With Lies of P crossing the one million sold mark and Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion on the way, it’s safe to say that the Soulslike genre is currently experiencing a golden age of sorts. And now Hexworks, Lords of the Fallen, is yet another new addition to the list of good Soulslike titles in recent years. Released on October 13, 2023, for Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S, the reception around LotF has been favorable, but the game has come under fire for its optimization and performance issues. Hexworks is working on fixing these issues, and so far, they have been doing good work in that regard. Besides all that, the game is taking in lots of new players every day, so it’s pretty evident that many would need a guide to help deal with issues and other areas of the game. This guide of ours, in particular, will help you learn how to disable auto lock.
For the uninitiated, auto-lock is a heavily used feature in Soulslike titles. When enabled, it will automatically lock into an enemy without you needing to manually press a button or key. But why is it so important? Well, because it helps keep focus on an enemy so that you don’t get one-shotted or anything close to seeing the Game Over screen. But some players don’t like this feature. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons behind it, one of which is the poor auto-lock implementation due to the high enemy density. Whatever the reason may be, here’s how you can disable auto-lock in Lords of the Fallen.
Lords of the Fallen (2023): How to disable Auto Lock?
Disabling auto-lock in the game is just a matter of a few clicks. What you need to do is open the Settings menu and, from there, switch to the Gameplay tab. Now, scroll down, and you will find the Auto-change target option in there. For some reason, if you’ve had trouble finding it, it’s located right below Controller Vibration and above Grievous Strike lock-on options. Now to disable auto lock, just switch the Auto-change target option from Yes to No.
Why disable auto lock?
One thing to keep in mind regarding this feature is that sometimes it can bug out. So, what you should do is open Settings and check the Auto Lock function every time you start the game or proceed with a new run. Furthermore, from what we’ve seen so far, it seems like players aren’t exactly big fans of this game’s lock-on feature. Compared to a lot of other Soulslike titles, it leaves a lot to be desired. Auto Lock in LotF will at times target ranged enemies rather than the ones closest to you, or sometimes just plain disengage automatically. It’s for issues like this that many in the community are opting to disable auto-lock.
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