Postal 4

Posted:  September 25, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
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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
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Video:

Resolution 1152x720

Window Mode: Fullscreen

Anti-Aliasing Method: None

 

Performance:

Post-Processing Quality: Medium

Ambient Occlusion Quality: Medium

Shadow Quality: Medium

Texture Quality: Medium

Flow Quality: High

Foilage Density: 1

Population: Normal

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
12W - 14W
65c - 70c
3 - 3.5 hours

Review

The true sequel to the infamously known "Worst Game Ever", Postal 4 brings you to the scorching deserts of Arizona, hoping to find a new place to call home. Complete all your errands in however way you can think of in this open-world sandbox with a unique arsenal, power ups, bunches of weapon combos, and pissing on people. You can even pick the voice of POSTAL dude and feed dog treats to stray dogs...to gather your own canine army. What more could you ask for??

On Steam Deck, the game does chug a little bit, but with enough tweaking, it is playable. On max settings though, Postal 4 tends to be able to average above 30 slightly, but does drain the battery at 25W with 80c+ temps. It also does experience some massive spikes when moving around, so I wouldn't call this playable at max. With adjustments to the settings though, the game becomes significantly more playable and a really damn good time! A TDP limit, resolution change, and lower settings will have this game still looking wonderful, but drain going down to 12W - 14W with temps below 70c. There are still some dips when moving, but with a 30 FPS lock, it doesn't bother nearly as much.

I did encounter a couple issues with controls which, with a couple changes, can be easily remedied. The sensitivity for the camera movement is all off and I did notice that it was too slow for me and the in-game sensitivity settings didn't change anything. To remedy this, I changed the right joystick to be a "Joystick Mouse". I changed the mouse sensitivity to 12 for my taste. I did also notice that some control settings, like aiming sensitivity, didn't change no matter what value I adjusted to, so that is a little bummer, but it didn't affect any graphical changes.

Postal4JoystickMouse

Even with all of this, I am heavily optimistic for the future of Postal 4. As we covered, the developers are going to be supporting Linux, which will significantly help the game. On top of that, they are also looking into FSR support which will help even more! Overall, not only is the game playable, I would consider it a safe investment for the future too!

Screenshots:

Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image

While the differences are more obvious, the game still looks wonderful on the smaller screen and runs so much better!

Stills:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Postal 4 does have some compromises to run well, but with the future looking bright, this is a good investment for the Steam Deck!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$39.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

The true sequel to the infamously known "Worst Game Ever", Postal 4 brings you to the scorching deserts of Arizona, hoping to find a new place to call home. Complete all your errands in however way you can think of in this open-world sandbox with a unique arsenal, power ups, bunches of weapon combos, and pissing on people. You can even pick the voice of POSTAL dude and feed dog treats to stray dogs...to gather your own canine army. What more could you ask for??

On Steam Deck, the game does chug a little bit, but with enough tweaking, it is playable. On max settings though, Postal 4 tends to be able to average above 30 slightly, but does drain the battery at 25W with 80c+ temps. It also does experience some massive spikes when moving around, so I wouldn't call this playable at max. With adjustments to the settings though, the game becomes significantly more playable and a really damn good time! A TDP limit, resolution change, and lower settings will have this game still looking wonderful, but drain going down to 12W - 14W with temps below 70c. There are still some dips when moving, but with a 30 FPS lock, it doesn't bother nearly as much.

I did encounter a couple issues with controls which, with a couple changes, can be easily remedied. The sensitivity for the camera movement is all off and I did notice that it was too slow for me and the in-game sensitivity settings didn't change anything. To remedy this, I changed the right joystick to be a "Joystick Mouse". I changed the mouse sensitivity to 12 for my taste. I did also notice that some control settings, like aiming sensitivity, didn't change no matter what value I adjusted to, so that is a little bummer, but it didn't affect any graphical changes.

Postal4JoystickMouse

Even with all of this, I am heavily optimistic for the future of Postal 4. As we covered, the developers are going to be supporting Linux, which will significantly help the game. On top of that, they are also looking into FSR support which will help even more! Overall, not only is the game playable, I would consider it a safe investment for the future too!

Screenshots:

Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image

While the differences are more obvious, the game still looks wonderful on the smaller screen and runs so much better!

Stills:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Postal 4 does have some compromises to run well, but with the future looking bright, this is a good investment for the Steam 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
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Video:

Resolution 1152x720

Window Mode: Fullscreen

Anti-Aliasing Method: None

 

Performance:

Post-Processing Quality: Medium

Ambient Occlusion Quality: Medium

Shadow Quality: Medium

Texture Quality: Medium

Flow Quality: High

Foilage Density: 1

Population: Normal

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
12W - 14W
65c - 70c
3 - 3.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$39.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

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