Thursday, 16 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Single Player Games

10. Tales of Vesperia

The Japanese tend to do single-player experiences much better than us in the West, and Tales of Vesperia is no exception. This port of the cult classic JRPG offers a fresh coat of paint to its original 360 and PS3 release, with the cell-shaded art style looking particularly gorgeous on the handheld console. What’s more, the Definitive Edition contains all previously available DLC features, including content that was once exclusive to Japan, making this the most complete version of the game to date.

9. Dark Souls: Remastered

The standard for masochistic single-player gaming, Dark Souls looks stunning and plays even better on the portable console. Full disclosure, you’ll have to play in docked mode to see the infamous ‘You Died’ screen in glorious 1080p, but once you’re hacking and slashing on the go, I guarantee this won’t bother you much. There’s also an exclusive Solaire of Astora Amiibo that released alongside the game which is exciting if you’re into that stuff.

8. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

The 15th entry in this long-running tactical RPG series returns to home consoles for the first time in over a decade as a Switch exclusive. Like most JRPGs, the lore is pretty deep, so we’ll sum it up by saying you spend the first half of the game in a school system, building relationships and currying favour with your chosen house. After that, there’s a significant time jump which leads to more battles and higher stakes. Gameplay-wise, expect all the usual turn-based fight mechanics set against a pretty anime backdrop.

7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Toss a coin to your Switcher! 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.

6. 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.

5. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is another stellar FPS by Bethesda, who’ve really dominated the genre on the Switch. Taking place immediately after the finale of its predecessor, The New Colossus sees you reprise the role of B.J. Blazkowicz in his mission to take down the Nazi regime in a grim, alternate version of the USA. Tight gunplay and impressive graphics for the console make this a joy to play.

4. Doom

In a market dominated by multiplayer shooters, consider the rampant disembowelling found in the Switch port of Doom to satiate your sadistic streak. Entirely focused on the single-player experience, the frenetic, non-stop action feels right at home on the Switch, as you mow down wave after wave of hellspawn. If you’re looking for a deep storyline, look elsewhere, if you’re looking for some of the tightest gameplay around, rev up your chainsaw and get chopping.

3. Pokémon Sword / Shield

Although Pokemon Sword and Shield both have limited multiplayer features, they’re single-player experiences at heart. Taking the adventure to a pseudo-London setting, 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.

2. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is a belter, and there’s not many better feelings than getting yourself lost in the Mushroom Kingdom. Rather than resting on its laurels, Nintendo takes their moustachioed mascot and freshens him up in a new direction; new worlds, new mechanics and new challenges make playing it an absolute delight and a testament to the company’s expertise in game design.

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild

The undisputedly best single-player experience we’ve ever encountered, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a rare delight. 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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