Dead Space 2

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Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 cover
Developers
Visceral Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows January 25, 2011
Dead Space 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Dead Space 2 at Wikipedia
Dead Space
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Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013

Key points

In-game Vsync option caps frame rate at 30 FPS.[1]
All weapons unlocked from the start due to DLC. Removing this DLC is recommended for a first-time playthrough. See Weapons/Armor unlocked at start.
Suffers from poor mouse input. See Raw mouse input fix.

General information

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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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All retail versions require signing into your EA account ingame. This unlocks a copy of the game on Origin for that EA account.
Also includes TAGES Solidshield DRM or SecuROM 7 DRM.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Origin
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The Origin version requires signing into your EA account in-game.
Windows
Steam
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The Steam version does not require signing into your EA account in-game. It will ask you to sign in, but you can simply decline the agreement and enjoy playing the singleplayer perfectly fine. The multiplayer however, does require signing in.
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Windows
All versions activate on Origin.
The Dead Space 2: Severed story DLC is not available on the PC.

Essential improvements[edit]

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.
In order to make this workaround effective, you must have beaten the game at least once.
Unlock conduit rooms[2]
  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.
  4. Extract DS2DAT0_CONDUIT4PC.DAT to the installation folder and rename it to DS2DAT0.DAT.
  5. Start the game and load any save file from round two upwards.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EA Games\Dead Space 2\
20 save slots available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Visuals settings.
Visuals settings.
Custom Render Settings
Custom Render Settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
[3]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer. Changing FOV inhibits selecting things in menus.
Windowed
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]
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Disable in-game Vsync to allow 120 FPS; force externally if desired.[1]

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Apply hardware anti-aliasing (Nvidia only)[4][5]
  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.

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
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
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.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Very poor native support; see Nvidia 3D Vision to fix.
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]

The latest updates 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.
Remove the DLC[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.

Notes

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 fix is not compatible with Dead Space 2 Mouse Fix and Widescreen Fixer.

No suit unlocks for higher difficulty completion[edit]

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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.
Unlock suits[citation needed]

See Unlock suits fix

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.

Notes

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)[7]

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]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio RwAudioCore [6]

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.[8]
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)[9]
  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)[9]
  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.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
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

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