Posted:  Sep 10, 2022
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Steelrising is a souls-like action RPG taking place in the gorgeous setting of Paris, 1789, during the French Revolution. As Aegie, a mechanical masterpiece, you are tasked with taking up against the King and his army of robots. With an assortment of weapons and abilities, you define your own fighting style while discovering secrets scattered throughout each detailed map. It is up to you to save history now.

I will start off by saying the Steam community reviews for Steelrising are completely correct, this game is poorly optimized. It does have upscalers enabled there, but even still, it was really hard to get a solid stable framerate from this game, even at the lowest quality shooting for 30 FPS.

At max settings, the game got around 10 FPS with 24W drain, which isn't good at all, but with some tweaking, I was able to settle it down to a decently stable 40 FPS with 17W drain max. Regardless of the settings I chose, there was still some stuttering, so I elected to keep the 40 FPS due to feeling so much smoother. Overall, I would be wary of the game. If you enjoy souls-like, go for it. The game is definitely playable, but if you play on the Steam Deck, be prepared for some framerate drops.



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While the max settings look significantly better, there is no way the game is playable with the framerate it is getting.


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

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Steelrising is an enjoyable souls-like when it works. Unfortunately, be prepared for unstable framerates, it is definitely not optimized well.

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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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