Fix Darksiders III Crashing, Freezing, Graphics and FPS Issue

Fix Darksiders III Crashing, Freezing, Graphics and FPS Issue

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Overview: Darksiders 3 is a single player action adventure game developed by Gunfire Games and published by THQ Nordic. Darksiders III is available to buy on Steam and Today in this post we will provide steps to fix crashing, freezing, lag, black screen, stuttering, and graphics issue with Darksiders III. All the troubleshooting applies to Windows Platform.

Let’s start with the troubleshooting.

Check the System Requirement for Darksiders 3

Most of the issues occur when your computer does not meet the minimum system requirement to play the game. You may experience significant problems while playing the game, so please make sure your PC meets the minimum configuration to play Darksiders III. Both Minimum and recommended PC requirement is mentioned below. For best gaming experience recommended configuration is preferred.

System Requirement to Play Darksiders 3

Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Architecture: 64 bit

System Memory: 8GB

Processor: AMD FX-8320 (3,5 GHz) / Intel i5-4690K (3,5 GHz) or better

Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon R7 370 with 2 GB VRAM

Direct X: DX11

Hard Drive Space: 25GB


Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Architecture: 64 bit

Direct X: DX11

System Memory: 16GB

Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K (3.2 GHz)/AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3.2 GHz) or better

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 480 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 with 4 GB VRAM

Hard Drive Space: 25GB

The controller is recommended to play Darksiders III

Fix Game Installation Issue

It is recommended to download the game using GOG Galaxy

If the download or installation was corrupted while downloading from a browser, then download Darksiders III using GOG Galaxy. Download and install the latest version of GOG Galaxy from this link

Once the installation is done run Galaxy, log in with your GOG account. Click on Library, select Darksiders III and click Install. Once the installation is done click on Play.

Fix Error Darksiders 3 Has Stopped Working

  • Launch Steam
  • From the Library section, right-click on the Darksiders III game and click on Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click on the Verify integrity of game files…

Steam will verify the game’s files and download again any missing or corrupted files.

Once the game is repaired launch the game.

Fix Darksiders 3 Black Screen Issue With Hide Hud/Black screen with Music/Missing HUD in Menu

  • Navigate to C:\Users\<My PC Name>\AppData\Local\Darksiders3\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
  • Open GameUserSettings.ini in notepad
  • Change HideHUD=1 to HideHUD=0
  • Save the file and restart Darksiders III

Some players deleted the file to reset the config which fixed the problem for many players. Some players followed this step when they were not able to load the saved game and got it fixed.

Fix Xbox, PS4, DS4 Controller Issue Darksiders III

Unable to Use Xbox and PS4 Controller Darksiders III

Launch the game in big picture mode and configure the controller you want to use.

If not resolved try these workarounds:

  • Get the newest version of DS4Windows, in the settings check the hide DS4 Controller, now restart your game
  • Go to Steam library and choose Darksiders III, select manage Game and go to Controller Settings and Choose the Gyro option and set it to nothing.
  • Also, try downloading the top community profile PS4 pad. Try switching the position of the X and Circle buttons.
  • Make a right click on the taskbar and select task manager to launch task manager, go to the services tab, make a right click on the NvContainerLocalSystem and click stop. Also, turn off In-Game Overlay in Nvidia GeForce Experience.
  • Install the latest version of DS4Windows, disable Steam gamepad emulation, turn off the In-Game overlay in Nvidia GeForce Experience, Choose Hide DS4 Controller in the DS4Windows settings, and restart the game.

Xbox One Controller Not Working Darksiders III

Launch steam in picture mode.
In the game, press the Xbox button in the middle.
It should give you controller config options.

Fix DS4 Controller Not Working Darksiders III

Go to Steam Big Picture > Library > Darksiders III > Manage Game > Controller Configuration > Disable Mouse config.

Unable to Play with Keyboard and Mouse in Darksiders III

Go to Steam library and choose Darksiders III and make a right click, make sure you are not using big picture mode, click on Properties.

Go to the General tab, switch input per-game setting to Forced on.

Fix No Audio Issue Darksiders III

Make sure Windows sound is not on mute. Make a right click on the speaker icon on the bottom right of your screen and click on Sounds and go to Playback tab and disable all the sound devices except the internal speaker or the speaker which you want to use.

Also, try changing audio from surround sound to stereo.

If you face low sound, a sound issue in cutscenes, make sure to update audio driver and run Troubleshoot Sound problems by making a right click on Windows speaker icon.

Black Screen Issue Darksiders III

First, use ALT + ENTER key on the keyboard to go to Windows mode in case you can hear the sound in the background. If not fixed, Verify or Repair Darksiders III in Steam, in case issue is not resolved, uninstall and reinstall the game.

  • Try running the game in Windowed mode
  • If you are running the game in higher resolution like 1440p or 2160p, lower it to 1080p.

Fix Darksiders III Crash for AMD User

  • Launch AMD Radeon Setting.
  • Select Global Setting.
  • Change GPU workload setting from Graphics to Computing.

Fix Launch and Stability Issue

For GOG Galaxy users

  • Launch GOG Galaxy and go to the library on the top
  • Click on Darksiders III game icon
  • Click on the down arrow on MORE option
  • Select Manage installation
  • Now click on Verify / Repair….


Ignore Darksiders II in the pic above

For Steam Users

  • Launch Steam
  • From the Library section, right-click on the Darksiders III game and click on Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click on the Verify integrity of game files…

Steam will verify the game’s files and download again any missing or corrupted files.

Once the game is repaired launch the game.

Game Crashing While Launching Darksiders With Nvidia Graphics Card

Launch Nvidia GeForce Experience and click on the Settings icon and turn off IN-GAME OVERLAY


Run GOG Galaxy/Steam and Darksiders III game as an Administrator

Right-click the Darksiders III desktop shortcut.

If you don’t have one, look for the Darksiders III.exe file in the executable file in the INSTALLATION DIRECTORY

Select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab and check the box at the bottom under settings where it says Run this Program as an administrator and Click Apply and OK.


Steam Users can follow the same steps.

Blur Screen/ Graphics issues with Darksiders 3

Visit your system manufacturer’s website to update system BIOS, audio driver and all the necessary driver especially the graphics card driver.

NVIDIA Users: GeForce Experience can be used to check and update the drivers automatically, visit the below link to auto update or update it manually.

Update Nvidia card

AMD Users: Visit the below link to autodetect or manually select your driver.

Update AMD card

After updating the drivers restart your computer and launch Darksiders 3.

Fix Loading or Launching Issues While Saving or Loading Certain Maps or Levels in Darksiders III.

In case you are facing Darksiders 3 loading or launching issue then it might be antivirus or firewall which does not allow the game to load because it recognizes game files as potentially harmful and blocks it from running. Reinstall the game and add an exception to Antivirus and Firewall or Disable Windows Firewall and Antivirus. Only disabling firewall or antivirus cannot be enough as some of these services may still be running on the background.

Fix Access Violation and Fix No Response Issue

In case you are receiving access violation error or nothing happens when you make a double click on the Darksiders III game then make sure that DEP (DATA EXECUTION PREVENTION) is set to default.

Type Advanced System Settings in windows search box and click on View Advanced System Settings


On System Properties window select Advanced option click on Settings under Performance

Now On Performance Options Window select Data Execution Prevention and select the first option Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only and then click on Apply and OK

Data Execution Prevention

Perform Clean Boot

Type in msconfig in Windows search box and click on System Configuration.

Click the Services tab and check the box to Hide all Microsoft Services, then click the Disable All button.

Now click on the Startup tab, then click on Open Task Manager.

Task Manager

Click each of the Startup programs in the list then click the Disable button. Disable all.


Close the Task Manager window.

Click OK on the System Configuration window to save your changes.

Restart the system and try launching Darksiders 3 game again.

Stop the Windows 10 Apps From Running in the Background

If your browsers are running in the background please close it.

Open Windows 10 setting by pressing Windows + I key on the keyboard, then click on Privacy and then scroll down and select Background apps and disable all the apps which you do not need.


Do Not Overclock or Turbo Boost a Processor or GPU to Play Darksiders 3.

In case you are opting for Overclocking or Turbo Boosting a hardware in your computer, then we suggest resetting the processor or GPU to the manufacturer specifications, as doing so may prevent any crashing and freezing.

Also, disable Intel Turbo Booster from BIOS settings and in case you are not able to figure out contact your system manufacturer.

Use Recommended Settings to Play Darksiders 3

Please keep in mind that higher settings maximize the workload for the system hardware overall, even if your system exceeds the minimum system requirement for the game.

Opting for reduced graphical features in the game is recommended if you are experiencing an issue with performance and stability.

Bad or Wrong DirectX installation

Update Direct X by installing the most current version. Direct X is the software which the game uses to communicate with your PC. If it’s outdated or bad it can cause crashing and freezing. Visit the below link to update the Direct X to the latest version from Microsoft website.

Update DirectX

Disable Full Screen

Navigate to the installation folder:

Gog Galaxy users, please click on Darksiders III icon Galaxy then click on More, select Manage Installation and click on Show Folder


Ignore Darksiders II in the pic.

Non-Gog Galaxy users can manually navigate to the game installation folder, usually its C:\GOG Games\Darksiders III\

Make a right click on Darksiders III executable and click Properties. In Properties window select Compatibility tab and enable “Disable full-screen optimization“. click Ok to apply and relaunch Darksiders 3


Fix Game Speed Issues, Low or too Fast Speed

Turn on Vsync

NVIDIA graphics card users

Open NVIDIA Control Panel

Go to 3D Settings and click on Manage 3D Settings and select Program Settings

Select Darksiders III from the list and select VSync set it to On. Then Click on Apply


Ignore Darksiders 2 in the above pic.

AMD graphics Card Users

Go to Radeon Settings and select Games

Select the Darksiders III from the list and Change Wait for vertical synchronization to Always on

Disable Windows 10 Game DVR

Open Windows 10 Settings

Go to Gaming

Select Game DVR

Under background recording, you will see an option “Record in the background while I am playing a game

Move slider from on to off.

Disable Windows 10 Game DVR

Uninstall and Reinstall Darksiders III

If somehow game files have gone corrupt then uninstalling and reinstalling Darksiders 3 may fix the issue.

Gog Galaxy Users

To uninstall Darksiders III, launch Galaxy and go to Library, click on the Darksiders III game icon and hit More option and from the drop-down menu select Manage installation and click on Uninstall.


Steam users can uninstall Darksiders 3 from Steam library.

Reinstall the Windows 10

Sometimes corrupt OS does not allow you to play the Darksiders 3 properly. Reinstalling Windows 10 may fix the issue.

Please note that you will lose all the data on your computer when you reinstall the OS.

Please visit this link to learn how to reinstall Windows 10 using USB flash drive


I hope this article helped you to resolve Darksiders III crashing, freezing, graphics, and FPS issue.

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