Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice: Improve Game Performance

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice is a horror video game from the developer and publisher Ninja Theory. The game needs a lot of hard disk space but the system requirements are not demanding. The game can run smoothly on GTX 770 or R9 280X. Besides, Hellblade relies on full controller support and uses the cloud to save your progress. However, the graphics settings are less variable and leave little room for maneuver. In this guide, we show you some fixes, tweaks and improvements for you to make it easier to play.

Fix Crashes:

The developer behind Senua's Sacrifice is constantly working on updates and patches. However, some errors have not yet been fixed. Numerous players have reported that they have been experiencing black screen when they die. Hellblade then pause and does not even let you open the task manager. If you hear your hard drive working here, you should wait for awhile. Then you can use Task Manager to complete the game. Of course, this solution is not optimal. However, some players have already informed this issue to the developer.

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice: Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1 and 10
Processor: Intel i5 3570K, AMD FX-8350 or Comparable
Graphic Card: Nvidia GTX 770 (2GB), AMD Radeon R9 280X (3GB) or comparable
DirectX: DirectX 11
Resolution: At least 1280×720

If your PC meets these minimum system requirements, then you can run the game at about 35 to 45 FPS. If you want to maximize the FPS, then you should have a GTX 1060. But also here are "only" 40 to 45 FPS. More than 60 FPS and 4K are only available with a GTX 1070.

Improve Game Performance:

Before we show you some optimizations, you should know what you're getting into. Hellblade could crash or stop running, so we recommend that you copy and re-save any file you need to rewrite before you change it.

Skip Intro

You cannot skip the intro manually. Whoever has to start the game several times will be annoyed by it.

- Go to the path …\HellBladeGame\Content\Movies\

- Now choose the files NinjaTheory_Logo.bik, ThirdParty_Logo.bik and UE4_Logo.bik. Cut it out and move it to another location, such as the desktop. If you never want to see the intros again, you can delete them.

Improve Field of View (FOV)

- Go to the folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\HellbladeGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor.

- Open the engine.ini file and simply add the following line, save, close the file, and restart the game


Turn Motion Blur Off

- Go to the folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\HellbladeGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor.

- Open the Scalability.ini file and search for the value PostProcessQuality @ 3.

- Now open the file GameUserSettings.ini and find the same text. The numbers here must be the same. Stay best in the range of 0 to 3.

- Finally, your Game User Settings will close and add the following text to the end of the Scalability.ini file:


Disable Movie Grain Effect

- Go to the folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\HellbladeGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor.

- Open the file Engine.ini.

- Look for r.Tonemapper.GrainQuantization and r.Tonemapper.Quality. Set the value to 0.

Change Mouse Sensitivity

- Go to the folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\HellbladeGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor.

- Now open the file GameUserSettings.ini.

- Find the following values for AxisMappings=(AxisName=”LookUp”,Key=MouseY,Scale=-1.000000) and AxisMappings=(AxisName=”Turn”,Key=MouseX,Scale=1.000000).

- Change the values and increase them. For example, set it to 2.0.

- Restart the game and set the control to default or preset in the settings.