The best Steam Deck games are the ones that either fit the handheld format perfectly, or just those that feel like magic running in your hands. Thankfully for you, Green Man Gaming sells a wide range of games and, guess what, a lot of those happen to be the best Steam Deck games anyway.
So, we’ve gone ahead and put together a little list of some of the best Steam Deck games around, and if you’re lucky, there might even be a sale going on for some of these excellent games, making them even easier to enjoy.
The 10 Best Steam Deck Games on Green Man Gaming
Each of these is a joy in its own right, but if one were to harness the power of SD cards to install all of them on one single Steam Deck, they’d surely be gaming until the end of time. Or something. Also, we don’t sell Vampire Survivors or Peglin, but get those too.
It’s Elden Ring.
Dragon’s Dogma could easily be viewed as one of the best open-world games ever made, and for those who’ve played Elden Ring, it’s hard not to see similarities between the two. There are fantastical bosses all over the place, the class system is a huge amount of fun to play around with, and it’s got one of the most wonderfully absurd stories ever told.
We’re not sure anybody was expecting Midnight Suns to be as good as it is, but we’re thankful for the surprise. This tactical game has you guiding a multitude of classic Marvel heroes through trials and tribulations, incredibly corny conversations, and all sorts of ill-timed celebrations. It’s a huge amount of fun whether you’re battling or bantering, and you’d be a fool to miss it.
The latest Final Fantasy game is another remake, but of a PSP title that never got the love it deserved. The remake brings the whole thing into the modern age, and is a wonderful excuse to spend more time with a lot of characters we all know and love, but in a story that many people simply never got to see.
Hi-Fi Rush is wild. It was basically released out of nowhere, and just kind of took over for a bit. It’s an action rhythm game with a huge number of incredible songs, a stunning art style, and a lot of humour too. It’s just a joyful experience, and while it’s great on a big screen, it feels really at home on the Steam Deck with a pair of headphones on.
Both Ni No Kuni games are incredible, but the first one has a special place in our hearts. This game has you guiding adorable monsters through a tragedy-ridden world. It’s beautiful, haunting, and an amazing experience from start to finish. It helps that it looks like a Ghibli film too, because of course that helps.
The Ys series is a titan of action RPGs that are beloved by a huge number of people, but still feels like a hidden gem of a series. They often cast you as Adol, who nearly always has some kind of amnesia, and then has to meet up with a bunch of cool anime characters to beat the death into everything they come across to save the world. They’re just fun to play, and this one is one of the best.
NieR Automata is an essential game because of the way it plays with expectations, has immensely gratifying combat, and also has sexy robots. Look, the philosophy is obviously a big draw for the game, but we’re pretty sure it did better than most ethical conundrums because everyone in it is hot.
On the subject of everyone being hot, here we have Tales of Arise. Tales of Arise is the latest in the Tales series, and probably the best one that’s ever been made. You’ll have to guide a band of misfits across a world that’s being dominated by aliens, and uncover the horrific truths that lie at the heart of imprisonment in multiple forms. It’s a fascinating story mixed with over-the-top and exhilarating combat.
Finally, we have Deathloop. Deathloop is an immersive-sim that has you dying… a lot. It’s basically a roguelike, but one with Arkane’s signature style and substance. You have to uncover why it is you keep being killed, why you’re trying to kill people, and then figure out the best way to do it using magical powers and some excellent guns.