable and copy the downloaded .exe into the Dead Space 2 folder.
  5. Delete AppData\Local\EA Games\Dead Space 2\controls.rmp or reset keybindings to default.


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.
Works with Dead Space 2 Mouse Fix.
Makes the game crash when having WidescreenFixer running and engaging its hotkey.

No suit unlocks for higher difficulty completion[edit]

Riot Police Security Suit is unlocked after beating the game at any difficulty.
Normally upon completing the game on Hardcore or Zealot difficulty, 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.
This fix can also be used to unlock Hardcore difficulty early without beating the game once prior, by modifying Controls.AcL.X.
Unlock suits and Hardcore difficulty[1]
  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.

Conduit rooms not accessible[edit]

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.[9]
In order to make this workaround effective, you must have beaten the game at least once.
Use unlocker (batch method)[10]
  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.
Use unlocker (manual method)[11]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. If you have a DS2DAT0.DAT, you'll need to rename all existing DS2DAT#.DAT to one number higher.
    • For example: DS2DAT0.DATDS2DAT1.DAT, DS2DAT6.DATDS2DAT7.DAT, etc.
  3. Download Dead Space 2 Conduit for PC (PCGW mirror).
  4. Extract DS2DAT0_CONDUIT4PC.DAT to the installation folder, and rename it to DS2DAT0.DAT.
  5. Start the game and load any save file.
Buying this Hacker Suit would cause the Elite Advanced Suit to disappear from the Safe (Can not retain 2 suits together).
If need to intall any fanmade translation patchs which modify DS2DAT3.DAT packed file, replace before installing localization.

Mouse flings to side of screen[edit]

Occasionally with certain USB controllers or devices, the mouse will fling to the far edges of the screen, preventing proper aiming.
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Unplugging all USB controllers
  • Disabling virtual mouse settings
  • Selectively disabling HID compliant devices in the device manager.

Could not initialize display hardware[edit]

Reset settings[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Delete or rename settings.txt.


In other cases, where deleting settings.txt did not work, some users with multiple monitors found that disabling their second monitor fixed this issue.

BSOD on some AMD Radeon cards[edit]

Game falls into BSOD on different occasions, either randomly or at some particular point in the game.
Rollback to older driver version (Such as Catalyst 12.6)[12]

Game minimizes at launch, or game freezes when changing the resolution[edit]

Occasionally, when starting the game on a newer system, the main window will minimize itself and will not let the user restore it.
In other cases, the game may freeze upon changing the resolution.
Set resolution manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create a file named settings.txt.
  3. Open settings.txt and add the following lines:
Window.Fullscreen = true
Window.Height = 1200
Window.Width = 1920

where Window.Height is your desired height and Window.Width is your desired width.

Activation problems (Lucid Virtu conflict)[edit]

Some versions of Dead Space 2 may conflict with LucidLogix Virtu graphics switching software which may appear to be an activation error.
Remove the Lucid Virtu software or disabling it when running Dead Space 2[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio RwAudioCore [8]

Activation limits[edit]

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.[13]
To reauthorize the game on a given computer, simply launch the game on that computer while being connected to the Internet.
To de-authorize the games on a computer, simply uninstall it, or follow these instructions:
De-authorize game (Windows Vista and later)[14]
  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)[14]
  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.

Save game editor[edit]

A tool by VakhtinAndrey 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).[15]

System requirements[edit]

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
Nvidia GeForce 7300, 7600 GS, 8500 and ATI Radeon X1300, X1300 Pro, HD2400 are below minimum system requirements.


  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. 1.0 1.1 New 120Hz Games Report
  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:Keith on 2020-05-10
  4. How to launch Dead Space 2 into the main-menu (skip intro etc) - Arqade
  5. Dead Space 2 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  6. Dead Space 2 Anti-Aliasing + Soft Shadows | guru3D Forums
  7. Dead Space 2 Anti Aliasing – Updated - solidlystated
  8. 8.0 8.1 PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  9. Conduit rooms | Dead Space Wiki | Fandom
  10. Unlocked conduit rooms in DS2 PC version? Hell Yeah!! - Steam Users' Forums (archived)
  11. Verified by User:Keith on 2022-01-02
  12. Tested on Radeon HD 7850
  13. WARNING: Dead Space 2 DRM Install limit - Page 8
  14. 14.0 14.1 Dead Space 2 - Deauthorizing Dead Space 2 on PC
  15. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-03