The Steam Deck’s coverage over the past few months has been amazing at how much the software has improved over time. If you missed Jared’s review on launch, read it here. Testing new and old games on Steam Deck has also been great as almost every game I’ve played runs as it should. While I’ve already covered the best games you can play on Steam Deck, and even the best Steam Deck games you can’t play on console, many people probably want to see newer games played on Valve’s handheld.
Having played many newly released games on Steam Deck both pre and post release, I have compiled a list of the best new games for Steam Deck. This feature only includes games released this year and all new games with some exceptions for games that previously ran on console but were only ported to PC this year.
The best new games on Steam Deck
Rollerdrome is one of the games that inspired me to have this feature. Roll7 already impressed me with OlliOlli World on Steam Deck and Switch, but given the developer’s past games it wasn’t that much of a surprise. Rollerdrome, on the other hand, was a big surprise. The third-person shooter and skater hybrid has an addictive looping gameplay, precise controls, great music and a beautiful, stylish aesthetic. It’s a single player experience that will challenge and surprise you. It also runs perfectly out of the box on Steam Deck and has been my goto game for a break lately.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+ has been one of the more surprising releases on Steam this year. The games have traditionally only been available in arcades and consoles, so it was surprising to see a worldwide simultaneous PC release. The rhythm game with Vocaloids and a lot of great music debuted on Steam this year and runs perfectly on Steam Deck right out of the box. I’ve been playing it on my Steam deck from the day it released on Steam and haven’t had any issues. This version also brings together the best of PS4 and Switch gaming. If you’ve always wanted to immerse yourself in the world of Hatsune Miku or just play an awesome rhythm game, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+ is worth your time on Steam Deck.
When ANNO: Mutationem was originally revealed it looked like something I would enjoy, but seeing a cameo from VA-11 Hall-A’s Jill made me buy the game for PS5. I’ve quite enjoyed my time with ANNO: Mutationem on PS5 despite some weaknesses. On Steam Deck, ANNO: Mutationem is an amazing experience right out of the box. I’ve played it on both Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck now, and the action-adventure game that blends 2D and 3D styles is an absolute delight to play on a portable device. If you want to play a great cyberpunk adventure with great graphics, ANNO: Mutationem on Steam Deck is essential.
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
Monster Hunter Rise came to Steam earlier this year after debuting on Switch last year. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, the game’s massive expansion, arrived on both Switch and Steam a few months ago, and I’ve played all of the expansion and postgame content available for review on Switch with almost no issues . Since then it has received even more updates to introduce new monsters, quests, events and more. In its current state, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is best played on Steam Deck if you want the definitive portable experience, and it’s also one of this year’s best games.
After playing Neon White on Switch to review, and then buying it on Steam to try on Steam Deck, I was surprised at how it’s still managed to keep its hooks in me. While the dialogue is still not great, the platforming, music, and levels are excellent. It plays fantastic on Steam Deck and is definitely one of the best new indie games you can play on any platform right now. If you enjoyed games like Ghostrunner and Paradise Killer, this is for you. There are also some No More Heroes interspersed. I hope we get more levels as DLC.
Villain Legacy 2
Just like Neon White, Rogue Legacy 2 is one of this year’s best indie games on any platform. Rogue Legacy 2 builds on the foundation of the first game and feels even more modern. I was hoping Spelunky 2 would do that for me, but it doesn’t feel as forward as Rogue Legacy 2. Rogue Legacy 2’s new visual style and great levels make this an easy recommendation. Until we get a switch or mobile port, the Steam Deck offers the best and only official portable experience.
I’ve featured Elden Ring in Best Games on Steam Deck before, but it amazes me every time I boot it up to play on the go. When Jared sent me the Steam deck, this was the first game I installed on it to review. Having played Elden Ring on PS5, PS4 Pro, Xbox Series X, and also a laptop, I was blown away by how good it felt to play on Steam Deck. Since launch, the game has received a ton of updates with balance adjustments and performance improvements on some platforms. After replaying it for an hour last night just to explore more of the world, I can safely say that this is one of the best new experiences to have on Steam Deck.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
I wasn’t sure if I should include this because it’s a PC port or a PS5 remaster of a game that came out on PS4 a few years ago. Aside from the awful enforced stealth nonsense in the game, I adore Marvel’s Spider-Man. It was also great to replicate on PS5 and while I don’t think the DLC is as good as the base game, it’s an amazing package. I was surprised how well it performs on Steam Deck. It was definitely a good sign that it was verified by Valve for the Steam Deck pre-release. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is a fantastic PC port and feels like a proper showcase of what the Steam Deck is capable of.
Drainus is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up where you absorb enemy bullets while controlling the Drainus. Team Ladybug already impressed me with Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, but Drainus blew me away. It feels massively polished and is a ton of fun to record and play. While the story is nothing special, Drainus nails the gameplay and graphics. It also borrows the best of the genre kings while infusing it with its own charm. It hasn’t been ported to a console yet either, but it runs perfectly on Steam Deck out of the box. It will keep you coming back for more.
AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA initiative
Spike Chunsoft’s Zero Escape and Danganronpa franchises are household names in adventure game and visual novel communities, but the publisher’s AI: The Somnium Files series is totally worth your time. AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative is a sequel to AI: The Somnium Files, but one that can be enjoyed as a standalone experience. AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative is one of my favorite games this year with its excellent storytelling, humor and unforgettable characters. The best thing about playing AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative on Steam Deck is that you make it work and look better than all console versions while playing in portable mode. It only takes one step to set up the game on first launch.
Bonus – Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Just like Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered above, this is a tricky one. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an enhanced PS5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake on PS4 plus an awesome DLC episode. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade debuted on PC via the Epic Games Store last year and recently made its way to Steam after the PC store exclusivity ended. It felt weird calling it a new game so I included it here as a bonus because it came out on Steam in 2022. Whether you’ve played the original or not, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is a must-read for Final Fantasy fans. It’s beautiful and has one of the best soundtracks in years. Playing it on Steam Deck was an incredible experience, as was seeing Elden Ring on a portable device for the first time.
Bonus 2 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection released literally this week for PC and all consoles. I loved my time with it on Switch and PS5 but didn’t want to miss a chance to play it on Steam Deck. I picked it up as soon as it was released and haven’t had any problems with the games so far. If you’re a fan of older TMNT games, this is a must, and it plays great on Steam Deck. If you’re not won over by the collection yet, Shaun’s 5/5 rating is worth reading. This is easily one of the best retro collections out there and it’s great to see it playing so well on Steam Deck from day one.
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