Best PC Games To Play On Steam Deck When It Releases
Valve announced its own portable device just days after Nintendo revealed the OLED Switch. Called the Steam Deck, Valve’s contribution to portable gaming is literally a small PC in the palm of your hands. If you have huge hands, this thing isn’t small. Shortly after this announcement, we shared the games you can’t play on the Deck at launch; although Valve is currently working to get around this restriction, we thought we should even increase things slightly. So here are the games that I look forward to playing that you should check when the Steam Deck arrives!
While still in Early Access, so incredibly restricted in terms of content, I can’t help but throw in some new characters and replay what is available in Larian’s Baldur’s Gate 3 adventure. Since the launch of the Fantastic Journey in Early Access, the studio has made a lot of changes to what gamers can expect. From new classes to more room to explore, each update brings this game one step closer to its full release. With a huge world to travel through and tiny little caves that harbor untold dangers, taking this particular D&D saga on the go is more than perfect. Even more with the campfire feature that reminds me of another favorite RPG adventure: Dragon Age Origins.
Go ahead, romance this sexy vampire, you know you want it.
When I first tried Death Stranding on PlayStation, it was a game I research to love a lot. My first degree is actually in Philosophy – you can hear responsible adults laughing at me in the background if you listen carefully – so Kojima’s creative way of seeing the world has always appealed to my analytical mind. Because of this, it was a title I really wanted to love and I spent a lot more time on it than I would like to admit. But I just couldn’t feel that connection, although I enjoyed the overall experience. Then it came out on PC, and I decided to try again.
A little warmer, but no dice.
I think for a game like this, in terms of personal enjoyment, playing outside the box can be that secret little piece of the puzzle that opens up the big picture. Death Stranding will be something I plan to dive deep into once again to give it another chance! What if the freedom of the Steam Deck wasn’t enough to reach the home stretch? It is good too ! I won’t like all games, just like you, and that’s okay. Still, can you imagine playing this on the go? Exciting!
You can almost to listen the image above, isn’t it? From the Fallout series, the third game is my favorite, depending on what time you ask me. Switching between 3 and Obsidian’s New Vegas, this is another RPG experience that I can’t wait to relive on the Steam Deck.
As this is an older title, especially on the Bethesda engine, this game doesn’t have the best graphics to offer, meaning that the smaller screen won’t detract from the Vault experience- Tec. And that gives you an excuse to flaunt those Black Widow skills again for sweet, sweet love. Oh dear.
The Portal franchise is a gift wrapped in perfection at the height of beauty. This groundbreaking Valve adventure may never see the third game, but the first two were memorable gameplay experiences that broke conventions. Combining witty humor, existential crisis, and a deadly AI robot that can sometimes turn into a potato, the Portal experience is an experience that never gets tired. Escape every level from your back porch, bed, or on a long road trip. Its mechanics will keep your mind engaged and the story will keep you entertained in the best possible way.
Don’t mention lemons, please. We can no longer hear the Cave Johnson tangent.
A game that lets you bone a literal bag of bones, I mean come on on? What more could you want?
All kidding aside, this is another Dungeons & Dragons treasure that you can easily devote hundreds and hundreds of hours to. In a style similar to Baldur’s Gate 3, this RPG adventure features a story focused on murder, mystery, and more romance. Do you see a pattern here? Sorry about that…
This game is also from the same team that created Baldur’s Gate 3, so if you liked it but can’t wait for the full version, then Original Sin 2 is a must-have game. You can read our full review here if you need a little extra push.
Alright, yeah. I see it now – last kind of game like this, I promise. Promised sworn! I say Dragon Age Inquisition because it seems like an entry that divides all three games despite having won numerous awards. It is the longest of the BioWare games, with a total completion sometimes exceeding 200 hours. The Inquisition has wrapped up details of the first two games, including what happens after Anders’ rebellion, learning more about the name behind Varric’s crossbow and seeing little Connor grow back into an adult after his heartbreaking experience at Redcliff. It also features some of my favorite characters from the history of the game, including the one and only Dorian Pavus.
There’s a lot to like about Inquisition, but it certainly suffers from pacing issues. A lot of people, when they tell me that they didn’t like the Inquisition, mentioned that they had never passed the Hinterlands or that they had never left Haven and Skyhold. I believe that the game does really start until Skyhold has been claimed and the joy of this Thedasian adventure lies in exploring the unlimited open world. If you’ve played it once and didn’t like it, I invite you to try again, this time with the convenience of portability at your disposal.
For me, what makes the Mass Effect Trilogy story so special are the characters themselves. Over the course of 30 years of playing, I have become so attached to thousands of characters, all with something special to add to any gaming adventure. That being said, there is something to the progression of NPC knowledge. of Mass Effect that feels organic, real, and feels like how we build friendships and romantic relationships in real life. They are special in a way that even as a writer I’m not sure I can convey properly.
The dialogue is natural and engaging. There are quarrels, there is the process of having to win someone over, and these characters go to hell and come back with each other. This kind of shared experience connects in any situation, and that connection is expertly conveyed with the narrative structure and mechanics of the game. As a person on active duty, I have experienced real life situations with it. people who couldn’t stand me and vice versa. But these situations that we endured together? It forged a bond that transcended previous perceptions. This same transformative relationship building is very evident in the Mass Effect Trilogy and something that can be felt on a universal scale no matter what each player’s IRL journey is.
Through loyalty missions that dig deep into these characters’ backgrounds to dialogue with options that shape how these characters view the player in this world, every action is meaningful and impactful, which is a big part of why Mass Effect is so incredibly immersive. These characters matter. They matter to Shepard, and they matter to you.
Boy Band meets America’s Next Top Chef. This Final Fantasy adventure is huge and gives the Square Enix franchise a more modernized twist, and XV has a story you can’t miss. Drive with your friends, flirt with cute mechanics, and eat some of the best restaurants on this side of the game.
While there are many light moments in this particular adventure, Final Fantasy XV is home to a much darker tale, centered around the despised Ardyn Lucis Caelum with Noctis and his friends tasked with solving limitless mysteries. The world of XV is huge and offers players unthinkable freedom, but it’s so much more than its pretty landscapes. Final Fantasy XV tells a meaningful story of friendship, trust, and fighting for what you believe in. It’s about taking back your home, your power, and sharing that with your loved ones. While there are a few lulls, the ability to take it with you on the go with the Steam Deck is just what you need to poke fun at right after those.
I still remember the day Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced. After years of begging for a continuation of Western history, Rockstar Games has finally delivered a prequel rather than a sequel. And it was a smart move because John Marston fans got to see a young outlaw and were lucky enough to fall in love with a new star found in Arthur Morgan. The second game in the Redemption series broke barriers with its incredible attention to detail with every blade of grass, every horse print in the snow. The legacy continues with Red Dead Online, which is now available as a standalone experience, for a chance to be the badass cowboy you’ve always been meant to be, but this time with your friends.
I’m still waiting for this reveal from the living dead, however …
The Witcher 3 is a fantastic adventure, yes, but I promise you it’s not like Divinity Original Sin or Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s kind of like Inquisition, but only because of the sizzling romance, but it’s really an amazing trip. Another incredibly long game, especially if you plan to run through post-launch expansions, the most recent Witcher game is one trick no player can forget. With Netflix having its own live-action adaptation of the books that inspired the games, as well as a spin-off show and anime, now is a great time to get acquainted with what it means to be a witcher facing a world filled with monsters, prejudices and temptations.
Force Roach, the faithful steed, on the rooftops like in the good old days, only this time? You too can play it on top of a rooftop. I don’t recommend it and legally I can’t tell you to do this, but what if you found yourself on a rooftop playing this game? Well, I wouldn’t be mad at that. (Be careful !!!)
And There you go! These are the games I can’t wait to play on the Steam Deck when it arrives in late 2021, early 2022! And keep in mind that these are just 10 picks on what I’d personally like to see you check out and what I can’t wait to play on the Deck. There are so many more options if these aren’t right for you! Take the DOOM road for epic destruction, take Control for a mind-blowing nightmare, or take it to the underworld with the incredible title Hades! Play whatever you want the way you want, that’s what portable means.
If you missed the announcement and want to learn more about the specs, feel free to check out our previous coverage here!