Dead Space 2

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Dead Space 2
Deadspace2 cover pc.jpg
Release dates
January 25, 2011
Dead Space 2 at Steam Charts
Dead Space 2 at SteamDB
 Dead Space 2 at Wikipedia
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013
Dead Space 3: Awakened

Key points

Disadvantage The VSync option causes some frame rate related issues, as such it is advised to disable it.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg All retail versions require signing into your EA account ingame. This unlocks a copy of the game on Origin for that EA account. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg The Origin version requires signing into your EA account in-game.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg The Steam version requires signing into your EA account in-game. This unlocks a copy of the game on Origin for that EA account. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Information All versions activate on Origin.

Activation limits[edit]

EA limits Dead Space 2 to being authorized on a maximum of 5 computers at a time. The games must be authorized on a computer before you can play it, but you can have the game installed on any number of computers as long as only 5 at most are authorized at a time. De-authorizing the game on a computer does not uninstall it.[1]

To de-authorize the games on a computer, simply uninstall it, or follow these instructions:

Fix De-authorize game (Windows Vista and later)

  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.

Fix De-authorize game (Windows XP)

  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.
Information To reauthorize the game on a given computer, simply launch the game on that computer while being connected to the internet.[2]

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. After the software is installed when the user attempts to launch the game an activation software comes up after activating successfully it's supposed to launch the game executable, but the lucid virtu software will prevent it from doing so without issuing an error, which can make it appear that activation is the problem. Removing the lucid virtu software or disabling it when running Deadspace 2 can resolve the issue.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 2\

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EA Games\Dead Space 2\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Visuals settings.
Custom Render Settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg Optimized
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Widescreen Fixer.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native In-game Vsync limits frame rate to 30 FPS for all refresh rates.[3]
High frame rate Native Disable in-game Vsync to allow 120 FPS; force externally if desired.[3]

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native Unable to assign "Aim Mod (Toggle)" function to any mouse button.
Mouse acceleration Impossible On by default and can't be disabled.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Up to 5.0 output.[4]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Impossible Native Fan translation available here.
Russian Native Impossible Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch is available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native 8

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D Unknown
Nvidia 3D Vision Hackable Very poor native support; see Nvidia 3D Vision to fix.
TriDef 3D Unknown
iZ3D Unknown

Nvidia 3D Vision[edit]

Information Dead Space 2 has mediocre Nvidia 3D Vision support out of the box.
Advantage 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.

Fix Use Helix Mod

  1. Download the fix from here HeliX 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Place all the files and folders (DX9Settings.ini, d3d9.dll and ShaderOverride) in the installation folder.
  3. If you're playing through Steam or Origin, disable the overlay.

Issues fixed[edit]

Weapons/Armor Unlocked At Start[edit]

The Steam version of Dead Space 2 includes a piece of DLC that unlocks better armor and all the weapons at the start, thereby negating the need to find schematics and decreasing the difficulty. It's recommended for full effect that on the first run through you play without this DLC. To remove this DLC, either play the game on Origin, or download the original .exe here.

Simply make a backup copy of the currently installed .exe, download the old .exe, and copy it to the Dead Space 2 folder. If you switch to the old .exe, you'll also need to reset the keybindings to default.

You'll then be able to play the game without the extra unlocks. However, it recommended that you use the newer .exe for subsequent play-thoughs, as it properly unlocks some bonus items that you normally get for completing the game.

Unlock Conduit Rooms[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. With a few files these rooms can be made available. Check out this forums post for full details: Unlock Conduit Rooms.

No Suit Unlocks for Higher Difficulty Completion[edit]

Normally upon completing the game on Hardcore or Zealot difficulty, you would unlock a special suit. Unfortunately these suits don't unlock properly, unless you happen to complete the game in a single play through. Details on unlocking each suit can be found here.

Mouse Flings to Side of Screen[edit]

Fix Mouse Flings to Side of Screen

Occasionally with certain USB controllers or devices, the mouse will fling to the far edges of the screen, preventing proper aiming. To solve this, try:

  • Unplugging all USB controllers
  • Disabling virtual mouse settings
  • Selectively disabling HID compliant devices in the device manager.

Could not initialize display hardware[edit]

Fix Could not initialize display hardware

  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 2
  2. Delete settings.txt
Information 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.

Fix Workaround[5]

Rollback to older driver version (Such as Catalyst 12.6)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP (SP2), Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz or equivalent, any Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, Athlon64 3000+ or better Athlon64 X2 or Core Duo processor
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP) 2 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10 GB
Video card (GPU)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better, ATI X1600 Pro or better


  3. 3.0 3.1 New 120Hz Games Report
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. Tested on Radeon HD 7850