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Lies of P is running great on Steam Deck and desktop Linux

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In the mood for a fresh soulslike? Lies of P released recently from NEOWIZ, and thankfully it really does run nicely overall on Steam Deck and desktop Linux. Note: Key provided to me by ICOPartners.

More about it: "You are a puppet created by Geppetto who’s caught in a web of lies with unimaginable monsters and untrustworthy figures standing between you and the events that have befallen the world of Lies of P.

You are awakened by a mysterious voice that guides you through the plagued city of Krat - a once lively place that has been poisoned by madness and bloodlust. In our soulslike, you must adapt yourself and your weapons to face untold horrors, untangle the unfathomable secrets of the city's elites and choose whether to confront predicaments with the truth or weave lies to overcome them on the journey to find yourself."

When it comes to the Steam Deck, plenty of new releases don't exactly run well. As we've seen with the likes of Starfield, Jedi Survivor and more — optimization on the lower-end has become a problem. So nothing is guaranteed which is why it's nice to see Lies of P not only running but being smooth too! Here's a video with a little benchmark and then some gameplay to show on SteamOS 3.5 Preview with Proton Experimental:

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For Steam Deck I would suggest the picking the Medium preset, and you can happily bump up the Visibility and Texture Quality settings to High, keeping on FSR 2 and it runs nicely at 40-45Hz locked in the Steam Deck performance menu.

When it comes to desktop Linux again using Proton Experimental, AMD Ryzen 5800x and Radeon 6800XT with Mesa 23.1.8 on Kubuntu 23.04 it is very much click and play again. It's pretty rare for a more powerful system on desktop to have much trouble with new releases on Proton now which is a great place to be. But given how well optimized Lies of P appears given how it runs on Steam Deck - how well does it run here? Quite impressive actually.

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Testing it on the "Best" graphics preset with FSR2 on Quality at 2560x1440, it's been mostly sat around 180FPS in the smaller areas dipping down to around 140FPS in more intense areas.

It's not often that I actually get on well with soulslike games but Lies of P feels accessible, and I actually found myself enjoying my time with the exploration and combat that I don't usually get with other similar titles. The setting is quite interesting too giving a very alternative and clever take on Pinocchio.

Overall I really love it and think you will too if you usually enjoy soulslikes, and perhaps even if you don't. It's certainly not an easy game though, it is designed to be challenging!

You can buy Lies of P on Humble Store and Steam.

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Kimyrielle Sep 22, 2023
Didn't think I'd ever read "souls-like" and "accessible" in the same line. :D
Liam Dawe Sep 22, 2023
Quoting: KimyrielleDidn't think I'd ever read "souls-like" and "accessible" in the same line. :D
Hah, yeah they don't really go together usually buuuut it's all about how it eases you into it. Lies of P has a nice early flow to it that prepares you better than certain others IMO.
Ehvis Sep 22, 2023
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The game looks kind of cool. But it has denuvo, so it's disqualified for purchase.
Soulprayer Sep 22, 2023
I've tried the demo, but the game wasn't for me.
Eri Sep 22, 2023
I agree with being a little more accesible. The parry system that not only sttagers the enemy, it can break their weapons too. Being able to recover health back attacking if you block normal. And there are interesting mechanics behind running out of potions, not only the last potion can be restored dealing damage, you can get buffs from being with no potions left.

Be patient with dodges, they can be upgraded.
Etienne Mahler Sep 22, 2023
I also tried the demo a while ago, but somehow I wasn't getting into it, though I heard they improved on certain aspects, like the dodging.
InhaleOblivion Sep 24, 2023
This kinda reminds me of "The Surge 1 and 2", but with more roguelike mechanics. Kinda wish Deck13 made a Surge 3 but instead they made Atlas Fallen which was poorly received.
enigmaxg2 Sep 24, 2023
I tried the demo and to my surprise, it ran fairly good on my Pascal card (GTX 1060) considering how bad most DX12 games through VKD3D run on it. Would've better if it had DX11 or Vulkan support.
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