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Darksiders

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Darksiders
Darksiders cover
Developers
Vigil Games
Publishers
THQ
Nordic Games
Release dates
Windows September 23, 2010
Darksiders guide at StrategyWiki
Darksiders at Wikipedia
Darksiders
Darksiders 2010
Darksiders II 2012
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition 2015
Darksiders Warmastered Edition 2016
Darksiders III 2018

This page is for the original release. For the Warmastered Edition, see Darksiders Warmastered Edition.

Key points

Very few video customization settings.

General information

Official website
Official manual
Darksiders Community Forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Steam
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Bundled with Darksiders Warmastered Edition.
Windows
All owners of any Steam copy of Darksiders will automatically see the Warmastered Edition as part of their library.[1]
The original Darksiders on GOG.com is bundled with the Warmastered Edition as a separate download[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Soundtrack
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\media\videos\
  2. Delete or rename AMD_Logo_movie.wmv, kaiko_logo.wmv, main_menu_intro.wmv, start_screen_intro.wmv, THQ_Logo1280x720.wmv, THQNORDIC_LOGO_Color_white.wmv and Vigil_Logo1280x720.wmv.

Stuttering fix[edit]

Run the game through Steam Big Picture[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Darksiders\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/50620/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Darksiders\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/50620/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Advanced settings.
Advanced settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable Windowed mode and use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Pre-rendered cutscenes are at 30 FPS. Frame rate is uncapped during the videos.
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]

Windowed[edit]

Download and replace options.dopt[citation needed]
  1. Download options.dopt here.
  2. Replace %LOCALAPPDATA%\Darksiders\options.dopt with the downloaded file.
Manually edit options.dopt[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.dopt with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Press Ctrl+G and go to offset 0x15 (hexadecimal).
  4. Type in 00, replacing the 01.
  5. Save the file and launch the game.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
Controller buttons.
Controller buttons.
Keyboard and mouse controls are disabled if a controller is plugged in.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Under Advanced options.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput and DirectInput. Designed for XInput controllers. First/primary controller only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Renders most DirectInput controllers unuseable. Use XInput wrapper to bypass the issue.
Controller sensitivity
Separate for X- and Y-axis.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
DirectInput hotplugging crashes the game.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Global hotkeys (for example volume keys on some keyboards) are disabled when game is in focus.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for music, sound, voice and videos.
Surround sound
Auto-detection, 7.1 audio is supported.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Czech
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Turkish
Fan translation.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Steam achievements not unlocking[edit]

Steam achievements will fail to unlock if the game has already been launched on the current instance of Steam.
Restart Steam[citation needed]
  • Restart Steam each time you launch Darksiders. Achievements that should have been awarded will not be awarded until the task is completed again.

Cutscenes do not play[edit]

Cutscenes do not play[citation needed]
  • Check that Windows Media Player 11 or better is installed on your system.
  • Codec Packs have been known to interfere as well (e.g. LAV Filters). Uninstall any codec packs.
  • You may also try using the K-Lite Basic Codec Pack and concentrate every option into Windows Media Player, then use it's Codec Tweak Tools' Fix option.

Game doesn't reach menu[edit]

Game doesn't reach menu[citation needed]
  • Could be caused by the AMD logo video.
  • Rename <path-to-game>\media\videos\AMD_Logo_movie to something else.

Game freezes at initial black screen[edit]

Game freezes at initial black screen[citation needed]
  • Unplug your keyboard, then start the game, then plug the keyboard back in.

Cutscenes are only visible on half of the screen[edit]

This can be caused by the MS13-057/KB2803821 update; reinstall the update to resolve the issue.[5]
Reinstall KB2803821[5]
  1. Open Programs and Features:
    • Vista and later: Open the Start screen/Start menu, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: Press Win+R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  2. View the installed updates:
    • Vista and later: choose View installed updates.
    • Windows XP: choose Show updates.
  3. Locate KB2803821 and remove it.
  4. Run Windows Update and install the update again to get a newer version that does not have this problem.

Unresponsive controls, Controller buttons with keyboard[edit]

This is most likely caused by game detecting some of computers devices as controller.
Remove unused controllers, set main controller as primary one[citation needed]
  1. Push Win+R and type joy.cpl then push OK.
  2. From Advanced settings... set your used controller as primary one and then push OK.
  3. Locate all unused controllers listed and either unplug them physically, disable them from device manager or with virtual controllers uninstall from control panel.
Disable DirectInput support[citation needed]
  1. Download the fix here.
  2. Extract the dinput8.dll into <path-to-game> alongside with DarksidersPC.exe.

Game causes system reboot when it crashes[edit]

Game causes system reboot when it crashes[citation needed]
  • Launching game through exe may solve system reboot problems when game crashes.

Black screen on multi-monitor systems[edit]

When playing on a system with multiple monitors, the game will default to fullscreen on the primary monitor. When the game is alt-tabbed out of and reopened, the screen will go black. Once there simply wiggle the mouse. Sometimes the game will go back to normal, and sometimes the game will crash instead.

Can't Alt+Tab with the GOG.com version[edit]

The game becomes very prone to crashing after Alt-Tabbing on some machines.
Use Command Prompt[6]
  1. Open the Start menu, search for Command Prompt and open it.
  2. Copy this: sdbinst -u -g {c0728393-3782-4e36-a2cd-b3aa27cd6836}
  3. Right-click and paste in the Command Prompt, then press Enter.
Rename executable[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Rename DarksidersPC.exe to anything else.
  3. Edit the shortcut properties to target the correct file.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Fmod
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Windows Media

Increase performance[edit]

As the game doesn't feature many graphical options, for lower end machines, this disables most of the game's effects.
Rename/delete files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\media\
  2. Delete or rename all files including 'fx', except Impact_FX.oppc and vfx_shared.oppc.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista/7)
2 GB (XP)
3 GB (Vista/7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
Nvidia GeForce GT220
ATI Radeon X1900
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce GTS 240
ATI Radeon HD3870
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/50620/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (50620) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References