Today, I was finally able to finish downloading Darksiders, and finally played it. All that to come across an interesting gameplay bug, where I sliced the boss for like 600 times, and still nothing.
Only thing that happened was me noticing that the gameplay is somehow stuck and the boss is also still. Then the quest to resolve the issue began, and I came across this interesting manual from the game developer for all the known issues and their fixes.
So, here it is, all the errors, bugs, and crashes you may come across in Darksiders with workarounds to fix all these.
Darksiders Install Problems
A. Interference from Anti-Virus Programs
It is recommended that any anti-virus programs be disabled when attempting to install Darksiders. Anti-virus software can often interfere and corrupt the installation process of new software.
Any modifications to Darksiders may result in the inability to patch
successfully. Before applying any modifications we suggest backing up the affected files and replacing them before applying any patch. Not doing so may result in the need to re-install the game.
C. How to Install
The installation of the game is made up of two parts. The first installer installs the game manual, comic, soundtrack, and third party installers. The second installer utilizes the Steam installer to install the game. If the install process is interrupted, additional steps may be required to successfully install the game and its contents. The install process consists of the following.
Installation of the Comic/Soundtrack and miscellaneous files.
Special check for XP users lacking the Microsoft hot fix “WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86″.
Installation of DirectX.
Installation of Steam if not already present.
Connection to Steam for authentication, updates, and additional installs if necessary.
Installation of the game through Steam.
D. How to Uninstall
The uninstall process for Darksiders is made up of two parts. The
actual game, which is uninstalled through Steam, and the miscellaneous files, which are uninstalled through the Add or Remove programs.
Uninstalling through Steam will still call upon the “DarksidersInstaller” program to perform the uninstall. If the “DarksidersInstaller” is removed before performing an uninstall of Darksiders then Steam will reinstall “DarksidersInstaller” in order to perform the uninstall of Darksiders.
The “DarksidersInstaller” must then be uninstalled through the Add or Remove Programs in order to remove miscellaneous files like the game manual, comic, soundtrack, and third party installers.
Darksiders Graphics and Video Issues
Latest drivers required to Play Darksiders
For best performance and video quality, please make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card when running Darksiders. If you
have an ATI or NVIDIA video card, you can find drivers on their websites.
Driver: Catalyst 10.8 or newer Driver: ForceWare Graphics Driver Version 258.96 or newer
Darksiders Graphics Corruption
If you are playing on old ATI graphics drivers you may experience graphics corruption while playing Darksiders. Upgrading to the latest ATI drivers will solve the problem for most users.
Darksiders Low Performance and Missing Objects
If you are playing with old nVidia drivers, you may experience low performance and missing objects. Upgrading to the latest nVidia drivers will solve the problem for most users.
Darksiders Crashes and Grey Screen
Playing on below minimum specification requirements will cause grey screens and immediate crashes so make sure you meet the minimum requirements of the game.
Darksiders Sound Issues
Latest drivers required to Play Darksiders
Please make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card when
The sound stutters while playing
Make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card. If
stuttering persists, try reducing Hardware Acceleration. From your Windows® desktop, click Start, then Run, type “dxdiag”, then press Enter. This brings up the “DirectX® Diagnostic Tool”. Click the Sound tab and try reducing the “Hardware Sound Acceleration Level” slider.
Plugging in headphones while the game is running does not work. Please be sure to start the game with headphones plugged in as the game may not detect headphones plugged in after the game has started.
Keyboard Volume Controls
Volume controls on some keyboards may not work for Darksiders.