BioShock 2 Remastered

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BioShock 2 Remastered
BioShock 2 Remastered cover
Developers
Blind Squirrel Games
Publishers
2K Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 2.5[citation needed]
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
BioShock 2 Remastered guide at StrategyWiki
BioShock 2 Remastered at Wikipedia
BioShock
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BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013
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BioShock 2 Remastered 2016

Key points

Remastered version of BioShock 2 and its add-on, Minerva's Den. Released as part of BioShock: The Collection, which also includes BioShock Remastered.
Free to owners of BioShock 2 on Steam.[1] Purchasing this version likewise gives a free Steam copy of the original.
Does not include BioShock 2's multiplayer mode.[1]
Very few video customization settings compared to the original game.
Game tends to crash to desktop on modern Windows 10 PCs with no known workarounds.[2][3][4]

General information

Official website
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock 2.
Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Minerva's Den Remastered Also unlocks a copy of the original Minerva's Den.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -nointro command line argument[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\SaveGames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Up to 128 save files (and no more than 512 MB) can be synced.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited to a maximum of 1440p when using DSR.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Added in via patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or other software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate caps. First person animations are locked at 60 fps.[citation needed]

Advanced graphics settings[edit]

Settings[citation needed] are located in the configuration file location folder, named Bioshock2SP.ini
Option Values Description
Shadows True/False Shadow Maps
UseHighDetailPostProcEffects True/False High Detail Post Processing
HighDetailShaders True/False High Details Shaders
ForceGlobalLighting True/False Force Global Lighting
False is a higher setting
UseHighDetailShadowMaps
UseHighDetailSoftParticles
True/False Use Detail Surfaces
Enabling soft particles has no effect
HighDetailActors
SuperHighDetailActors
True/False Actor Detail
Set both to false for low, only first option to true for medium, both to true for high
TextureDetail Low/Medium/High Texture Detail

Input settings[edit]

Controllers need to be unplugged or disabled in game settings for mouse to work.
Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Two keys per action.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
If controller is disabled in settings, requires keyboard or mouse to enable.
Controller remapping
Four presets available.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Confirmed up to 7.1 output.[5] Audio mode is set to Stereo by default.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[6]
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
3.0 GHz Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 7770
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
ATI Radeon HD 7970
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Mobile chipsets and integrated/AGP graphics cards may be incompatible.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Remastered BioShock: The Collection Coming to PC on September 13, 2016 - last accessed on June 30, 2016
  2. bioshock 2 crashing - last accessed on August 25, 2017
  3. Bioshock 2 Remastered - random crashes - last accessed on August 25, 2017
  4. Bioshock 2 Remastered crash anytime - last accessed on August 25, 2017
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  6. PC PATCH NOTES: 12/5/2017