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Nacon, Spiders
Sep 8, 2022 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PC

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6 / 10
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
7 / 10
7 / 10
8 / 10
Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
3 / 5
IGN Italy
7.2 / 10

Steelrising Review Summary

FairCritic Consensus

Steelrising is an interesting take on the Soulsborne genre with good difficulty options and aesthetic, but doesn't do enough to set itself apart and has a fair amount of bugs.

Steelrising is being described as a new Soulslike game, with slight metroidvania style elements. It has been praised for taking on the genre with an aesthetic that sets it apart from others. Combat has been described as fun with a good variety of weapons, however, it has also been criticised for being janky with some imprecise hitting zones with certain weapons and some bad AI. The enemy types have been described as interesting, the variety being particularly highlighted. The metroidvania elements have also been criticised for feeling like an afterthought and being annoying due to a lack of map. There has also been a wide variety of bugs that have been reported that have ranged from crashes to minor glitches that have been described as hampering the experience.

The world and setting has been praised by critics, with the atmosphere being good and the alternative history aspect adding something unique and interesting that helps the game stand out. The environments and level design has been criticised for being samey, along with the graphics they have been noted as feeling last-gen with having rough textures. Sounds and music has been noted as being good, however, voice work has been criticised for feeling out of place for the setting.

The story is being called mediocre, it is being complimented for having more of a narrative than others in the genre, but the narrative isn’t very interesting. It has been praised for having some interesting side content, and for having choices included that seemingly make a difference to the story.

The high amount of customizability in the difficulty options has been widely praised, being able to cater the options to make it harder or more forgiving has been called perfect for newcomers to the genre whilst also making it great for those who are used to the style. It has been highlighted that Steelrising has come from a smaller studio, and whilst not perfect, it has been called, by some, Spiders best game yet.

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Critic Reviews for Steelrising

Steelrising is a decent soulslike with a great setting, but it does little else to rise above so many others like it.

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Metro GameCentral

6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A competent Soulslike lifted by its alternate history premise and Parisian setting, but it's not quite enough to compete with its obvious inspirations.

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With an engaging and aggressive combat system, and a unique alternative-history setting, Steelrising is an interesting albeit familiar Souls-like.

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Though slightly wanting when compared with its Souls contemporaries, Steelrising still offers up challenging combat, inventive enemies, and an attractive and atmospheric take on 18th-century Paris at a time of great upheaval.

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Steelrising's Parisian setting and tireless robotic enemies help it to stand out from the growing Soulslike crowd, though its mechanical heart still ticks with the same carefully crafted and unforgiving style of combat. If you want a Soulslike with a bit of a difference, or maybe one that's got an assist mode to help ease you into the genre, Steelrising is well worth considering.

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Steelrising has the necessary gears to offer a solid soulslike experience.

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The game tickles that part of your brain that big hitters like Elden Ring and Dark Souls do, even if it does so with less intensity. If you’re absolutely fiending for more of that kind of game, or are just looking for a fair-weather bash, pick it up with tempered expectations.

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An action rpg that offers a solid combat system and interesting encounters (albeit with a never really demanding challenge), but fails to tell a story that can hold on to the player.

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