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 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Dead Space 2 at Wikipedia
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013

Key points

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

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All retail versions require signing into your EA account ingame. This unlocks a copy of the game on Origin for that EA account.
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The Origin version requires signing into your EA account in-game.
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The Steam version does not require signing into your EA account in-game. It will ask you to sign in, but you can simply decline the agreement and enjoy playing the singleplayer perfectly fine. The multiplayer however, does require signing in.
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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. 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)[citation needed]
  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)[citation needed]
  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. 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
Negative acceleration that can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Horizontal sensitivity is much higher than vertical 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.[5]
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
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

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[citation needed]
  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 to play through the first run without this DLC.
Remove the DLC[citation needed]
  1. Download the original executable here.
  2. Make a backup copy of the currently installed executable and copy the downloaded .exe into the Dead Space 2 folder.
  3. Reset the keybindings to default.
It recommended that you use the newer .exe for subsequent play-throughs, as it properly unlocks some bonus items that you normally get for completing the game.
The Origin version includes the DLC, and the above fix no longer works.

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.
Unlock Conduit Rooms[6]

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[citation needed]

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[citation needed]
  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[citation needed]

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.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

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 AMD Athlon64 X2 or Core Duo
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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New 120Hz Games Report
  4. Dead Space 2 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  6. Unlocked conduit rooms in DS2 PC version? Hell Yeah!! - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  7. Tested on Radeon HD 7850