Marvel's Midnight Suns

Posted:  Dec 06, 2022
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Midnight Suns was provided to us by 2K for review. Thank you!

A patch released that broke loading into the hub. To fix this, set the launch command for Midnight Suns to:


Marvel's Midnight Suns is a turn-based strategy RPG from the minds behind XCOM and Sid Meier's Civilization. Lilith has been resurrected and now, with the help of The Midnight Suns, you must fight back against the demon army and the elder god Chthon. Utilizing strategy, your environment, and a configurable card-based system, you will fight your enemies with a plethora of heroes, including Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man, and The Hunter, who you can customize to your own liking and control throughout the game. When you aren't fighting, you can explore The Abbey to discover hidden items or just build friendships with your allies.

I had a lot of fun playing Midnight Suns, more than I really expected. I enjoy the card system a lot, interacting with the marvel heroes wasn't tiring, and the combat was flashy to watch. Some missions did feel like a slog and it went on a bit too long, but I liked being able to customize the cards, upgrade my heroes, and choose which ones from the decent roster go into the field with me. It is a little weird to see a $50 season pass that only includes 4 characters and 23 skins, but having premium currency in a single-player game like this is a bit much, even if it is just to individually purchase the season pass skins if you choose not to get it. Also, I very much like the photo mode.


Overall, I did have a great experience though and I found the game worth playing. And, with that out of the way, now we get to take a look at the performance on the Steam Deck.


Before we begin, I want to mention that Firaxis and 2K have mentioned that they will be putting out a specific patch to optimize for the Steam Deck. Due to this, we will be considering this review as a First Look that we will go back over once the patch is out. We will, however, go over the released build and all the issues we do have. We fully expect this this to change once the patch is out, so please keep this in mind as we go over the current state of Midnight Suns.

Midnight Suns: Max Performance

On the Steam Deck, Midnight Suns behaves very differently in combat and at The Abbey, the hub for the heroes when you aren't carrying out missions. In combat, the game can actually run really well. I was able to keep a TDP of 9 with a 30 FPS cap on the highest graphical settings (Epic) without any issues and 40 FPS with a TDP of 8 was possible with graphical settings on High and anti-aliasing set to Fast TXAA.

With the combat being so well optimized, the hub is a direct contrast. On the highest settings, the hub drains at around 25W with FPS hovering around 28-30. Moving around will pull framerate even further down as well. Luckily, we can make some adjustments and have a much better, more stable experience!

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To optimize the game in its current state, I decided to focus on the hub since the combat is already performing fantastically. With all the testing I have done, the hub will not easily breach 40 FPS without serious battery drain, so I decided to stick with a 30 FPS cap and focus on stability. First, I decided to keep the settings at the lowest and run around the hub, which did make my game fluctuate a bit. I did see that using DirectX 11 did perform better than DirectX 12 overall, with not much of a visual change, but definitely more stable overall.

I also did use the DXVK_ASYNC launch command paired with Proton GE 7-41, but I didn't find a big difference when using it or not, but I kept it on just incase. You can put the launch command in the preferences if you decide to try it.

DXVK_ASYNC=1 %command%
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As you can see above, the framerate graph fluctuates much more with DX12 over DX11. That stability is consistent with DX11 when moving around the hub.

While the game also has FSR included, my tests didn't show a sizable boost to performance or battery life overall, so I didn't feel it was necessary. It can save a little bit though, so I would leave the decision to use it up to the player. The game still looks great with FSR on, but it is definitely sharper looking, whereas no upscaler looks more soft, which I like for this visual style.

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After I figured all of that out, I slowly started increasing settings and TDP to find a stable balance. I figured I was able to bring most of the settings to Medium while keeping TDP at 9. This kept the hub and combat at a similar stable framerate. This definitely made playing much more enjoyable for me as I don't enjoy any fluctuations if I can help it.

Bugs and Issues

After playing for as long as I have, I came across a multitude of issues that I want to go over here. Some of them small, some annoying, but none of them hurt my experience when playing.

The biggest 2 would be the hub and real-time cutscene performance. While I did go over the hub's performance above, real-time cutscenes are even worse. I have noticed that cutscenes from missions perform a bit better, but the ones in the hub can dip to around 23-24 FPS at times. It does recover relatively quick, but it's not uncommon.

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I also noticed that battery drain will draw too much power in missions if you are coming from the hub. If you launch the game and load into combat from the main menu, the power draw will be less than if you load into the hub area and start a mission there. This didn't always happen, but if you go into combat and see a 16-17W drain when it should be 11-12W, that could be the reason why. Again, it didn't happen every time, but it did happen.

I did encounter two crashes from my playthrough. The first I got when I was skipping real-time cutscenes and it closed my game. The second time was running through the portal Magik makes to go to missions from the hub. I tested both of these multiple times and didn't crash again, but it did happen.

There is also no cloud save support, even though it shows Cloud Status both on Desktop PC and Steam Deck. This could mean it is coming, but I am not sure.

There are also a couple small issues I noticed. Regardless of settings, the opening and main menu stutters a little bit, the mouse cursor is visible until you enter the game, changing graphical settings defaults to the top drop down option instead of whatever is currently selected, loading times can be a bit on the long side, and I did notice some ghosting on the white marker you control in combat.

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It is small, but if you look closely, there are ripple effects (and look, the mouse cursor is there too). That ripple was caused by that middle white marker from me spinning it around.


Even with all of these quirks, I had a ton of fun playing this game on the Steam Deck. I felt 16-17W max drain was pretty reasonable and, all things considered, it ran really well with the 30 FPS cap. Thankfully, 2K and Firaxis will be putting out a patch that I hope will optimize the hub, real-time cutscenes, and the other little issues we found, but if you had to decide whether to get this game now, I would say it is still very worth it.

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

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Marvel's Midnight Suns is a fun strategy game using a unique card-based system, and while it does have some minor issues, it overall runs well on the Steam Deck.

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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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16 comments on “Marvel's Midnight Suns”

  1. Hi guys 2 questions, 1 do you guys update the settings (since there is now a steam deck patch) and 2 the game starts with a resolution of 1152 x 720.. should I change this? Or leave it? Couldn't find anything about this in the review. As always thanks for work you guys/girls do!

    1. Hi there! We do update them, but the past couple months have been very busy for the team, so we have been a little slow. We are prioritizing updating these settings and are getting to them now! Hmm...I would have to look on the game starting with a lower resolution like that. I think you can leave it, but I will look into it as soon as I get to the game this week.

  2. I picked this on 2/17, and have been using Cloud Saves to go back and forth between PC and Deck the entire time, so I think this was definitely fixed in a patch.

    1. Agreed. I've had no issues and it plays very well on the steam deck. I do lock it to 30fps because it's turn based but other then that it works really well.

  3. Just picked this up on a Steam Sale and I just downloaded GE 7-41 to try and get through a cutscene that keeps crashing about an hour into the game. Anyone know tricks to get around this?

      1. Don't worry about the haters. You're doing a great service here for us SteamDeck owners. I just bought this on steam sale. Lucky I have a back log of things to play. By the time I get to it, hopefully it will be optimized and patched to play even better.

        "You will never in life meet a hater doing better than you." ~ David Goggins

    1. It's a great site with developing talent. We get better as we go so stop clowning around.