Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2

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Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 cover
Developers
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software[1]
Publishers
2002-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows March 29, 2002
Reception
Metacritic 66
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Series Legacy of Kain
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 on HowLongToBeat
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 on IGDB
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 on MobyGames
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 on Wikipedia
Legacy of Kain
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1997
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1999
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 2001
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 2002
Legacy of Kain: Defiance 2003
Nosgoth Cancelled

Key points

Lacks projected shadows from the Xbox version.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Essential improvements

Patches

Patch 1.02 is the latest version. Digital distribution versions are already patched.

Peixoto's patch

Solves frequent crashes by restoring Vsync and setting single core affinity, allows supersampling anti-aliasing and keyboard/mouse emulation with XInput gamepads.

Skip intro videos

Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data.
  2. Delete or rename bo2intro.dat, crystal.dat and eidos.dat.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Blood Omen 2\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/242960/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Blood Omen 2\\1.00.000
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/242960/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

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

Video

Graphic Options
Graphic Options
Resolution Options
Resolution Options

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry
Multi-monitor
Use Helix Mod: Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed or WSGF topic
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Run bo2.exe with -setup command line argument and tick Sync to refresh
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Exceeding the range of 900-1000 FPS slows down the main menu a lot and causes glitches (brief teleportation and a bit of blocking) that occur when touching walls or other geometrical elements. See Uncapped frame rate issue.

Windowed

Use DxWrapper
  1. Download DxWrapper.
  2. Unzip the files to the game directory.
  3. Open dxwrapper.ini with notepad.
  4. Change the following values as noted:
    • EnableWindowMode=1
    • WindowModeBorder=1
  5. For borderless fullscreen windowed:
    • FullscreenWindowMode=1
  6. Click File, then Save and Exit.

Input

Control Options
Control Options
Rebindable keys
Rebindable keys

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Acceleration is always on
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Game can be played with controller, but must use keyboard and mouse for main and pause menus.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

Audio Options
Audio Options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound & Music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail only. download for digital releases.
German
Retail and GOG.com only. download for Steam release.
Italian
Retail only. download for digital releases.
Russian
Retail only. download for digital releases.
Spanish
Retail only. download for digital releases.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2
vorpX
Game crashing after intro on Windows 7. Unknown if DxWrapper will work with vorpx.

Issues fixed

Random crashes and freezes

Use DxWrapper
  1. Download DxWrapper.
  2. Unzip the files to the game directory.
  3. Open dxwrapper.ini with notepad.
  4. Change the following value as noted:
    • SingleProcAffinity=1
  5. Click File, then Save and Exit.
Force CPU affinity to one core[citation needed]

Uncapped frame rate issue

Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[citation needed]
Enable VSync and set the refresh rate to 60Hz

VSync does not work on Windows 10

Use DxWrapper
  1. Download DxWrapper.
  2. Unzip the files to the game directory.
  3. Open dxwrapper.ini with notepad.
  4. Change the following value as noted:
    • EnableVSync=1
  5. Click File, then Save and Exit.
Use d3d8to9
  1. Download d3d8to9.
  2. Copy d3d8.dll to the game directory.

Mouse cursor does not remain inside the window

Use Cursor Lock
  1. Download Cursor Lock.
  2. Install and run.
  3. Under the Shortcut tab, select Program Mode.
  4. Tick Open Program and set path to <path-to-game>\bo2.exe.
  5. Tick Lock Region and select Window Interior from the drop-down menu.
  6. Tick Force Lock.
  7. Click Create Shortcut and save the LNK file to desktop.
  8. Run the game directly from the newly created shortcut.

Movies play slow or choppy

Run bo2.exe with -setup command line argument and tick Switch resolution for movies

Crash while playing the Soul Reaver 2 trailer

Appears to be an issue with some digital distribution versions.
Replace video file
  1. Download this video file.
  2. Copy the video file to <path-to-game>\data by overwriting the existing one.

Black screen

Modify DWORD key
  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Blood Omen 2\1.00.000.
  4. Open DisableVShader key.
  5. Change value data from 0 to 1.
  6. Click OK.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1,8 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/242960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (242960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. blood omen2 Wayback Machine [missing title] - last accessed on 2021-9-5