10 Games You Would Never Expect To Be This Good On Steam Deck

When the Steam Deck was announced, it seemed like a more than capable mid-range gaming PC. However, now that it’s been out for a while, anyone who’s spent time with the device will be able to tell you that the Steam Deck is capable of running games that were thought impossible for a portable device of its specifications.

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Additionally, the Steam Deck also has the ability to dramatically improve your dealings with certain games. Whether it’s being able to run a classic at 60fps or playing the new triple-A game on your bus to work, you’ll often be giddy to be able to play these games in this form.


ten Half Life 2

Half-Life has always been a PC series at heart – the first game revolutionized first-person shooters by harnessing the power of personal computers while the sequels (alongside Counter-Strike) could very well well be credited with the success of Steam.

Although these games all had console ports, they never felt at home there. Something about controllers never matches the pacing of the action and games often go wrong. That’s why it’s so shocking that Gordon Freeman’s many misadventures feel so good on the Deck. Maybe it’s twenty years of being able to tinker with dead zones and analog stick acceleration, maybe it’s the ability to use trackpads for a more mouse-like look. But either way, it makes reading these classics almost new.

The harrowing mayhem of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance pushed Xbox 360 and PS3 to their limits (and often beyond), resulting in one of the best character action games ever set in moments of chaotic game.

However, if you played the “Boosted FPS” version of this game through Xbox Backward Compatibility, you will now be able to see the true intentions of the developers for this game. Additionally, through the Steam Deck, you can exceed the original ambitions from Platinum with a silky smooth thriller ride and taking Revengeance into the unknown. Or you can just play it in bed.

This spot could have gone to any of the great open world games that were released on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles and somehow still look great and run well on the Steam Deck. ; Assassin’s Creed: Origins, The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2. But none of these see more life brought back to them by the Steam Deck than Metal Gear Solid 5.

Playing what is almost unquestionably the most polished and systemic stealth action gameplay ever (the story is much more debatable), on a device barely larger than a Switch is something to behold. Be warned though, you might find yourself sad about the fate of the franchise after returning to this or Revengeance.

seven lamb worship

Cult of The Lamb is here to represent all the little indie games that are taken to the next level with the Deck. It also represents one of the few games on this list that is not “verified” for use on the Steam Deck. However, just like a shocking number of games labeled “playable” or “unknown” on the Deck, Cult of The Lamb not only runs flawlessly on the system (if you’re willing to play with certain settings), it might just be the best place to play it.

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While the Switch version of Cult of The Lamb is doing well, it’s been held back by long loading times and a few issues not seen on PC. On the Deck, you get the best of both worlds, and it’s so good!

6 Apex Legends

Of course, Apex works great here, it works great everywhere (even on Switch, all things considered). The reason Apex is here is because of the quality of the Wi-Fi on Steam Deck.

Although you can plug your Deck into a USB hub and plug in an Ethernet cable that way, most people will use their Deck wirelessly. Whether it’s download speeds, in-game pings, or matchmaking times, getting into games with good and stable connections feels a lot less of a hassle on the Steam Deck than on something like the Switch.

5 Totally accurate combat and takedown simulator

These games might look totally different, but the two are grouped together here because they center around two simulations that are extremely demanding on the hardware to manage. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator lets you throw countless AIs at each other, while Teardown is a voxel-smashing sandbox.

Yes, once you really start spawning farmers to fight the Romans or placing a load of C4 in a wooden house, the framerate tanks in those two gamesbut they almost never crash. You won’t be able to help but laugh as your handheld slows to single-digit frames per second just to recover and continue.

4 Tales of Arise

JRPGs belong to handhelds. Pokemon, Persona, Fire Emblem. All of these games are at their best when you can cut down their lengthy campaigns and myriad side-activities on the go.

While any of the ever-growing JRPGs on Steam could go here, Tales of Arise takes this slot to also be leagues beyond what most other handhelds are visually capable of. Its combat is engaging, its story sprawling, and it’s great fun. Everything a JRPG should be.

3 Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal

It would be almost unfair to compare these two games to their Switch counterparts. These ports are incredible technical achievements, but after playing the two recent Doom games almost entirely uncompromisingly on the Steam Deck, it’s nigh on impossible to go back to the Nintendo versions of these games.

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Doom is a classic, and now you can have all the epic single-player demon-slaying goodness you could want at your fingertips at all times.

2 All Sony Proprietary Games

The first first-party Sony games that arrived on PC encountered performance issues. However, now that the publisher has more titles under its belt and acquired PC port house Nixxes, these ports have become the ultimate way to experience games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War and all. what is to come. .

Being able to play the best of the PS4 library on the go, at this level of fidelity would have been unthinkable even five years ago, but the Steam Deck makes it look easy.

1 Ring of Elden

The best thing about the Steam Deck is how it allows for small game sessions. Instead of banging your head against a wall for hours in a soul, sometimes it is enough to do one or two races a day, to get better and better without exhausting yourself.

A lot of times when you’re playing Elden Ring and getting your ass kicked by Malenia Blade of Miquella over and over and over again, you just need a break. The Deck lets you do that, maybe load up some Vampire Survivors, put it to sleep, and stretch your legs. Maybe, just maybe, all you need is a change of scenery, take your Deck outside, find a nice place to sit, and suddenly you’ll be a lot less frustrated dying, again and again and again.

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