Steam Deck is a powerful little handheld capable of playing many amazing games. Okay, well, it’s not that small, but it makes up for its bulky size with sheer power and Steam’s seemingly endless library of software. For our Top 10 Steam Deck Games list, we wanted to set a few parameters for our recommendations, including the type of games it’s capable of running, how well it runs them, and portability.
Sure, you can run games like Vampire Survivors or Tunic on it, and we’ve put a good number of hours into each, but part of the show is that the Steam Deck can run huge triple-A games on the go. There are some caveats, of course. Some of these games have fairly large file sizes or require an initial internet connection, and even some slight tweaking in settings to get them to work well, but hey, it wouldn’t be a PC game without those things after all.
So, without further ado, here are our top 10 games for the Steam Deck!
10. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima’s latest Metal Gear Solid is an ambitious marvel, and Steam Deck has no problem running it at a smooth 60 frames per second. And that’s a very good thing, because the sandbox available to you is as detailed and sophisticated as you can expect.
While another Kojima game, Death Stranding, is heavily advertised as playable on the Steam Deck, Metal Gear Solid 5’s tactical espionage action might be the Kojima game worth checking out on the Steam Deck.
9. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
When it comes to epic 100-hour RPGs, there’s nothing better than playing on a handheld device. It’s so nice to be able to play anywhere in the house or on the go. And action RPGs don’t get much more epic than the space trilogy collected in Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
The incredible storytelling of the trilogy stands the test of time, and the updates made to the trilogy, particularly the original Mass Effect, also help modernize the gameplay experience. While it’s a bit of a hassle to log in with EA Origin every time you open it on the Steam Deck, it’s a small price to pay to play this incredible collection of games on the go.
8. Yakuza: like a dragon
Due to their turn-based gameplay, JRPGs are almost perfect for playing on the go, and being able to play one of the best JRPGs on consoles and PCs on the go is a real treat. Yakuza: Like a Dragon may have changed the series’ beat ’em up mechanics with a crazy over-the-top turn-based combat system, but the Steam Deck experience feels like an evolution of playing RPGs like Pokemon on the game. play. Boy. Except instead of using cute monsters, you’re summoning gangsters and drifters to help you climb to the top of the criminal underworld in a beautiful RPG.
And if turn-based gameplay isn’t your style, the other Yakuza games also work perfectly on the Steam Deck if you prefer to punch and kick people rather than wait your turn.
7. Eternal destiny
The Doom franchise has been synonymous with PC gaming since the beginning, pushing the hardware and evolving the first-person shooter genre with ripping, ripping, and chainsaws through hell. So it’s only natural that the latest entry in the series kicks butt on the Steam Deck laptop as well.
Aside from a little bit of text that may have you pushing the screen a little closer to your blood-soaked viewfinder than expected, Doom Eternal is an absolute stunner in handheld form and definitely a step up from 2020’s Nintendo Switch port.
6. Devil May Cry 5
Capcom’s legendary ultra-sleek action game Devil May Cry 5 first released in 2019, but it practically feels brand new as a handheld game on the Steam Deck. Bite-sized stages and gargantuan bosses are fully packed with endless replayability, challenging players to beat their combos and scores as they shoot, slash, wire run, air walk, and enemy blast their way through. hordes of nightmarish beasts and bad guys.
Combat is simple in design but completely limitless in execution, encouraging players to experiment with endless combinations of attacks as they please. Devil May Cry 5 absolutely rules, and you owe it to yourself to play it if you really love action games.
5. Resident Evil Village
Yes, we know that the latest entry in the Resident Evil series is currently unverified for the Steam Deck. However, several IGN staffers who owned a copy on Steam installed it on our Steam Decks and found that it works surprisingly well despite not being verified.
It’s a great out-of-the-box experience, letting you ride through Ethan Winter’s latest brutal, violent, cheesy survival horror ride from start to finish without having to go to your handheld settings to fiddle with things so that works. While the single-player campaign in all its glory is just as fun to play, The Mercenaries Mode is especially enjoyable as its arcade-style concept makes it feel as much at home as a handheld title.
Control is a monstrous game that even gave the PS4 Pro some problems when it launched. But Steam Deck is handling Remedy’s paranormal action game with gusto. You may have to dial down some settings, but on the smaller screen Control looks amazing and being able to play through the maze of a Remedy game on the go is a real joy.
Brutalist architecture meets sci-fi action in an all-out journey, as does the fantastical story that definitely leads to some places you won’t see coming. Another trip to The Oldest House could be the perfect start to your new Steam Deck.
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Combining some of the best elements from games like The Legend of Zelda, Metroid Prime, Dark Souls, and Uncharted, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order delivers the single-player, planet-hopping lightsaber adventure game that Star Wars fans have come to expect. Wars had been waiting.
After a quick install of EA Origin, the Steam Deck runs Fallen Order flawlessly, and the game is a blast on the go, whether you’re curled up on the couch or traveling the galaxy in your Stinger Mantis. If you’ve never played Fallen Order or want an excuse to revisit Cal Kestis and BD-1’s action-packed journey against the dark side, the Steam Deck is a fantastic place to play.
2.Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a game that you have surely played before, perhaps for hundreds of hours. And yet, the ability to take this old and familiar game with you anywhere somehow manages to breathe new life into it. In many ways, the sandbox world of violence and crime it offers is well-suited for gaming on the go. It’s easy to get lost in the many distractions that Los Santos has to offer, and hanging out on a real city bus while hijacking a GTA city bus is a rare level in early portable gaming.
There’s a new sense of magic shrinking into the world of GTA5, and its age really works in its favor, performance-wise. You can change every setting, and we mean ALL settings, to their highest levels and it still works great. Since it’s on a small screen, you won’t even notice that it’s 1200×800 resolution. You’ll just take note of the fluidity of the game as you jump a sports car into a busy intersection just because you feel like it.
1. Elden Ring
Somehow, From Software’s Elden Ring manages to run quite well on the Steam Deck and, in our opinion, even plays a little smoother than its PC counterpart at times. With tons of hours under our belts, the Elden Ring on-the-go experience has been a delight. The same accolades that Elden Ring receives while playing on PC or console applies to the Steam Deck experience.
The vastness of the world you can explore, the building options you have as a player, the surprises around every corner, it all comes together to create one of the most incredible action RPG experiences of all time, easily putting Elden Ring in the top of the list. of our favorite Steam Deck games.
And that’s our list of the top 10 games on the Steam Deck! We hope you’ve brought a fairly large micro-SD card because you’ll definitely need it to download all of the games just mentioned, plus the ever-growing list of Steam Deck Verified games! Also maybe Windows, Photoshop, MS Paint, Spider-Man Cartoon Maker and just about anything else you want to include in there. It’s it is quite a powerful and portable PC after all.
Do you have a steam deck? Are you still updating the Valve pre-order waiting list page waiting for yours? Or maybe you want to get one in the future? Let us know what games you’ve been playing or what games you plan to play when you get your hands on a Steam Deck. Until next time, for all things gaming, at home or on the go and on handheld devices small and giant, keep it here on IGN.