Valve Released Top 100 Most Played Games on Steam Deck: Check out Some Surprising Facts

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Valve has recently unveiled the top 100 most-played games on the Steam Deck between March 2023 and March 2024, based on the highest daily active player count.

The list is dominated by a diverse array of titles, ranging from massive AAA blockbusters to quirky indie darlings.

Topping the chart is the highly anticipated Baldur’s Gate 3, which managed to claim the number one spot despite only being available for half of the time period covered.

The top 100 most-played games on Steam Deck are:

  1. Baldur’s Gate 3
  2. Vampire Survivors
  3. Dave the Diver
  4. Hogwarts Legacy
  5. Elden Ring
  6. Palworld
  7. Cyberpunk 2077
  8. Grand Theft Auto 5
  9. Stardew Valley
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2
  11. Hades
  12. Brotato
  13. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition
  14. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  15. Slay the Spire
  16. Cult of the Lamb
  17. Dead Cells
  18. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  19. Monster Hunter: World
  20. Persona 5 Royal
  21. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  22. Dredge
  23. Fallout 4
  24. No Man’s Sky
  25. Monster Hunter RISE
  26. Forza Horizon 5
  27. Resident Evil 4
  28. Balatro
  29. Diablo 4
  30. Hollow Knight
  31. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  32. Halls of Torment
  33. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  34. Helldivers 2
  35. Grand Theft Auto 4: Complete Edition
  36. God of War
  37. Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
  38. Fallout: New Vegas
  39. Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor
  40. Apex Legends
  41. Street Fighter 6
  42. Octopath Traveler 2
  43. Terraria
  44. Valheim
  45. Euro Truck Simulator 2
  46. Starfield
  47. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice GOTY Edition
  48. Warframe
  49. Project Zomboid
  50. Persona 3 Reload
  51. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  52. Sea of Stars
  53. Lethal Company
  54. Dark Souls 3
  55. NBA 2K23
  56. Marvel’s Midnight Suns
  57. Portal 2
  58. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
  59. Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
  60. Counter Strike 2
  61. Disco Elysium Final Cut
  62. Days Gone
  63. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  64. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  65. Stray
  66. Coral Island
  67. Disney Dreamlight Valley
  68. Final Fantasy 14 Online
  69. Armored Core 6 Fires of Rubicon
  70. Resident Evil 2
  71. Subnautica
  72. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  73. Path of Exile
  74. War Thunder
  75. Forza Horizon 4
  76. Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  77. Risk of Rain 2
  78. Yakuza 0
  79. The Sims 4
  80. Batman: Arkham Knight
  81. Dark Souls: Remastered
  82. Persona 4 Golden
  83. Death Must Die
  84. Rimworld
  85. Powerwash Simulator
  86. Left 4 Dead 2
  87. Death Stranding Director’s Cut
  88. Borderlands 3
  89. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  90. Dead by Daylight
  91. Deep Rock Galactic
  92. Last Epoch
  93. 7 Days to Die
  94. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  95. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
  96. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  97. Granblue Fantasy: Relink
  98. House Flipper
  99. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  100. Rocket League


Singleplayer Games Reign Supreme

One interesting takeaway from the list is the dominance of single-player games in the Top 20.

Except for Palworld, and partially GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Stardew Valley the top 20 is almost entirely comprised of single-player experiences.

This trend suggests that multiplayer support isn’t essential to ensuring a game’s success on the Steam Deck, contrary to a recent comment by Palworld CEO Takura Mizobe.

Big Games Find Success on the Small Screen

Another surprising observation is that people don’t seem to mind playing big, demanding games on the Steam Deck’s small screen even with not-so-good experiences.

Games like GTA5, Baldur’s Gate 3, Diablo 4, Hogwarts Legacy, Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, Skyrim, The Witcher 3, and Fallout 4 are all among the most popular titles on the device, despite being chunky, immersive experiences that one might expect to be more suited for larger displays.

27 Games Not officially Verified for the Device

Verified games mean they have been tested and optimized by Valve to run flawlessly on the handheld.

According to Kotaku, out of the 100 most played games on Steam Deck, around 27 titles are either not officially verified or unsupported by Valve for the device.

Here is the list:

  • Palworld
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Fallout 4
  • Grand Theft Auto 4: Complete Edition
  • Apex Legends
  • Warframe
  • War Thunder
  • Borderlands 3
  • Dead by Daylight
  • 7 Days to Die
  • House Flipper
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Starfield (Listed as “Unsupported”)
  • Armored Core 6 Fires of Rubicon
  • Subnautica
  • Path of Exile
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Granblue Fantasy: Relink
  • Rocket League
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Helldivers 2

This highlights that Steam Deck users are willing to play games on the handheld even if they are not optimized, likely through community fixes or manual configuration.

Remasters and Remakes Revitalized on the Deck

The list features a notable number of remastered or remade versions of classic games, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Resident Evil 4, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, and the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

Changes from Valve’s Previous Steam Deck Most Played List

Comparing the current list to Valve’s previous ranking of the most-played games on Steam Deck in December 2023, there are a few notable changes.

Armored Core 6, Starfield, and Resident Evil 4, which were in the top “Platinum” category at the end of 2023, have all fallen out of the top 10 in the current ranking, while Half-Life has fallen out of the top 100 completely.

Spring Sale Offers Discounts on Top Steam Deck Games

If you’re a Steam Deck owner looking for new games to play, the vast majority of the games in this list are currently marked down as part of the 2024 Steam Spring Sale, which is live now and runs until March 21.

So, why grab a few of these top-played titles and see what all the fuss is about?

Reference: PC Gamer


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