Saturday, 11 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Open World Games

10. Dragon Quest Builders 2

Originally released in Japan in 2018, this spinoff of the Dragon Quest series is finally available worldwide, and it’s about time! It genuinely feels like a prettier version of Minecraft, with plenty of crafting, quests and activities to dive into. Much like Minecraft itself, or indeed Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing, it’s a great game to relax and unwind with. Square Enix, you’ve done it again!

9. Pokémon Sword / Shield

Arguably the most popular handheld RPG series ever, Pokemon Sword and Shield prove the franchise is as strong as it’s ever been. Taking the adventure to a pseudo-London open world, it’s one of, if not the prettiest Pokemon experiences ever. Couple this with a great soundtrack, as well as all the classic battles and exploration fun, and you’ve got one of the definitive Pokemon generations. 

8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The most complete, immersive and downright best Animal Crossing game to date, playing New Horizons is a joyous experience. There’s so much to see, do and explore as you help build your new home town, and it’s easy to lose several blissful hours doing jobs that would seem mundane in the real world. But such is the magic of Animal Crossing, even the everyday is made to feel pleasant. 

7. LA Noire

One of the more story-driven open-world games on this list, there’s a reason LA Noire remains relevant nearly 10 years after it first released. You play as Cole Phelps, a detective working on increasingly big cases in 1940s Los Angeles. When you’re not on a mission, you’re welcome to explore this rich period setting, either by foot or car. It’s a much more refined, mature experience than similar games in the genre, but give it the time it deserves and you won’t regret it.

6. Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-Tered

A remaster of a hidden gem, Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-Tered deserves a second look. A story of a rebellion on Mars, on the surface there isn’t a great deal to separate it from any other open-world game. But once you start playing, and you notice almost every surface and building is destructible, you’ll release it’s a different beast altogether. These unique physics make even the most mundane mission an absolute riot, and even a decade on from its original release, no other game offers such delightful carnage.

5. 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!

4. Ark: Survival Evolved

Dumping you on a beach with little more than a dirty loincloth, you’ll soon be tested against dinosaurs, dragons and most annoyingly of all, other players. After hours of crafting and grafting, you’ll progress from your prehistoric beginnings to a futuristic master of your domain. Although Ark plays better as a multiplayer experience, there is a surprisingly deep and satisfying single-player campaign to tackle as well.

3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is truly a standout open world that maintains its story, combat, and exploration interesting throughout the 70+ hours of adventure in a beautifully immersive, varied and rich world. Its impressive visual variety, problem-solving, positive message and heart-pounding boss battle moments make this game an excellent choice for any RPG fan.

2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

As the meme suggests, you can play Skyrim on everything, and the Switch is no exception. Porting the 2011 classic in all its glory, this Special 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.

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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