Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Sep 7, 2022
    While Steelrising has some of the trademark ‘jank’ that is in all Spider games, it is that very thing that makes this developer so special. All their games have something that just feels off (but in a good way), but all of their games I loved more than the next and true to form Steelrising is their best game to date.
  2. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising is easily Spider’s most ambitious work and I can’t applaud them enough for the unique setting and backdrop, even if the core mechanics are what we’ve experienced dozens of times before. There is of course a steep learning curve in the beginning, but anyone with ample Souls experience should feel right at home. Thankfully you don’t have to ‘Git Gud’ to enjoy Steelrising to completion even as a casual fan, as long as you don’t mind disabling achievements.
  3. Sep 9, 2022
    Steelrising entices with a steampunk reimagining of the French Revolution and combat heavily inspired by Dark Souls. While it nails many aspects of its presentation and shows just how far developer Spiders has come from games like Technomancer, the combat still doesn’t flow quite as smoothly as with competitors. What it lacks in interesting environment design, it balances out with excellent atmosphere and a welcoming approach to difficulty. Thanks to an accessibility function and optional waypoints, it’s never been this easy to get into a Souls-Like. Steelrising is an excellent addition to Spiders’ portfolio and an easy recommendation for fans of Action-RPGs and those with an interest in the mysterious and enchanting world put on screen.
  4. Sep 27, 2022
    Steelrising is a Souls-like game based on automatons which tries its best not to be a clone drone. The historical setting, outfits and graphics are very immersive and interesting. The combat is challenging and given enough time quite easy to master. The bosses could have done with being a bit harder and the platforming elements need more work. But it’s still a very sizeable game with plenty to enjoy. I do wish they had some stronger background music to help with the historical immersion.
  5. Sep 15, 2022
    The automatas of the French Revolution surprise with a souls-like above expectations.
  6. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising is a good game that puts itself in the AA bracket of gaming rather than the AAA settings of a Dark Souls or Elden Ring. But what it does do well is deliver an original concept, an amazing setting and a place occupied by killer robots.
  7. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising is a solid Soulslike with well-implement and familiar design and mechanics, but its alternate history clockpunk French Revolution setting is what makes the game shine. Spiders' latest is a game that deserves your attention.
  8. Sep 7, 2022
    Despite its flaws, Steelrising will reward those who give it the time. It's fun to explore, with a rewarding combat system and quality-of-life features that'd be welcomed in more soulslikes. While its easier difficulty and rough presentation may drive away some Dark Souls veterans, there's plenty on offer when overlooking its faults.
  9. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising is a super solid soulslike that incorporates a wonderfully unique setting and lots of well-designed battle and traversal mechanics into the mix. There's tons of lovely little details in the world and characters here and the combat is addictive, crunchy stuff that gives you lots of cool weapons to toy around with. The story may not be the strongest, it all takes a while to get going properly and the scraps can get a little rough around the edges from time to time, but overall this is an impressive new entry in the genre that fans should absolutely make some time to check out.
  10. Sep 6, 2022
    Steelrising is a new Souls-like twist on the French Revolution that unfortunately doesn’t see all of its lofty ambitions grow into accomplishments. While its gameplay is enjoyable once you get far enough to earn some unlocks and get main character Aegis more decked out, it tries to mimic elements of FromSoftware’s action RPG classics without always understanding what made said elements work. When Spiders leans less on taking inspiration from other games and more on presenting its own ideas, we get an intriguing—and surprisingly deep—alternate take on an important moment in France’s history.
  11. Sep 6, 2022
    Steelrising is a mix of decent-to-damned-good parts that takes the Soulslike Action RPG and puts it into one of the most ridiculous and awesome settings I’ve seen in a while. Mediocre graphics are countered by a fantastic art style, fun combat, incredible music, and a story that I found myself deeply invested in.
  12. Sep 7, 2022
    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.
  13. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising is a good soulslike game, even if the AI of the enemies is a bit uneven in its behaviour. With a really fantastic setting, thanks to the dystopian Paris of 1789, a complete RPG system and a good combat system, Steelrising is a good alternative to From Software's games.
  14. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising could and should have been Spiders' test of maturity, but unfortunately the French studio was unable to hit the target even on this round. Although the developer has come up with some appreciable and in some cases brilliant ideas, it is their realization that is not convincing in the least, as different mechanics upset the system and create an annoying imbalance between the balance of the various categories of weapons. If we add to this the usual woody animations that the Spiders action RPG have in common, the final result is an imperfect and incomplete product in several respects. On the flip side, Steelrising enjoys a whimsical and inspired narrative framework, that in the twenty hours needed to reach the end credits easily captures the attention and above all the curiosity of the player.
  15. Sep 20, 2022
    Steelrising's main attraction is its fascinating and gorgeous world. Paris is run down, broken and burning, and on this backdrop we get to play a a fun and violent dance with steampunk robots.
  16. Sep 15, 2022
    Steelrising develops a nice story and atmosphere concerning an alternate reality about the French Revolution. Nevertheless the boss fights are way too easy and some technical and graphical issues are affecting the overall experience.
  17. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising turns out to be a perfectly correct Souls-like, but which still has some flaws specific to Spiders productions.
  18. Sep 7, 2022
    Steelrising is a decent soulslike with a great setting, but it does little else to rise above so many others like it.
  19. Sep 6, 2022
    Steelrising has bits and pieces of a successful souls-like RPG, but fails to polish its mechanics and overall visuals enough to keep players hooked.
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  1. Sep 7, 2022
    To put it straight, Steelrising has won us over. Of course, the challenge might be a bit too easy for the fans of the genre, but Spiders' title opens the door to newcomers who want to try souls-like games, while remaining quite demanding. The universe is coherent and convincing, this uchronic Paris in the grip of the flames coupled to the madness of its ruler is as exciting to discover as it is dark and oppressive. Aegis and the emblematic personalities of this era participate to a pleasant scenario to follow, even if it lacks a little touch of epic and despite a convincing O.S.T.. A well-oiled adventure, close to be one of our favorite, congratulations Spiders!
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 196 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 196
  1. Sep 10, 2022
    Thanks Spiders for this beautiful game! Everything was so good: visually stunning, stellar art design and levels, evocative music, magnificentThanks Spiders for this beautiful game! Everything was so good: visually stunning, stellar art design and levels, evocative music, magnificent gameplay and great historical settings of French Revolution. Please give us Steelrising 2 in next years! Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2022
    The combat is solid, souls-like. The art direction is fantastic. The upgrades (weapons and stat points) are what you'd expect from thisThe combat is solid, souls-like. The art direction is fantastic. The upgrades (weapons and stat points) are what you'd expect from this gametype, and seem solid. There are metroidvania elements that are also fun (unlocking various tools and abilities that further open the map up). For a $50 game, I'm enjoying this immensely. Full Review »
  3. Sep 12, 2022
    So far very great game. Spiders’ games are always made with heart and love and you can see that. The art direction is truly amazing and theSo far very great game. Spiders’ games are always made with heart and love and you can see that. The art direction is truly amazing and the combat is pretty good honestly. Do you want them to make more games? Give it a try and buy it. It's also at a great price point, worth every penny. Full Review »