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Check out these Steam Deck Verified highlights for January 2024

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It's been quite chilly here in the UK, so I've been spending a lot more time sat under a blanket with my Steam Deck OLED. If you're looking for some more Steam Deck Verified games to pick up and keep warm with too, here's a January 2024 overview of some new entries.

All of the titles listed below have full steam deck verified Steam Deck Verified ratings from Valve that have been given the rating only recently.

Portal: Revolution (Native Linux)

"The Portal Mod you've been waiting for. Delve into a new story with original characters, spanning over 8 hours of gameplay and featuring over 40 new challenging test chambers which make use of new mechanics."

Sail Forth (Native Linux)

"Sail a fleet of customizable ships across an ocean whose ancient depths have swallowed the key to the mysterious past. Befriend fishfolk to expand your boat crews, take up arms against petulant pirates, and chart a course across an expansive watery world. Will you answer the call of High Adventure?"

A Highland Song (ProtonDB Platinum)

"Moira McKinnon is running away. A wild adventure through the Scottish Highlands, with open platforming and dynamic storytelling, maps and music. From the creators of Heaven's Vault and 80 Days."

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth

"Two larger-than-life heroes, Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu are brought together by the hand of fate, or perhaps something more sinister… Live it up in Japan and explore all that Hawaii has to offer in an RPG adventure so big it spans the Pacific."

dotAGE (Native Linux)

"Village elder, help us! The Apocalypse is approaching, and we need your guidance to survive. Assign your workers and build a thriving village against the pending doom. DotAGE is the merciless survival roguelite turn-based city builder. Will you fulfill the Prophecy?"

VVVVVV (Native Linux)

"VVVVVV is a platform game all about exploring one simple mechanical idea - what if you reversed gravity instead of jumping?"

Cookie Cutter (ProtonDB Gold)

"Love turns to rage and chainsaws in Cookie Cutter, a totally unique hand-drawn 2D Metroidvania. Become Cherry, a violent android on a rage-filled quest to save her creator."

Something else interesting for you: the Steam Deck has been in Steam's global Top 5 sellers (based on revenue) for the last 10 weeks in a row now. Of those 10 weeks it's spent 6 of them as number 1! While we don't know exact numbers, since Valve don't give any out, it's nice to see it continue to do so well.

What have you been playing recently on Steam Deck or Linux Desktop? What are your latest recommendations that people pick up and play?

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CatKiller Jan 16
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Sail Forth has been on my wishlist for a while, and one of the reasons I didn't get it the last time I was buying games was because it's the kind of game I'd rather play curled up on the sofa than sat at my desk. It just got bumped up the list.

Recently on the Deck I've completed Unavowed and Beyond A Steel Sky, and the little one's been playing Duck Tales, Skywalker Saga and Alba. On my desktop I've been playing Parkitect.
Pengling Jan 16
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QuoteWhat have you been playing recently on Steam Deck or Linux Desktop? What are your latest recommendations that people pick up and play?
After having to unfortunately uninstall a handful of Capcom games due to them going back and adding DRM to old releases without warning (and without stating its presence on the games' Steam pages), I've been spending time with some of my usual go-tos for filling free minutes/hours - Brotato (Proton), Ekans (Proton), Stardew Valley (Native Linux), and, of course, Super Bomberman R 2 (Proton).

I also finally got around to completing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy version of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (Proton), which I've been meaning to do for a while!

Aside from those, I've also been revisiting some old favourites via RetroDECK: Bomberman Hero (N64), Donkey Kong Country (SNES), and Star Fox (SNES).
Eike Jan 16
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I started to play Opus Magnum. On Steam Deck first, but that's just too fiddly there, so I'm back on the desktop. (And just during my play-through, the over six year old game got an update. :) )

Last edited by Eike on 16 January 2024 at 2:31 pm UTC
QuoteWhat are your latest recommendations that people pick up and play?
art of rally..... Really nice relaxing rally game......

Race 07 + DLC...... Excellent entry level racing sim with tons of different cars and tracks with the DLC...... Can be dirt cheap during the sales too...... And since its quite an old game (2007)..... Will run very well on a potato........ A very, very good entry point into the world of sim racing......

NASCAR Heat 5...... Im still running an older version since they fucked up the last DLC they released and ruined the game...... A very decent and under rated NASCAR game...... Runs well on Proton.... DLC is not really needed as its only car liveries...... Can be picked up for cheap in the sales too...... Works well on a gamepad..... Though default gamepad settings are shite....... I use these settings and its much much better.....
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