Scorn

Posted:  October 14, 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!
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
40 FPS
Limit
40
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

Proton GE 7-37

Game Settings

Fidelity FX: Quality

Overall Quality: Medium

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
10W - 15W
65c - 72c
3 - 3.5 hours

Review

After god knows how long, Scorn has finally been released and my god is it horrific. Stuck in a nightmarish bio-mechanical world, you will walk through experiencing this unsettling environment. With different skillsets, weapons, and various items to collect, you will make your way through interconnected regions in an open-ended world in a non-linear fashion. No cutscenes in this game either, the story is told through the environment and the puzzles you encounter. On top of that, there is no hand-holding in this game, so miss something, and you may be out of luck.

While Scorn's gameplay is...definitely something else (I did get lost so many times), the game itself actually runs really well on the Steam Deck. This came as a huge surprise since the developers noted that the game would not support the Steam Deck. I would say that makes this incredibly lucky to have a game that isn't supposed to support the Steam Deck...actually support it!

With max settings, you can expect a 24W battery drain with a framerate of 47. This is actually pretty great, and you could hit 60 FPS fairly easily, though there are some framerate spikes regardless. To mitigate this, I elected to go for a 40 FPS limit so the drops weren't jarring. Scorn also has FSR 2.0 integration, which I can't praise enough! Because of that, we are able to get the game down to a 15W drain at a stable 40 FPS while still looking absolutely horrific at medium quality settings (in a good way).

I did encounter one weird issue so far though. When I was changing settings, my screen went completely black. I wasn't sure what happened, as I was changing from high quality to medium, so I put my Deck to sleep and turned it back on. The game came back like nothing was wrong and everything was fine. I would also recommend turning up the camera sensitivity as I feel turning is a little slow, but that is up to you! Overall, Scorn is a really competent performing game on the Steam Deck and I am overjoyed by it.

Screenshots

Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image
Left ImageRight Image

Honestly, looking at both of these, there isn't much change to see. This is probably due to the darker atmosphere of the game, which can mask any flaws that may be coming out. Overall, it still looks amazing!

Stills:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

With Scorn finally being released, and the devs saying it wouldn't work on Deck, I am happy to say they were very wrong!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$29.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

After god knows how long, Scorn has finally been released and my god is it horrific. Stuck in a nightmarish bio-mechanical world, you will walk through experiencing this unsettling environment. With different skillsets, weapons, and various items to collect, you will make your way through interconnected regions in an open-ended world in a non-linear fashion. No cutscenes in this game either, the story is told through the environment and the puzzles you encounter. On top of that, there is no hand-holding in this game, so miss something, and you may be out of luck.

While Scorn's gameplay is...definitely something else (I did get lost so many times), the game itself actually runs really well on the Steam Deck. This came as a huge surprise since the developers noted that the game would not support the Steam Deck. I would say that makes this incredibly lucky to have a game that isn't supposed to support the Steam Deck...actually support it!

With max settings, you can expect a 24W battery drain with a framerate of 47. This is actually pretty great, and you could hit 60 FPS fairly easily, though there are some framerate spikes regardless. To mitigate this, I elected to go for a 40 FPS limit so the drops weren't jarring. Scorn also has FSR 2.0 integration, which I can't praise enough! Because of that, we are able to get the game down to a 15W drain at a stable 40 FPS while still looking absolutely horrific at medium quality settings (in a good way).

I did encounter one weird issue so far though. When I was changing settings, my screen went completely black. I wasn't sure what happened, as I was changing from high quality to medium, so I put my Deck to sleep and turned it back on. The game came back like nothing was wrong and everything was fine. I would also recommend turning up the camera sensitivity as I feel turning is a little slow, but that is up to you! Overall, Scorn is a really competent performing game on the Steam Deck and I am overjoyed by it.

Screenshots

Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image
Left ImageRight Image

Honestly, looking at both of these, there isn't much change to see. This is probably due to the darker atmosphere of the game, which can mask any flaws that may be coming out. Overall, it still looks amazing!

Stills:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

With Scorn finally being released, and the devs saying it wouldn't work on Deck, I am happy to say they were very wrong!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
40 FPS
Limit
40
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

Proton GE 7-37

Game Settings

Fidelity FX: Quality

Overall Quality: Medium

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
10W - 15W
65c - 72c
3 - 3.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$29.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

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