What are the best games to play with a Steam Controller?

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    #1The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an adventure role-playing game created by CD Projekt RED. It was released in 2015 as a sequel to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. In this game, the player controls Geralt, a monster hunter trying to save his daughter.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Philip Turner
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "The Steam Controller is fairly interesting, especially coming from a console. I decided to try playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY edition on the Steam Controller and I was actually pleasantly surprised. Witcher 3 is awesome and it is clear why it won the Game of The Year Reward. The game responded well to the Steam Controller, however, in my opinion, this controller still lags far behind a standard console controller."
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    #2Portal 2

    Portal 2
    Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle video game developed by Valve that features a humorous story. In the game, the "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


    Frank Schmidt
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "In my opinion, Portal is best played with controllers. Steam's controller may be a bit difficult to get into because it has a touchpad instead of analog sticks but once I got the hang of it, it was great! :)"
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    #3Rocket League

    Rocket League

    Rocket League, a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, is a multiplayer football game that involves cars. Released in 2015, the football racing game was developed and published by Psyonix, Inc.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One


    Bryan Lee
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "The Steam Controller and Rocket League are the best for each other. The biggest problem I had with the controller was the quick chat but other than that, it's way better than the Xbox controller!"


Did you know that the first video game controller consisted of only two controls? In 1958, American physicist William Higinbotham invented the video game Tennis for Two, which was played on an oscilloscope with two aluminum controllers, each of which had a dial for positioning the player's plane and a button for hitting the virtual tennis ball. But along with the development of video games, the controllers enjoyed evolution as well. Arcade games, which paved the way for the current stream of video games, have gamepads that have a directional stick (or joystick) and multiple buttons for different actions. The early generations of home consoles had smaller versions of the gamepad until button-based directional controls were introduced in the third generation. 

Controllers also evolved based on need, with shooting games requiring gun-like controllers, and racing games needing wheel-shaped controllers that also has pedals. Computer peripherals like mouse and keyboard also became controllers for video games, especially for games played on personal computers. Valve, one of the biggest players in the gaming market, decided to combine the best features of the mouse-and-keyboard controller and the traditional gamepad and launched the Steam Controller in 2015. The Steam Controller has two mouse-like trackpads, a joystick, and fourteen buttons, including controls under the grip.   

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    #4Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game for Windows computers, and for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4 video game consoles. It was developed by Rockstar North and released by Rockstar Games in 2013.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3


    Thomas Dixon
    Written on December 16, 2017
    "Grand Theft Auto V is such a classic game and playing it on the steam controller just adds to the fun! I don't care much for the joy sticks on other controllers so this was pretty good IMO!"
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    #5Dark Souls III

    Dark Souls III

    Dark Souls III is a dark action RPG video game which is the fourth installment in the Souls series developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. This game is the fastest selling game in Bandai Namco's history. 


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Aaron Kelly
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "Nothing like playing a fantastic exploration game like DS3 on a fantastic controller. Playing on a PC with a mouse and keyboard is tiring. Steam's controller is also great because it has a touchpad. Using controllers with joysticks are hard for me. Played DS3 for hours with this thing haha!"
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    #6Trine 2

    Trine 2
    Trine 2 is a multiplatform multiplayer game. In Trine 2 the player controls three heroes: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief - who continue their adventures together in a magical kingdom.

    Windows, Mac, Android, PlayStation 4


    Mark Green
    Written on August 22, 2018
    "great game to get used to steam's weird controller. platformers are really hard to play, but it's good practice for anyone, especially with steam's touchpad."
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    #7Fallout 4

    Fallout 4
    Fallout 4 is a role-playing video game created by Bethesda Game Studios. It was released in 2015 and is the fifth in the game series. In the game, the player needs to find his missing son in the monster-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Brittany Estrada
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "I was looking for a good game to play with my new Steam Controller. My friend recommended Fallout 4 because he knew I loved games like that. It's a survivor game based in a post-apocalyptic world. The gameplay is wonderful and very addicting and I love the exploration aspects of the game. The graphics are truly something to marvel at. I've had no trouble running the game on my new PC system. I highly recommend Fallout 4."
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    #8Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an adventure fantasy open world role-playing video game developed by Monolith Productions and released by Warner Bros. The game is based on the novels written by author J.R.R. Tolkien.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Summer Xia
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "Having been a lifelong fan of Tolkien I was so excited to find Middle Earth, what a great game that integrates so well with the Steam controller. Game play is amazing. Graphics are glorious. The story is compelling. I upgraded and it was worth every penny! All I can say is MORE!!!!"
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    #9The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing game, playable from either a first or third-person perspective. The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim, which is an open world environment. 


    Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch


    Louis Rose
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "@Teresa Jensen What are you talking about? I've played Skyrim on PCs with Steam and it's pretty good! Even if you're using the Steam Controller (which is a weird controller that has no joysticks for some reason) Skyrim still deliver!"
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    #10Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V is a cross-platform arcade fighting video game developed and published by Capcom. It can be played in different modes such as Arcade and Extra Battle. This is the latest main installment in the Street Fighter series.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Ralph Campbell
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "Street Fighter V is a great game to play with a Steam Controller. It also brings back memories of games that 90s kids used to play. Definitely, recommend this for people playing with a Steam Controller. "
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    #11Assassin's Creed: Origins

    Assassin's Creed: Origins

    Assassin's Creed Origins is an open-world role-playing adventure game from Ubisoft. It is the 10th installment of the Assassin's Creed series. It is set in ancient Egypt and around the Great Pyramids in Giza.


    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

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    José Juan Tovar
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "I love the steam controller! I mean, it took a while for me to figure out how to make it work and I was scratching my head for days! Figured it out by changing the configuration on some of my settings. After that, it was smooth sailing! Playing AC:O on it has been an amazing experience so far. Haven't encountered any problems so I totally recommend this!"
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    #12Arma 3

    Arma 3

    Arma 3 is a military and strategy video game first released in 2013 developed by Bohemia Interactive. It offers singleplayer and multiplayer modes and is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux.




    Samuel Mason
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "Amra 3 is an impressive game that works quite well with the Steam controller. As a massive military undertaking you have multiple vehicles and weapons to choose from, along with almost limitless content creation possibilities. Graphics are quite good overall and the game is quite engaging."
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    #13Elite Dangerous

    Elite Dangerous

    Elite Dangerous is a space simulation game developed by Frontier Developments and first released in 2015. It lets players explore an open-world cutthroat galaxy where players battle it out to freedom and glory.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Debra Torres
    Written on December 17, 2017
    "I needed the best games to play with a steam controller and I found Elite: Dangerous. I really think this is the kind of game that has the advantage of being played with a controller since it requires a lot of accuracy. With a little bit of configuration, I was powering through ED like nothing with the steam controller."
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    #14Pillars of Eternity

    Pillars of Eternity

    Pillars of Eternity is an RPG game that's filled with exploration and adventure. Lead your band of allies and discover the mysteries of this fantasy realm to shape your destiny. The game was first released on March 26, 2015.


    Windows, Mac


    Vincent Bailey
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "I think this is worth a shot at least, @Nancy. Sure, you've seen it all before but I think it's still all in the execution and Pillars was extremely well executed. With the steam controller, it's even better since the devs gave it legit bindings that are perfect for the game. I'd say give it another shot with the controller!"
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    #15Euro Truck Simulator 2

    Euro Truck Simulator 2

    Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a simulation game developed and published by SCS Software. It provides a truck driver experience from truck customization, game world features such as landmarks, and up to creating own transportation company.


    Windows, Mac, Android


    Ashley Lee
    Written on December 13, 2017
    "The idea behind this game is simple enough. You basically drive a semi-truck. The graphics are beautiful, which goes to show that it is indeed meant to be meditating and not necessarily "fun." It IS fun though because it is relaxing in an engaging way that you normally wouldn't see a game of its like. Playing it with the Steam controller lets you relax even more since you can play it while lounging around. It is done very well for this type of game and definitely something that would appeal to a select few. "
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    #16Divinity: Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin is an isometric fantasy role-playing game developed and published by Larian Studios. It also features tactical turn-based combat, a highly interactive world, and lots of choices and consequences.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Donna Alvarez
    Written on December 16, 2017
    "I think Divinity - Original Sin is definitely one of the best games to play with a Steam Controller. However, I don't really like the controller in general. I prefer to use a different controller whenever possible."
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    #17Hollow Knight

    Hollow Knight
    Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game, in classic Metroidvania style with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. In this game, players explore the world using a variety of movement and combat techniques.

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch


    Jan Pokorný
    Written on February 17, 2019
    "It is made for controller and it is the best game I have played so far. It is 2D platformer focused on exploration - beautiful art and music, and it has lots of interesting enemies."


Best What are the best games to play with a Steam Controller
1The Witcher 3: Wild HuntGames 23 Paid
2Portal 2Games 23 Paid
3Rocket LeagueGames 20 Paid
4Grand Theft Auto VGames 19 Paid
5Dark Souls IIIGames 17 Paid
6Trine 2Games 17 Paid
7Fallout 4Games 12 Paid
8Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorGames 12 Paid
9The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimGames 12 Paid
10Street Fighter VGames 12 Paid

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