So, I was pretty stoked to get my hands on EA Sports FC 24 for my Steam Deck. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have their favorite soccer game on the go, right? Well, turns out, my excitement took a nosedive pretty quickly.
FC 24 works on Steam Deck only via WIndows
The Compatibility Headache
First off, the game doesn’t play nice with the Steam Deck right out of the box. Apparently, it’s got this thing with special cheat software that the Steam Deck just can’t handle. Solution? Install Windows. Great, but not so great for folks who just want to dive into a quick match without feeling like IT experts.
Default Settings Disaster
After wrestling with Windows installation, I finally fired up the game. Cutscenes? A slideshow at 10 FPS. I thought, “Okay, let’s jump into some gameplay.” Big mistake. The default settings had the game targeting 60 FPS, but it was like riding a rollercoaster that’s had one too many breakdowns. It was all over the place, making me wonder if I accidentally stumbled into a beta version.
Lowest Possible, Still Unstable
I’m no tech guru, but I went into settings, dragged everything to the lowest possible, locked the frame rate to 30 FPS, and even threw in some resolution scaling wizardry. Result? Still a hot mess. The FPS chart was dancing like it was at a rave, and the gameplay was more frustrating than fun. I swear, it’s like trying to dribble a soccer ball on a field covered in marbles.
Nintendo Switch Did It Better
Now, here’s the kicker. The Steam Deck is supposed to be this powerhouse, right? Well, my Nintendo Switch, a console that’s not exactly breaking speed records, runs FC 24 smoother than the Steam Deck. I scratched my head on that one.
The Silent Soccer Matches
Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, there’s this weird commentary bug. No commentators. Nada. Zilch. Playing a match in eerie silence just takes away the whole vibe. It felt like kicking a ball in an abandoned stadium.
So, after wrestling with settings, battling compatibility demons, and enduring silent soccer matches, I can’t help but say, “Is this worth it?” I used a 10-hour EA trial to test the game, and honestly, I’m relieved. If I had dropped 70 bucks on this, I’d be one upset gamer.
My advice? Skip FC 24 on the Steam Deck, maybe even on Steam altogether, until they sort out these issues. The promise of portable soccer fun turned into a frustrating ordeal. Here’s hoping for some serious patches, or else this game might find a permanent spot in my “Regretful Purchases” list.