Valve announced its own handheld device just a few short days after Nintendo’s reveal of the Switch OLED. Called the Steam Deck, Valve’s contribution to handheld gaming is literally a small PC in the palm of your hands. If you have huge hands, this thing is not small. Shortly after this announcement, we shared which games you cannot play on the Deck at launch; though Valve is currently working on circumventing that restriction, we thought we should even things up slightly. So, here are the games I can’t wait to play and that you should check out when the Steam Deck arrives!
When I first tried Death Stranding out on PlayStation, it was a game I wanted to like very much. My first degree is actually in philosophy – you can hear responsible adults laughing at me in the background if you listen closely – so Kojima’s creative way of seeing the world has always appealed to my analytical mind. Because of that, this was a title I very much wanted to love and vested far more time into it than I’d like to admit. But I just couldn’t feel that connection, though I enjoyed the overarching 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 my own personal enjoyment, playing outside of the box may be that secret little puzzle piece that unlocks the bigger picture. Death Stranding will be something I plan on diving deeply into once more to give it one more shot! And if the Steam Deck’s freedom isn’t enough to make it to the final stretch? That’s OK too! I won’t like every game, just like you won’t, and that’s alright. Still, can you imagine playing this on the go? Exciting!
Final Fantasy XV
Boy Band meets America’s Next Top Chef. This Final Fantasy adventure is massive and puts a more modernized spin on the Square Enix franchise, and 14 has a story that shouldn’t be missed. Drive around with your pals, flirt with cute mechanics, and eat some of the best dinings on this side of gaming.
While there are many light-hearted moments in this particular adventure, Final Fantasy XV houses a much darker tale, one that centers around the scorned Ardyn Lucis Caelum with Noctis and his friends charged with solving boundless mysteries. The world of XV is massive and offers unthinkable freedom for players, but it’s more than just its pretty scenery. Final Fantasy XV tells a meaningful tale of friendship, trust, and fighting for what you believe in. It’s about taking back your home, your power, and sharing in that with those closest to you. While there are some lulls, the ability to take it with you on the go with the Steam Deck is just the thing to mosey you on right past those.
Red Dead Redemption 2
I still remember the day that Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced. After years of begging for a continuation of the Western story, Rockstar Games finally delivered with a prequel rather than a sequel. And it was a smart move because fans of John Marston got to see a younger outlaw and were given a chance to fall in love with a new star found in Arthur Morgan. The second game in the Redemption series broke barriers with its stunning 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 its own standalone experience, for a chance to be the badass cowboy you were always meant to be, but this time with your friends.
Still waiting on that Undead reveal, though…
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is a fantasy adventure, yes, but I promise it’s not like Divinity Original Sin or Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s a little like Inquisition, but only because of the steamy romance, but it really is an incredible journey. Another game that is impossibly long, especially if you’re planning on running through the post-launch expansions, the most recent Witcher game is a ride no player can forget. With Netflix having its own live-action adaptation of the books that inspired the games, plus a spin-off show and an anime, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with what it means to be a witcher that is facing a world filled with monsters, prejudice, and temptation.
Force Roach, the trusty steed, up onto rooftops like old times, only this time? You too can play it atop of a roof. I don’t recommend it and legally I can’t tell you to do that, but if you so happened to find yourself on a roof playing this game? Well, I wouldn’t be mad at it. (Just be safe!!!)
And there you have it! Those are the games I can’t wait to play on the Steam Deck when it arrives late 2021, early 2022! And keep in mind, this is just 10 picks on what I would personally like to see you check out and what I’m looking forward to playing on the Deck. There are so many more options if these don’t suit your fancy! Go the DOOM route for some epic destruction, go Control for a mind-bending nightmare, or take it to the underworld with the incredible Hades title! Play what you want how you want, that’s what portable means.
If you missed out on the announcement and want to learn more about the specs, feel free to check out our previous coverage here!
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