519 Published Reviews
Tokyo Mirage Sessions™ #FE EncoreSwitch
With quick loading and Nintendo Switch portability, it’s easy to call this the definitive version of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. It’s a fun, silly, and engaging experience that excels at paying homage to two iconic game franchises while also crafting its own memorable, endearing world. Fans of the addictive RPG gameplay of Persona 5 or the charming characters of Fire Emblem: Three Houses will be right at home with this game, as long as you’re prepared for yet another lengthy RPG experience to absorb your life for a while.
Rush Rally 3Switch
Rush Rally 3 has a lot going for it considering it was built by just one developer. It’s not the most ambitious racer on Switch, but it will keep you occupied for several hours with a surprising amount of content and an accessible, enjoyable driving model. It ticks all the boxes for being a good racing game, and that’s what’s most important.
Despite its original release in 2015, Steins;Gate 0 feels like it was made to be played on the go due to its episodic design and is a natural fit for the Switch. I would’ve liked to have a dubbed version of the audio added in for this port, though I can’t complain about the quality of the Japanese voice cast, even if I wound up reading too fast for it. Steins;Gate 0 provides an experience no science fiction fan should miss, but only if you’ve gone through the original.
STEINS;GATE: My Darling's EmbraceSwitch
Despite a shift in focus from dramatic storytelling to goofy romance, Steins;Gate: My Darling’s Embrace contains all of the heart and charm that you’d expect from the series. The art is as gorgeous as ever, the music is strikingly addictive, and the characters are just as fun and bizarre as they’ve always been. For fans of the franchise who have always wanted to see the cast in a fresh, funnier light that feels more like a traditional romantic visual novel, this game is the perfect treat.
Fishing: Barents Sea Complete EditionSwitch
For better or worse, Fishing: Barents Sea Complete Edition trades in the traditional hands-on experience of virtual fishing for something more focused on button presses and automation. It’s relaxing but grind-heavy, and the automation takes some soul out of the gameplay.
Call of Juarez: GunslingerSwitch
I dare to say Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is one of the best first-person shooters that’s on the Nintendo Switch. It may not be the most complete experience, (It took me around 6 hours to finish.) but it’s a fun enough experience that I instantly wanted to replay it on a harder difficulty. Should you want to fill out the various skill trees and collecting the remaining “Nuggets of Truth,” you’ll be receiving another 8-10 hours of glorious arcade shooting.
Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel CollectionSwitch
Overall, you’re getting a massive amount of content in Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection, with the port of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag being one of the more impressive examples of an open-world game on Nintendo’s handheld and Assassin’s Creed Rogue being worthy of a playthrough if you haven’t yet played it. The collection features two complete open-world experiences that are still a joy to play.
The game opens with a short movie about how important bees are to the world and our way of life. It reminds us that they’re dying off due to new pressures — most of them human-made — and that without them we’re going to be in rough shape. If more video games combined fun mechanics with educational messages, then I think we’d be looking at a better world. At least I hope that would be the case, and it seems to have been what the developers behind Bee Simulator were working towards as well.
Shovel Knight ShowdownSwitch
Ultimately, Shovel Knight Showdown feels a lot like a Shovel Knight-branded Smash Bros., except with more restrictions and an emphasis on treasure collection. The characters are simultaneously varied yet limited in ability, the stages bountiful yet forgettable, and the battles extremely modifiable yet narrow in objective. Sloppy AI renders single player a chore as well. Nonetheless, when you have four players (and maybe a cheat code) handy, this is still a frenetic, action-packed party game that will have you yelling at each other in a good way for hours at a time.
Shovel Knight: King of CardsSwitch
Shovel Knight: King of Cards is an almost flawless platforming experience, between King Knight’s unique mobility and the endless variety of levels. Joustus could have used more tutorials, and the game recycles a lot of existing assets. But considering this is cheap DLC (which is free if you own Treasure Trove), who cares? Shovel Knight: King of Cards offers some of the best platforming game design ever seen in a video game.
Simulacra is an inventive idea that brings both gaming and horror to something as simple as a smartphone. The title’s strength comes from its story-driven mystery and the spark of curiosity. Its weakness lies in the meager gameplay showing, which mostly amounts to something we do every day – flipping through a phone. The puzzles are fun, yet simple, and they aren’t present enough to truly consider Simulacra a puzzle title. This game will likely only speak to those who enjoy a good mystery.
Farming Simulator 20Switch
When compared to the last mobile entry —Farming Simulator 18 — which came out on mobile and 3DS, this is a pretty big step up. However, while I do find Farming Simulator 20 to be well put together, considering that GIANTS got the ball rolling on Switch with a port of the home console/PC experience, this does feel like a step back. Personally, I would have preferred a port of Farming Simulator 19. Now that the studio has taken both paths, it’s hard to say exactly what the next entry on Switch is going to look like.
Children of MortaSwitch
Since it’s polished in almost every regard with its gameplay and presentation, it’s possible Children of Morta would’ve benefited from a more focused design direction rather than a rogue-lite dungeon-crawling experience. Nevertheless, in a sea of games for the rogue-lite genre, it’s refreshing to see developers do something unique and tell a meaningful story. The emotional heights that the game reaches goes farther than many narrative-focused games.
WRC 8 FIA World Rally ChampionshipSwitch
WRC 8 is very much in line with its sibling V-Rally 4 in terms of forcing players to adapt to a strict racing regimen in order to see any real progress. As a result, if you’re a sore loser, then WRC 8 has a pretty big chance of frustrating you. This game is muddy and maddening, but it’s rewarding when you have those moments where everything clicks and you zoom through a course and come out in first.
Headsnatchers is an energetic, crazy local or online multiplayer game. General wonkiness with the controls leaves it a bit rough around the edges at times, but with a whole bunch of different objectives, the heavily-varied head-snatching gameplay is quite fun. The game does nothing to revolutionize couch multiplayer, but it’s a fun, cheap little game that anybody can get the hang of right away. It’s a solid title for a few family gatherings or kickbacks with friends.
Alien: Isolation might be one of the best licensed games ever made, and Feral Interactive has succeeded in preserving its harrowing gameplay on Nintendo Switch. Rare bugs and frame rate drops aside, this is the same intensely atmospheric and frightful game it was in 2014. The difference is that now you can play it on the go — as long as you crank the screen brightness settings way up.
Where the Water Tastes Like WineSwitch
That being said, you shouldn’t go into this one looking to speedrun it. Like, well, a fine wine, this game is meant to be savored. Play half an hour a night, maybe an hour. The stories will still be there for you. Your friends might hop from town to town, but you’ll always be able to find them. And if you’re unlucky, or perhaps lucky, the Wolf will also find you.
Roof Rage is a lot of fun. It doesn’t reinvent its genre, but the speedy, acrobatic action and wide cast of characters make for a unique platform fighting experience that is always good for a few quick matches. With the lack of a fleshed-out single player and online that is nowhere to be found, the game is essentially limited to local multiplayer. That’s not such a bad thing, though, since that local multiplayer is just pure fun. If you’re looking for an enjoyable, fleshed out, competitive couch multiplayer game, Roof Rage is a great pick.
Construction Simulator 2 US - Console EditionSwitch
Overall, this game is on the stronger side when compared to most other machine simulator titles out there. While it isn’t the smoothest or prettiest experience, Construction Simulator 2 has a decent amount of content with a good variety of experiences. So, if you’re ready to live out those aforementioned childhood memories of driving a big construction vehicle, this is a pretty decent way to get into it. While a little rough around the edges in some areas, Construction Simulator 2 manages to provide a mostly solid sim experience where it counts.
I have always enjoyed the warm escapism that the Pokémon games have imparted with their simple pleasures, and Pokémon Sword and Shield continue to provide that. While I can admit that it still doesn’t do enough different, (The absence of voice acting is jarring.) the inclusions such as the Wild Area and streamlining of tired aspects are big steps in the right direction. Game Freak has succeeded in creating a new core entry worthy of being on home consoles, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are a couple of the best games on Nintendo Switch.
Ultra Off-Road 2019: AlaskaSwitch
I could only tolerate Ultra Off-Road Simulator 2019 – Alaska for so long before I decided to prematurely call it quits. I tried to give it a few more hours, but it really is just a mess. The only thing this managed to be was an ultra disappointment.
Polyroll is a simple adventure that accurately reflects the price you pay for the game. To the title’s credit, all things are in good, working order, and I have no complaints about the controls or the game’s performance. Polyroll is, by and large, a spiritual sibling to the side-scrolling Sonic games we already know and love. If you’re looking for a Sonic experience, Polyroll will handily deliver that in a small, simple, and cost-effective package. Otherwise, this one doesn’t do much to stand out in a heavily saturated genre.
New Super Lucky's TaleSwitch
From beginning to end, New Super Lucky’s Tale is a much more streamlined experience than the original. Any qualms I had with the original game have been rectified in this reimagined edition for Nintendo Switch. The game is oozing with charm and keeps you coming back. It’s a fun-filled experience that shouldn’t go unplayed by 3D platformer fans.
Ice Age Scrat's Nutty Adventure!Switch
With no Ice Age movie releasing in tandem with Scrat’s Nutty Adventure, the choice to not give Just Add Water a few extra months to add polish is disappointing. At best, Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure is a decent distraction for kids.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020Switch
Ultimately, that’s where a lot of the fun in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 lies. Yes, some of the sports are fun to play and even more fun to replay. I’ll never get tired of seeing Donkey Kong and Metal Sonic skateboarding. The real magic of the game, though, is how it serves as a perfect casual entry point into the world of the Olympic Games. Have a child or little cousin who knows every Sonic game in existence but doesn’t care about sports? Spend an afternoon playing this with them, and you might just end up helping them discover a fascination with the Olympics.