Darksiders Genesis

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Darksiders Genesis
Darksiders Genesis cover
Developers
Airship Syndicate
Publishers
THQ Nordic
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows December 5, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 77
OpenCritic 79
IGDB 76
Taxonomy
Series Darksiders
Darksiders Genesis on HowLongToBeat
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Darksiders Genesis guide on StrategyWiki
Darksiders Genesis on MobyGames
Darksiders Genesis on Wikipedia
Darksiders
Darksiders 2010
Darksiders II 2012
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition 2015
Darksiders Warmastered Edition 2016
Darksiders III 2018
Darksiders Genesis 2019

General information

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
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
GOG Galaxy required for online multiplayer.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Digital Extras Includes soundtrack and artbook.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Darksiders Genesis Collector's Edition[edit]

Includes the game in a steelbook case, a physical artbook, the soundtrack on CD, stickers and a figurine of Strife.

Darksiders Genesis Nephilim Edition[edit]

Contains everything from the Collector's Edition in addition to a boardgame called Darksiders: The Forbidden Land.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/Rename video files[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\ProjectMayhem\Content\Movies\.
  2. Delete, rename or move the files THQ_LogoBasic.mp4 and AS_LogoBasic.mp4.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>\ProjectMayhem\Content\Movies\VideoCutsceneMedia\Final_Movies\Final_Full.
  4. Delete, rename or move CG_Intro_LowVi.mp4.

Game data[edit]

Game settings.
Game settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ Nordic\Darksiders Genesis\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/710920/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ Nordic\Darksiders Genesis\Saved\SaveGames\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\NordicGames.60987E91223DD_46xc33nm0q0f8\LocalCache\Local\THQ Nordic\Darksiders Genesis\Saved\SaveGames\user\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/710920/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Vert- gameplay, stretched FMVs, rendered cutscenes pillarboxed to 16:9.
Use either of these tools as a workaround.
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- gameplay, stretched FMVs, rendered cutscenes pillarboxed to 16:9.
Use either of these tools as a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Changes with texture quality setting. For manual adjustment force in GPU control panel or see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA only. Game has four presets: "Low", "Mid", "High", and "Ultra", The "Low" setting disables it. For FXAA see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate is uncapped and dependent on the monitor's refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use the FOV trainer
Use Universal Unreal Engine 4 Console Unlocker[1]
  1. Use the Universal Unreal Engine 4 Console Unlocker to access the developer console of the game.
  2. Enter FOV X where X is the desired value.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Adjust AF samples[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.MaxAnisotropy=16

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Switch to FXAA[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=1
Enable AA sharpening[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.Tonemapper.Sharpen=1
This will sharpen the image to offset the blur caused by FXAA and TAA. A value between 0.5-1.0 is recommended, 10 is the maximum. It has no performance impact. The default value is 0.
Adjust r.ScreenPercentage for downsampling[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add [SystemSettings] to the bottom of the file, if that section doesn't already exist.
  4. Inside that section, add r.ScreenPercentage=100 where 100 is the desired resolution percentage.

Notes

Decreasing the value allows for upscaling/upsampling from lower resolutions while running UI elements at the native screen resolution, which might be helpful for lower-end configurations.
Increasing the value results in downscaling.

High frame rate[edit]

Custom frame rate cap
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Change FrameRateLimit=0 to the desired frame rate cap (e.g. 144).

Notes

The line already exists in the file and needs to be changed accordingly. Adding it again with a different value will not work.

Input[edit]

Gamepad bindings.
Gamepad bindings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Uses system cursor settings.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Only applicable to Void Bomb aiming. Dead zone of both sticks can be adjusted.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See DualShock 4 for potential workarounds or use Steam input. Dualshock button prompts available.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be disabled.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Screenshot showing subtitles during FMVs, gameplay and dialogues (top to bottom).
Screenshot showing subtitles during FMVs, gameplay and dialogues (top to bottom).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master Volume, Music, Sound Effects, and Voice.
Surround sound
Plays up to 7.1.[3]
Subtitles
Subtitles can be toggled independently for cutscenes and gameplay segments.
Speaker names/icons displayed and separated by color during cutscenes.
Audio and UI language can be set separately. Font size adjustable.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always enabled by default. See Mute on focus lost.

Localizations

Language settings.
Language settings.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Despite being listed as supported, the language is not available in-game.
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Disable mute on focus lost[1]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Change bKeepAudioWhenUnfocused from False to True.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes at chapter 16 boss fight[edit]

The game may crash after the FMV and the following in-game cutscene has played out.[4]
Enter the pause menu after the FMV cutscene, during the short in-game cutscene, then resume after waiting a few seconds[5]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX [6]
Audio Ogg Vorbis [6]
Multiplayer Steamworks, GOG Galaxy [6]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 4690K (3.5 GHz)
AMD FX-8320 (3.5 GHz)
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.22.2.0[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/710920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (710920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Verified by User:Waschbär on 2020-05-21
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2019-12-05
    Checked by testing game after editing config files.
  3. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2019-12-05
    Tested in 5.1 and 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  4. Crash after cutscene level 16 (Moloch bossfight) :: Darksiders Genesis General Discussions - last accessed on 2020-05-21
  5. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2020-05-21
    Was able to reproduce and fix it this way multiple times.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2019-12-05
    As seen in file directory, <Steam-folder>\steamapps\common\DarksidersGenesis\Engine\Binaries\ThirdParty