Styx: Shards of Darkness issues: lag in co-op, sound is broken, and more

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Styx: Shards of Darkness is an interesting stealth adventure game that challenges players to explore huge open environments, sneak past or assassinate enemies and bosses, and improve their lethal abilities.

As a player, you’ll guide your goblin character to climb, swing, and hang through multi-layered sandbox environments. You’ll have the chance to craft deadly traps and create clones of yourself to distract and deceive your enemies.

Players also report that Styx: Shards of Darkness is affected by a few technical issues that sometimes severely limit the gaming experience.

Styx: Shards of Darkness reported bugs

Sound is broken

Players report that the game’s sound is sometimes broken and an annoying crackling noise can be heard. The problem is due to one of the game’s third-party software which doesn’t handle 192000 Hz.

When I start the game the sound is good … but when it reaches menu of the game.. you can hear crackling. When I started a new game in the video the cracling still is.. and then when characters are talking… they are talking twice as fast.

If you’re experiencing this issue, follow the troubleshooting steps listed below:

  1. Right click the speaker icon next to the clock on your desktop
  2. Open Properties on your playback device
  3. Under the Advanced tab, check if the sound is on 192000 Hz
  4. If so, turn it down to 96000 hz.

Lag issues in co-op

It appears that the game is affected by lag issues in co-op. Players complain that sometimes there’s a lag of about three seconds in the game, especially while performing particular actions.

We have exactly the same issue. Person who join as a ghost, have huge lags. Sometimes you don’t see 2-3 sec of your gameplay, especially when you trying to climb or slide down of the rope. So it’s the game problem, i hope this will be patch soon.

The game devs have already acknowledged this issue and confirmed they are working on a fix. Meanwhile, try maximizing the bandwidth dedicated to the game by closing any other applications using the internet connection.

FPS drops

According to players, Styx: Shards of Darkness is sometimes affected by low FPS. The good news is that this problem occurs rarely.

on the first map after the hideout, facing the entire map I’m getting gpu usage drops to about 60% and the FPS goes down to around 70 in those situations. Otherwise, getting around 140 average at 1440p maxed (1080ti / 4790k)

As you can see, the list of issues affecting the game is not that long. After scouring various forums, we have isolated only three frequently reported issues. This is a good piece of news and it means that Styx: Shards of Darkness is a stable game.

Have you played Styx: Shards of Darkness? Use the comment section below to tell us more about your experience.

You can buy the game from GamersGate with a 22% discount. The offer will expire in five days.