Nintendo Switch's bulging catalogue of games covers practically every genre, and First-Person Shooters are no exception. Nintendo systems have historically lagged a little behind other consoles in the FPS field despite hosting some classics in the past. GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark helped define the FPS on consoles, and the Metroid Prime series shifted the exploration of the 2D Metroids into a first-person perspective to great effect. Still, Nintendo consoles have often missed out on the best multiplatform shooters in recent years.
The success of Switch has changed all that, though, and we've seen a raft of FPS games arrive on the handheld hybrid. From remade classics to seemingly 'impossible' ports, there's now plenty to chose from, and with exciting games like DOOM Eternal and Metroid Prime 4 coming up, there's never been a better time to gear up like John Matrix, light a cigar and blast through the demonic hordes on your handheld.
So, saddle up, lock and load, and prepare for our selection of the best First-Person Shooters on Switch. Yippee-ki-yay!
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While its graphical downgrade on Switch is hard to miss, that doesn’t detract from the fact that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the best narrative single-player FPS experience you can have on Switch right now. The lack of a multiplayer mode might grate (although that wasn't present on other consoles either), but with its brilliantly-written story and intense action, this stands alongside DOOM as a blistering FPS campaign that feels close to 'magical' when played on Switch hardware. B.J.’s war against the Third Reich is one you definitely won't want to miss.
What is there to say about there original 1993 classic? Given that we’ve only had SNES and GBA versions before, this new Switch port of DOOM is the best version ever released on a Nintendo system by a country mile. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though: its annoying still-to-be-fixed DRM and its smattering of small technical issues and irregular framerate does dampen the entertainment somewhat. That aside, if you’re looking to slay hordes of Hellspawn '93-style and on the move, there’s no better way.
As a free-to-play game, Paladins: Champions of the Realm is an easy sell. As exciting, tense and rewarding as Overwatch, it brings the cross-platform hero shooter to a new platform without sacrificing the moreish gameplay tenants that’s made it such a hit with both casual and pro gamers. There’s a definitive learning curve for those looking to play competitively, but it’s nonetheless one of the console’s best multiplayer shooters.
A couple of small visual and audio issues aside, Immortal Redneck is an absolute blast. By combining well-crafted room design with randomly generated maps and then giving the player the ability to smoothly run, leap and blast through them with all the grace of a shotgun-wielding swan while constantly upgrading their abilities, it offers a massively satisfying, foul-mouthed experience that’s likely to remain permanently installed on your Switch long after you’ve deleted other games to make space.
Much like the port of the first game, DOOM II on Switch delivers a solid rendition of a classic FPS with only a handful of audio and visual issues preventing it from being perfect. It holds up just as well the original does, and its price is similarly reasonable: as a result, we naturally recommend this one just as much as we do its predecessor. This also includes the official user-created pack of Master Levels.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood stars B.J.'s daughters as they journey to Paris to find their old man. It's a smaller spin-off that focuses more on gameplay freedom over story, trying new ideas and mechanics - such as co-op and more open-ended level designs. It may pale in comparison next to the rich narrative of The New Colossus, but it's a fun and enjoyable co-op shooter if you've got a friend to enjoy it with (and another porting masterclass).
Superhot offers a first-person shooter experience unlike any other. The campaign is a brief stint, but upon completion you open up a whole wealth of new content, including an endless mode and challenge mode. This is some serious meat right here, as you can replay the entire campaign again, but with arbitrary limitations, including only being able to use a katana which, as you might expect, makes those enemies toting pistols and shotguns a mite more complex to take out. Over time you’ll slowly realise you’re pausing to think less and less, and you find yourself slipping into a groove which is hugely satisfying. Overall, Superhot is the most innovative shooter we’ve played in years.
The HD return of an N64 classic, there's no denying that Turok: Dinosaur Hunter has aged a lot in the last two-plus decades, but the fact it also holds up so well is a testament to the work of that small Iguana team and the effort Nightdive Studios has put it bringing this interactive time capsule to life. The lack of a proper story, inability to manually save your progress and sheer open nature of its level design will be something of a shock to players less experienced with the shooters of yore, but with a lick of new paint and some welcome motion controls, this piece of interactive history gets to live again on Nintendo hardware. It's arguably more interesting as a piece of history than it is an FPS shooter in a modern context, but Turok is still worth a look if you're a fan of the genre or have even a sliver of nostalgia for the original