Postal 4

Posted:  Sep 25, 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!

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.

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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!

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

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

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