How to troubleshoot Darksiders III problems on a Windows 10 PC?

December 17, 2018 |

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Today, we are going to be talking about how to fix Darksiders 3 issues. This game was released late this year, and players are having fun with it. Unfortunately, we have received reports from some players complaining that they are having problems with the game. This article is geared towards tackling all those issues and can also be used for other games.

Table of Contents

  1. Decrease your game’s resolution
  2. Switch from fullscreen to windowed mode
  3. Repair your Registry files
  4. Ensure that your graphics drivers are updated
  5. Change Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance (Nvidia users)
  6. Disable shader cache (Nvidia users)
  7. Disable Vsync
  8. Set the game’s priority to high in the Task Manager
  9. Turn off visual effects to increase PC performance
  • Connect your laptop to power
  • Use a wired connection
  • Disable background apps
  • Decrease the number of people that are connected to your network
  • Disable your antivirus
  • Check VPN settings

Solution 1. Decrease your game’s resolution

Every PC gamer should know that before buying any game, you need to check the  specs of your computer. If your PC does not meet the minimum or recommended requirements for the game you will experience problems. Here are the requirements to run Darksiders 3:


  • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64 bit
  • Processor: AMD FX-8320 (3,5 GHz) / Intel i5-4690K (3,5 GHz) or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon R7 370 with 2 GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 25 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K (3.2 GHz)/AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3.2 GHz) or better
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 with 4 GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 25 GB available space

You should consider reducing the game’s resolution when your PC meets the minimum but not the recommended resolution. To do this, you will need to open the game’s Display settings and change the resolution from there. You will also notice that there are other settings there that can be changed to make your game run better. We recommend that you change them to medium or low for better performance.

Solution 2. Switch from fullscreen to windowed mode

Most often, players have reported that switching to windowed mode has helped them with FPS and lag issues on Darksiders 3. We recommend that you try it too. To do this, you need to go into the display settings and toggle Fullscreen mode off.

Solution 3. Repair your Registry files

The Windows Registry is where your computer stores its important settings. In fact, through the Windows Registry, you can make changes that you cannot perform using the normal UI. Problems with the Registry files will affect your computer in different ways. You will start experiencing poor game performance, lagging, and low FPS. That is why you need to repair any registry files which are corrupt to prevent these issues from occurring. Note that editing your registry files can be dangerous. Any mistake here can lead to irreversible damage to your computer. You can prevent this from happening by backing up the Registry. This will save you lots of trouble. Here is how to back up your Registry:

  • Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type regedit in the search area and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
  • Right-click on Computer and select Export.
  • The next dialog box will let you choose a location and save the file. It is saved as a .reg file.
  • The file can be accessed any time you need it. All you need to do is run it from the saved location.
  • With this, you can make changes to the Registry

Solution 4. Ensure that your graphics drivers are updated

When it comes to gaming, the graphics card and its drivers are among the most important components. If they are not working to their full potential, your game will have FPS and lagging issues. On some occasions, the game will not even start or crash on startup. Outdated, missing, or corrupt video drivers are some of the most popular reasons why users experience issues with their games.

Users often forget to update their drivers until their computers start to malfunction. This clearly should not be the case. Some users do not even know that drivers need to be updated regularly. I am sure you are asking now what the big deal about updating the drivers is. Well, here is the answer: new programs are constantly being created, and the ones you are using are also being updated. For your devices to be able to catch up with these changes, their drivers also need to be updated. This also applies to gaming. That is why a game may be running without issues on your computer, but once an update is released, it starts having problems until you update your device drivers.  That is why we recommend you to update your graphics drivers often. Here is how to do it:

Method 1. Download and install Auslogics Driver Updater

This is one of the best methods to get all your drivers up to date. Auslogics Driver Updater. This is one of the best tools for average users. You do not need to perform any difficult processes. All you need is one click and all your drivers will be updated. This tool scans your computer for missing and outdated drivers and installs the best manufacturer-recommended version. This tool will even update drivers which you are not aware existed. Once this tool is done with your system, you will notice a very big change in the performance of your games.

Method 2. Download the driver from the manufacturer’s site

This is a reliable way to get the best drivers for your devices.  You will find the drivers in the support section of the website. The downside to this method is that you will need to know the name and version of your device. If you don’t have the correct information, it is very easy to download a wrong driver for the device, and this can cause more harm to your system. That is why manufacturers decided to create clients that can assist users download the correct drivers when installed on their computers.

Method 3. Update the drivers from Device Manager

Device Manager manages all the devices connected to your computer. Here, you can also update your drivers or uninstall them. You will know when a driver needs to be updated by a small yellow triangle with an exclamation mark which will be beside the device whose driver needs to be updated. To update your drivers, use the following steps:

  • Right-click on the Start or Home button and select Device Manager.
  • While in the Device Manager panel, right-click on the device whose driver you want to update and click Update driver.
  • Choose the option to download the driver from the internet in the next window.
  • Windows will now download the best driver for your device.

Solution 5. Change Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance (Nvidia users)

When you set the power management mode to Prefer maximum performance, all the device’s resources will be channeled to make programs run better and smoother. Here is how to do it:

  • Right-click on your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel.
  • In the Nvidia select Manage 3D settings in the left panel.
  • Choose Power management mode, and select Prefer maximum performance from the drop-down menu.

Solution 6. Disable shader cache (Nvidia users)

We have received reports from many Nvidia users that disabling the shader cache can solve lag and FPS issues on Darksiders 3. To do this, you need to go to the Nvidia Control Panel. You will find the option to disable the shader cache under the 3D settings.

Solution 7. Disable Vsync

Disabling Vsync will give you better FPS. To do this, you need to navigate to 3D settings in the Nvidia control panel and disable it from there. Many gamers use these settings to improve their gaming experience.

Solution 8. Set the game’s priority to high in the Task Manager

The Task Manager is a built-in tool which manages all your computer’s processes and resources. This is the tool that distributes resources to the various processes that are running on your system at a particular time. Resources are distributed according to the priority of the tasks. The higher the priority, the more resources the task will receive. This means that if you set Darksiders 3 to a higher priority, it will receive more resources, thereby performing better. Here is how to set priority to a task:

  • Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • navigate to the Process tab and select Darksiders 3 process running. Now, you can set its priority to high.
  • This is not permanent as every time you restart your computer,

Solution 9. Turn off visual effects to increase PC performance

  • Click on the Start menu and input Control Panel in the search box.
  • Choose Control Panel from the list of results available.
  • Select System and Security, then click System.
  • Here, select Settings under Performance and choose to Adjust for best performance.
  • Now, click Apply and OK.

Solution 10. Connect your laptop to power

If your laptop is not plugged to power, it tries to conserve energy by shutting down the resources to certain processes which are not vital for your computer to run. Unfortunately, these are often the processes which your game needs to run smoothly. So, you will start experiencing lags and a decrease in FPS.

Solution 11. Use a wired connection

Playing online games over a wireless connection is never a good idea. Your gaming performance and experience will be greatly affected. This is because the wireless connection is not stable, and gets interrupted easily. It is always advisable to use a wired connection when playing games online.

Solution 12. Disable background apps

There are some processes and apps that are designed to run in the background. Some of these processes are vital for your system to function, and if they are disabled, your computer may crash. Obviously, these are not the processes we are talking about. The ones we are referring to are the programs you pick up when installing other third-party apps. Sometimes, it is even necessary to disable some of the background apps you are using to provide better performance. Here is how to do it:

  • Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Navigate to the Processes tab and disable the apps which are not in use.

Solution 13. Decrease the number of people that are connected to your network

There is a maximum number of devices which can be connected to your router. When this limit is exceeded, some of the devices will be disconnected. Sometimes, you have to restart your router for it to pick up devices. Since all of the devices cannot connect to the router at the same time, they will take turns. This will greatly affect your gameplay, leading to lags and decreased FPS. You will have to disconnect some of the devices connected to your router.

Solution 14. Disable your antivirus

Your antivirus can also be a contributing factor to why you are experiencing issues with Darksiders 3. This is because your anti-virus can detect some of your game files as a threat and prevent them from running. This will cause your game to start having lags. That is why we advise you switch to Auslogics Anti-Malware. This ro

Solution 15. Check VPN settings

We are sure that most players have VPNs installed on their PC. These tools are great for masking your browsing location and coverig your tracks while using the internet. VPNs have been reported to decrease your internet connection speed significantly. This will cause your game to start lagging and having FPS issues. So, we recommend that you disable your VPN when playing your game.

Pro tip: when you are experiencing lagging and FPS issues, we recommend that you download and install Auslogics BoostSpeed. This tool will clear unnecessary files which have accumulated over time in your system, and it will also disable unnecessary background apps and processes which are draining your computer’s resources. This will significantly improve your game’s performance.

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