Best PC Games To Play On Steam Deck When It Releases.

Best PC Games To Play On Steam Deck When It Releases

We recently got news of Valve’s new handheld console the Steam Deck a few weeks ago. The announcement came a few days after Nintendo unveiled the Switch OLED. Valve’s addition to handheld gaming boasts that gamers will have a PC in the palm of their hands. We have compiled a list of games you will not be able to play and more importantly, the best games you will be able to play. Check out the list and let us know which games you are most excited about!

Baldur's gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3

The game is still in early access, and obviously that comes with limitations, but the fact that with what we have been given so far, we still find ourselves constantly going back for more with different variations of characters speaks to the adventures available in Baldur’s Gate 3. Since it’s launch in early access, the devs have made constant changes to what players can expect, whether it be changes to the classes or expanding the world to give us more to explore, each update builds upon this already satisfying RPG.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding

The game that broke the interent, Hideo Kojima‘s work of art as it’s been called and even warranting a director’s cut, was loved by many fans of Kojima and new converts to the masses of fans he has accumulated over the years. With stars like Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen was a joy to most. I will be completely honest, I saw a few playthroughs and never really gave it a shot as it just didn’t seem like a game that I would have time to dedicate as many hours as it feels it would require, but the Steam Deck does change this as it’s handheld capability might give me the chance to play this one out of the box and enjoy it to its full potential. This one is definitely on the radar for us.

Fallout 3

Fallout 3

This one is a gem in gaming history and possibly the best in the series. Mind you, I have this connection to New Vegas that I cannot explain, and it’s the one I have given the most time to, but Fallout 3 was my first entry in the series and the adventure this game set me on was unlike any other. The story was beyond compelling and I was emotionally involved with every single arc and aspect. The devs gave me the ability to pull the trigger to any person who I wished to, who would give gamers that kind of power?! All this entangled in a post apocalyptic wasteland that has only benefited even further from mods on PC can only be further enhanced from being able to take this on the go. Mind you, it is an older title and runs on an older Bethesda engine, but this shouldn’t be an issue working with a smaller screen and should actually enhance the experience.

Portal 2

Portal 2

The Portal franchise, man what a ride these games were. The real true test of wit and friendships only falling short to Left 4 Dead 2. This game is a beautifully wrapped gift of perfection and sends you on a physics-altering adventure either on your own or with a pal and gives us one of the funniest ensemble of characters that I have ever had the joy of experiencing. Pairing witty humor, existential crisis, and a murderous AI robot that sometimes can become a potato, the Portal experience is one that never grows tired. 

BEWARE… CAVE JOHNSON TANGENT IS INEVITABLE.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Dragon Age series is a wonder to behold and Inquisition, being the latest entry and the beefiest clocking more than 200 hours for full completion, is perfect for the handheld Steam Deck. This entry serves as the bridge that ties a bow on loose ends of the previous 2 entries and sets the stage for Dragon Age 4 as the Trespasser DLC gives us the endgame content to Inquisition and will bridge the gap leading to DA4. With the portability of the Steam Deck, now is the perfect time to give this one another shot.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect is a game that much like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, excelled in the characters it built. In Mass Effect, this isn’t due to high profile voice actors, or the fact that Seth Green voices Joker, but IT’S ALL OF IT. The creators gave us characters with some serious Shrek level layers and the voice actors took that to another level and this is why years after the original series ended, we now have this revamped legendary edition that was killer on the PS5 and will only look and feel better with the power of PC at your fingertips. Plus, this is a good time to refresh your memory as we look toward the future at the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Ah, good ‘ol Arthur Morgan. Truth be told, the first time I played RDR2, I was not the biggest fan of Morgan. His character seemed a tad boring and reminded me of Eeyore. Once you get past the epilogue and see the events unraveling and you get to know Morgan a bit more, he turned out to be one of my favorite protagonists in a video game of all time. To see the growth of John Marston through the eyes of Arthur Morgan as you live through the last leg of his life is some genius level story telling. Throw in the random events, exotic animal hunting and literally breaking in horses including a white steed in the snowy mountains that feels like trying to capture a unicorn is something like none other. I think a nude wolf man attacking me off my horse and coming at me like a rabid animal was where RDR peaks for me. This game gives us so much to explore and to be able to take this on the go is something I did not expect to be possible and I am VERY excited to play this again on the Steam Deck.

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3

The Witcher has grown in popularity a million times over since Henry Cavill portrayed him in the original Netflix series. When I got my hands on the The Witcher it was a fantasy adventure game ahead of it’s time and based on novels I had never heard of, but the lore and characters drove me into a rabbit hole that helped me become as knowledgeable as any Witcher out there. Now, we have a spinoff anime series at Netflix and with that this is the perfect time to revisit or visit for the first time a game that flipped the script on it’s gameplay and adventure with The Witcher 3 and although clunky at times and the combat leaving just a tad bit more to be desired, it was an extremely valiant effort by the studio to change the direction of this series and gave us one of the best RPG’s of all time with countless hours of missions and hell, even playing Gwent for hours on in before Gwent got its own release as a standalone game was worthwhile. Hunt monsters, earn coin, gather armor worthy of a Witcher and beware of the very explicit adult scenes, including a unicorn… don’t ask, this game is definitely worth picking up with the Steam Deck.

There ya have it geeks. This is our list of must-play games once the Steam Deck arrives at your doorstep. Now, as we mentioned before, there is a list of games not compatible with the Steam Deck and we will list those below.

Games You Can’t Play On Steam Deck

  • Apex Legends
  • Black Desert Online
  • DayZ
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • Fall Guys
  • Hunt: Showdown
  • Paladins
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Smite

According to Protondb (via PC Gamer), some games aren’t compatible with the Steam Deck because of how they are developed for consoles and how the Deck is Linux-based. Valve did make it to where Windows-based games can run on the Deck, though not everything could be made to work properly. You’ll also note that the games listed share one thing in common: online multiplayer experiences. With certain MP games and the anti-cheat software they employ, the choice of going the Linux route is a double-edged sword. That’s where the cut games list comes in.

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