October 2023’s Next Fest Is Now Live, Notable Free Game Demos To Try, New Verified Games, Reviews, and More – TouchArcade

Welcome to our latest Steam Deck Weekly characteristic the place I cowl information, critiques, gross sales, newly Verified video games, Steam gross sales, and extra. In case you missed any of our prior Steam Deck protection, it’s all here. This week, Steam’s Subsequent Fest for October 2023 is stay with notable recreation demos, a number of video games I’ve loved have been Steam Deck Verified, I’ve critiques and impressions for what I’ve been taking part in, and extra. Let’s get into it then.


Earth Protection Drive 6 Releases in Spring 2024 on Steam

It lastly occurred. D3 Writer introduced a localization of Earth Protection Drive 6 for PlayStation and PC platforms together with Steam for Spring 2024. I like this franchise, and it has been an annoyingly lengthy anticipate an English launch for Earth Protection Drive 6 which launched in Japan on PS5 and PS4. You may wishlist Earth Protection Drive 6 on Steam here. You higher consider I’ll be taking part in this on Steam Deck.

The Steam Subsequent Fest October 2023 Demos to Play

There are a ton of demos accessible throughout Steam’s new October 2023 Next Fest, and I’ve rounded up a number of demos accessible on Steam proper now that I feel it’s best to check out. These are from a wide range of genres. Some video games can be found to pre-order whereas others simply have demos and trailers out proper now. In case you do have your individual suggestions for Steam Subsequent Fest Demos, please let me know within the feedback.

Videoverse Will get Steam Deck Assist

As announced by developer Kinmoku, the visible novel-like journey expertise impressed by Miiverse and early web boards has been on my radar ever since I noticed Chris Schilling from EDGE post about it a few months ago. I ended up loving what I noticed on the Steam page, and gifted it to a buddy, however didn’t play it as a result of it didn’t have Steam Deck assist. Quick ahead to right this moment, it has been up to date to assist the Steam Deck. I haven’t dug too deep into it (I’ll save that for a full characteristic), but it surely feels very cozy and nostalgic to date. I’m trying ahead to taking part in extra quickly.

Persona 3 Reload Iwatodai Dorm Trailer

Persona 3 Reload has one other new trailer, and whereas I gained’t be overlaying each single character trailer, this one focuses on the dorm, which has one in every of my favourite songs in Persona historical past. I’m undecided I’m 100% bought on the brand new vocals within the tune, however I’d be mendacity if I mentioned this trailer didn’t get me extra excited for this remake to a JRPG traditional out in a number of months.

New Steam Deck Verified & Playable video games for the week

What per week it has been for brand new Steam Deck Verified video games. Hat tip to TouchArcade reader Mor for letting me learn about a number of of the video games right here. Atlus’ Persona 3 Reload is Steam Deck Verified round 4 months earlier than launching. Nuts. I’m undoubtedly excited to play it on Deck since it’s the solely moveable model proper now. Forward of next week’s Diablo 4 launch, it has been Steam Deck Verified as effectively. I figured it could be Verified quickly given how well it runs on Steam Deck. Current indie releases like Ooblets, Goodbye Volcano Excessive, and AK-xolotl are additionally Steam Deck Verified as of this week.

Expertise Inc. and Aksys Video games’ latest DRPG Mon-Yu: Defeat Monsters And Gain Strong Weapons And Armor. You May Be Defeated, But Don’t Give Up. Become Stronger. I Believe There Will Be A Day When The Heroes Defeat The Devil King. can be Verified. Whereas not accessible in English but, G Mode’s G-MODE Archives+: Megami Ibunroku Persona: Ikuu no Tou Hen (primarily based on Persona 1 for PS1) can be Steam Deck Verified as of earlier right this moment. The ultimate notable Steam Deck Verified recreation is Riot Forge and Tequilla Works’ upcoming Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story. I’ll be reviewing that on each Steam Deck and Swap.

On the subject of new Steam Deck “Playable“ video games, NIS America and Furyu’s upcoming RPG Crymachina is playable however not verified as a result of the textual content measurement is simply too small apparently. I’ll be taking part in this on Steam Deck as effectively, so will write about how I discover it. Sonic Superstars has additionally been designated the Steam Deck “Playable“ badge by Valve.

Steam Deck Sport Impressions & Evaluations

Lies of P Steam Deck Review

When Lies of P was revealed, I stupidly wrote it off as one other soulslike that wouldn’t be price my time. I’m sorry however there are too many video games that promise to be soulslikes, however find yourself simply being annoyingly troublesome with out really understanding why folks take pleasure in FromSoftware’s video games. Fortunately, I used to be so improper, and Lies of P is really particular, and I’m not mendacity. When Neowiz launched a demo, it shocked me, however I used to be nonetheless skeptical of the complete launch. Having now performed the complete recreation on each Steam Deck and PS5, I’m floored by how good Lies of P ended up being, and it has been tremendous on Steam Deck for essentially the most half. Till just lately, there was a bug with the sport that brought on some flickering, however as of a latest replace, it now not is a matter in my testing.

Going into Lies of P with out having seen many trailers, however having some expertise from the demo paid off. I used to be often impressed with the extent design (regardless of the poison swamp), enemy placement, boss design, and general aesthetic along with the superb fight. The sport has seen patches pre-release and submit launch with the latter even making some steadiness changes, however I’m assured within the recreation’s high quality now, extra so than earlier than, and undoubtedly hope we see this crew do extra for the sport.

In a whole lot of methods Lies of P borrows and isn’t afraid of exhibiting its inspirations, however does sufficient to be price taking part in by itself. In case you dislike the Darkish Souls video games, this may occasionally not click on for you, however when you do take pleasure in this, Lies of P is the closest to the unique’s high quality and enjoyable general. It appears like a pleasant mix of Bloodborne, Darkish Souls, and even Sekiro with a singular theme and polish. I’ve been an enormous fan of video games that construct over the Souls components in their very own method like Remnant II or the good Nioh video games, however Lies of P is the closest to an precise pure soulslike expertise when you might.

On Steam Deck, Lies of P may idiot you into considering you may play your complete recreation at a locked 60fps, however I’d advocate locking it to 40fps with the 40hz show setting for a extra constant expertise. It’s also possible to tweak it to look superb with the detailed in-game settings. In case you don’t need to spend an excessive amount of time on this, simply go together with the default however make certain the sport is about to 60fps and your Steam Deck show to 40hz for one of the best end result. It controls effectively, seems wonderful, and admittedly is shockingly good on the platform. It additionally has cloud saves, you recognize, one thing the precise Darkish Souls video games don’t have on Steam for some motive. It additionally has native 16:10 assist which is nice on Steam Deck.

I even have been taking part in Lies of P on PS5. Whereas efficiency isn’t good in all the visible modes, it felt and appeared superb within the 60fps mode on my 1440p show. It additionally makes good use of the PS5 controller and system options like Exercise Playing cards. Neowiz and Round8 proceed to impress, but it surely appears like extra work ought to’ve gone into the 30fps and 40hz modes on PS5.

Lies of P appears like a biggest hits Souls cowl album by a band that’s superb at improvising and making every little thing slot in completely. It feels just like the closest you may get to an precise FromSoftware recreation by an exterior developer, and it is among the greatest video games of the yr when you’re up for the problem. Lies of P is polished, enjoyable, and punishing by its ranges and executives with a beautiful aesthetic. I need to see this crew deal with extra themes like Pinocchio sooner or later as a result of they nailed it right here, and it feels so good on Steam Deck.

Lies of P Steam Deck overview rating: 4.5/5

The Lamplighters League Steam Deck Review

The Lamplighters League just lately launched on PC and Xbox platforms, and it has been a pleasure to play on Steam Deck. The brand new turn-based tactical RPG from the builders of the superior Shadowrun and Battletch video games is fashionable, formidable, however a bit flawed technically in its present state. I’ve been taking part in it on Steam Deck pre-release, but additionally checked out the Xbox Sequence X model since launch day.

With its attention-grabbing setting, pretty aesthetic, sound design, and attention-grabbing mix of gameplay mechanics, The Lamplighters League ought to’ve been a house run. It sadly is held again by some technical points and stealth implementation. In a whole lot of methods, it appears like The Lamplighters League has the potential to be actually particular with some updates and high quality of life enhancements. Proper now for its asking value, it feels a bit missing. I hope the builders are capable of work on it to have it attain its true potential.

I normally choose taking part in video games like this on a conveyable, however since The Lamplighters League can be on Xbox platforms together with Sport Go, I figured I’d strive it there as effectively. I’m not proud of how it’s on Xbox Sequence X proper now sadly. It feels prefer it wanted a bit extra time on the console as a result of I’ve had virtually no main points with the sport on Steam Deck as compared.

The Lamplighters League has been Steam Deck Verified since earlier than it launched, and it does play very well on the hand-held. I examined it on the Steam Deck itself, and on my exterior monitor. I loved it extra handheld, with how the sport is structured. Among the textual content is usually a bit small in handheld mode although. Barring that, it appears like an excellent match for moveable play, and I can safely advocate it on Steam Deck in case you are planning on shopping for the sport. The Lamplighters League additionally has 16:10 assist.

In its present state, I’m not blissful a few new playable character being bought as paid DLC day one, however virtually every little thing else The Lamplighters League does is excellent. It has some digicam points in particular modes and I don’t look after the stealth implementation, however I ended up having fun with my time with The Lamplighters League on Steam Deck fairly a bit. I’d advocate getting it on sale when you aren’t certain it’s for you, however those that benefit from the developer’s prior work will discover one thing very attention-grabbing right here.

The Lamplighters League Steam Deck overview rating: 3.5/5

Steam Deck Sport Gross sales & Reductions

Nothing out of the extraordinary this week, however I’d advocate trying out the Steam Subsequent Fest demos and including some video games to your wishlist.

That’s all for this week. As standard, you may learn all our Steam Deck protection here. You probably have any suggestions for this characteristic or what else you’d prefer to see us do across the Steam Deck, tell us within the feedback under. I hope you all have an excellent weekend, and thanks for studying.

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