Deathloop is Getting Review Bombed on Steam Because of Denuvo

Deathloop is Getting Review Bombed on Steam

The recently launched timeloop shooter Deathloop is getting review bombed on Steam, mostly due to the fact that it uses the dreaded Denuvo DRM.

Out of the 4,000 plus user reviews on the game’s Steam page, over 1,700 of them are negative and quite a number of them are blaming the widely reported PC performance issues on the aforementioned DRM (digital rights management) software.

We’ve known Deathloop will have Denuvo at launch, a common strategy for bigger publishers to try stopping piracy of their newly released games. Denuvo is notorious for causing performance issues in games, with many blaming the game’s PC performance on the DRM. These include framerate drops, stuttering, and even damage to SSDs, among other issues.

It’s worth pointing out that while Denuvo is available to developers wanting it on a PlayStation 5 version of a game for some reason, that is a closed system when compared to PC – piracy isn’t a problem unless the user jailbreaks their PS5.

While Deathloop is getting review bombed, the game just launched on September 14 for Windows PC (via Steam), and PlayStation 5. In case you missed it, you can find our review for the game here.

You can find the full rundown (via PlayStation) below.

DEATHLOOP is a next-gen first person shooter from Arkane Lyon, the award-winning studio behind Dishonored. In DEATHLOOP, two rival assassins are trapped in a mysterious timeloop on the island of Blackreef, doomed to repeat the same day for eternity. As Colt, the only chance for escape is to end the cycle by assassinating eight key targets before the day resets. Learn from each cycle – try new paths, gather intel, and find new weapons and abilities. Do whatever it takes to break the loop.


  • If At First You Don’t Succeed… Die, Die Again – Every new loop is an opportunity to change things up. Use the knowledge you gain from each attempt to change up your playstyle, stealthily sneaking through levels or barreling into the fight, guns-blazing. In each loop you’ll discover new secrets, gather intel on your targets as well as the island of Blackreef, and expand your arsenal. Armed with a host of otherworldly abilities and savage weaponry, you’ll utilize every tool at your command to execute takedowns that are as striking as they are devastating. Customize your loadout wisely to survive this deadly game of hunter vs hunted.
  • SINGLE PLAYER GAMEPLAY INJECTED WITH DEADLY MULTIPLAYER – Are you the hero or the villain? You’ll experience DEATHLOOP’s main story as Colt, hunting down targets across the island of Blackreef to break the loop and earn your freedom. All the while, you’ll be hunted by your rival Julianna, who can be controlled by another player. So if you’re feeling devious, you, too, can step into Julianna’s stylish sneakers and invade another player’s campaign to kill Colt. The multiplayer experience is completely optional, and players can choose to have Julianna controlled by AI within their campaign.
  • The island Of Blackreef – Paradise Or Prison – Arkane is renowned for magnificently artistic worlds with multiple pathways and emergent gameplay. DEATHLOOP will present a stunning, retro-future, 60s-inspired environment, that feels like a character within itself. While Blackreef may be a stylish wonderland, for Colt it is his prison, a world ruled by decadence where death has no meaning, and delinquents party forever while keeping him captive.
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