511 Published Reviews
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.
Corpse Party: Blood DriveSwitch
Corpse Party: Blood Drive feels imbalanced between its exploration and visual novel aspects. Luckily, what I did enjoy, I got engrossed in, and there are moments of genius in both segments. But ultimately, the exploration feels like an afterthought compared to the visual novel component. It’s definitely hard to recommend unless you’re already a Corpse Party fan.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion KingSwitch
Overall, this is a great package of some excellent games from the 16-bit era. While I personally believe that the Genesis version of Aladdin is much better than the one seen on the Super Nintendo, the Disney Classic Games collection could’ve used the Super Nintendo version of Aladdin to make this feel more like a complete package. However, the art gallery, quick-save features, and added extras such as the final cut of Aladdin solidify this collection as the definitive way to experience these games. It would certainly be great to have more Disney compilations following this.
Overall, Vampyr is an ambitious game made with a lot of love. Given how easy it is to become immersed in its world, I was able to forgive some of the more glaring flaws with its repetitive action-RPG combat. It’s not typical for a developer to give the player such power over a game’s world and characters, after all. This affords the game an immense amount of replayability that can also let you reshape your characterization of Reid.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a fantastic evolution for the series. Its significantly longer campaign, slew of multiplayer options, and more varied gameplay distinguish it from the more arcadey, speedrun-friendly original to a point that direct comparison is challenging, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an obvious step up from Dark Moon, which was already a great game in its own right. The hotel adventure is amazing and the ScareScraper is addictive enough to add hours of gameplay.
Kine is a wonderful puzzle game that will exercise your spacial awareness and charm you with its story. The characters are relatable and surprisingly nuanced, and the visuals are appealing. The music is excellent and integrated into the gameplay in inviting ways. While the game gets incredibly difficult, serious puzzle players are sure to enjoy the challenge. It helped that Roo, Quat, and Euler reminded me of so many old friends, and I found myself wanting the best for the funky boxes as they strived to make their way in the big city. Maybe you will too.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete EditionSwitch
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is a killer addition to the Nintendo Switch library. The visual downgrade is apparent when playing docked, but the reality is The Witcher 3 still looks the best that it possibly can on the Nintendo Switch hardware. And the core gameplay and narrative are so good that the disparities in graphical fidelity from the other versions largely go unnoticed as the game sinks its hooks into you.
Overwatch®: Legendary EditionSwitch
Overwatch remains a stylish, exciting, and most of all fun game that feels at home on the Switch. While there were some concessions that had to be made to get it there, for most gamers this is a great version of a great game.
Even though the presentation does not always match the high price point, however, BurgerTime Party! does nearly everything you could reasonably ask for between its four fun, varied modes. If you want nothing more than modernized BurgerTime, then you’ll be satisfied with this modern edition. If you were hoping for revolutionized BurgerTime, though, you unfortunately won’t find it here.