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Here's the Top 10 Most Played games on Steam Deck for September 2022

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As another month comes to a close, Valve has revealed what is currently popular on the Steam Deck based on the most hours played. With a bunch of obvious entries and some from last month, along with Cyberpunk 2077 making a triumphant return thanks to the new update and Anime.

The top 10, sorted by playtime is:

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What have you been mostly playing on Steam Deck lately? Give over your personal recommendations in the comments and let's see what you're into.

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Quoting: Boldos
Quoting: iiariAnd regarding the top 10 list, still very impressed NMS is still there. What a comeback story.
NMS? Is it still the beautiful, yet stinking pile or crap, full of flawed game mechanics it used to be?
(Honest question).
This is off topic, and I haven't played it in quite some time, but apparently it has duel mindshare as one of the games that promised the most and didn't deliver in history, but one which the devs stuck with to create one of the most compelling games in history as well. They've apparently really fleshed it out and the ongoing additions to the gameworld and function have been terrific. Lots of written and TY video content about it out there if you're interested...

I play it and like most of it. The devs have, bit by bit, been overhauling most of the major parts of the game. Ground combat, space combat, base building, planetary vehicles, and how freighters work so far, plus adding a lot more to do around the Anomaly hub and getting multiplayer worked out. I'm hoping at some point they re-do the main storyline, which to me is one of the primary weaknesses of the game at this point, incentivizing just hopping from system to system without exploring them in order to get to the center faster. I expect that settlements and space stations will get re-done first though.

Not sure what "stinking pile of crap" is defined as here, or what game mechanics in particular, so it's hard to address whether they've been dealt with or not.
Kind of interesting to compare the major three large space sims, Elite: Dangerous, No Man's Sky, and Star Citizen.

Elite's Approach has been to release earlier, and fill in the gaps as they go along.
No Man's Sky approach was to promise a lot; release, get blasted for it being incomplete (compared to what their vision was), then they stuck with it and kept improving it, releasing the VR stuff for it which is quite workable, where Elite broke VR witht he planet landing...
Then we have Star Citizen, which is in the 'forever eating money' phase.
Boldos 2 Oct
Quoting: slaapliedjeKind of interesting to compare the major three large space sims, Elite: Dangerous, No Man's Sky, and Star Citizen.
For the major large space sims, for me the X4: Foundations still wins...
jo3fis 2 Oct
Quoting: Boldos
Quoting: iiariAnd regarding the top 10 list, still very impressed NMS is still there. What a comeback story.
NMS? Is it still the beautiful, yet stinking pile or crap, full of flawed game mechanics it used to be?
(Honest question).

Yes it is.
Quoting: slaapliedjeNot that I've been playing any of these games on the Deck lately. Just wanted to shout out how awesome the Deck is. Some old systems, like the PSP, didn't have all that many buttons on it. So as I'm playing Untold Legends, I got frustrated enough that to block you have to hold down the right bumper and press circle... so I took the Input and made L4 press both buttons for me. It's brilliant! I did something similar with Dark Alliance, making the weapon and spell changing buttons be assigned to the four underneath so I wouldn't have to take my thumb off of the stick to switch those.
I haven't had much use for the back buttons yet due to the games I play on the Deck not really needing them (I even disabled them for Slay the Spire because I kept accidentally hitting the "end my turn" button prematurely), but I recently tried Plague Inc. and the back buttons are used very well in the default configuration. Hopefully as I get more used to the controls in general (this is the first non-keyboard-and-mouse controller I've actually owned) I'll be able to put them to use in more games.
Zlopez 3 Oct
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I'm playing Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition, although it's marked as unsupported it runs without any issue and I'm absolutely sucked in by it. Can't wait till I get my hands on Steam Deck again and went to kill another boss :-)
llorton 3 Oct
Currently playing Total War: Warhammer (the first one) without any issue on my Steam Deck.
I also finished A Plague Tale: Innocence, the dev did a great job for making it Deck compatible.


Last edited by llorton on 3 October 2022 at 9:50 am UTC
Zlopez 3 Oct
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Quoting: llortonCurrently playing Total War: Warhammer (the first one) without any issue on my Steam Deck.
I also finished A Plague Tale: Innocence, the dev did a great job for making it Deck compatible.

How good is TW: Warhammer on Steam Deck? I'm still not sure if it's playable without mouse and keyboard.
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Quoting: Boldos
Quoting: slaapliedjeKind of interesting to compare the major three large space sims, Elite: Dangerous, No Man's Sky, and Star Citizen.
For the major large space sims, for me the X4: Foundations still wins...
Ah, another game I have that I lack the time to enjoy... one of these days!
llorton 27 Oct
Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: llortonCurrently playing Total War: Warhammer (the first one) without any issue on my Steam Deck.
I also finished A Plague Tale: Innocence, the dev did a great job for making it Deck compatible.

How good is TW: Warhammer on Steam Deck? I'm still not sure if it's playable without mouse and keyboard.
Sorry for very late reply
The campaign map is very comfortable to use (just track pad + left/right triggers), battle are a bit more awkward but once you learn the shortcuts you can get things done.
Nonetheless, I mostly autoresolving my way through the campaign (Normal difficulty) so I don't play many battle manually.


Last edited by llorton on 31 October 2022 at 9:10 am UTC
Zlopez 27 Oct
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Quoting: llorton
Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: llortonCurrently playing Total War: Warhammer (the first one) without any issue on my Steam Deck.
I also finished A Plague Tale: Innocence, the dev did a great job for making it Deck compatible.

How good is TW: Warhammer on Steam Deck? I'm still not sure if it's playable without mouse and keyboard.
Sorry for very late reply
The campaign map is very comfortable to use (just track bad + left/right triggers), battle are a bit more awkward but once you learn the shortcuts you can get things done.
Nonetheless, I mostly autoresolving my way through the campaign (Normal difficulty) so I don't play many battle manually.

Thanks for the reply, I'm autoresolving most battles as well, so I will absolutely try it.
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