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Resident Evil 2

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This page is for the original 1999 port. For the Sourcenext port, see Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext). For the remake, see Resident Evil 2 (2019).

Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 cover
Japan Tsukuda Original
North America Capcom
Europe Virgin Interactive
China Ubisoft Shanghai
Russia Akella
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows February 19, 1999[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics, Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Horror, North America, Zombies
Series Resident Evil
Resident Evil 2 on HowLongToBeat
Resident Evil 2 on IGDB
Resident Evil 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Resident Evil 2 on MobyGames
Resident Evil 2 on Wikipedia
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Resident Evil 2 1999
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999
Resident Evil Survivor 2002
Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) 2006
Biohazard 3: Last Escape (Sourcenext) 2006
Resident Evil 4 2007
Resident Evil 5 2009
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 2012
Resident Evil 6 2013
Resident Evil: Revelations (series)
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition 2014
Resident Evil HD Remaster 2015
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster 2016
Umbrella Corps 2016
Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour 2016
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 2017
Resident Evil 2 (2019) 2019
Resident Evil 3 (2020) 2020
Resident Evil Resistance 2020
Resident Evil Village 2021
Resident Evil Re:Verse 2022
Resident Evil 4 (2023) 2023

Key points

Capped at 30 FPS.
Poor compatibility with modern systems.
Released as Resident Evil 2: Platinum in the United States.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Simple disc check

Essential improvements


Patch 1.04 is the latest version.

Peixoto's patch

Fixes the "Failed to initialize DirectX" error, forces the game to run in HD, 32-bit color depth, and adds full compatibility with Xinput controllers, among other things.

Alternative installer

Installs the game patched to the 1.04 version and sets the location for save files to the correct path.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
This is the default path used by the game. The save file location can be determined by the user.


Launcher general video settings.
Launcher general video settings.
Launcher advanced video settings.
Launcher advanced video settings.
Recommended "Device Setup": Voodoo RUSH.
To play in full screen 640x480 resolution on unsupported video card, if the option selected in the settings does not work, during the game press F8 until select the video option 640x480 full screen.


In-game key/button map settings.
In-game key/button map settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Some effects censored (green blood on floor/ impacts spread grey dust not red blood, ... )
Fan voice-over by «Team Raccoon»

Issues fixed

"Failed to initialize DirectX" error

Use Peixoto's patch [2]


Run Windows Media Player

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz (software mode)
System memory (RAM) 24 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible
Supported chipsets: Voodoo, Voodoo2, Voodoo Rush, Voodoo Banshee, Verite Rendition V1000 series, Verite Rendition V2000 series, RIVA 128, RIVA TNT, 3D Rage Pro (ATI), Permedia 2 (3D Labs), Savage 3D (S3), Intel 740, Millennium II (Matrox), Millennium G200 (Matrox)


  1. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).