Aside from being a small gaming device, the Steam Deck is one of the most versatile additions of gaming tech today. Not only can it feature a vast number of Valve's Steam store games, but numerous others from Epic Games store. These include most of the best PC games currently available. It's fundamental to understand which games you can and cannot access with your Steam Deck. However, the certification system on Valve that helps do this job may sometimes be incorrect. Besides, some games just don't do well on a handheld device. They demand more than just a few inches of screen size to deliver the full gaming effect. Thats why we are going to take a look at the five best games on steam deck right now.
5. God of War
Since God of War launched on Playstation 4, the game has been a hit. Mainly since many fans acclaim it for the broad content it brings to the table. For instance, the game introduces a much deeper, more mature storyline that features Kratos, an intriguing father on a quest through wild territories while he battles Norse mythical creatures like wulvers, dark elves and draugrs along the way. Since God of War has been verified for Steam Deck, users can now experience the fantastic showcase of the game. They can effectively access the graphics-driven land maps to engage in both story based boss battles and side quests.
4. Elden Ring
Most users can agree that Elden Ring is most likely the best game on Steam Deck today. Despite being a title that plays best on bigger screens, it still brings out an ideal experience on the gadget for most players. Like God of War, Elden Ring's design and graphics makes it an interesting game to handle on a hand-held device. It is also pretty convenient for when you need quick access to your game. Since you can do some base maintenance activities like runes farming [The game’s currency] . This way you can still get a number of things done while you are far from your PC; considering how addictive the game can be.
Elden Ring is heavy on character building and tactical combat techniques. Players can also explore magic stunts, dodge and block attacks with the evaluated combat system available for Steam Deck. They freely explore six main lands as well as fortresses, castles and catacombs spread out across the map. There are enemies, demigods and non-playable characters that players interact with in each of these lands.
3. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is an Activision production and includes the remasters of three previous series of the game. These include Crash Bandicoot , Cortex Strikes Back  and Warped . The game is a brilliant addition to this list of best Steam Deck games as it is the most ideal choice for any handheld device. On top of that, the game's remastered version is a stunning contribution to the Steam Deck library. This is mainly due to the fact that the game is suited for pad play, therefore users have an easier time controlling it on a handheld console. Similarly, for those who grew up playing earlier versions of the game, it can be a nostalgic experience.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy features Crash Bandicoot running across various levels of the game. Players must keep up with the character's efforts to stop a world threatening meniac, Doctor Neo Cortex. The gameplay mostly involves jumping and spinning techniques to win against enemies, and smashing crates while at it. Additionally, players can collect items that help boost Crash Bandicoot's abilities. Such items include protective Aku Aku masks, extra lives and Wumpa Fruits. Similarly, they can switch roles to play Crash's sister Coco, thanks to the game’s new updates. The new features of the game include, both auto and manual saving, pause menus, unified checkpoints and time trials.
Valheim offers intense portions of action and adventure across a massive Viking world that players get to explore. Users can now access the game on Steam Deck where it's easier to lay back and chill while taking care of their Valheim base. For instance, tending to your tunip crops and arranging your base is more convenient when you can access the game from anywhere.
The game takes place in a realm where a slain Viking is trapped and must overcome brutal circumstances in order to prove himself worthy enough to ascend to Valhalla, his rightful eternal home. Players must prepare to fight powerful enemies that stand in the way of their goal. They do this using crafted tools that help maintain survival, build shelters and defenses. The optional PvP system makes it even more exciting as players can battle against each other. The game operates on in-game cycles for days and nights, therefore one must maintain their bases in good time as well as ensure they can gather enough resources to survive attacks.
1. Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2
The Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 series are the two packages that run much better on Steam Deck compared to their prequels and sequels. Besides the smooth running the other advantage these games offer, is a stable battery life, since they do not douse that much power. For those who are looking for the game with the best battle system out of the two, Final Fantasy X-2 is the best choice. It is the first game in the Final Fantasy series to feature an all female main cast made up of three characters. Similarly, it is one of the few installments with multiple endings.
Final Fantasy X also has its perks, where players using airships can explore nearly all the locations in Spira even during the early points of the game. Players control the on-screen character through large endless 3-dimensional regions. All this while being able to hold extended interactions with the land via the rotating camera view, and exploring through jumping and climbing.
That is for our top picks of the best games on Steam Deck. Which game from the list above do you think is the best Steam Deck game? Share your pick with us in the comments below or over on our socials here!
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