Friday, 17 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Hidden Gems

10. Untitled Goose Game

The fact humanity has been on Earth for 200,000 years and it’s taken this long to get a game where you play as a naughty goose is frankly scandalous. Joking aside, Untitled Goose Game is an absolute hoot (or should that be honk), where you have to complete tasks to cause as much mischief as possible. With a great art style and inventive, addictive gameplay, it’s no wonder it’s garnered a cult following.  

9. Catherine Full Body

It’s not often you see developers try to fuse two genres that seem completely incompatible and make it work, but Catherine Full Body pulls it off! A remaster of the PS3/Xbox 360 game Catherine, it’s part puzzle game, part visual novel, choc full of tongue in cheek humour and brilliant storytelling. This is all complimented by some truly engaging puzzles, helping it to stand out from its contemporaries. It’s bombastic, strange and endlessly entertaining. 

8. Trials of Mana

A complete rebuild of the ‘90s JRPG classic, Trials of Mana feels right at home on the Switch. Now featuring shiny new 3D graphics, you make your way through a deliciously crafted fantasy world, not too dissimilar to the likes of The Legend of Zelda. Tight combat, a satisfying difficulty curve and charming characters makes it an essential play, balancing all the mod-cons with a warm feeling of nostalgia. 

7. ION Fury

ION Fury is like a long lost 2.5D shooter that’s been hidden away on a floppy disc since the 90s. Only, it’s less than a year old! Yes, ION Fury is a love letter to a bygone, Duke Nukem-Esque era of gaming, where level design and ‘over the top’ violence were more important than character development and nuanced storytelling. Fortunately, it also includes a few quality of life improvements for the modern player, including auto-saving and HD support, making it the perfect balance between new and old.

6. Valkyria Chronicles 4

Chances are you haven’t played all (if any) Valkyria Chronicles games before, given the series’ sporadic availability, both by region and console. Fortunately, the fourth main entry is a great entry point and is arguably the best game to date. You control a group of elite soldiers in a major world war, engaging in turned-based combat against a beautiful, painterly world. It’s a gripping narrative that offers plenty of replayability.

5. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

Based on the classic manga series, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions looks to blend football with roleplaying and quintessential anime madness. It combines a solid sporting experience with enough charm and heart to really set itself apart from it’s more simulation-based counterparts. Whether you’re a fan of the source material, or just discovering it for the first time, you’re sure to have a blast lacing up your vibrant, anime boots.

4. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the most charming JRPGs to release in recent years. It’s got fundamentally simple yet enjoyably deep RPG mechanics, an uplifting story alongside great voice acting, adorable characters that you genuinely care for and a graphical style that is lifted straight from the cutest Studio Ghibli movie. What’s not to adore?

3. Owlboy

Inspired by NES classics such as Super Mario 3 and Kid Icarus, this “Hi-Bit” title is an absolute joy from start to finish. You play as Otus, a mute boy from a species of owl people, on an adventure that’s not only a blast to play through, but challenges you with deep, well-crafted themes that really give you pause for thought. More mainstream publishers such as EA and Ubisoft would do well to learn from the nuance found in Owlboy.

2. Mutant Year Zero: The Road To Eden

Adapted from a tabletop RPG, MYZ:RTE employs grid-based tactics ala XCOM against a unique, post-apocalyptic backdrop. Gameplay-wise, what makes the game so interesting is the way it blends turn-based mechanics with real-time stealth. It opens up so many possibilities and variations of ways you can play the game, and this decision making really makes you think about the best ways to approach each situation, making for a very rewarding experience.

1. Hades

There’s nothing quite like Hades. Ostensibly a roguelike set in the Greek Underworld, you play as Hades’ son Zagreus, who has to escape your hellish surroundings with the help of other Olympians. But throw in gorgeous isometric level design, character interactions straight out of a dating sim, and enough variety for near infinite replayability, and it’s no surprise that Hades swept up many awards. 

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