Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record cover
Capcom Vancouver
Windows Mercenary Technology
Release dates
Windows October 11, 2011
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

Based on Dead Rising 2 with similar overall content but slightly improved gameplay features.
Steam version DRM switched from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Steam Some regions excluded (Germany/Israel).
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
Cyborg Skills Pack
BBQ Chef Skills Pack
COSPLAY Skills Pack
Firefighter Skills Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Custom Refresh Rate[edit]

Changing refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\rendersettings.ini
  2. Modify the Refresh entry to the desired refresh rate. Make sure your monitor supports the desired rate.
  3. Save your changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\saves\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be forced with Dxwnd but makes your cursor invisible - must navigate menus with keyboard
Borderless fullscreen windowed
After forcing windowed with Dxwnd, use preferred method to force into borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
May require Custom Refresh Rate.

Input settings[edit]


Rebinding keys[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\controls\
  2. Edit the file keymap.txt (keyboard controls) or mousemap.txt (mouse controls) with Notepad++.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume sliders for music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[2]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


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

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op
Co-op campaign.

Issues fixed[edit]

Using Notepad to modify game files may cause errors.[citation needed] Use Notepad++ to edit the .ini files mentioned on this page.

Game crashes to desktop on launch[edit]

The audio-related crash 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.)

Update Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable[citation needed]
The game will not warn you about client issues, just silently crash.
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.
Check Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant status[citation needed]
These steps do not apply to Windows 8 and later.
  1. Open Services:
    • Vista and later: open the Start Screen/Start Menu, type services.msc and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type services.msc and press Enter.
  2. In the new window, open the entry for Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant.
  3. Ensure Startup type is set to Automatic and confirm by pressing OK.
  4. Restart your computer.
Crashes upon Startup with Windows 10 Creators Update[citation needed]
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record installs on Windows 10 Creators Update, but launching the game fails. It appears that something is causing the game to not create the RenderSettings.ini file.
  1. If you have Dead Rising 2 installed (which is oddly NOT affected by this issue), you can use the RenderSettings.ini generated by it to get Dead Rising 2: Off the Record working.
  2. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2\
  3. Right click on and select to copy the RenderSettings.ini from this folder.
  4. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2: Off the Record\
  5. Paste the RenderSettings.ini file into the root of this folder
  6. Launch the Game

Game Crashes To Desktop During Intro Credits or First Stage[edit]

Fixing Early Gameplay Crashes[citation needed]
The example used in this guide is for Steam downloads.
  1. Follow the recommendations in the audio sample rate fix, above. If you continue to have issues, read on.
  2. Open Programs and Features:
    • Vista and later: Open the Start screen/Start menu, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: Press Win+R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  3. Remove both Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable and Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  4. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.
  5. Go to <path-to-game>\support\DirectX\. Run DXSETUP.exe and allow any additional components to install.
  6. Go back up to the installation folder. Like steps 5 and 6, set deadrising2otr.exe to run as an administrator and in compatibility mode, but this time select Windows 7 as the mode. Press OK to accept the changes.
  7. Run deadrising2otr.exe by double-clicking on it, instead of through Steam.
  8. Allow Games for Windows Live to automatically update, but do not reboot; simply continue with the game as normal.


If you are able to play the game to the point of standing in a locker room, then this fix has worked.

Infinite Loading Screen/Bugged Camera in Case 7-4[edit]

Fixing Infinite Loading Glitch[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dead Rising 2 Off The Record\rendersettings.ini
  2. Change the UseMultiCore entry to false

After getting past this loading screen you are free to change rendersettings.ini so that UseMultiCore is true

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E4600
AMD Athlon X2 2.2 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.2GHz or superior
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS
AMD Radeon HD3850
256 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record Steamworks transition imminent - GregaMan > Manage Blog
  2. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up