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Run and Gun on the Steam Deck

Some Great FPS that run on Linux and Steam Deck

Arma 3

True combat gameplay in a massive military sandbox
ProtonDB Rating: Gold
Steam Deck: Unsupported

“A significant step forward for the king of military simulation… Arma 3 is an unparalleled war story generator.”

84/100 – PC Gamer

While Arma 3 is technically unsupported on the Steam Deck due to BattlEye, it is definitely playable! Thanks to other launchers like the Arma3 Unix Launcher by muttleyxd, you can enjoy the full, immersive Arma experience on Linux. Make sure that you install with Proton though, or you may have more issues.


How long can you survive a post-apocalyptic world?
ProtonDB Rating: Gold
Steam Deck: Unsupported

Many zombies. Such military. Very open. 7/10 paws.

Critiquing Dog

DayZ is another game that is “unsupported” on the Steam Deck thanks to BattlEye, but in our experience, it is definitely playable!

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Insurgency: Sandstorm

Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight
ProtonDB Rating: Silver
Steam Deck: Unsupported

“If ever there was an example of outstanding FPS gunplay, Insurgency: Sandstorm is surely it”

8.8/10 – IGN

Despite being unsupported, Insurgency: Sandstorm has excellent feedback from ProtonDB users! I’ve run into two issues after install, first that it occasionally won’t launch so you have to give it a few times and intermittently EAC will give a warning and you have to relaunch the game. Either way, I’ve racked up over 500 hours in the game, so it may be temperamental but it’s worth the bugs.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

It’s CSGO, what do you want?
ProtonDB Rating: Native
Steam Deck: Playable

Includes intense violence and blood.

Mature Content Description

CS:GO is exactly what you want from CS:GO, and runs perfectly out of the box.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II

Be the hero in the ultimate Star Wars battle fantasy
ProtonDB Rating: Gold
Steam Deck: Playable

Star Wars: Battlefront II is labeled as Playable by valve, and it has honestly shocked me how well this EA game runs on Proton.

Battlefield V

ProtonDB Rating: Gold
Steam Deck: Playable

If you enjoy Battlefield V, it runs excellently on Linux! There are definitely some readability issues but it has achieved a “playable” rating on the Steam Deck.

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