How To Fix Risk of Rain 2 Keeps Lagging Issue

The Risk of Rain 2 lagging issue on your PC can be caused by different factors. It could be due to a bad internet connection, software, or even hardware issue. You will need to perform a series of troubleshooting steps to fix this problem.

Risk of Rain 2 is a third person shooter roguelike game developed by Hopoo Games in which one or four players who are stranded on a planet must fight the onslaught of monsters. Every level has a teleporter which you must find and activate. Once activated you must defend yourself against monsters until it is fully activated. The game is available on several platforms such as Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia.

Why does Risk of Rain 2 Keep lagging?

Why does Risk of Rain 2 Keep lagging?

One of the issue you might experience when playing Risk of Rain 2 is when the game lags. This can happen randomly or when there are a lot of enemies on the screen. A lag is usually described as a delay in the action of the user and the reaction of the server or computer. This is usually caused by your internet connection if you are playing online games or your computer hardware or software if the game is played locally.

Here’s what you need to do to fix Risk of Rain 2 lagging issue.

Solution 1: Make sure your PC hardware components meets the game system requirements

Risk of Rain 2 is a graphics and CPU intensive game which is why the game developer has listed the hardware requirements needed to play it. Your computer should meet at least the minimum requirements. If you want to play the game at maximum graphics settings then your PC should meet the recommended hardware requirements.

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or newer, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-6100 / AMD FX-8350
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 580 / AMD HD 7870
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

Recommended system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or newer, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 680 / AMD HD 7970
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

Solution 2: Check your internet connection

If the issue occurs when you are playing the online multiplayer mode of the game then there’s a chance that the issue is caused by your internet connection. You need to make sure that ping, download, and upload results of your connection are good. You can check this by using some of the popular online speed test tools such as speedtest.net.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

Run a speed test

  1. Open a browser.

    You can choose any updated browser however for this example we will use Chrome.Open a browser

  2. Go to speedtest.net.

    This is one of the popular online speed test checker tools.Go to speedtest.net

  3. Press the Go button.

    This will start the speed test.Press go

  4. Take note of the ping, download, and upload speeds.

    These results will affect your online game performance.Take note of the ping, download, and upload speeds

A low ping between 50ms to 100ms is good to average. Anything higher than this will affect your online games. Your download and upload speeds should match what you are subscribing for from your ISP.

If you have a poor internet speed then you can check if it is caused by your networking equipment by following these steps:

  • Turn off your computer.
  • Unplug your Modem and Router from the power source.
  • Wait for a minute then plug your modem and router back into the power source.
  • Wait until the lights turn back on.
  • Turn on your computer.
  • Reconnect your computer to the internet.

Try checking if your internet improves. If it doesn’t then I suggest you contact your ISP.

Solution 3: Update your graphics card driver

If your computer has an outdated graphics card drivers then there’s a possibility that this is what’s causing the Risk of Rain 2 lagging issue. You need to make sure that the latest drivers are installed as this will have several important performance updates as well as bug fixes that could prevent game lags.

Update graphics card driver

  • Right click on the Start button.
  • Click on Device Manager.
  • Click the arrow before Display adapters.
  • Right click on the selected graphics card then choose Update driver.
  • Select Search automatically for drivers.

You can also update the drivers using the Nvidia GeForce Experience app if you have an Nvidia card or the Radeon Software if you are using a Radeon card.

Once all the outdated drivers have been replaced with new ones restart the computer then check if the Risk of Rain 2 lag problem still occurs.

Solution 4: Update your Windows operating system

You should make sure that your Windows operating system is updated. This will ensure that all the necessary components needed for the game to run are available. The latest Windows version will also have several performance enhancements and bug fixes that will improve your Risk of Rain 2 gameplay experience.

Manually download Windows operating system updates

  • Right click the Start button.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click Windows Update section found on the bottom left side of the new window that appears.
  • Click Check for updates.
  • If new updates are found then click on the Install now button.

After the new updates have been installed restart your computer then check if the Risk of Rain 2 lag issue still occurs.

Solution 5: Lower the game graphics settings

There’s a possibility that the problem is occurring because your PC is having difficulty in rendering the high graphics setting of the game. You should try lowering these settings then check if this fixes the problem.

Change game graphics

  • Select Settings from the main menu screen of Risk of Rain 2.
  • Select the Graphics tab.
  • Change all High and Ultra Settings to Medium.
  • Change Texture Resolution to Half.
  • Change Shadow Cascades value to 1.

Try checking if you now have a smooth gaming experience.

Solution 6: Force close other running applications

If you have other application running such as your Chrome browser or Excel spreadsheets running while playing the game then this might be what’s causing the lagging issue. You need to make sure that most of your PC resources will be allocated to the game so as to avoid any lag.

Quit other running applications

  • Right click on the Start button.
  • Open Task Manager.
  • Make sure to click on More details found at the bottom left part of the window if it appears.
  • Click on the Processes tab.
  • Right click on the apps running and select End task. Do this for all apps except Risk of Rain 2 and Steam.

Solution 7: Verify the integrity of Risk of Rain 2 game files

Sometimes the lag issue can be caused by corrupted or missing game files. In order to fix this you will need to verify the integrity of the game files using the Steam client. Any missing or corrupted file will be replaced with new ones downloaded from the servers.

Verifying integrity of the game files

  • Open the Steam client.
  • Click on your Steam Library.
  • Find Risk of Rain 2 then right click it then click on Properties.
  • On the new window that appears click on Local Files.
  • Click Verify integrity of game files…

Once the game files have been fixed try checking it the game lag issue still occurs.

Solution 8: Reinstall Risk of Rain 2

If the above troubleshooting steps fails to fix the lag issue then you should try to uninstall Risk of Rain 2 then install a fresh version of the game.

Uninstall

  • Open the Steam Client.
  • Go to the Library tab.
  • Right click on Risk of Rain 2 then click on Manage then uninstall.
  • Click on Uninstall again to uninstall the game.

Install

  • Open the Steam Client.
  • Go to the Library tab.
  • Right click on Risk of Rain 2 then click on install.
  • Click next to proceed with the installation.

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