Flashout 3

Posted:  October 06, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
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Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
50 FPS
Limit
50
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
10
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Resolution: 1152x720

Fullscreen: Off

Texture Quality: Medium

Anisotropic Textures: Important Only

Antialiasing: Disabled

Screen Space Reflections: Disabled

SSR Distance: 100

Bloom: On

Volumetric Lighting: Off

Vertical Sync: Disabled

Target FPS: 60

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
14W - 17W
68c - 75c
2.5 - 3 hours

Review

The game was provided for free from Jujubee S.A. to review. Thank you!

After doing the first look for Need For Speed, it got me in the mood for something more futuristic, something that gave me F-Zero Vibes, and Flashout 3 was that game. This high-speed racer takes you to a cyberpunk-esque world where high speed meets high stakes. Take out your ships and race across 10 different unique tracks, utilizing an assortment of weapons to take down your opponents. Race across 10 different tournaments and several different game modes to encourage varied gameplay over just straight races. The developers note that the game has full Steam Deck support as well, so let's test this out!

Flashout 3: Max Settings

Running in max settings really makes this game look beautiful, but unfortunately, Flashout 3 doesn't perform. There are a lot of moments in each race that tend to slow stutter the framerate around 25-35 FPS with a 23W+ drain. This means around 1.5-2 hours of battery, which for a game like this, can be improved significantly!

Left ImageRight Image

While the graphics are a massive improvement at max settings, the insane battery draw and low framerate make this hard to play.

The Race to Optimization

In my testing, I elected to focus on a higher framerate since this is a racing game. Having a higher framerate dramatically helps the feel of the game, which can feel pretty essential. With the right settings, we were able to bring this down to a 95% stable 50 FPS, which feels fantastic, and battery draw down to a max 18W drain for 2.5 - 3 hours of battery and sub 75c temps.

FlashoutRecommended

We wanted to also provide a bit more stable battery saver build with a focus on 40 FPS. This still feels fine, but the smoothness of 50 FPS really shines here. With this though, the max battery drain is around 14W for around a 3 - 3.5 hour battery and sub 65c temps.

FlashoutBattery

Patches of Instability

Flashout 3 generally has trouble maintaining the framerate and you will see some slowdowns using either build, but there is one scene in particular that tends to hit hardest. In the Star City track, there is one area where you ram through an office filled with desks and chairs. Due to all the objects and the physics associated, this slows down the framerate regardless of the build. This is a small area, but it means that any specific patch that utilizes a lot of physics rendering could impact framerate heavily.

FlashoutPhysics

This was during one of our tests for 60 FPS, towards the end of the area. The framerate is a little better than it usually is here, but it would drop down to 38 FPS.

Conclusion:

For a small game that has been largely unnoticed, Flashout 3 was a pretty fun one. It is definitely enjoyable with its multiple game modes and visual aesthetic. In terms of performance, it is pretty decent on the Deck. I think giving this 4/5 is a bit generous, but considering it runs at 50 FPS pretty well, I am willing to lean towards it! Flashout 3 is a good time and if you are a fan of racing games, definitely check this one out!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Flashout 3 is a really fun game for what it is, and plays very well on the Steam Deck, albeit with a couple minor dips.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$19.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

The game was provided for free from Jujubee S.A. to review. Thank you!

After doing the first look for Need For Speed, it got me in the mood for something more futuristic, something that gave me F-Zero Vibes, and Flashout 3 was that game. This high-speed racer takes you to a cyberpunk-esque world where high speed meets high stakes. Take out your ships and race across 10 different unique tracks, utilizing an assortment of weapons to take down your opponents. Race across 10 different tournaments and several different game modes to encourage varied gameplay over just straight races. The developers note that the game has full Steam Deck support as well, so let's test this out!

Flashout 3: Max Settings

Running in max settings really makes this game look beautiful, but unfortunately, Flashout 3 doesn't perform. There are a lot of moments in each race that tend to slow stutter the framerate around 25-35 FPS with a 23W+ drain. This means around 1.5-2 hours of battery, which for a game like this, can be improved significantly!

Left ImageRight Image

While the graphics are a massive improvement at max settings, the insane battery draw and low framerate make this hard to play.

The Race to Optimization

In my testing, I elected to focus on a higher framerate since this is a racing game. Having a higher framerate dramatically helps the feel of the game, which can feel pretty essential. With the right settings, we were able to bring this down to a 95% stable 50 FPS, which feels fantastic, and battery draw down to a max 18W drain for 2.5 - 3 hours of battery and sub 75c temps.

FlashoutRecommended

We wanted to also provide a bit more stable battery saver build with a focus on 40 FPS. This still feels fine, but the smoothness of 50 FPS really shines here. With this though, the max battery drain is around 14W for around a 3 - 3.5 hour battery and sub 65c temps.

FlashoutBattery

Patches of Instability

Flashout 3 generally has trouble maintaining the framerate and you will see some slowdowns using either build, but there is one scene in particular that tends to hit hardest. In the Star City track, there is one area where you ram through an office filled with desks and chairs. Due to all the objects and the physics associated, this slows down the framerate regardless of the build. This is a small area, but it means that any specific patch that utilizes a lot of physics rendering could impact framerate heavily.

FlashoutPhysics

This was during one of our tests for 60 FPS, towards the end of the area. The framerate is a little better than it usually is here, but it would drop down to 38 FPS.

Conclusion:

For a small game that has been largely unnoticed, Flashout 3 was a pretty fun one. It is definitely enjoyable with its multiple game modes and visual aesthetic. In terms of performance, it is pretty decent on the Deck. I think giving this 4/5 is a bit generous, but considering it runs at 50 FPS pretty well, I am willing to lean towards it! Flashout 3 is a good time and if you are a fan of racing games, definitely check this one out!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Flashout 3 is a really fun game for what it is, and plays very well on the Steam Deck, albeit with a couple minor dips.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
50 FPS
Limit
50
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
10
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Resolution: 1152x720

Fullscreen: Off

Texture Quality: Medium

Anisotropic Textures: Important Only

Antialiasing: Disabled

Screen Space Reflections: Disabled

SSR Distance: 100

Bloom: On

Volumetric Lighting: Off

Vertical Sync: Disabled

Target FPS: 60

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
14W - 17W
68c - 75c
2.5 - 3 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$19.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

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