The Game Awards just happened, and while there were a lot of great games to come out, there were a few that looked amazing for the deck and a lot that probably won't run as well on the deck. Diablo 4 and Last of us Part 1 look like they should run great on the deck, but there is one game that I can't wait to play on the deck, so make sure to watch the full video today, and the Bonus round will have a few surprises too.
5. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
First up is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. It looks like the mixing of an Arkham Batman game mixed with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy with squad based action third-person shooting in an adventure to take on a brainwashed Batman.
While it looks good, it should play decent enough on the deck. while researching this game, I checked to ensure the min specs would run, and it's a little mixed. It uses the Unreal 4 engine, and looking at the trailer; I will say this deserves to be on this list as it looks like it will be a lot of fun on the go.
Join your friends on May 26th, 2023, by playing the co-op mode. A feature every game like this needs
4. Diablo 4
The battle between Heaven and Hell continues in Diablo 4, where you can take up arms as a Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Rogue, or, my favorite, Sorcerer. Fight hordes of baddies in this action role-playing game from Blizzard that doesn't require you to own a phone.
After playing starcraft and Overwatch 2 on the deck, Diablo 4' spec requirements and blizzard's focus on performance should lend this game to playing well on the Steam Deck. Diablo 3 is a blast on the Switch and does well as a portable game with a dedicated gamepad. While battle.net requires extra work to play on the deck, I'm sure this game will be a blast.
This will be the actual test to see if Blizzard still has what it takes to make masterpieces or to fall off the list of anticipated games for a while. StarCraft 3 still needs to be made, so don't mess this up.
Start exploding demons and maybe angels on June 6, 2023.
3. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Idris Elba, as Solomon Reed, will be joining the Cyberpunk 2077 family in the upcoming paid DLC called Phantom Liberty. He is a veteran New United States of America agent, and his character will be pivotal in the new DLC. Don't worry Keanu is back as the legend Johnny Silverhand.
I like Cyberpunk 2077, and I think CDPR has done a lot to optimize the game to work on the Steam Deck, with the deck having its own dedicated graphics profile. I feel pretty good about putting this one on the list, as the base game runs well for what it is.
While the launch was a cluster-f, Cyberpunk has a fun, gritty world that we can enter again with this new DLC. Comes out in 2023 sometime.
2. The Last of Us Part 1 PC Release
I remember playing Last of Us on the PS3 when it came out on June 14, 2013. The game was a masterpiece because of its amazing story, environments, and of course, unique take on zombies with fungus infections. Play as Joel in this action-adventure escorting game where you will need to deliver the pack, named Ellie, to a place I know too well.
Experience this amazing story all over again, or for the first time on Deck and PC. after researching the requirements and Sony's great track record of PS-to-Steam ports, I came away really confident that this will run great on the deck and will be a must buy next year for all deckers out there. Just make sure to buy some tissues to go with the game. It really should just be a bundled deal.
Plan on playing Last of Us Part 1 Remake-edition on PC and Steam on March 3, 2023.
1. Hades 2 Announced
Go beyond the Underworld with dark sorcery powers to go after the Titan of Time with Supergiant Games taking on the Olympian gods again in this sequel to an awesome rogue-like dungeon crawler where you can build your character as you progress through the various levels... but how many endings at attempts are we going to have to do to get to the end.
The perfect game for your Steam Deck and proof that the deck has plenty of life left. Hades one runs great on the deck, and so should the 2nd one. Valve, if you can hear me, bundle these games on the deck as they are perfect for it.
Hades 2 is entering Early Access in 2023 on Steam, so go and play Hades 1 in preparation for the battles ahead.
The Future Of The Deck
A lot of good-looking games are coming out in 2023, and I'm a little concerned if the Deck will be able to keep up with the demands of these new intense games that are putting their focus on higher-end systems and leaving portable gaming devices behind a little with how high the minimum spec requirements are. The Deck is compared to an NVIDIA 1050 and sometimes the 1060, while min specs ask for a 1060. Nonetheless, I have hope for the Deck and that the following games work well enough on it.