How can I validate that Steam Cloud is up to date?
I have previously played Elden Ring but found after a reinstall that some of my characters were lost, even though I am completely sure that before deleting the game for the reinstall, the cloud status showed 'Up to date'.
As this indicator is apparently not to be trusted, how can I verify that it is really up to date? For example, is there some way to download the files from the cloud so I can compare them to my local files?
Via a web browser, you can download your Steam Cloud saves at https://store.steampowered.com/account/remotestorage (note - there doesn't appear to be an actual link from within your account page, which is why I wrote the URL fully in this post). The page should look something like this:
From here, find the game you want, and click Show Files. You can then download the files you wish and compare them using some external tool (perhaps a hex editor of some kind), or just by loading up the file and spotting any differences yourself!