Dead Space 2

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Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 cover
Visceral Games
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows January 25, 2011
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013

Key points

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

General information

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

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.
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.
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]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Visuals settings.
Visuals settings.
Custom Render Settings
Custom Render Settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
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]

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Unable to assign "Aim Mod (Toggle)" function to any mouse button.
Mouse acceleration
On by default and can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Fan translation available here.
A Turkish fan patch is available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

VR support[edit]

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

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
  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]

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]

Could not initialize display hardware
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 2
  2. Delete settings.txt
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)

Game minimizes at launch[edit]

Game minimizes at launch

Occasionally, when starting the game on a newer system, the main window will minimize itself and will not let the user restore it. To solve this, do the following:

  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 2
  2. Create a file named settings.txt
  3. Open the file 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.

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


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