Rune Factory 5 debuted today on Steam. How is the quality of the port from the Nintendo Switch console and how Rune Factory 5 works on Steam Deck? Not so great, sadly.
First, the game has prerendered cut-scenes that don’t work properly at default settings.
The fix is really simple – make sure you use Proton Experimental and everything will be rendered correctly.
EDIT: While trying to fix gamepad detection, I tested different versions of Proton and in the end it was GE-Proton 2-24 that fixed the cut scenes – sorry for the confusion with the Experimental version. To use GE-Proton go to Desktop Mode and download the “ProtonUp-Qt” application in Discovery. Run app and add lastest version of GE-Proton to Steam. Go back to Gaming mode and in compatibility tab of Rune Factory 5 set “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool” to GE-Proton 7-24.
Second – the game does not display the controller buttons and I have not been able to fix this in any way. There is a “Button Display” option in the settings, but it just don’t work. I tried changing the default layout to gamepad, but after that the controls completely stopped working.
And what about performance? Not good, not terrible. If you want just look at the gameplay below. There are some stutters and very strange frametime issues.
Rune Factory 5 on Steam Deck – recorded live stream with performance preview
My recommended settings:
Windowed Mode: Fulscreen
Framerate: 60 with V-Sync (don’t use SteamOS framerate limiter for less input lag)
AntiAliasing: 2x (It’s MSAA, so performance drop is heavy and game is still very jaggy)
Texture Resolution: Standard (It’s not worth to downgrade it, textures are really bad even at this setting)
Shadow Resolution: High
Shadow Quality: Smooth
Shadow Distance: Default
Drawning Distance: Long (still huge pop-in issues)
Post effects: Personal preference
Dynamic Hair/Clothes: On
I really don’t like the controls in this game – is inconvenient, plus guessing what key is responsible for what should not happen in this extra low quality port. Performance is acceptable, but with such a poor graphic it should be much better.