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I recently formatted my PC, and I installed Steam from scratch.

I have download some of the games that I had before, and Steam provided me the most recent save files for all of them (through the cloud save I guess) except one game in particular, which is Crosscode.

Which made me wonder, how does the Steam save system work? I want to know what I should do if I ever wanted to make another fresh start, and how do I know which game saves is cloud based, and which isn't.

PS:
I'll be very grateful if someone could tell me how to restore my progress in Crosscode.

  • Only ask one question per post, please – Wrigglenite Dec 1 '17 at 20:25
  • @DanmakuGrazer I think it's almost mandatory to know this thing with the the other, because ( I think) there is no way I could be the only one whom encounter this fairly common situation. – Hashirama Senju Dec 1 '17 at 20:36
  • @HashiramaSenju There are other questions here on Arqade that will answer some of your steam cloud saving questions. As per Crosscode specifically, it's tagged as using the Steam Cloud so I would assume that cloud saves are implemented. – FoxMcCloud Dec 1 '17 at 20:37
  • This page from Steam will answer a lot of your questions as well. It likely you had the Steam Cloud functionality disabled for this game. – Timmy Jim Dec 1 '17 at 20:39
  • @FoxMcCloud I honestly tried to search those answers before, with little to no avail. As for the CC problem that I have, the fact is that I didn't do anything different than usual, and the save file still wasn't restored (even though it was for any other game). – Hashirama Senju Dec 1 '17 at 20:42
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CrossCode seems to be properly setup for Steam Cloud based on it's SteamDB page, so whatever save you got back from the Steam Cloud is the latest data it knows about.

When you close a game on Steam that is setup for Steam Cloud if Steam Cloud is enabled for that game and Steam itself it will search for the save files and attempt to synch them with the Cloud. This can be hindered by a bad connection or Steam being down for maintenance and cause the synch to fail leaving you with Cloud data that is still outdated and local-only save data that is newer. After reformatting your PC there is a chance that save data still exists, but it's very minute and depending on the amount of time you had in-game it may take more to recover it by trying to use some forensic-quality software.

To help tell which games (claim to) support Steam Cloud you can switch your client to List View mode using the controls slightly below your account name and the big picture button in the default Steam skin. Once in List View press the + at the top right of your Library List and make sure "Steam Cloud" is checked (on). This will show a column for games that support Steam Cloud where:

  • A filled-in cloud symbol means Cloud is supported & enabled
  • A cloud with a line through it means Cloud is supported & disabled
  • No cloud means Cloud is not supported

Then for any games which do not support Steam Cloud you can try to find their game save data location by checking their page on PCGamingWiki, which is -- as it says -- a wikipedia for games including information such as what settings it supports, bugfixes, and game save & configuration data locations.

If you're comfortable with using junctions (like symbolic links) and use Windows you can try to use GameSave-Manager to help keep your game saves synched, but it doesn't know about all games & because of the junction/symbolic link usage can cause problems if you stop using it without properly deconstructing the junction/symbolic link setup.

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