Dead Rising 2

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Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2 cover
Blue Castle Games
Windows Mercenary Technology
Release dates
Windows September 28, 2010
Dead Rising
Dead Rising 2 2010
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record 2011
Dead Rising 3 2014
Dead Rising 2016
Dead Rising 4 2016

Key points

Steam version DRM switched from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


All non-Steam versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.
Retail product keys activate on Steam (Games for Windows Marketplace game and DLC cannot be transferred).[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Ninja Skills Pack
Psychopath Skills Pack
Soldier of Fortune Pack
Sports Fan Skills Pack

Essential improvements[edit]


For the Russian version use Russian patch
A title update is available. The game should automatically prompt for the update when using a LIVE profile; the update can also be downloaded manually (extract the contents and run setup.exe).[2]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Replace fecmn.big[citation needed]
  1. Download a modded fecmn.big.
  2. Place it in <path-to-game>\data\frontend and replace the original file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2\rendersettings.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2\saves\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\45740\remote\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

PC Settings
PC Settings

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools[3][4]
  1. Download Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools and extract it somewhere.
  2. Go to the Dead Rising 2 installation folder, and open the data folder.
  3. Drag datafile.big and place it onto Gibbed.DeadRising2.Unpack.exe.
  4. When it's finished unpacking, open the datafile_big folder that was created in the data folder.
  5. Open camera.txt with Notepad, and click Edit -> Replace.
  6. Type FOV = "43" in the Find, and FOV = "63" in the Replace (change 63 to desired FOV) and click Replace All.
  7. Some other cameras use FOV = "45" which can also be replaced, such as in the cVehicleBehaviorCam PushableCam section.
  8. Save the file.
  9. Drag the datafile_big folder and place it onto Gibbed.DeadRising2.Pack.exe. This will create a new file called datafile_big.big.
  10. Backup the original datafile.big by renaming it to something else.
  11. Rename datafile_big.big to datafile.big.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration is active.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Only if controller is disabled.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Only Microsoft brand Xbox 360 controllers work, third party controllers are unrecognized by the game and the option to enable a controller will be grayed out.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See Remapping.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback


Editing input text files[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\controls\
  2. Edit the desired text file:
    • Edit keymap.txt for keyboard bindings
    • Edit mousemap.txt for mouse bindings
    • Edit padmap.txt for Xbox 360 Controller bindings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume sliders for music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Online features require a Microsoft account (optional for offline play).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op, Versus
Co-op: Co-op campaign (2 players). Versus: Terror Is Reality mode.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes to desktop on launch[edit]

This issue was resolved in the 20 May 2015 patch released for the Steam version.
Set sound quality to 24 bit, 48000 Hz[citation needed]

See Sound problems (cracking, delays, missing music/effects, etc.)

"Games for Windows – LIVE has encountered a corrupted file." error[edit]

The game may show the following error after start: Games for Windows - LIVE has encountered a corrupted file. Please reinstall the game fix. This error is related to "Game for Windows – Live! Zero Day Piracy Protection".
This issue happened when trying to launch game from Steam under Windows 8.1 64-bit. It is unknown if it happens under different OS versions or retail version.
Manually run zdp.exe[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Zdp\
  2. Run zdp.exe. The game should launch successfully.
From that point, the game should work fine when launching through Steam normally.

Game doesn't launch[edit]

The game is not launching after successful release date check on Windows 8 and later.
Update Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable[citation needed]
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.

Item cycle buttons are reversed[edit]

Swap cycle buttons[citation needed]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\data\controls\padmap.txt.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS
ATI Radeon HD 3850
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record Steamworks transition imminent - GregaMan > Manage Blog
  2. UPDATES & TITLE UPDATES Support Start Here Technical Support - Forums
  3. Dead Rising 2 - PC - How to Edit datafile.big & change Field of View (FOV) - YouTube
  4. (TOOLS) Gibbed.DeadRising2.Tools (latest revision) | Dead Rising Console & PC Modding
  5. PC key mapping possible - Steam Game Discussions (retrieved)
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up