Gotham Knights

Posted:  October 21, 2022
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Disclaimer: This is an initial impression of the game. Our review and recommended settings will be updated when we've completed a full and thorough analysis of how it performs on Steam Deck. Check back soon for our full analysis!
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Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
30 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
11
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Upscaling Type: AMD FSR 2

Upscale Quality: Performance

Quality Preset: Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
15W - 22W
74c - 82c
~2 hours

Review

Batman is dead and now it is up to the family to keep Gotham safe. Gotham Knights an an open-world action RPG where you take the role of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin to take down a new criminal underworld that is sweeping the streets of this plagued city. Fight in hand-to-hand combat solo or co-op and upgrade your abilities to avenge your fallen comrade and bring hope back to the citizens.

So I played this game a bit and...I can't say I recommend it. It is playable, but barely and regularly dips to sub 26 FPS, even going down to 19 when driving around the city. I put a TDP limit just so my battery doesn't completely drain since Gotham Knights can't handle 30 FPS with no limit at all. I didn't attempt max settings as the game struggles at all low settings with FSR 2.0, so there is no way max is remotely possible.

I would also like to mention that if you want to play online, it seems you have to log into an Epic Games account. Not a huge deal, but it isn't just plug and play for online. I also did crash once and had to restart the game. It did autosave, but was a bit annoying that it crashed at all.

I did try multiple different upscalers in the hopes TAA or XeSS would improve things better than FSR 2.0, but it doesn't. FSR 2.0 at performance is the best compromise for the game looking decent and running the best it can. All in all, if you plan to get Gotham Knights and play on the Steam Deck, don't. There are reports of poor optimization all around and the Deck is no exception.

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SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Gotham Knights feels like a regression of the Arkham series in both gameplay quality and how it runs on Deck.

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Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$59.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

Review

Batman is dead and now it is up to the family to keep Gotham safe. Gotham Knights an an open-world action RPG where you take the role of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin to take down a new criminal underworld that is sweeping the streets of this plagued city. Fight in hand-to-hand combat solo or co-op and upgrade your abilities to avenge your fallen comrade and bring hope back to the citizens.

So I played this game a bit and...I can't say I recommend it. It is playable, but barely and regularly dips to sub 26 FPS, even going down to 19 when driving around the city. I put a TDP limit just so my battery doesn't completely drain since Gotham Knights can't handle 30 FPS with no limit at all. I didn't attempt max settings as the game struggles at all low settings with FSR 2.0, so there is no way max is remotely possible.

I would also like to mention that if you want to play online, it seems you have to log into an Epic Games account. Not a huge deal, but it isn't just plug and play for online. I also did crash once and had to restart the game. It did autosave, but was a bit annoying that it crashed at all.

I did try multiple different upscalers in the hopes TAA or XeSS would improve things better than FSR 2.0, but it doesn't. FSR 2.0 at performance is the best compromise for the game looking decent and running the best it can. All in all, if you plan to get Gotham Knights and play on the Steam Deck, don't. There are reports of poor optimization all around and the Deck is no exception.

Screenshots:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Gotham Knights feels like a regression of the Arkham series in both gameplay quality and how it runs on Deck.

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

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
30 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
11
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Upscaling Type: AMD FSR 2

Upscale Quality: Performance

Quality Preset: Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
15W - 22W
74c - 82c
~2 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$59.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

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5 comments on “Gotham Knights”

  1. As I activate fsr2 that option does not appear in graphic configuration, I also tried activating fsr from steam deck by choosing window mode and lowering the resolution but it did not activate either

  2. Found a way to make this game much more playable with over 45 fps.

    Quality Preset: Highest
    Anti-Aliasing: TAA Gen 4
    Motion blur / chromatic aberration / DOF: Off

    Dynamic Resolution: Off
    Max FPS Limit: 60
    Upscaling Type: Off
    Upscaling Quality: Quality

    Save these settings and restart the game, it should run much smoother after these changes.

    1. Hi there! I tried your settings and while it can hit 45 when in the hub, immediately it drops down to 20 FPS when entering the open Gotham city and stays around the 17 - 25 FPS range when running around and fighting.

  3. That’s a Damn shame, I was really looking fwd to playing it , on the steam deck.
    I could play on my desktop , but that has been reserved primarily for playing
    Guild Wars 2 🥳🥳🥳 of an evening with my wife .
    With any luck they can release a remastered version like Soider-Man did and it
    will run like a dream , instead of like the nightmare it sounds like it is 😱😱😱

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