For the second month in a row, Vampire Survivors has risen above the likes of Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered to become the most-played Steam Deck game in September 2022

Vampire Survivors Is Once Again the Most-Played Steam Deck Game in September 2022


For the second month in a row, Vampire Survivors has risen above the likes of Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered to become the most-played Steam Deck game in September 2022.
Valve shared the news on Twitter, confirming that Vampire Survivors, which is set to get its v1.0 update on October 20, was the most-played game in terms of total hours played. While we weren't given an exact number, we do know that it held off the behemoth that is Elden Ring to take the top spot.
Behind those two games, in order, were Stardew Valley, Cyberpunk 2077, Hades, No Man's Sky, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, Cult of the Lamb, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.
When compared to August, some of the newcomers to the list include Cyberpunk 2077 and Disney Dreamlight Valley. Cyberpunk 2077 has seen a bit of a resurgence as of late following the release of Netflix's Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime, news of its first major expansion, and multiple updates that have been released for the game.
CD Projekt recently revealed Cyberpunk 2077 had at least one million people playing the game during the week of September 22 and total sales of the game have surpassed 20 million. All of these details help reveal why it placed fourth on this Steam Deck list.
The 10 Best Steam Deck GamesThe Steam Deck is a powerful little handheld capable of playing a lot of amazing games. OK, well it’s not that little, but it makes up for its bulky size with sheer power and Steam’s seemingly endless library of software. For our Top 10 Steam Deck Games list, we wanted to set up a few parameters for our recommendations, including the kind of games it's capable of running, how well it runs them, and portability.
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Sure, you can run games like Vampire Survivors or Tunic on it, and we've sunk our fair share of hours into each, but part of the spectacle is that the Steam Deck can run huge triple-A games on the go. There are a few caveats, of course. Some of these games are pretty massive in file size or require an initial internet connection, and even some mild tweaking in the settings to get running well, but hey, it wouldn’t be PC gaming without those things after all. So, without further ado, here are our Top 10 Games for the Steam Deck!<h3>10. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</h3>
Hideo Kojima's final Metal Gear Solid is an ambitious stunner, and the Steam Deck has no troubles at all running it in silky smooth 60 frames per second. And that is a very good thing, because the sandbox available to you is every bit as detailed and sophisticated as you can hope for.
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While another Kojima game, Death Stranding, is heavily advertised as playable on Steam Deck, Metal Gear Solid 5's tactical espionage action could be the Kojima game worth checking out on the Steam Deck instead.<h3>9. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition</h3>
When it comes to 100-hour epic RPGs, you can’t beat the convenience of playing on a handheld device. It’s just so nice to be able to play anywhere in the house or on the go. And action-RPGs don’t get much more epic than the space-faring trilogy collected in the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. 
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The trilogy’s incredible storytelling stands the test of time, and the updates made to the trilogy, most notably to the original Mass Effect, help modernize the gameplay experience, too. While it’s a small hassle to sign in with EA Origin each time you open it on Steam Deck, that’s a small price to pay to play this incredible collection of games in handheld form.<h3>8. Yakuza: Like a Dragon</h3>
Because of their turn-based gameplay, JRPGs are almost perfect for gaming on the go, and getting to play one of the best JRPGs on console and PCs anywhere is a true treat. Yakuza: Like a Dragon may have exchanged the series' beat 'em up mechanics with a crazy, over-the-top turn-based combat system, but the experience on the Steam Deck feels like an evolution from playing RPGs like Pokemon on the Game Boy. Except instead of using cute monsters, you're summoning gangsters and vagabonds to help you climb to the top of the criminal underworld in a gorgeous RPG.
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And if turn-based isn’t your style, the other Yakuza games play perfectly well on the Steam Deck too if you rather just punch and kick people instead of waiting for your turn.<h3>7. Doom Eternal</h3>
The Doom franchise has been synonymous with PC gaming from the jump, pushing hardware and evolving the first person shooter genre with rips, tears, and chainsaws through hell. So it’s only natural that the latest entry in the series totally kicks ass on the portable PC Steam Deck as well.
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Aside from some tiny text that may have you pushing your screen a little closer to your blood soaked visor than expected, Doom Eternal is an absolute blast in handheld form and definitely a step up from 2020’s Nintendo Switch port. <h3>6. Devil May Cry 5</h3>
Capcom’s legendary ultra-stylish action game Devil May Cry 5 first launched in 2019, but it practically feels brand new as a handheld game on Steam Deck. The bite-sized stages and gargantuan bosses are totally rife for infinite replayability, challenging players to top their combos and scores as they gun down, slash, wire dash, air hike, and enemy step their way through hordes of nightmarish beasts and bad guys. 
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The combat is simple in design but totally limitless in execution, encouraging players to experiment with endless combinations of attacks however they please. Devil May Cry 5 absolutely rules, and you owe it to yourself to play it if you really love action games.
Disney Dreamlight Valley entered Early Access in September and has been fairly well received by critics and fans. In our 8/10 review, we said that it is "an awesome life simulator that flexes its iconic characters to riveting, satisfying effect." That Disney magic, alongside cross-progression support, helped it make the top 10 list of most-played Steam Deck games for the month.
For more, check out our list of the best Steam Deck games and our chat with Valve about the most burning questions we had about the Steam Deck seven months after its release.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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