Judgment

Posted:  Sep 14, 2022
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Review

Fight for the truth and uncover the crime running beneath the surface of Tokyo. In this Yakuza series spinoff, you play as Takayuki Yagami, a defense attorney turned detective, who takes on whatever case he can get. As you take on more, you get sucked into working to uncover the truth in a string of horrible murders while clawing your way through the underground crime network.

As a spinoff of the Yakuza series, there are a lot of elements that translate over. The fighting mechanics are similar with 2 different styles of fighting, gaining SP to upgrade and unlock new skills, and the signature story-telling that works so well in the mainline games. Judgment offers a different enough perspective and a fantastic story that makes this spinoff a notable game just on its own!

So far, I am impressed by the performance on the Steam Deck. I expected some more hiccups than I actually ran into, but it worked quite well! I got the game running at a 90% stable 40 FPS, which I felt feels amazing in this game, though there are some compromises. Though, compared to trying to play this game on max quality settings, it is a night and day difference.

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Thanks to FSR 2.0, lowering the game's settings doesn't take as much of a hit visually, even though battery and temps are saved dramatically!

Thankfully, the game does have FSR 2.0 integration, which helps significantly for stability, but there are still some slowdowns when running through the town and a lot is being loaded in. You can drop the framerate down to 30 and those drops won't feel as noticeable, but the smoothness of the game outweighs the less noticeable drops by far. I also did notice the game running slightly better using Proton GE 7-33.

Overall, I would say Judgment is fantastic on the Steam Deck. It runs at a pretty smooth 40 FPS and looks fantastic on the screen with around 3 hours of battery. The game does support Cloud Saves as well, which is always a BIG plus. If you are looking to play on the Deck, this game will definitely run and will be more than serviceable.

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FSR 2.0 disabled and enabled. Honestly, it looks significantly better enabled and runs MUCH more stable.

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Our review is based on the PC version of this game.

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SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

While it could be more stable at 40 FPS, Judgment feels fantastic on the Deck so far!

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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3 comments on “Judgment”

  1. Performance seems to be significantly improved with Proton Experimental as of today. I can get pretty solid 60fps with some dips here and there but far better than running at 40.

    I don’t know if this is an update to the game itself or to Proton Experimental, but it’s now absolutely playable at higher than 40fps.

      1. Did you ever check it? Just bought it and on default proton and default settings it’s a very mixed affair. Would love to see if we can get a better performance?

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