The new RPG title developed by Monolith Productions has finally been released this Tuesday, 30 September 2014. The game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor brings you a large open world free to explore based on Middle-earth, a fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The graphics are amazing, and the storyline is heavily influenced by the players choices thanks to the revolutionary Nemesis system, allowing the players to create their unique stories and experiences as they go along. Nothing less was expected from Monolith Productions, a Washington game developer, who already proved their experience in RPG titles in the past. However the final results upon Shadow of Mordor’s release reminds us once again that even the most experienced developers can find it hard to create a perfect product that would run smoothly at first try. Until the developers release patches that would solve the problems the player community has encountered while running this game here is a list of things you can do yourself to make running the game a little easier and your gaming experience smoother.
Top 10 Fixes for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Crashes, Errors, Won’t start, Black screen, Config, Nvidia SLI, DX11 support, HD textures, Slow mouse
1. Stuck downloading Shadow of Mordor
It’s very frustrating when the game you spent your hard earned money on stops downloading at 99%. Having this happen that late into the download might make you think that the developers have done it on purpose to mess with you. However this is not a real problem. The game appears to be stuck on 99% but is actually working properly and takes about 20 minutes to make that 1% step. Don’t be impatient and don’t restart the download. Wait it out.
2. Can’t start the game, Crashes on start
After waiting for the 30 GB download, and the installation of your new game the last thing the players expect is not even being able to start the game. You have installed your game on Steam and eagerly pressed the play button but unfortunately nothing is happening. Don’t lose your nerves just yet, there is a solution to the problem.
- Go to documents/WBgames/Shadow of Mordor
- Create three notepad files, game.ini, render.cfg and setting.cfg
- Paste the following lines in the appropriate file:
3. Shadow of Mordor Crashes after pressing play
Finally you press play effectively, but the game crashes after five minutes or even less. Creating files mentioned in the problem above usually fixes this problem too, however if it doesn’t, try moving the folder “Shadow of Mordor” including the three files from “WB games” to the desktop. That could fix the problem.
4. The game doesn’t recognize your Nvidia graphics card
All you have to do if you encounter this problem is add ShadowofMordor.exe to the Nvidia control panel:
- Open the Nvidia control panel and go to 3Dsettings/Program Settings/Add
- Then go to Steam/SteamApps/Common/ShadowofMordor/x64/shadowofmordor.exe
- Don’t forget toupdate your drivers
5. Graphic bugs
The game demands a lot of VRAM. A lot! If you want to run it on ultra settings, follow our HD textures guide here.
6. The dual monitor glitch, won’t work
How long has it been since you updated your graphics card? Remember the game is brand new, so in order to run it, your software might need renewing too. Updating your graphics card should do the trick.
7. Working SLI profile (Only for Nvidia users)
- Go to the Nvidia inspector
- Select Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Go to add application and add Shadow of Mordor from your browser to the current profile
- Select Fear 3 on SLI bits Compatibility bits and hit apply
8. Black screen issue
Enable V-sync and Triple buffering in Nvidia control panel and turn off Tessalation in game options. This should fix the problem.
9. DirectX11 features not supported by the installed video device
Make sure to disable any onboard video cards in your bios. The procedure is slightly complicated, but should not be an issue. Enter the BIOS upon restarting your PC and find the appropriate settings in the Video Configuration options. Solving this problem will be different on most personal computers, so don’t be embarrassed to consult somebody with more expertise than you. Or just ask google.
10. The mouse problem
If your game starts slowing down when moving the mouse cursor try turning off “order independent transperancy” and vsync, or enabling a 60 fps frame cap via the video settings in-game.
It’s not unusual for new games to exhibit strange behaviour in the first few days after release. The developers are working hard to fix all the problems the community experienced in the first few hours of playing. You can get involved in solving Shadow of Mordor’s many issues yourself and help by posting your experiences, problems, and solutions in the comments section.