Dead Space 2

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

Key points

Disadvantage In-game VSync option caps frame rate at 30 FPS.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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 support
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Visuals settings.
Custom Render Settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg Optimized
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Widescreen Fixer.
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support In-game Vsync limits frame rate to 30 FPS for all refresh rates.[1]
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support Disable in-game Vsync to allow 120 FPS; force externally if desired.[1]

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support Unable to assign "Aim Mod (Toggle)" function to any mouse button.
Mouse acceleration No native support On by default and can't be disabled.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support Up to 5.0 output.[4]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Polish Native support No native support Native support Fan translation available here.
Russian Native support No native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support
Turkish Native support No native support Native support A Turkish fan patch is available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native support 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 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. It's recommended for full effect that on the first run through you play without this DLC. To remove this DLC, you can 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.

(The Origin version also includes the DLC now, and replacing the .exe no longer works.[5])

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[6]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New 120Hz Games Report
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. Of DRM and Free Stuff :: Dead Space 2 General Discussions
  6. Tested on Radeon HD 7850