PC (Steam) version, Windows 7 32-bit here. Run as admin (not that that really makes a difference).
At first I had the "Choices made in episode 1 not transferring to episode 2" bug, so to fix this I removed/reinstalled the game. I decided to replay episode 1 for fun, and now when I continue the saved game and start episode 2 I'm stuck at a black screen with only my mouse cursor and the icon of the fire axe on the left side. ESC does nothing.
- Played Ep 1 to its conclusion. Let credits roll and go back to main menu.
- Play using last saved game.
- Go to chapter 2 and play.
- Observe BSOD (black screen of death) and feel helpless.
This is a serious showstopper bug that needs to be rectified. The previous bug was just my choices from Ep 1 not carrying over properly to Ep 2, but now I can't even play Ep 2 with a saved game.