Topic: Best Looking Switch Games

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The Switch may be underpowered compared to its own competition, but that doesn't mean it can't have amazing looking games. Also the game doesn't just have to be about pure graphically fidelity nor does it have to be technically impressive, it could just have a really good artstyle or something that you personally think is visually appealing about it like Octopath, Botw etc.
And one note before I list off games - I'm only ranking the ones I played.

Now at the top of my head here are what I think are the best looking switch games so far:

  • Dragon Quest 11 - The whole wait for the Switch release was worth it looking at the amazing cell shaded visuals capturing the iconic artstyle of Toriyama.
  • Monster Hunter Rise - Honestly everything about this game is gorgeous not only by Switch standards but for games in general, the environments are big, open and crisp, full of detail, the monsters look great, and it all runs at a consistently 30 fps which is even more impressive.
  • Shin Megami Tensei V - Great open world to explore which is topped off its SMT V's amazing artstyle. Persona 5 have the pure graphical fidelity but SMT V's art direction is almost unmatched, especially within it's own franchise.
  • Xenoblade 2 + Torna - Another game with a vast open world topped with amazing environments to explore whether it's the overall titans or some specific areas. Uraya alone is one of the best looking things I seen on the Switch, especially under the weather effect - petal rain. And in Torna it looks just as good if not better than the base game my favorite area in it is the Turqos Plateau, one of the secret areas.

Well those some of the best looking switch games in my opinion, what about yours?

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When I think of the best looking switch games. I always think luigis mansion 3 first.

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Yeah for me I'd probably go with Luigi's Mansion 3 and Mario Odyssey, out of the games I've actually played. Sonic Mania also was a visual delight for me, high quality sprite work is an easy win for me. But I've not played a ton of the more visually interesting games on Switch.

Also interested in Alien Isolation, which apparently looks beyond impressive on Switch.

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I think Odyssey, MK8D, and BOTW are the best-looking Switch games, at least from the ones I've played. Luigi's Mansion 3 and Splatoon 2 look spectacular too, though.

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Astral Chain alongside Luigi's Mansion 3. Those two games are the ones that I think are the best looking

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DOOM (2016) is more impressive on Switch than PC considering the enormous power disparity between them. I almost couldn't believe my eyes when playing it for the first time. Such a stunning technical achievement.

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I thought Mario + Rabbids looked great too.



I really like the look of Smash Ultimate (there's so much care and attention to detail put into every aspect of it, it's great), Luigis Mansion 3 (seriously, it's Pixar quality, it's so good) and Paper Mario the Origami King (objectively the best looking PM game, with gorgeous lighting and settings and taking advantage of it's craft theme to the fullest).

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Super Mario Odyssey looks amazing for a Switch game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Luigi's Mansion 3, and even Animal Crossing: New Horizons look really good, too.

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Like many others, I’m going to have to pick out Breath of the Wild and Luigi’s Mansion 3. They’re both exceptional, in different ways. MH Rise is also well up there.

There are a few other games where the graphics have made me stop playing just to marvel, though. Octopath Traveler is definitely one. I’d never really seen anything quite like that before.

Valkyria Chronicles is another, which hasn’t been mentioned yet. Very pretty art style.

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As has been mentioned already, almost every first party or otherwise exclusive game looks great, whether it be the impressive task of making expansive games run well (BotW, XC2, XCDE, SMO, etc.), or even just fantastic art direction elevating smaller games (Links Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 3, 3D World, etc.).

It's a bit harder for me to pinpoint great looking 3rd party titles as I play most of them elsewhere, but I was super impressed with Dragon Ball FighterZ, and I'll also echo the sentiments towards DQ11 (I played it on PS4, but also played the demo on Switch just to compare & it holds up amazingly).

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I would say ARMS, Xenoblade Chronicles and Breath of the Wild. If I include how these games look away from the dock, I would drop Xenoblade Chronicles probably in favor of...maybe Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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In all seriousness 1 2 Switch has the most realistic looking graphics on the console. Can’t deny it. Underrated game.



I agree with Monster Hunter Rise. And I love that the frame rate never dips. I mean, for me it never does.

Bayonetta 2 looks pretty amazing too.

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Bayonetta 2 not only has a great visual style but mostly maintains 60fps, which puts it in very select company.

In terms of the most technically impressive visuals though, I'd have to bring up Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Some sort of Faustian pact must have been involved when porting that to Switch.

On the flip side, games that aren't particularly demanding but still have a very distinctive look to them would include Hollow Knight, Okami, Hyper Light Drifter, Spiritfarer and everything from Supergiant. I'd dare say that they'll age better than a lot of the more realistic looking games too.



mario kart 8 deluxe looks brilliant.😁

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Im surprised no one has said the switcher III and dying light, dread.



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Legend of Mana has some of the best looking per-rendered backgrounds especially in the higher resolution Nintendo Switch version.
Cuphead is gorgeous animated and has nice sprites.
Looking stunning too is Rayman Legends.


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