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Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
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  1. 100
    Steelrising sits right up there with the original Nioh as my favourite example of a Soulslike made outside of From Software. The spectacular alternative history backdrop is a delightful way of getting people interested in the events and people of the French Revolution, and that’s backed with some of the most enjoyable and distinctive level and environment design that we’ve seen from the genre to date. Of course, it’s not Elden Ring, and was never going to hit that level of polish or scope, however, it also wasn’t trying to. It’s very comparable to the likes of Nioh, and the sheer thought that went into making every building block within it relate to its themes and artistic vision makes it a compelling and thoughtful entry into an increasingly over-crowded genre.
  2. Sep 14, 2022
    90
    Spiders nailed the Soulslike experience with Steelrising, providing longtime fans of the genre and newcomers alike with an entertaining and innovative experience precisely tailored to their play style. There's a lot to love in Steelrising, and each playthrough will let players discover exciting new ways to rage against the machines. Steelrising is a step in the right direction for the Soulslike genre.
  3. Sep 7, 2022
    85
    In sum, there’s a lot of good to Steelrising, I had a great time doing a thorough playthrough, but a few significant drawbacks temper the overall experience and keep it from getting into that upper tier of greatness.
  4. Sep 7, 2022
    85
    Steelrising is another gem from the mine that is Spiders. The choice of the steampunk, alternate history French revolution setting is amazing, and somehow the Soulslike formula works beautifully in tandem. Throw in a distinctive story and phenomenal assist mode, and Steelrising is a sleeper hit in a year where we could use another.
  5. Sep 7, 2022
    85
    Next to Greedfall, SteelRising shows just how much Spiders has come on as a developer. There are some kinks for sure, but Aegis’ Parisian adventure is easily Spiders’ best game to date.
  6. Sep 7, 2022
    84
    Thanks to its setting, outstanding art, and level design, paired with excellent combat mechanics, Steelrising makes a strong case for itself in a very crowded Soulsborne landscape. Occasional uninspired bosses, sketchy platforming and technical issues only slightly marred the overall experience. Steelrising is a Soulslike from start to finish, but it stands out as a game I actually can’t wait to play through again.
  7. Sep 7, 2022
    83
    While I hesitate to use the phrase ‘hidden gem’ before a game has even launched, I will say that Steelrising is a pleasant surprise, an engaging riff on a genre that increasingly feels to have run its course even as it gets reinvented by its originator. While this may seem a trite statement when compared to the bombastic praise which often accompanies a game's launch (and wouldn’t see me quoted on a box), Steelrising is a game I have thoroughly enjoyed playing and hope to see more of from Spiders in the future.
  8. Sep 7, 2022
    81
    Spiders manages to emerge from the grave of mediocrity in the highly competitive genre of soulslikes of all things. Chapeau!
  9. Oct 23, 2022
    80
    Steelrising is a good soulslike game, with a very wide range of weapons, fun combat, and great exploration. However, it lacks in the technical aspect, which disappoints a little due to the lack of care and brings some graphical problems, frame drops and crashes.
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    Oct 15, 2022
    80
    While lacklustre in some areas, Spiders leverages Steelrising’s daft premise for a 8 wonderful action adventure in a Paris steeped in history and robotics. [Issue#20, p.66]
  11. 80
    Steelrising confirms the golden age of Spiders’ team, with a solid and compelling soulslike. Nothing new, but a complete, funny and rewarding game.
  12. Sep 7, 2022
    80
    Steelrising can offer unique setting, worldbuilding and plot, but all of this co-exists with a rather simple souls-like gameplay style.
  13. 80
    Steelrising is a unique soulslike with its own identity and aesthetic, powered by strong characters and great art direction. It doesn't push the envelope on any other aspect of the genre it finds itself in, however, which may alienate those familiar with the gameplay of the soulslike formula.
  14. Sep 7, 2022
    80
    Ultimately, Steelrising is a fantastic Soulslike game that offers a streamlined combat and exploration experience that's always pushing the player forward. The combat is fast and fluid, with enemies that are challenging, but never feel unfair.
  15. Sep 7, 2022
    80
    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.
  16. Sep 6, 2022
    80
    Steelrising is yet another feather in Spiders’ cap that clearly shows how far the developer has come. Not content with putting out a steady stream of sprawling Western RPGs, the plucky French studio has made a largely seamless transition to the souls-like genre. Hitbox frustrations aside, Steelrising’s challenging combat and deep world-building feel like the work of a team who have been churning out souls-likes for years, rather than a studio stepping into uncharted territory, and they’ve successfully created a world that I hope we see a lot more of in the coming years.
  17. Sep 7, 2022
    78
    Steelrising has the necessary gears to offer a solid soulslike experience.
  18. Sep 25, 2022
    77
    I enjoyed my time with Steelrising much more than I thought I would. Usually, soulslikes don't come anywhere near FromSoftware's games but this is impressively close with the exception of its copious amounts of weird bugs and inconsistencies.
  19. Sep 28, 2022
    75
    Wonderful and original setting with great BSO and art, good but not memorable combat system and somewhat dated graphics makes for an interesting game.
  20. Sep 23, 2022
    75
    The French Revolution gets a twist in Steelrising thanks to the addition of the Automatons and an alternative take on history. The game manages to present an at times engaging story and the main character is very cool. In terms of gameplay, there is plenty to enjoy, but this is somewhat disrupted by some flaws, which can be annoying. As are other minor bugs, such as dropped sound. Points that stand out, but are made up for by the otherwise fine combat and variety of enemies and environments.
  21. Sep 18, 2022
    75
    Steelrising could be a great start if you were hesitant to walk into the Soulslike genre due to the genre’s complications and difficulty levels, and while it doesn’t revolutionize or add anything special to the genre, it still offers a great setting in 1978 Paris and a solid overall experience.
  22. Sep 13, 2022
    75
    Steelrising is a good if challenging time. If you’re thirsting for your next Souls-like after milking Elden Ring dry, then the combat here will feel oddly familiar and you’re sure to find something to enjoy, but it isn’t without its faults. Overall Steelrising hits way more than it misses, but a forgettable story and a few repetitive boss battles hold it back from achieving true greatness.
  23. Sep 7, 2022
    75
    Steelrising is sort of an average Soulsborne game. The fascinating aesthetic doesn't hide the fact that it's repeating the same sort of things we've seen in a lot of other games, and it can't manage to carve out its own identity. That doesn't mean it is a bad title; the combat is largely fun, and there are enough little things to discover to keep you moving forward. Steelrising might help to scratch the post-Elden Ring itch, but otherwise, it's best for those who are looking for another Soulsborne to play.
  24. Sep 7, 2022
    75
    Steelrising is a historical adventure filled with fast-paced action, challenging gameplay, alchemical mysteries and more Franco-British dialogue than you might expect. Although the game world feels rather empty and the side missions are quite monotonous, it is great to rewrite the history surrounding the French Revolution with mechanical killing machine Aegis.
  25. Sep 7, 2022
    75
    Without ever excelling or establishing itself as a new benchmark in the genre, Steelrising is a completely solid Souls-like that is sure to please fans of Dark Souls and Elden Ring. Yes, there are pros and cons everywhere! The technique is behind but the artistic direction wins hands down. The action phases are enjoyable but lack challenge at the end of the adventure. The level design of the various areas is quite academic but works well. Despite everything, we quickly get carried away by this demanding action game, tinged with robots, French Revolution and History. If the atmosphere speaks to you and you like Elden Ring, you can go there without hesitation.
  26. 75
    Despite some simplistic combat and unmemorable boss fights, Steelrising is a satisfying robot action romp that earns bonus points for being one of the most accessible soulslike titles on the market, meaning more gamers will be able to enjoy its haunting vision of alternate history Paris overrun by dastardly machines. Bon travail!
  27. Sep 7, 2022
    75
    Steelrising is a game that borrows a lot of good ideas from other titles of the genre while putting its own identity. Paris is an incredible playground where the artistic direction takes all its meaning and gives us a lot of eye candy. However, the technical side of the game struggles to keep up and we can clearly feel that the studio lacked the means to achieve its ambitions. The gameplay is very well thought out, rigid without being rigid, which fits perfectly with our character devoid of flesh and blood. Steelrising will perfectly satisfy Souls-like fans who don't know what to do once Elden Ring is over... As long as you can get past the technical aspects and the realization that sometimes leaves something to be desired and certainly deserves more attention.
  28. Sep 28, 2022
    73
    I can’t recommend SteelRising to everyone, especially die-hard Soulsborne fans who relish in a story where the information isn’t spoon-fed to them. I do, however, applaud Spiders for trying to take on the Soulsborne genre. I only wish they had understood that perhaps they took on more than they could chew.
  29. Sep 7, 2022
    72
    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.
  30. Oct 5, 2022
    70
    The breakthrough hit eludes Spiders once again. This is not the polished diamond the developers might have been hoping for, but it is a fun action RPG with some cool ideas and accessible difficulty.
  31. Sep 19, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is an interesting take on the soulslike formula. Exploring the French Revolution in the body of an automat is definitely something that I never thought I’d enjoy. However, while things look promising on paper, the execution is quite poor. Although I did enjoy the combat and level design, I can’t get past many of all the technical issues the game still has on PlayStation 5. Even after two patches, the game still crashes after a few hours and there’s nothing you can do. There are a few other minor bugs present that don’t really take away from the experience, but it does make it clear that Steelrising needed more polish before release.
  32. Sep 16, 2022
    70
    An ambitious attempt -from an experienced studio- on a "soulsborne" game, which even though doesn't do anything particularly wrong, it fails to stand out from the rest of the pack and leave its own mark.
  33. Sep 9, 2022
    70
    Another Souls-like that doesn’t try to innovate much, but at least offers interesting story and setting to compensate for its conservative gameplay.
  34. 70
    Steelrising has plenty in common with others in the Souls genre and even though it lacks the polish and variety of the best, the unique setting and some neat gameplay ideas make it worth a look.
  35. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is an ambitious Soulsborne game but unfortunately its not polished enough, and it doesn't reach its full potential.
  36. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising makes some welcome changes to the genre formula but its best qualities are blurred by its lacklustre writing and world design.
  37. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    All the trailers predicted a great Souls-like, lifted by its revolutionary, fantastic, historical and original universe. But Steelrising just misses the point. Some more or less annoying bugs, the incomprehensible absence of French voices (it's a french game), and the fact of leaving after Elden Ring harm a game that deserved to be a little more polished and ambitious.
  38. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is a commendable stab at the Soulslike genre by Spiders. It’s visually appealing, and Aegis’ unique abilities eventually make exploration feel more rewarding while also enhancing the combat. Those jumping in should be aware that combat isn’t quite as tight at that found in the likes of Dark Souls though, and Steelrising is a bit rough around the edges in general. Still, there’s a lot to like here for those seeking out a challenge within a new setting.
  39. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is not the best soulslike on the market, but with its attractive design and many original ideas (unfortunately not all of them are implemented effectively) it turned out to be a fun and well-made game. Undoubtedly, the best title developed by Spiders.
  40. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is a beginner friendly entry into the Soulsborne genre with its fairly easy learning curve and enticing alternate history French Revolution premise. The art and visual direction are unparalleled with Spiders’ amazing depiction and design of steampunk automata, but the game is ultimately bottled down by unpolished combat, inconsistent performance, and too many quality of life issues.
  41. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is a fantastic video game held back by its adherence to other giants of the genre, and a lack of polish, whether that was due to time constraints, budget limitations, technical hurdles, or myriad other reasons. Whatever the case, the developer’s passion for the setting, and the ambitions of a studio on the cusp of the big-time shine through. While nothing revolutionary, Steelrising is well worth your time and attention.
  42. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Choppy combat and a lack of innovation aside, Steelrising is an incredibly unique take on the French Revolution with some brilliant environment and character designs, it just doesn’t do enough to make it stand out from other titles in the genre.
  43. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is Spiders Studio's best game to date, but one too many bugs and tech issues hold it back from greatness. Its combat system remains engaging and enjoyable throughout, and the unique, mechanical take on the French Revolution means it'll live longer in the memory than previous FromSoftware tributes. It's one for the genre fanatics for now, but six months down the line, Steelrising may be in tip-top shape. It's more than worth playing at that point.
  44. Sep 6, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is a very unique Soulslike game. The developers clearly tried to make this game as French as possible and this worked well. The combat is fun and the bosses are also uniquely designed. The story is where Steelrising missed the mark. All characters look the same and it's just very boring to go through. The checkpoints and currency could have been better. The Assist mode is the best aspect of this game, it helps newcomers to the Soulslike genre to give them the best experience possible.
  45. Sep 6, 2022
    70
    Though slightly wanting when compared with its Souls contemporaries, Steelrising still offers up challenging combat, inventive enemies, and an attractive and atmospheric take.
  46. Sep 6, 2022
    70
    Steelrising is a familiar game with just enough to really stand on its own two feet. It's not a revolution but it could have been the start of one.
  47. Sep 7, 2022
    68
    Steelrising is the epitome of a solid, low-highlight Soulslike that will pass the time until the next genre smash hit.
  48. Sep 14, 2022
    65
    Steelrising has an interesting take on the French Revolution, but it really has nothing new to offer to soulslikes' lovers, expect for the difficulty selection.
  49. 65
    Though the alternate history setting allows Steelrising to immediately separate itself from the bloated Souls-like genre in an aesthetic sense, its shortcomings prevent it from standing out in a way that truly matters. Some elements work well, and the accessibility options are very welcome; just don’t go in expecting Spiders to have reinvented the automaton.
  50. 65
    Steelrising puts together a solid, accessible Soulsborne title complete with fun combat and simplistic RPG elements. However, the dated aesthetic combined with the overstretched narrative and the foibles that come with it make this feel like a Spider Entertainment game and more of a basic third party title. The heart of the development team shows from time to time, especially near the end of the game. But, the way the team executes this formula knocks the fundamentals out of balance, creating an uneven experience with too much of its weight on the back end.
  51. Sep 7, 2022
    65
    While it may not knock Elden Ring off its pedestal, Steelrising offers a lot for someone in need of a fix of aristocracy… and robo-murder.
  52. Sep 6, 2022
    65
    If you enjoy the Soulslike style then it's easy to recommend Steelrising, as the game is one of the most original takes on the subgenre we've seen in terms of its setting, character, and time period. Those who've always wanted a game to combine elements of Souls with Bayonetta will also find a lot to like in Steelrising, particularly after tweaking the settings… Anyone who's not a fan of Soulslikes but is keen to try one may find the flexible difficulty a great way to get started. It's no Elden Ring, but it's certainly got something about it that makes it worth a look. After all, where else can you storm the Bastille with razor-tipped Parisian fans?
  53. Sep 9, 2022
    60
    Steelrising neither reaches the heights of the best Souls-likes nor sinks to the lows of the genre's worst, and it can't hide its flaws with next-gen shine.
  54. Sep 8, 2022
    60
    The visual spectacle, creative setting and mechanical intrigue of Steelrising are never quite able to justify its shortcomings in challenge and consistency. It’s an inspiring experience that I had a good time with more often than not, but it certainly pales if you’re already familiar with the paragons of the genre. That said, rubbing elbows with French revolutionaries made for an entertaining interlude between bouts of robot vs. robot combat, and I can’t deny how glad I was to experience that.
  55. 60
    A competent Soulslike lifted by its alternate history premise and Parisian setting, but it’s not quite enough to compete with its obvious inspirations.
  56. Oct 20, 2022
    50
    For a first foray into a new type of action game, Steelrising is an okay attempt. The skeleton of a good game is there, but all of its aspects need various levels of tweaking to get the recipe just right. Some things like combat just need a fine tune to be more reactive and smoother. Others like the level design need a firmer foundation to allow for more engaging and palatable exploration. It’s far from the worst game and won’t eat up too much time, but it’s not the most solid entry into the genre.
  57. Oct 6, 2022
    40
    Ever played Dark Souls? Then you actually already know Steelrising. Unfortunately, the game is more clone than homage to From Software's games. The setting - France at the time of the revolution, but with robots - is original, but this game does not contribute much to the genre.
  58. Sep 27, 2022
    40
    I want to like Steelrising, I really do, but it just won’t let me. Every aspect of the game feels like a barrier to the one thing I enjoyed: combat. Even that got boring. The characters are bland, the story is dull, the setting is derivative, and the finished product is too buggy and bloated to truly enjoy. It needed a few more turns of the key to go the distance and keep on ticking smoothly.
  59. Sep 6, 2022
    40
    If you've played a game bySpiders, Steelrising is the same story. It's a game with lofty ambitions, aiming to compete with the best in the genre, but ultimately lacking the resources and polish to pull it off. I admire a studio stretching to push beyond its perceived ability, but working within limitations is crucial. If this is a path Spiders is truly committed to taking, I hope it can find its footing in its next project. The studio has loads of promise with its RPG experience and its ability to lay solid groundwork for action combat. But Steelrising feels more like a prototype than what the studio is truly capable of.
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  1. Sep 7, 2022
    If you are a diehard Miayazaki fan who doesn’t have time for imitators, Steelrising isn’t likely to grab your attention. Despite an imaginative premise and some great character design with digestible RPG mechanics, there’s just something missing here.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 271 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 271
  1. Sep 11, 2022
    10
    Did the critics play a different game? Because I can't explain all those low scores. The Steelrising I played is gorgeous, beautiful, amusing,Did the critics play a different game? Because I can't explain all those low scores. The Steelrising I played is gorgeous, beautiful, amusing, engaging and can't stop playing it. Biggest surprise in 2022 gaming releases Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2022
    10
    Steelrising will give you the right amount of difficulty and the challenge you need to enjoy, the levels design is great, graphics is reallySteelrising will give you the right amount of difficulty and the challenge you need to enjoy, the levels design is great, graphics is really good, combat system is more than a great. Keep going it’s really. Great game Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2022
    9
    Inspiré des souls mais avec sa propre personnalité, le jeu est vraiment sympa avec une atmosphère bien à elle dans un Paris historique. JeInspiré des souls mais avec sa propre personnalité, le jeu est vraiment sympa avec une atmosphère bien à elle dans un Paris historique. Je recommande vraiment :) Full Review »