Steam Deck: Top 5 Action Games To Play

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Portable PC gaming devices have been around for years now, but the Steam Deck seems assured to be the breakthrough gadget.

Players have had the Steam Deck in their hands for quite a while, and the influx of deliveries means thousands of gamers are getting to try it out every single day.

However, what makes an action game good on the all-new handheld device from the PC gaming giants? Well, it must run well – the game doesn’t have to be Steam Deck Verified, but it must be able to run at least 30 frames per second (FPS) and have no issues with compatibility with SteamOS or Proton.

You may already have hundreds or even thousands of games that will work with the Steam Deck, depending on how big your Steam Library is.

Here are some of the finest action games available right now that have been validated by Steam, indicating that they run equally well on a gaming PC as they do on a console.

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1. Forza Horizon 5

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The adventurous racer Forza Horizon 5 is a natural fit for gamepad-style controls, and the Steam Deck’s haptic shoulder buttons even add a little shake to the experience of stomping the accelerator.

2. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

A screenshot taken from Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker.

Final Fantasy XIV is a perfect addition to Steam Deck, the controls are fully adapted and the medium video settings provide fine frame rates without compromising quality. High is also playable, but it hits near 30fps with points.

3. Apex Legends

Characters that can be selected in Apex Legends.
Credit: EA

Just like any other action game, the popular Apex Legends is one of Steam Deck’s most played games, a game that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In the game, the character of your choice arrives on the battlefield with nothing and look for weapons and equipment making things interesting, that’s if you are a first timer.

4. Elden Ring

A screenshot taken from Elden Ring. (Credit: FromSoftware)

As the game of 2022 so far is Elden Ring, there is a good chance that any early Steam Deck adopters will travel to the Lands Between sooner rather than later. In terms of performance and graphics, they get an impressive experience.

With the Steam Deck, you can play Elden Ring on a flight, which was not conceivable before the platform’s release. In addition, it is more comfortable than gaming laptops in these types of situations.

5. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 gameplay image
Credit: Bethesda

For nearly five years, Fallout 4 has been a very popular action role-playing game and its move to Steam Deck makes the game more popular in sense of its latest modifications to the game.

In addition to its truly massive collection of PC games, Steam Deck had the ambition of being able to run every game on it.


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