Best games to play with a steam controller

1.Portal 2

Paid: $9.99
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.
  • Frank Schmidt

    by Frank Schmidt

    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 a


  • Ronald Wallace

    by Ronald Wallace

    hot take: this game is really easeir to play with Steam's touchpad controller than the the usual controllers from mainstream consoles. Well, that's ma More

  • by Félix Molina

    I was given a Steam Controller as a gift and gave it a try. So far the best game to play with it is Portal 2. I've always loved the Portal games, this More

2.Trine 2

Paid: $19.99
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.
  • Mark Green

    by Mark Green

    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.

3.Fallout 4

Paid: $29.99
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.
  • Brittany Estrada

    by Brittany Estrada

    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 lo More

4.Street Fighter V

Paid: $19.99 Check price

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.

  • by Ralph Campbell

    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.

5.Arma 3

Paid: $39.99

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.

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  • Samuel Mason

    by Samuel Mason

    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 More

  • Shaurya Mehra

    by Shaurya Mehra

    Got that right Samuel, my sniping got 100% better because of the steam controller, nothing beats aiming with a mouse!

6.Elite Dangerous

Paid: $29.99

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.

  • by Debra Torres

    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 config


7.Pillars of Eternity

Paid: $29.99

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.

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  • Vincent Bailey

    by Vincent Bailey

    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 extremel


  • Nancy Davis

    by Nancy Davis

    Not worth the price. The game is fun, but it's typical, and just not worth it imo. There are tons of games like this on the market, nothing really mak More

8.Euro Truck Simulator 2

Paid: $19.99 with in-app purchases

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.

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  • Ashley Lee

    by Ashley Lee

    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


9.Hollow Knight

Paid: $14.99
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.
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    by Jan Pokorný null

    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.

10.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Paid: $49.99

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.

  • Philip Turner

    by Philip Turner

    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  More

11.Grand Theft Auto V

Paid: $29.99

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.

  • Thomas Dixon

    by Thomas Dixon

    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 othe


  • Juan Sullivan

    by Juan Sullivan

    the touchpad is great for shooting and combat, though I wish the joystick was a little more responsive so I can drift and drive nicely especially on t More

12.Dark Souls III

Paid: $59.99

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. 

  • Aaron Kelly

    by Aaron Kelly

    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


  • Jesse Lucas

    by Jesse Lucas

    I play this game so much. It's so immersive, a huge world, interesting characters and dialogue, and soooooooo dark! I love it, it is worth the price.

13.Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Paid: $19.99

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.

  • Summer Xia

    by Summer Xia

    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 More

  • Donald Chavez

    by Donald Chavez

    Nothing like using a mousepad when shooting wraith arrows and posion darts! I love using controllers, but sometimes aiming is a pain, especially for l More

14.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Paid: $39.99 Check price

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. 

  • Louis Rose

    by Louis Rose

    @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 (wh


  • Ruth Baker

    by Ruth Baker

    @louis rose, do you know what you're talking about, it has a small joystick LOL!!! But yeah, while playing this game using the keyboard is kind of con More

  • Poor-G Richy

    by Poor-G Richy

    LOL! Skyrim is a Playstation 4 game! Hahaha! Good laugh... When the game came out in 2011 the PS4 wasn't even a concept. Skyrim on PC is superb becaus More

  • Teresa Jensen

    by Teresa Jensen

    This is a great game, I'd have to agree that it is one of the best games one cane play, even. But it isn't meant for Steam. This is a Playstation 4 ga More

15.Assassin's Creed: Origins

Paid: $59.99 Check price

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.

  •  José Juan Tovar

    by José Juan Tovar

    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


  • Rajesh Chavan

    by Rajesh Chavan

    Great update to a classic game. Very strong gameplay and a blast to play.

16.Divinity: Original Sin

Paid: $39.99 Check price

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.

  • Donna Alvarez

    by Donna Alvarez

    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 ge More

  • Lawrence Johnson

    by Lawrence Johnson

    Well Donna you need to practice it more. The touchpad takes some getting used to but once you get how it works you'll have an easier time in choosing  More


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.