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Modifying PC Dead Rising 2


List of what each file does

All game items (items.txt)
  Item animations (PyroEffect)
All game text
All missions and cases (missions.txt)
  Times of all missions
  Mission breakdown
All major packed files (big files)
  Character models (npcs.big)
Sgraph - animations
HUD (game player's interface)
Camera.txt (camera view)
Zombie models
Game rules (frontend)
Cutscenes (cinematics.big)
  Royal Flush Plaza
  Safe House
  Americana Casino
  Fortune City Arena
Collision - controls solid surfaces
Excel coordinates of all areas


Gibbed's tools
Hex editor


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A hex editor (or binary file editor or byte editor) is a type of computer program that allows a user to manipulate the fundamental binary (0 / 1, zero / one) data that makes up computer files.[1]

Dead Rising 2 game calls (requests) certain binary text by line. For example, data/datafile.big/items.txt tells the game what line of code to use for a:

  • character's notebook description (Rebecca's: line 65529),
  • display name above character (Rebecca's: line 50047),
  • character's full name in the notebook (Rebecca's: 81585),
  • Rescue quote (Cinda Smith's: 65424)[2]

For more information on editing the text found in Dead Rising 2 using a Hex Editor, please see Changing Text.



Plugin >> hex editor

Notepad hex editor

hex editor with notepad ++ program

The free program Notepad++ has a hex editor plug in. There is an article on this plug in.

To install the HEX Editor plugin, extract the HexEditor.dll file from the downloaded ZIP file, and copy it to Notepad++\plugins folder:

C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins.

Open the hex file in notepad++

Navigate to Plugin >> hex editor

Best Free Hex Editors[]

There is an article on the Best Free Hex Editors


XVI32 is terrible for copying and pasting.


Hexplorer, with its matrix type layout, was able to copy text easily.

How to copy text, retaining all paragraph marks/line breaks in document.

Hexplorer 2

The text size of Hexplorer by default is small. First change the text size.


To retain all paragraph marks/line breaks in document, replace 00 with 25.

Hexplorer 6

Result paragraph marks changed to % / 00 changed to 25.

Hexplorer 4

Edit >> select all

When selected, the entire screen becomes purple.

Hexplorer 6

Edit >> copy as >> Filtered text

This copies the entire hex file to the clip board.

Microsoft Word

Paste the text into Microsoft Word.

Then in Microsoft word, find and replace (ctrl+h) :



^p (paragraph mark).

Hexplorer 3

Add line numbers in Microsoft Word

File >> page setup >> Layout tab >> Line Numbers Button >> Add line numbering >> continuous


Replace hex to regular text[]

This tool which replaces hex to string (regular text) online. There are several other online applications which do the same thing which you can find online by googling.



  1. Hex Editor, Wikipedia.
  2. See Mod:Placing_characters/list article for a full table of survivor attributes from data/datafile.big/items.txt[/url] . (minus poker attributes)