Lost Judgment

Posted:  Sep 15, 2022
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Detective Takayuki Yagami is back in the gripping sequel to Judgment. Lost Judgment drops you into another gripping tale from the developers behind Yakuza. After a police officer mentions the murder of a student teacher who bullied his son to suicide, Yagami must go undercover as a high school club advisor to uncover the truth behind the vicious cycle of bullying and the worrying increase in victims.

Master 3 different fighting styles to overcome any situation with the signature fighting the Yakuza series is known for, but that isn't all. Feel like taking a break? Join the Dance Club and dance with your students or try to challenge your ingenuity by joining the Robotics Club or even join a Biker Gang. But can you do all of this on the Steam Deck? Well, just like the last game, you absolutely can!

Luckily, Lost Judgment plays out similarly to its predecessor and can run just as well! With the same settings from Judgment, you can get a more stable 40 FPS with around 3 - 3.5 hours of gameplay. Compared with the max quality the game could be, which drains the battery immensely, it is a welcome change overall!

Lost Judgment also utilizes FSR 2.0, which helps it keep stable a lot, but does have a bit more of a blurring effect on the hair and faces of individuals. While I was okay with this blurriness to keep the temps and battery down with stability, it can become a bit of a nuisance.


I did also notice that when the game pauses, it creates a smudging effect on any moving models on the screen. This was much more noticeable when paused in a cutscene, but it really only happens there and doesn't detract from the game itself.


I will be looking into how both of these issues can be solved and create an alternate build to solve these issues. It will come with higher battery drain though, which I was happy to try avoiding. I also will be testing the FSR 2.1 files and seeing if I can integrate those into Lost Judgment manually which could solve the issues.

Overall, the game does run and, especially on a smaller screen, is not nearly as noticeable. While I will be making a build that will eliminate this, and try to stay at 40 FPS as much as possible, the gameplay and story itself wasn't as impacted by these for me as much as it may seem.



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SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Just like its predecessor, Lost Judgment can run decently well with a few tweaks. It does suffer a little bit more from FSR 2.0 though, but it isn't awful.

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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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