Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 cover
Developers
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software[1]
Publishers
Retail Eidos Interactive
Digital Square Enix
Engines
Gex Engine
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2001
Reception
Metacritic 77
Taxonomy
Series Legacy of Kain
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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 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

Many users report crashes; changing the CPU affinity to one core alleviates this issue. See Crashes on multi-core CPUs.

General information

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

Availability[edit]

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Demo[edit]

A demo is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

Peixoto's patch[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Soul Reaver 2\1.00.000
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224940/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Soul Reaver 2\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224940/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA. Can't be enabled when Fullscreen effects is selected in the setup dialog.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Only works in fullscreen mode.
Run sr2.exe with -setup command line argument and tick Sync to refresh.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Causes incorrect functioning of the "devour souls" button and other glitches such as brief teleport (especially during combats) and certain corrupted sections of the game.
See Uncapped frame rate issue.[4]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract sr2.7z files to the installation folder (password=sr2).
  3. Run upx.bat for GOG.com version of the game.
  4. Edit sr2.ini to set the resolution.

Notes

Supported exe size: 1 609 728 bytes.

Windowed[edit]

Use DxWnd
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Legacy of Kain - Soul Reaver 2.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\sr2.exe.
  5. Set Acquire admin caps.
  6. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX8.
  8. Click on Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  9. Click OK, then File and Save.
  10. Run the game directly from DxWnd.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Has on/off options for sound and music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
Retail only. Download.
Russian
Unofficial translation by «Fargus» + «7Wolf»
Spanish
Retail only. Download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes on multi-core CPUs[edit]

Force CPU affinity to one core[citation needed]
Use DxWnd

Use the following configuration in DxWnd:

  • Under the Compat. tab, tick Set single core process affinity.

VSync does not work on Windows 10[edit]

Use DxWnd

Use the following configuration in DxWnd:

  • Under the DirectX(2) tab, set VSync to ON and Wait for Frequency.

Uncapped frame rate issue[edit]

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

Purplish screen[edit]

Modify DWORD key
  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Soul Reaver 2\1.00.000.
  4. Open DisableVShader key.
  5. Change value data from 0 to 1.
  6. Click OK.
Switch from 16-bit to 32-bit color depth in the graphics options

Mouse cursor gets stuck in the top left corner of the main and pause menu[edit]

Occurs when running digital distribution versions from DxWnd.
Configure DxWnd

Use the following configuration in DxWnd:

  • Under the Hook tab, set Inject suspended process.

Opening FMA plays slow or choppy[edit]

Running from DxWnd, the intro movie is often played in a stuttering manner.
Replace version of Binkw32.dll
  1. Download this version of the DLL here.
  2. Copy the DLL file to the game directory by overwriting the existing one.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 450 MHz
AMD K6-III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 850 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  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>/224940/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (224940) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References