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Last week, there were some wonderful new game releases and some awesome new Steam Deck Verified/Playable games. We have new AAA releases like Dead Island 2, incredible indies like Yellow Taxi Goes Vroom and Surmount, and some that we may not agree with...Fallout 4, I am looking at you!

Here are the 12 recommendations and 1 outlier that we found:

Verified or Playable games don't automatically mean they work amazing out of the box. Some of these games may require work to optimize and play well. Here are our thoughts on the Verified system and how it can be fixed.

Steam Deck Verified/Playable Highlights 4/22/24 - 4/28/24

Dead Island 2 (Playable)


A deadly virus is spreading across Los Angeles, turning its inhabitants into zombies. Bitten, infected, but more than just immune, uncover the truth behind the outbreak and discover who - or what - you are. Survive, evolve and become the ultimate Zombie Slayer.

The game is $59.99 and rated Playable due to small in-game text, needing to manually bring up virtual keyboard, and showing incorrect controller icons. There was also a Developer Post made to discuss Steam Deck compatibility.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Playable) (SDHQ Review)

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Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes is designed to bring players a modern take on a classic JRPG experience. Get ready to lead 100+ playable characters through a war-torn world only you can save.

The game is $49.99 and rated Playable due to small in-game text.

Yellow Taxi Goes Vroom (Verified)


Make full use of your advanced move-set to navigate hand-crafted retro worlds without a jump button in this vibrant love letter to the N64 era of collectathons!

The game is $16.99 and rated Verified.

Phantom Fury (Verified) (SDHQ Review)

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Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison is back in this highly interactive mix of first person action and road movie adventure. Embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey around the USA. Use an enormous arsenal of weapons and skills to battle treacherous soldiers and vile mutants, all while trying to save mankind.

The game is 10% off until tomorrow (April 30th) and is Verified.

Surmount (Verified)


Fling yourself into a mountain climbing adventure! Become the first to reach the top of the highest mountain in the world and meet eccentric characters along the way!

The game will be released on May 2nd and is rated Verified.

Backpack Battles (Verified)


A PvP inventory management auto battler! Buy and craft powerful items, then carefully arrange them in your backpack.

The game is 10% off until May 5th for $11.69 and is rated Verified.

Another Crab's Treasure (Verified)


Another Crab’s Treasure is a soulslike adventure set in a crumbling underwater world. As Kril the hermit crab, you’ll need to wear the trash around you as shells to withstand attacks from enemies many times your size. Embark on an epic treasure hunt to buy back your repossessed shell, and discover the dark secrets behind the polluted ocean.

The game is 10% off until May 2nd for $26.99 and is rated Verified.

Sim City 3000 Unlimited (Playable)


Sim City 3000 Unlimited brings you the classic strategy gaming of Sim City 3000 with all-new scenarios that open up a whole world of city planning and building possibilities! The thrills of the classic Sim City 3000 are here again!

The game is $4.99 and rated Playable due to needing to manually set the resolution and needing to bring up the virtual keyboard.

Maniac (Verified)


Ever just tired of it all? Ready for change? Wanna bet it all on sheer mayhem and destruction? In comes Maniac, a rogue-lite crime action game in which the world goes against you, and your insanity creates chaos!

The game is $4.99 and rated Verified.

Gigantic: Rampage Edition (Playable)


GIGANTIC: RAMPAGE EDITION is a premium and definitive release of the original 5v5 MOBA Hero Shooter, GIGANTIC, that provides a dynamic and exciting team-based multiplayer experience for fans of both genres. Choose from a diverse roster of unique heroes, each with a set of upgradeable abilities, and team up with four other players to control objectives and take down the opposing team’s mighty Guardian, all while protecting your own.

The game is $19.99 and rated Playable due to needing to manually bring up the virtual keyboard and some small in-game text.

SaGa Emerald Beyond (Playable)


FORGE YOUR OWN TALE The latest standalone entry in the SaGa franchise, SaGa Emerald Beyond, brings together the very best elements of the beloved series to offer each player their own unique gameplay experience.

The game is $49.99 and rated Playable due to small in-game text.

Heading Out (Playable)

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Heading Out is an immersive driving game passionately inspired by cult classic road movies. Escape your fears by taking off down American highways on an emotional trip of discovery in this narrative roguelike experience.

The game will be released on May 7th and is rated Playable due to the small in-game text.

Fallout 4 (Verified?)


Fallout 4 got a new patch to update it to "Next-Gen," and it came with the Verified badge. While it can play alright, this patch also brought with it some issues. The launcher was removed, which means we can't change graphical quality without using a launch command "SteamDeck=0 %command%" and the frame times on the Steam Deck OLED were all off (Valve fixed this with a Proton Hotfix).

While the open-world RPG is playable, I do disagree with the Verified badge here on the grounds of needing to change settings to get optimal performance.

And that's all for the last week's highlights! You can check out the previous list of highlights to check out some awesome new games like Forgive Me Father 2, Reigns Beyond, and Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance.

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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