Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledSwitch
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a fast, frantic and rewarding kart racer that’s generously packed with a wealth of content. Its long load times and difficulty spikes may prove frustrating but it’s never enough to detract from what is otherwise a brilliant remaster and another strong addition to the Switch’s slowly growing lineup of racers.
Slender: The ArrivalSwitch
Slender: The Arrival is not the best-looking game either. Well, I am actually being very kind to it there; it is a horrid looking game on the Switch. It is a title from 2013, but it looks like it pre-dates that by a good number of years. It seems that too much was scaled back and downgraded, in order to make the Switch be able to run the title at a decent framerate.
Super Mario Maker 2Switch
It’s funny every time I try to finalize this review I remember an exciting feature I’d forgotten to mention and have to go back. That’s the kind of game Super Mario Maker 2 is though. It’s a game that builds on the original in a number of smart ways introducing a wealth of new features, entertaining modes and appreciated improvements. It’s a perfect fit for the Switch and a game where the best is yet to come.
My Friend PedroSwitch
The team at DeadToast Entertainment has certainly created something that wonderfully builds upon the dynamics of Gun-Fu culture. But, there’s a need for extra content to fill out what’s currently on offer, as My Friend Pedro could easily benefit from a much-needed encore with a bag full of boomsticks and a few more bullets to the head.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of ZeldaSwitch
Cadence of Hyrule is a true accomplishment managing to fuse together the excellent rhythm-based gameplay of Crypt of the Necrodancer with the rich world of The Legend of Zelda. So much more than a simple re-skin, Cadence of Hyrule displays the same level of care we’d expect from Nintendo themselves – everything from the excellent soundtrack to the charming visuals to the countless winks and nods toward the series. If this is the result of giving Nintendo’s franchises to an indie developer I for one hope we see plenty more in the future.
WONDER BOY RETURNS REMIXSwitch
The facelift is practical enough to keep within the flavor of the classic Wonder Boy games, but not including the original game as an option makes this new style seem hollow by default. I was never expecting too much in regards to added features or gameplay improvements. Although, I was more hoping to see a package that would celebrate a piece of gaming history. Instead, what I have been left with is a distant memory masked by a cheap and inferior makeover. That’s not to say that the spirit of the gameplay isn’t present, it just fails to capture the fond timeframe that I remember.
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & BoulderSwitch
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder excels in the style department, its stages taking inspiration from art throughout history such as Impressionist art or even going further back to ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, the game does seem to struggle a little on Switch, the visuals blurry especially when running in handheld mode. While far from game breaking it does put a blemish on the otherwise outstanding artwork and styles on display.
Resident Evil 0Switch
Another difference over the GameCube version is an unlockable mode after you finish the game called Wesker Mode. This mode allows you to play through the game with Wesker, rather than Billy. The big thing here though is that this is a powered up Wesker from Resident Evil 5, meaning it is not just a pallet swap. Of course, this makes the game much easier but I think that is the point. It's now more about how fast you can get through the game, as opposed to simply staying alive and making it to the end.
Super DRAGON BALL Heroes: World MissionSwitch
Away from the battlefield, you can explore shops using the money you earn in battles to buy accessories which buff your cards or, and the most fun aspect for me, you can play the gachapons. Through fights, you will earn tickets to use in the machines which give you access to new cards. There are literally hundreds of cards to unlock and use, each of which gives that slight giddy thrill when you pull a rare card. And each card looks lovely with detailed artwork based on the cards that Japan so loves.
Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Pack - Collector's EditionSwitch
All in all, this double package of a fantastic cult franchise arrives as another welcome entry among fighting games on the Nintendo Switch. In many crowds, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R is the absolute staple point of the franchise. This release may also be the gateway to the Revelator series making an appearance on the portable home console – especially as anime brawler Dragon Ball FighterZ was more than sufficient enough to feel at home on the system.
A big question a lot of gamers will need to ask themselves is just how much they value the ability to play Resident Evil on the go. At a price of ÂŁ29.99 ($29.99) for a game that a) is an HD version of a now 15-plus-year-old game and b) can be found much cheaper on other systems it does seem on the high side. As novel as it is being able to play a full-fledged Resident Evil game anywhere, itâs a tough job to justify the inflated amount.
Playing in multiplayer is where Crystal Crisis and similar games surely do flourish, but the CPU AI can give even the most hardened player a run for their money on the higher difficulties. As far as the gameplay visuals are concerned, I personally would have preferred a 2D style riding off the bright and flat art design used for Blade Strangers. Yet despite clearly being created under a stricter budget than most, the 3D models and stage design have plenty of character despite the eyes being fixed mostly on the action in the playing grid.
Final Fantasy VIISwitch
While purists will happily ignore these, their addition results in a far more accessible experience. An otherwise daunting 40-hour adventure becomes far more manageable – especially for those that are more interested in reliving the story rather than enduring the inevitable grind required to see it through to its conclusion.
Sniper Elite V2 RemasteredSwitch
There are in-game achievements to unlock that match other consoles, and a frame-by-frame Photo Mode for those that enjoy taking more dynamic-looking screenshots. Thereâs also all the downloadable content that was previously released, adding four new campaign missions â with one even tasking you to assassinate Adolf Hitler. And then, hidden away in the Controls options, thereâs the chance to use motion controls that, while optional, some will like to use to lend added precision.
Team Sonic RacingSwitch
Players are able to customize each character’s kart with a generous helping of parts and cosmetics. I was actually quite surprised how much fun I had swapping in and out spoilers, wheels and more to see how it might alter the character’s attributes (top speed, handling, etc) not to mention tweaking the paint jobs, the surface type, and vinyls. It’s a shame pretty much everything needs to be unlocked gradually and randomly and that half the car parts are just golden variations of existing ones though.
Saints Row: The ThirdSwitch
Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package is well endowed with content and entertainment value; nonetheless, this release on Switch isn’t perfect. Inconsistent frame-rate, noticeable pop-in, and dated humor put a limit on the game’s appeal. If you have never played this ridiculous game, then you should give this Switch release a look despite its technical shortcomings.
Resident Evil 4Switch
On top of the 15 or so hours you’ll spend playing the main game, there’s plenty of extra content to keep you playing, such as Ada Wong’s side-mission. This gives you a bit more backstory and it cleverly crosses paths with events in the main game. The excellent Mercenaries mode is here too, which is one of the most addictive modes in any game ever and it will take many, many hours to get the best rank in each stage. The Switch version also comes equipped with in-game achievements to earn, which are just the other versions actual achievement/trophy lists, but it is a nice extra to have.
Castlevania Anniversary CollectionSwitch
As far as being a viable compilation to celebrate the history of Konami and Castlevania, it’s as sparse in extra content as the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection – but surprisingly more fleshed out than I would initially expect at the same time. It certainly looks to have a bit more effort put into it than the PlayStation exclusive collection, Castlevania: Requiem. But the absence of both Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – now seemingly tied to that collection – feels like an unfortunate missing piece to the puzzle.
Puyo Puyo ChampionsSwitch
Essentially this is a relatively straightforward package aimed more toward competitive players of Puyo Puyo as opposed to a welcoming one for newcomers. Take the online for instance, a truly harsh battleground with fierce competition that sometimes left me in the dust. Options to practice are extremely limited (outside repeatedly tackling the CPU or more online gurus) making it a high barrier to entry. While thatâs not necessarily a bad thing, the excellent Puyo Puyo Tetris managed to cater to both these groups making it a stronger recommendation, especially for the less rehearsed player.
While some could complain of the game being a touch too short â a skilled player could finish it in a day â my main complaint comes from the lack of clarity within the RPG elements. Aside from equipping a weapon to change strength stats or armor for defence, thereâs little more to really play with. Perhaps these ideas could have been explored with a little more depth while still retaining the simplicity found elsewhere.
Cuphead is a creative masterpiece and a game that rightly deserves to be long remembered as an all-time great. It delivers a riotous gameplay experience that will delight, astound, and frustrate in equal parts, woven into a relentlessly breathtaking and meticulously crafted cartoon world. It can certainly start to feel cruel at times, especially after spending a lengthy session failing to beat one boss, but, now having the chance to play on the move with Nintendo Switch, it’s found the perfect home for players to overcome such a challenge.
Hellblade: Senua's SacrificeSwitch
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a formidable concoction of beauty and psychological horror that’s often marred with a frequent claustrophobic sense of frustration. The rather cumbersome puzzle feature set in place would be something that I would usually consider as a weak link within a cast iron chain. Yet, to the developer’s credit, they have completely enforced exactly what they set out to do, sending my mind into a kaleidoscope of emotions that metaphorically ride across the five stages of grief.
Nuclear Throne is an absolute blast whether you’re kicking off your very first handful of runs or attempting your hundredth. The action is intense, the pace rapid and the difficulty tough but rewarding. We may be spoilt for choice when it comes to indie gems but Nuclear Throne is one you shouldn’t pass up on.
On the whole, I really did enjoy my time with AngerForce: Reloaded and I feel that it’s a great entry point for those who have a curiosity in the genre. Whipping out a stronger set of skills gained from the last run in the campaign provides a satisfying sense of power, making you feel forever outnumbered but never outgunned. Whereas the true one-shot attempt to the arcade mode fits nicely for more challenge hungry enthusiasts.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogySwitch
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy has been charged on the counts of – highly entertaining and delivering players with a trio of excellent games. On these charges, the court finds the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy guilty. Capcom has also been found guilty on the lesser charge of providing players with three games for an affordable price and for offering gamers a great value.