February 7, 2023

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14 Best Steam Deck Games You Can Play Right Now

First up is GameSpot Game of the Year – The Perfect 10 Elden Ring. In the game, you play as a lesser tainted one with the ultimate goal of seeking the shards of the Elden Ring and becoming the Elden Lord. On your journey you will find hidden dungeons, rare loot, beautiful views, fearsome creatures and many tough enemies that will test your strength. Just try to keep your cool, a Steam deck broken out of frustration is a bit more expensive to replace than a controller.

Another challenging game featuring monsters is Vampire Survivors, a top-down roguelite indie survival game that smashed its way onto countless top 10 lists in 2022. The premise is simple: you choose from a handful of unique survivors, kill monsters to collect gems that turn into experience points, level up for upgrades, and last as long as you can.

If those first two games weren’t filled with enough swords and magic for you, then check out Cult of the Lamb. In this game you play as a lamb saved from death by a mysterious entity, The One Who Waits. In return, you must return to the land of the living, found a cult in their name, and defeat the bishops of the ancient faith. Seems like a fair trade right? And if you’re not killing heretics, you’ll be gardening, decorating, cooking, getting married and playing dice while listening to a soundtrack full of BANGERS.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my favorite game of all time and it feels so at home on the Steam deck (sorry Switcher 3 fans). Even though the game is now seven years old, it’s still a benchmark for video game storytelling, especially when it comes to those incredible side quests. Exploring the world, meeting colorful characters and killing monsters makes every train ride or picnic so much more interesting.

Some might say I saved the best for last and to be honest I wouldn’t argue with these people. Powerwash Simulator is exactly what the name suggests: a game about cleaning things with a pressure washer. The experience focuses on building your own business in career mode and doing dirty jobs across the town of Muckingham. There’s no time limit or excruciating feeling to get a high score, just you, a dirty building, and total freedom on how you want to finish the mission. Powerwash Sim was the drug that got a ton of other “simulator” games trying out, like Lawn Mowing Sim, and I love doing a little cleaning everywhere I do with Steam Deck.