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Here's the most played Steam Deck games of 2023

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Valve has released the annual Best of lists, and so we can see what the most played games are across the whole of 2023 for the Steam Deck so here's what's up.

Measured by Daily Active Players across Platinum: 1st - 12th, Gold: 13th - 24th and  Silver: 25th - 50th these are the most popular games on Steam Deck overall for 2023. However, Valve said they're only including games in the list that have a Deck Verified status of Verified or Playable. Additionally, each list is also randomly sorted, unlike their usual monthly shout-outs which are from highest to lowest.

Platinum

Gold

Silver

You can see all the lists over on Steam.

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Pengling Dec 29, 2023
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My Steam Deck, Super Bomberman R 2, and I will be over here in the lonely corner, as I've only played three out of the fifty games on this list, and almost none of the rest are my sort of thing.


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Janne Dec 29, 2023
I have to say, The murder of Sonic the Hedgehog was the Tru sleeper hit of last year. It had no business being that good.
Ehvis Dec 29, 2023
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Quoting: PenglingMy Steam Deck, Super Bomberman R 2, and I will be over here in the lonely corner, as I've only played three out of the fifty games on this list, and almost none of the rest are my sort of thing.

You're not alone on that one. I have played exactly zero of those games on my Steam Deck. I've played three of them on desktop using Steam and one of them through Heroic.
scaine Dec 29, 2023
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I've played 27 of the 50 overall, 8 of the platinum games. Very few on my Steam Deck though! That tends to be simple 2D or pseudo-3D games mostly. The only Platinum game I played on Deck was Dave the Diver.

What I love about this list is that there's so few Denuvo games on there. Hi-Fi Rush, Street Fighter 6 and Midnight Suns are the only ones that jumps out at me. It's great that Monster Hunter World is on there (had Denuvo, it was removed), while Monster Hunter Rise isn't (still has Denuvo).

I hate wishing ill on anyone, I really do hate the whole cancel culture thing, but as a very committed gamer, I'd happily see Denuvo fold tomorrow and I'd toast its demise with a whisky and a smile.
hardpenguin Dec 29, 2023
Here's to the brave souls playing Starfield on Steam Deck....
dvd Dec 29, 2023
How is Dead Cells only gold? Is this for running the game through wine?


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Purple Library Guy Dec 29, 2023
Quoting: dvdHow is Dead Cells only gold? Is this for running the game through wine?
Nah, I was confused for a minute too--this is a completely different meaning of "Platinum" "Gold" etc. In this list, Platinum is the "most popular" group, "Gold" is "next most popular" etc.
whizse Dec 29, 2023
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I need to give The Binding of Isaac a try. It's constantly on these top lists.

Shamefully I've had it sitting in the library unplayed since that Humble Indie Bundle back in '11.
Woodlandor Dec 30, 2023
I really thought Liam would relax and make it to the new year this time without posting a new article.
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Pengling Dec 30, 2023
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Quoting: scaineIt's great that Monster Hunter World is on there (had Denuvo, it was removed), while Monster Hunter Rise isn't (still has Denuvo).
Capcom is off on one of their anti-consumer rampages again at the moment, as they do every decade or so, having recently deemed all PC-game modding to be cheating and doubling down on Denuvo, so we won't be seeing them removing Denuvo from any more games for a long time, I would imagine.

This annoys me, because they've stuck it on several titles that I was looking forward to (some of them compilations of decade-old games following up on collections that did not have Denuvo). At least it's saved me some money!

Quoting: scaineI hate wishing ill on anyone, I really do hate the whole cancel culture thing, but as a very committed gamer, I'd happily see Denuvo fold tomorrow and I'd toast its demise with a whisky and a smile.
It's not cancel-culture to want anti-consumer snake-oil* to die the death it deserves.

*I hate using this expression because I know that genuine snake-oil actually did have health-benefits due to containing high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, and it was the counterfeit stuff made from rattlesnakes and turpentine that did not, but what can ya do?
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