How To Fix Shadow Warrior 2 Errors, Not Starting, Crashes, Stuttering, Low FPS&Drops

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Shadow Warrior 2 sequel is now here and from today is available on Steam. The game is a first-person shooter developed by the indie studio Flying Wild Hog and is currently only available for PC. As for the plot, the game is set five years after the events in the first Shadow Warrior. Once again, players assume the role of modern ninja warrior Lo Wang and must battle armies of demons that have invaded the world sent by another dimension under Zilla command.

Apparently, the game received a lot of positive reviews on Steam, in just a few hours from the launch. Even so, the problem is that a lot of players are complaining about Shadow Warrior 2 errors that are making the game unplayable. The most common one is an issue in which players are unable to start the game. Either they press the Play button and nothing happens or the game starts for a few seconds and after that just closes. Other errors that players are reporting are Crashes and Performance Issues like FPS Drops, Low FPS, Stuttering.

Ok so let’s start and fix your issues. The first step that you need to take is to verify if your PC meets the minimum system requirements of the game, you can find them below. If your PC can run the game, you are good to go and you can start fixing your issues, if not you need to upgrade it because that’s why you are encountering the error in the first place. Go ahead and check the list below, where you will find the errors described above and for each one there is a solution or a workaround to help you fix it.


    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-6300 (2 * 3800) or AMD A10-5800K APU (4 * 3800) or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 560Ti (1024 MB) or Radeon HD 6850 (1024 MB) or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 14 GB available space


    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-5675C (4 * 3100) or AMD A10-7850K APU (4 * 3700) or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / ATI Radeon R9 290 with 4 GB of Video Memory (4096 MB) or Radeon HD 7970 (3072 MB)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 14 GB available space

Here is the list of the most common errors that players complained about, on the Steam forum. For each issue, you have a workaround, a definite solution or a tip on how to fix it. If you don’t know how to apply a workaround to your game please contact our Support Team and they will answer you as soon as possible. (Note: Our support team works 24/7 so don’t worry, someone will help you fix your game!)

Shadow Warrior 2 Errors:

#1 Shadow Warrior 2 Crashes


For some players, the game randomly crashes while they are playing or it crashes at startup and they are unable to play the game at all. Others reported that they encounter a crash before reaching the main menu or when they are at the game intros. This is what a user posted on the Steam forum about this issue: “My game keeps crashing during the intro as well, quite early into it. Been fiddling with all sorts of things, but it seems I cannot escape the “Shadow Warrior 2 has stopped working”. If you are one of the players that are encountering crashes and you are unable to get past the main menu or save any progress go ahead and check our solution below to fix this issue and play the game.

Solution: The best solution to fix the game, either if you have startup crashes or random crashes is to apply our patch to your game. You can find more details and a tutorial at the end of the post! (Go Now)

#2 Shadow Warrior 2 GFX Options

Below you can find the graphics settings of the game for the NVIDIA graphic card. You can use the settings below for a slight improvement in frame rate and performance overall.

NVIDIA Multi-res Shading

Supported only on 9xx and 10xx. Lowers resolution on screen borders. Use for increasing performance, at slight image quality hit.

  • Disabled – normal rendering
  • Conservative – small image quality decrease and medium performance gains
  • Aggressive – medium image quality decrease and high-performance gains

HDR Display

Supported only on HDR compatible displays (currently only UHD TVs). Works only in exclusive full-screen mode (set display mode to “full screen”). Allows for displaying wider range of colors and luminance ranges on those TVs.

Resolution Scale Slider

Allows to scale game’s resolution, while keeping native UI resolution. If set to >100% it results in a super-sampled image.

#3 Shadow Warrior 2 Not Starting


This is the most common error that players are complaining about. They click Play in the Steam Library and nothing happens, the game simply won’t start. For others, the game starts for a few seconds but they only see a black screen and after that it closes but Steam is saying that they are still playing the game and it’s counting seconds. To fix all of these issues follow the workarounds below and apply them to your game.


  • Try reinstalling everything from game’s redist folder as an Admin
  • If you are running Windows N and game doesn’t start, please install Media Feature Pack:

This is a solution that a user gave on the Steam forum: If you have Windows 10 N with anniversary patch, install the ‘Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10’ KB3133719 from Restart PC, Windows will be updating. After that, the game can be launched.

Simple way of verifying if the Media Feature Pack installed correctly is to use the search in Task Bar and type ‘windows media player’. If it’s found, the Media Feature Pack installed correctly.

Details of what I did:
– First I installed ‘Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10’ KB3010081 and restarted PC. There was no Windows updating screen and game didn’t launch but later I noticed that even though the update was listed as installed, there was no Windows Media Player for instance, nor ability to remove the update.
– Then I installed ‘Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10’ KB3099229 but for whatever reason it just installed the previous one (KB3010081) again with no effect and no Windows updating screen.
– Finally found out that when having anniversary update, one should install the ‘Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10’ KB3133719. Installed it, restarted PC, Windows updating screen showed up and now I can find the Windows Media Player. The game works now.
My personal comment to this issue – I don’t like the fact that I had to install this media feature pack in order to run the game. I had my reasons to get the N version of Windows and not a regular one.

  • DX device not found on notebooks:

Can someone help me please. Anyone else having the same problem? My system is windows 8, when I starts the game it just have the pop up says “DX11 Device not Found” Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

To fix this issue go to C:\Users\*\Saved Games\Flying Wild Hog\Shadow Warrior 2\profiles\steam_*/config.cfg, here find line: r_fullscreen_monitor 0 and change it to (or add it if it’s not there): r_fullscreen_monitor 1.

      • Best solution: If nothing works for you and you are still unable to start the game you need to apply our patch. Go to the end of the post for more details!

(Go Now)

#4 Shadow Warrior 2 Performance Issues: FPS Drops, Low FPS and Stuttering

“The game is unplayable for me, I changed all graphic options from ultra to low, no change at all… If I move forward with the keyboard my fps won’t drop, stable 120… but If I move my mouse I get drops to 40 fps and heavy stuttering will occur…. Any ideas to fix it?”

The game is unplayable for a lot of players because of the horrible frame rates and FPS drops that they are encountering in the game. Players with an i7 processor and GTX 980ti graphic card are complaining about low fps and stuttering in the game. As you can see the problem is not because their PC is weak it’s because the game is poorly optimized. To fix this issue and optimize the game follow the solution below.

Solution: To optimize the game and get a constant fps with no stuttering, you need to apply our patch to your game. Follow the tutorial below for more details on how to do that! (Go Now)

You can also check the optimization tips below and see if anything works for you:

  • Install the latest NVIDIA Driver version 373.06, that is already optimized for Shadow Warrior 2
  • Try setting vertical sync to “Fast” in the nVidia control panel.
  • Change the game settings from Fullscreen Window to Fullscreen


Let’s hope that by now you managed to fix all your Shadow Warrior 2 errors and issues and that you are enjoying the game. If you still encounter some issues, and you are unable to fix them, or you don’t know how to apply our patch, please comment below or open a Support ticket on our support page. After that, a member of our team will help you as soon as possible to fix your issue so you can enjoy your game.–GamesErrors Team

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