How to fix corrupted game saves on PC

by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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Imagine all your in-game progress lost in a matter of seconds. Hours and hours of playthrough lost due to a game save corruption is one of the worst things an avid gamer can run into. Even though they’re not that common, they still might happen from time to time.

And if that’s not good enough reason to act with caution, we don’t know what it is. Either way, if that happens to you, you can still (sometimes) fix corrupted game saves.

How to fix corrupted game saves

Let’s start by saying that there’s no a single universal solution for all save games. However, the reasoning behind the corruption can easily be summed up in the two most distinctive culprits. The first one is failed autosave. The autosave feature (or a manual save, for that matter) will rewrite the save files every time. And, if you interrupt it (game crashes or glitches, PC suddenly shuts down), the save will, most commonly, get corrupted.

The other reason falls to mods. A lot of games have an active community which puts out tons of mods. Now, this makes it harder for the game to configure a save file. Much harder than if with the vanilla version.

So, removing and re-establishing mods might help. There are also a few other reasons, like the Steam Cloud which tends to corrupt game saves when the cloud storage gets full or malware infection (not likely, but might happen).

With that in mind, it’s hard to apply a single solution for infinite affected games. What you can try is reinstalling the game, starting from a scratch, and after some progression, replacing the current save with the old one which is corrupted.

Also, to avoid this problem in the future, make sure not to pile up saves for a single game (20 should be a top limit). Furthermore, make sure to back up saves regularly and avoid relying on the autosave feature. Creating game saves manually is the way to go.

With that said, we can wrap it up. Don’t forget to tell us about the exact game which is bothering you with the corrupted save and we’ll do our best to help you out. The comments section is just below.


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