Friday, 10 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Action-Adventure Games

10. Saints Row The Third: Full Package

It’s been 9 years since Saints Row: The Third ripped up the rulebook of what a crime sandbox could and should be. Offering a much more over the top experience, it’s the digital manifestation of the phrase ‘balls to the wall’. Featuring all available DLC content, updated graphics and textures and the same delightfully silly gameplay, this is the best and most complete version of the game to date.

9. No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again

In this spin-off of the cult series, you play as the series’ protagonist, Travis Touchdown, but rather than working your way through a league of international assassins, you fight through the worlds of other video games. Travis is drawn into the ‘Death Drive MK-II’, a demonic video game console, where he has to race through to defeat the bosses of six distinct game worlds. Very meta, very good.

8. Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

From anyone who didn’t play the original 2010 release, Darksiders sees you assume the role of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on a hack and slash adventure during the final battle between Heaven and Hell. Gameplaywise, it’s a healthy mix of Legend of Zelda with just a dash of God of War and Devil May Cry, which is definitely a compliment if we’ve ever heard one.

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Arguably the defining action-adventure game of a generation, Skyrim is legendary (and meme-able) for a reason. Porting the 2011 classic in all its glory, the Switch edition also includes motion controls, meaning if you’re playing with Joy-Cons, you can actually swing your character’s sword. It adds a new dimension to gameplay, meaning fans new and old will find something to enjoy.

6. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is good, m’kay. The sequel to 2014’s The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole manages to capture the puerile, offensive yet oddly charming humour of the TV show and incorporate it into some pretty solid game mechanics. Classic turn-based RPG battles are tense and challenging, the character progression system is satisfying and just like its predecessor, the art direction makes it feel like you’re playing through a genuine episode of South Park.

5. Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is arguably one of the best action games on the Switch. Teaming with truly epic, beautiful and action-packed cut scenes, this game will not let you catch your breath before the next boss battle. Nothing says over the top fight sequences better than taking to the skies in a battle against a demonic creature while ascending to the top of a skyscraper. The game’s combat is so expertly constructed, and its presentation so wonderfully unhinged, that will make you think twice before putting the controller down. 

4. Monster Hunter Rise

It’s Monster Hunter, but not as we know it. Much like recent games in the franchise, Rise streamlines the combat mechanics to be much more welcoming to new players. You still overcome mighty beasts in over the top action, only now you don’t have to sift through 20 menus to do so. The other big addition is the Wirebug, a tool that lets you zip around the world map like a feudal Spider-Man, making traversal much faster. This helps to make the world feel much more connected, and despite technically being a smaller game than previous entries, the series feels grander than ever.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Zelda games are good, aren’t they? A remake of one of the most beloved and bizarre Zelda titles, this has to be one of the best remasters of all time. Taking the original formula, it rebuilds the game into a 3D masterpiece without sacrificing any of the original spirit. Throw in modern conveniences to make it more palatable to the modern gamer, as well as a dungeon builder and you’ve got one of the best Switch games to date. 

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

How they managed to fit a game the size of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  - arguably one of the biggest and best games of this console generation - into a portable console is a minor miracle. Sure the textures might not pop like that do on a PC, but the entire game functions perfectly on the Switch, and the controls translate just as well to handheld mode. Long live the Switcher!

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - there aren’t enough superlatives to describe how good this game is. Never have we played an open-world game that’s so immersive, so deep and just so gosh darn fun to play. Every aspect of the game is flawless, and the fact it works on a tablet is nothing short of witchcraft. Trust us, it’s worth buying a Switch for this game alone.

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