Why Vampire Survivors is one of the world’s most popular games

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Vampire Survivors has become a go-to game for many and it’s one of the most popular games on Steam long since its release.

Though competitive shooters like Counter-Strike and blockbuster AAA releases like Street Fighter 6 consistently stand as some of the most popular games on Steam, several indie releases stand alongside them. 2022’s roguelike shoot ‘em up Vampire Survivors has rooted itself among that lot. 

The game joins the likes of farming sim Stardew Valley and fellow roguelike The Binding of Isaac as a go-to favorite for many gamers. So what makes Vampire Survivors great and what should new players think about before starting? Here are all the key details on the game.

Is Vampire Survivors good?

Vampire Survivors is regarded as one of the best games of 2022 and has a high review average across all the platforms it has released on.

Review aggregators have an average score above 85% across all platforms the game has been released on. The Xbox Series X/S version actually has the highest review average, though there isn’t a significant gameplay or performance difference between the console and PC versions. It also has an average score around 90% on mobile.

The title has been praised for its accessibility, frantic action and defined session lengths. Each game lasts around 30 to 40 minutes at most before it is forcibly ended, making it easy to both pick up and put down. An assortment of characters and random power-ups means that no two games will be the same.

Vampire Survivors became popular thanks to a combination of strong gameplay, affordable pricing, and good timing for its release. 

The game itself is rock solid fun and is remarkably cheap, with a $4.99 price tag before going on sale. That’s a good formula on its own, but a big part of its success was when it came out. Vampire Survivors grew in prominence as a killer app for the Steam Deck portable PC. The game is a perfect fit for the Steam Deck, and has ranked among the platform’s most-played titles since its release.

What platforms is Vampire Survivors on?

Vampire Survivors is available now on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and mobile devices. A Nintendo Switch version will also go live summer 2023.

The PC version was the first to come out, arriving on October 20, 2022. The Xbox version launched less than a month later on November 10, which was followed by the mobile version on December 8. In 2023, a Nintendo Switch version was confirmed for release during the June 1 Nintendo Direct event.

Is Vampire Survivors coming out on PlayStation 5?

Vampire Survivors is not currently set for a release on Playstation 5. It’s currently unclear why this is but there is hope for a release in the future.

There’s no question that the game is capable of running on a PlayStation 5 and the game’s creator hasn’t outright rejected a PlayStation version being released during interviews. But with a Nintendo Switch version confirmed and no PlayStation port revealed, odds are that it isn’t coming out any time soon.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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