How to fix Overlord 2 crash at startup

Posted by TEAM FILEnetworks | 6/26/2009 | | 18 Comments »

PC version of Overlord 2, the sequel to 2007’s popular 3rd person action adventure game, was released to the public just two days ago. From what I have experienced so far it’s a pretty decent game which retains the cartoon styled ‘evil’ and humor from the original game. Overlord 2 seemingly does not contain any showstopper bugs but several people have experienced crashes when trying to launch the game. If you are one of those souls, here is something you can do to fix it.

Overlord 2 PC Cover

As you may already know most recently released games support hardware based physics acceleration (through NVIDIA PhysX and so on). Overlord 2 is no exception. In fact it seems to have developed ‘special bond’ with PhysX; the game is likely to crash on startup if latest version of NVIDIA PhysX is not installed. The strange part is that you might be required to install PhysX even if you own an ATI video card. Overlord 2 seems to require the PhysX runtime in order to function properly – it won’t give you hardware accelerated physics effects when using ATI cards or NVIDIA cards without PhysX support, but it will at least let you run the game without it crashing at launch.

[Click Here] to download NVIDIA PhysX System Software v9.09.0428 for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7


  1. Basil // 6/27/2009 10:49:00 AM  

    It still crashes with new PhysX on my P4 3.4 / 2Gb / Radeon X800 / XP SP 3

    Game starts, I can see a LOADING screen with goblin and then it crashes. Same effect with demo-version of OL2.

  2. Robert // 6/27/2009 03:03:00 PM  
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  3. Robert // 6/27/2009 03:07:00 PM  

    The same for me on my Athlon 3000+/1gb/x700. I installed the PhysX and latest video card drivers and still doesnt go till main menu. :(

  4. kerado // 6/28/2009 04:02:00 AM  

    This worked for me! Installed, launched game, and stoped getting that C++ error w/e thing. :]

  5. Jeremy // 6/29/2009 01:28:00 AM  

    Worked great, thank you very much. I now know what a waste of money this game was :D

  6. Rudolf // 7/07/2009 04:04:00 PM  

    when u open the physics loader and the other dll files it says not enough spac for stuff mabey thats the key

  7. Matt // 7/11/2009 12:23:00 PM  

    The Physix drivers r for Nvidia cards so they dont work for ATi Cards.

  8. SilverCrow // 8/01/2009 09:16:00 AM  

    thanks man,i had an error at start up

    about visual c blah blah blah...

    i hope this fix it..

  9. filip // 8/08/2009 09:38:00 PM  

    Dude, you rock... I was so mad when I saw that overlord 2 crashes at startup. Then I downloaded an installed PhysX and everything works just fine!

    Thank you very much!!!!

  10. Anonymous // 9/04/2009 01:59:00 AM  

    thx dude it works,now lets get started....:))

  11. Leandro // 1/06/2010 10:00:00 AM  

    Thanks Man!

  12. Vedros // 4/04/2010 08:41:00 PM  

    works perfect

  13. misticpmp // 6/20/2010 01:28:00 AM  

    this doesn't work for ati users on windows 7 64bit I have been surching for a fix for weeks and finaly give up i'm starting a hate group for codemasters cause the are just reaping the benifits

  14. Ridhi Web Expert // 4/16/2011 02:13:00 AM  

    Rome Total War crash at startup in Vista, please help!?

    Silver MLM

  15. LuKa // 7/22/2011 09:35:00 PM  

    Great :),it worked for me
    I have Asus pro80jr laptop
    ATI mobility radeon x2300 it works perfectly fine now :D

  16. Jacques Slaughter // 1/09/2013 03:13:00 PM  

    I haven't been able to install physX because it shuts down unexpectedly?
    Any help offer able?

  17. Ireth Seregon // 4/19/2014 01:20:00 PM  

    Yea for mine, happens too when i alternate-tab to check something...
    I DO have the nvidia physx graphics so why does it still go to the black screen? I was So happy when it could load and i started for first 10 mins or so.
    Is it because u cannot alt-tab out once inside? (noticed this happened for gothic 3 too is it same problem?)

  18. Ireth Seregon // 4/19/2014 01:22:00 PM  

    I've nvidia physX, just checked in my control panel!! mine is win 7 system , since i could run the first overlord i thought hey it should be ok too. I put to medium resolution.
    I just alt-tab out to check something, is it because once u enter cannot do that?

    (notice happened for gothic 3 too) awww. I Really like this game-- had it on xbox but now that cant play