Castlevania: Lords of Shadow PC Crashes, Errors, Freezes and Fixes


When Castlevania: Lords of Shadow came out back in 2010, it was received well both by fans and critics. The PC version however, was missing but Konami ultimately decided to port the classy action adventure experience to PC.

The port seems well polished but still you might be the unlucky guy experiencing game breaking issues.

These issues if persistent, are usually patched but if it’s something with your machine, your only hope is to look for a fix or a workaround shared by the community.

If you are looking for a solution for a problem related to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, you should browse through the workarounds listed below:

#1 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Can’t Launch the Game (White Screen)
If you are hearing the sound in the background but haven’t been able to see any interface due to a black or white screen, you can use the compatibility fix to resolve the issue.

Go to steam/steamapps/common/castlevanialos/bin and open properties using right click. Here, you should set the compatibility mode to windows vista. Now, run the game as administrator and it should work.

#2 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Flickering Fix
The flickering issue is usually related to the outdated graphics card drivers. If your drivers are up to date and you are using SLI/Crossfire, I will recommend that you try running the game using the single GPU.

The game isn’t that hard on graphics anyway so a single GPU should be able to give you satisfying results.

#3 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Screen Artifacts and Performance Issues
Another issue reported to be SLI related. Again, the game isn’t that resource consuming that you would need two cards for smooth experience. Just disable one of your cards and it should work like a charm.

Furthermore, some users have reported that the beta drivers weren’t working well so they rolled back to the previous version to fix it. I won’t recommend it but if you want to, no one is stopping.

#4 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Controller Issue
If your controller isn’t being supported by the game, you can use the third party tools like x360ce to configure it. This way, your controller will be recognized as a 360 controller and you will be able to enjoy the game normally.

#5 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Black Screen Fix
The black screen can appear due to multiple reasons. First off, make sure that you aren’t using the in-game resolution more than your native resolution.

If the game by default started with that resolution, you should run it in the windowed mode and then change the setting accordingly. Also make sure that you aren’t forcing AA through CCC or radeonpro.

Third party tools like afterburner and fraps can also cause this issue.

#6 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Game Freeze Fix
If your game is stuck somewhere during the gameplay and you are using x360ce or similar tool, you should try getting through that sequence without your controller.

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    • Dip Bharadiya

      please help
      when i try to run the game its says
      “Fatal error 01221
      Steam must be running to play this game.”
      And also download steam after that but still same as as above pop-up window appear
      please help….

    • kbasher

      I have played the game on my pc smoothly. Until the stage AGHARTA. When i start the stage the story telling is continued but the screen get hung. Then i have to ctrl+altr+del to exit from the program. please give me a solution. I like this game v much. Now i am sitting idly.

    • rattlesnake_906

      Tried the mentioned fixes?

    • boboy

      i dont know what to do now..the first time o launch the game i try to change the setting about the anialising and whatsoever.now the screen is completely black on startup.help me..

      • rattlesnake_906

        Delete the configuration file of the game to reset your settings. You can also try running the game in windowed mode.

        • dubshark

          i cant seem to run the game on windowed mode
          what do i do

    • Darius

      Big thx for help with crash because of x360ce, all day was trying wilth random sollutions,thx!!!!

    • Juvinelly

      anytime i play the chapter 2 stage 2 of the game where the big spider attacks the games just freezes. i have tried a couple of times but still ends there all the time.what should i do.

      • reply

        try to remove x360ce files from game folder

    • Noobalot

      Still have the black screen. Ran in windowed mode on vista compatibility. What do I do now?

      • rattlesnake_906

        What is your desktop’s native resolution?

    • Joe Ferrara

      What do you suggest doing when the first tip doesn’t work?

      • rattlesnake_906

        Try running the game in windowed mode? Are you using SLI or crossifre?

        • rattlesnake_906

          Try running the game in windowed mode. What are your system specs? Are you using SLI or Crossfire?

        • Joe Ferrara

          Non-sli and I have tried launching both with -windowed and specific resolutions. All with various combinations of compatibility mode.

    • Joe Ferrara

      I’m assuming this is what you’re recommending for the white screen – http://imgur.com/DI6JrAN

      What do you suggest doing when this doesn’t work?

      • rattlesnake_906

        Try running the game in windowed mode. What are your system specs? Are you using SLI or Crossfire?

    • cirios83

      My game is crashing when i want to change resolution.Do you know other way of changing resolution.From .cfg file maybe,but mine is encrypted.

      • rattlesnake_906

        Have you tried the windowed mode? Also try changing your native resolution.