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DARKSIDERS II READ ME v1.4


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Last Updated: July 24, 2012
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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor issues
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Some Windows XP users with AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processors
may notice reduced video performance if they do not have the
AMD Dual-core Optimizer installed.
The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer can be found here:
http://support.amd.com/us/Pages/dynamicDetails.aspx?ListID=c5cd2c08-1432-4756-aa
fa-4d9dc646342f&ItemID=153&lang=us
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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VIDEO DRIVERS AND RUNNING THE DX11 VERSION
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It is important to make sure video drivers are up to date when
running the DirectX 11 version of Darksiders II.
NVIDIA drivers can be updated here:
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
ATI drivers can be updated here:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
Steam also offers a "Check For Video Driver Updates" option in the
menu system.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1) INSTALLATION & SET UP:
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4

Minimum System Requirements


Recommended System Specifications
Steam Client Installation and Account Creation
DirectX Detection & Installation

2) TROUBLESHOOTING:
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5

Installer/Patch
Video
Sound
Operating System
Known Issues

3) HOTKEYS AND CONTROLS

3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8

Default Keyboard and Mouse Controls - Menu


Default Keyboard and Mouse Controls - On Foot
Default Keyboard and Mouse Controls - Horseback
Default Keyboard and Mouse Controls - Construct
Default Keyboard and Mouse Controls - Underwater
Default Keyboard and Mouse Controls - Flight
Re-Assigning Keyboard and Mouse Controls
XBOX 360 Controller

4) IMPROVING PERFORMANCE
5) END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
6) CUSTOMER SUPPORT CONTACT
7) COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
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1) INSTALLATION & SET UP
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Please note that Darksiders II does not support
Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT/2000.
--------------------------------------------------------------------1.1 MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
--------------------------------------------------------------------OS:

Windows XP, Windows Vista SP1, or Windows 7

Processor:

2GHz Dual Core Processor


(Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2) or higher

Memory:

2GB System RAM or more

Graphics:

512MB Video RAM


GPU w/ Shader Model 3.0 support
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT or better, or AMD equivalent

DirectX:

DirectX 9.0c

Hard Drive:

20 GB (10 GB Free after install)

Sound:
ard sound

100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or equivalent onbo

Steam:

Online Steam Account

DVD ROM:

(for physical copy only)

--------------------------------------------------------------------1.2 RECOMMENDED SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS


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OS:

Microsoft Windows 7

Processor:

Any Quad Core AMD or Intel processor

Memory:

2GB System RAM or more

Graphics:

1GB Video RAM


GPU w/ Shader Model 4.0 support
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 512MB Video Card or AMD equivalen

DirectX:

DirectX 11

Hard Drive:

20 GB (10 GB Free after install)

Sound:
ard sound

100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or equivalent onbo

Steam:

Online Steam Account

DVD ROM:

(for physical copy only)

--------------------------------------------------------------------1.3 Steam CLIENT INSTALLATION AND ACCOUNT CREATION


--------------------------------------------------------------------Darksiders II: Installer will check your computer
for an existing installation of the Steam Client. If it
detects that no Steam Client is installed, it will
automatically begin an installation of the Client. If it
detects an older version of the Steam Client the installer
will update that version to the most current.
Following the Steam Client installation and/or update, the
installer will prompt you for your Steam Account login
information. If you do not already have a Steam Account,
you will need to create an account at this time.
--------------------------------------------------------------------1.4 DIRECTX DETECTION & INSTALLATION
--------------------------------------------------------------------Darksiders II requires DirectX to install and play.
Darksiders II installer will check your computer
for the currently installed version of DirectX. If it
detects an older version of DirectX, it will install
DirectX 9.0c and 11 automatically. The installation of
DirectX will not harm your DirectX configuration.
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2) TROUBLESHOOTING

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--------------------------------------------------------------------2.1 INSTALLER/PATCH
--------------------------------------------------------------------A. If Darksiders II is ever uninstalled, the
launcher must be launched twice for a new install to complete.
--------------------------------------------------------------------2.2 VIDEO
--------------------------------------------------------------------A. Latest video drivers required. Steam provides a link for
updating video drivers in their menus if needed.
B. Some ATI cards may experience crashing if cards are set to
allow overclocking by enabling overdrive. DirectX 11 users
may see an error mentioning the device has been removed.
C. See also section 4) IMPROVING PERFORMANCE.
--------------------------------------------------------------------2.3 SOUND
--------------------------------------------------------------------A. Latest sound drivers required.
--------------------------------------------------------------------2.4 OPERATING SYSTEM
--------------------------------------------------------------------A. Windows Aero may cause general slowdown or graphical
issues, disabling Windows Aero if in use can increase
performance.
B. The latest OS service pack is required for optimal play.
C. Turning off virtual memory may result in performance issues
as well as crashes.

--------------------------------------------------------------------2.5 KNOWN ISSUES


--------------------------------------------------------------------A. Certain Windows operations may sometimes cause the
fullscreen game to minimize. Maximizing will return the game
to fullscreen mode.
B. Norman Security Suite may need to be disabled or adjusted

to play Darksiders II.


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3) HOTKEYS AND CONTROLS
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--------------------------------------------------------------------3.1 DEFAULT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS - MENU
--------------------------------------------------------------------Start Game
Select/Change
Confirm/Accept
Previous Screen
Move Between Screens

ENTER Button
Mouse
Left Mouse
Esc
A / D

--------------------------------------------------------------------3.2 DEFAULT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS - ON FOOT


--------------------------------------------------------------------Move Forward
Move Backward
Move Right
Move Left
Move Camera
Jump
Interact
Scythe Attack
Secondary Attack
Dodge
Walk/Run Toggle
Aim Mode
Use Gear
Character Menu
Reaper Form
Use Wrath Ability
Summon Despair
Center Camera/Target
Switch Target
Access Map/Quest Info
Access Inventory/Skills
Pause Menu
Access Radial Menu
Summon Dust
Skip Cinematic

W
S
D
A
Mouse
Space
E
Left Mouse
Right Mouse
Left Alt + WASD
B
Q
Middle Mouse (Click)
O
V
1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/0
C
Shift (Hold) / F (Toggle)
Middle Mouse (Wheel Up/Down)
O
O
Esc
Tab
Z
Esc/Space/Enter

--------------------------------------------------------------------3.3 DEFAULT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS - HORSEBACK


--------------------------------------------------------------------Move
Scythe Attack
Aim Mode
Center Camera/Target

WASD
Left Mouse
Q
Shift (Hold)/F (Toggle)

Redemption (fire gun)


Sprint
Jump
Banish Despair

Middle Mouse (Click)


Left Alt
Space
C

--------------------------------------------------------------------3.4 DEFAULT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS - CONSTRUCT


--------------------------------------------------------------------Move
Center Camera/Target
Attack
Heavy Attack
Aim Mode
Fire Construct Fist
Detach Fist/Chain
Dismount

WASD
Shift (Hold)/F (Toggle)
Left Mouse
Right Mouse
Q
Middle Mouse (Click)
Middle Mouse (Click)
E

--------------------------------------------------------------------3.5 DEFAULT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS - UNDERWATER


--------------------------------------------------------------------Swim
Speed Burst
Swim Up
Swim Down

WASD
Left Alt
Space
Right Mouse

--------------------------------------------------------------------3.6 DEFAULT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS - FLIGHT


--------------------------------------------------------------------Move Camera

Mouse

--------------------------------------------------------------------3.7 RE-ASSIGNING KEYBOARD AND MOUSE CONTROLS


--------------------------------------------------------------------The default keyboard/mouse controls can be remapped at any
time in the SET KEYS & BUTTONS menu under controls.
--------------------------------------------------------------------3.8 XBOX 360 CONTROLLER
--------------------------------------------------------------------The Xbox 360 Controller is supported and usable with the PC
version. In order to use the controller, plug it in at any
time. If when you switch to the controller menu screens
do not display Xbox 360 Controller button icons, backing
out of the menu and returning to it again should make the
transition complete.
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4) IMPROVING PERFORMANCE
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Ensure you have the latest sound and video drivers installed
Disable anti-virus scanners
Shut down software running in the background
Play on lower resolutions and video settings
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5) END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
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(d)
The game and/or its associated website and/or web pages may permit you t
o share your User Generated Content with or through third party websites. THQ h
as not evaluated any third party websites through which you can share User Gener
ated Content or their terms and conditions. Any third party websites through wh
ich you can share your User Generated Content are not owned by or affiliated wit
h THQ and we have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content,
safety, privacy policies or practices of these websites. You expressly release
THQ of any and all liability arising from your use of any third party websites u
sed to share your User Generated Content.
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(a)
By posting, transferring, sharing or sending User Generated Content in a
ny manner, you hereby grant THQ, its affiliates, licensors and distributors and
other users of the game a non-exclusive, worldwide, fully paid-up, transferrable
, irrevocable, royalty-free and perpetual license to modify, adapt, translate, c
reate derivative works from, and perform and display your User Generated Content
;
(b)
By submitting or uploading User Generated Content in any manner to THQ,
you hereby grant THQ, its affiliates, licensors and distributors a non-exclusive
, worldwide, fully paid-up, transferable, irrevocable, royalty-free and perpetua
l license to publish and distribute your User Generated Content (for free or for
profit) and to use your User Generated Content for marketing and promotional pu
rposes in conjunction with the game or any other aspect of THQ s business; and
(c)
You hereby: (i) Acknowledge that you have received good and valuable con
sideration from THQ for the license of the rights in your User Generated Content
under this Agreement; (ii) Agree that your creation or distribution of User Gen
erated Content is not in any way based upon any expectation of compensation from
THQ, its affiliates, licensors or distributors; (iii) Agree that THQ, its affil
iates, licensors and distributors may, but are not required to, use your name, u
sername, or applicable trademarks in connection with the distribution of your Us
er Generated Content; and (iv) Warrant and represent that: (A) you created your
User Generated Content; (B) you have all necessary rights to your User Generated

Content to fulfill your obligations under this Agreement; and (C) your User Gen
erated Content does not infringe on the intellectual property or other rights of
any third party and is not obscene, defamatory, offensive or an advertisement o
r solicitation of business.
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GENERAL PROVISIONS. You may not use, copy, modify, sublicense, rent, sel
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, except as expressly provided in this Agreement. Any assignment in violation o
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DOWNLOADABLE SOFTWARE ADDITIONAL LICENSE TERMS. If the Software or any
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third party program.
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6) CUSTOMER SUPPORT CONTACT
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A.

North America:
Support web address: http://support.thq.com
E-mail Address: support@thq.com
Phone (US/Canada): 818-880-0456
Mailing address:
THQ Customer Service
29903 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

B.

United Kingdom:
If you are experiencing technical problems with this game,
please contact UK technical support:
Online

Register your game at www.thq-games.com for FAQs and full


online support
Email
Email our technical support staff at eursupport@thq.com
Telephone
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Mon - Fri 08:00 to 19:00 GMT
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7) COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
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2012 THQ Inc. Developed by Vigil Games. Darksiders uses Havok: Copyright 2012.
Havok.com Inc. (or its licensors). All Rights Reserved. See www.havok.com for
details. Uses Autodesk Scaleform Copyright 2012, Autodesk, Inc. All rights reser
ved. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Darks
iders, Vigil Games, THQ and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registe
red trademarks of THQ Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks, logos an
d copyrights are property of their respective owners.
Use of this product is subject to the Software License Agreement located at www.
thq.com/sla.