Zombie Army 4 Dead War – How to fix lag, fps drops, stuttering and crashing

Zombie Army 4 Dead War Lag – Zombie Army 4 Dead War is a third-person tactical zombie shooter developed and published by Rebellion. These guys are the one who gave you the Sniper Elite series. In fact, Zombie Army 4 is based on the same engine that was used in Sniper Elite 4.

The game has both Single Player and Multiplayer co-op modes where a total of 4 players can team up together and fight side by side. The whole campaign can be played with up to 4 players.

Let us take a look at the features of Zombie Army 4 : Dead War:

  • A Brand new Campaign for up to 4 players – Featuring drop-in, drop-out co-op from start to finish!
  • A considerably better Horde Mode – Extend your SLAYcation in the expanded Horde Mode. The longer you survive, the bigger the map gets.
  • New enormous levels across Italy and beyond – Creep across corpse-riddled Venice canals! Survive a zombie zoo!
  • Deep Progression System with various customization – Unlock dozens of skills, special attacks, weapon upgrades, cosmetic items, emotes and more.
  • Powers for your weapons – Harness divine devastation! Stun hordes into shock with electricity!
  • X-RAY Kill Cam – Upgraded for the undead and now includes traps and explosives!

Now that we are done with the basic description of the game, lets talk about the performance of the game on the PC platform. Most of the Rebellion titles have been well optimized till date. The previous Zombie Army games or the Sniper Elite series. Same is the case with Zombie Army 4 Dead War. As long you have a decent rig, you shouldn’t face any problem.

But it looks like a lot of people are facing some performance issues here and there while playing this game. Players have already started reporting about issues like, lag, fps drops, random crashes, stuttering and few bugs. Therefore, we decided to come up with a performance guide that will tell you about all the simple and basic steps, which might help you overcome all the performance issues.

Zombie Army 4 Dead War – How to fix lag, fps drops, stuttering and crashing

Check the Minimum System requirements of Zombie Army 4 Dead War

Though this is a very obvious thing to do, a lot of people actually buy games without checking out the system requirements. This is actually the first thing you should check. So make sure that your system has the ability to handle Zombie Army 4. Because after taking a look at the minimum system requirements of the game you should be able to tell whether this game is suitable for your system or not.

Minimum System Requirements

OS Windows 10 64-bit
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 4 Cores / ~3.7Ghz or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Memory/RAM 4 GB RAM
Graphics Card/GPU Nvidia GTX 1030 2GB or AMD RX 460
Storage 50 GB

Recommended System Requirements

OS Windows 10 64-bit
CPU Intel i5-7400 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
Memory/RAM 8 GB RAM
Graphics Card/GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 / AMD RX 580
Storage 50 GB

Note : The Recommended System Requirements list is not official and is constructed by Frondtech.

One thing you have to remember that if you want to play this game without any issues then you need to have Windows 10 64-bit on your system.

Update your Graphics or Video drivers [Fix Crashes]

If you are facing crashes then that might be because of your outdated graphics drivers. Nvidia and AMD have already released drivers that bring optimizations for Zombie Army 4 Dead War. Check them out.

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Zombie Army 4 Dead War – Best Graphics Settings

We are still working to find out the best combination of graphics or video settings for Zombie Army 4 Dead War, that would not only allow the game to run smoother on low end gaming PCs but would also compromise less on the visuals department. Here are the full specifications of our rig:

  • CPU : Intel i3 8100
  • GPU : MSI GTX 1050 ti 4 GB
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2666mhz
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080

Please check back after a while.

Tweak AMD or Nvidia Control Panel Settings

Nvidia Control Panel settings

The first thing you should do is click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings and make sure that ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings‘ is selected. Now:

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings on the left bar
  • Click on Global Settings
  • Now tweak the following settings:
    Image Sharpening : Off
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

AMD Adrenalin 2020 settings

Click on Global Graphics.

  • Radeon Anti-Lag : Disabled
  • Radeon Boost : Disabled
  • Image Sharpening : Off
  • Anti-Aliasing Mode : Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method : Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Filtering : Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering : Disabled
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
  • Tesselation Mode: AMD Optimized
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Radeon Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

Verify the in-game files

On the Epic Games Launcher you actually get the option of getting the in-game files of your game verified. Doing this would download any missing files and would fix some issues you are having.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Open Epic Games Launcher
  2. Go to Library
  3. Click on “thee dots” under Zombie Army 4 : Dead War
  4. Click on Verify

Use Windows 10 Game Mode

Game mode prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications and it also helps your system towards achieving more stable frame rates depending on the specific game and system.

How to turn on Game Mode

Here is how to turn on Game Mode:

  • Press the Start button
  • Click on Settings
  • Select Gaming
  • Now select Game Mode for the side bar
  • Turn Game Mode On

How to enable Performance overlay

There is a really awesome feature of the Game Mode that comes in really handy while playing game. And that is the Performance overlay. Performance overlay shows how much CPU, GPU and RAM is being used. Here is how to turn it on:

  • Make sure that Game Mode is on, now press Windows Key+G on your keyboard
  • Click on the Overlay Menu on top
  • Select Performance(beta)

Update your Windows OS

If you are using Windows 10 there is a huge chance that you are using an outdated or a buggy version. Windows 10 updates have become very frequent nowadays. So the version or build of Windows 10 you are currently sitting on might not be an optimized one. Or you might be using a version that has bugs and as a result the performance of your system is getting affected.

So check whether you have pending Windows updates or not and update your OS. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to you Windows Settings
  • Click on Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait until all the updates are installed
  • Restart your PC

Avoid Overclocking your graphics card

The random crashes and freezes that you are experiencing in Zombie War 4 Dead War might be due to an overclocking application or utility running in the background. A lot of games have been suffering from crashes lately due to applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. So just try to run your GPU and CPU at their default clock speeds and you should be good.

Note : These are all the steps we have for the time being. All the steps listed are basic steps and does not require you to take any advanced measures. Some of these steps or methods might work for you but nothing is guaranteed. As performance issues can vary from user to user.

Keep is mind that there are certain issues that you just cannot fix. It is completely in the hands of the developers. Here is link to the official Forums of Zombie Army 4 Dead War where you will find players sharing their experiences with the game. We will keep on adding new steps or fixes as we progress further in the game.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try come out with a fix. Good luck!

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on February 4, 2020

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