BioShock 2 Remastered

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BioShock 2 Remastered
BioShock 2 Remastered cover
Original game 2K Marin
Remastered Blind Squirrel Games
2K Games
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
BioShock 2 Remastered guide at StrategyWiki
BioShock 2 Remastered at Wikipedia
BioShock 2007
BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013
BioShock Remastered 2016
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 Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
BioShock™ 2 Classic will be added as a bonus to BioShock™ 2 Remastered at a later time, with no additional cost.
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Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock 2.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

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\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\SaveGames\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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.
Added in via patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or other software.
May require restarting game after adjusting in-game graphics settings.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 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
True/False Use Detail Surfaces
Enabling soft particles has no effect
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
Two keys per action.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
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.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[6]
Ported from BioShock 2. Available here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game overwrites desktop color profile[edit]

Use the -nogamma command line argument.

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/409720/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (409720) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.