Overwatch: Legendary Edition (Switch)

Overwatch: Legendary Edition (Switch)Overwatch: Legendary Edition (Switch)
Publisher: Blizzard / Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: 15th Oct 2019 (USA) / 15th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

At its heart, Overwatch on the Switch was always going to be a bit of a tough sell. Those who somehow haven’t played it yet could easily buy a better-performing version on other platforms, while those who have played it to death may be put off by the weaker performance and the lack of shared progression. Even so, having the capability to play a match of Overwatch while using the restroom is modern living at its absolute finest, and the kind of flexibility offered up by the Switch’s portability is not something to be understated. Overwatch on Switch comes recommended, but with the caveat that you should consider first why you’re buying it. If you intend on playing it plenty in handheld mode, we can’t recommend it enough, but if you play mostly docked to the TV, consider first buying it elsewhere.

RICO (Switch)

RICO (Switch)RICO (Switch)
Publisher: Rising Star Games / Developer: Ground Shatter
Release Date: 14th Mar 2019 (USA) / 14th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)

RICO is simple, moreish fun in arcade FPS form; a literal corridor shooter that makes every gunfight a glorious exchange of bullets as you fight your way to the words ‘Room cleared’ over and over again. It’s great fun in single-player, but when you head into each randomised set of rooms in co-op, you’ll shoot your way into an interactive buddy cop movie right there in the palm of your hands. Loading times and the occasional bit of pop-in aside, this is another fine addition to the console’s growing list of first-person shooters.

Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (Switch eShop)

Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (Switch eShop)Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing / Developer: People Can Fly
Release Date: 30th Aug 2019 (USA) / 30th Aug 2019 (UK/EU)

Bulletstorm was positively received by critics on its initial release all the way back in 2011 but it didn’t sell anywhere near as well as it really should have – a wrong that should hopefully be corrected with this Switch version. This is easily one of the most inventive and straight-up fun shooters of the past ten years; its fantastic Skillshot system, tight combat and ludicrously OTT levels of violence effortlessly make up for any problems it has in the cheesy dialogue or story department. Yes, it’s missing its multiplayer component here and we’d love to see gyroscopic controls patched in sharpish, but overall this is a technically top-notch port of a stellar first-person shooter that you should really check out – especially if you missed out on it the first time around.

Doom 3 (Switch eShop)

Doom 3 (Switch eShop)Doom 3 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Zenimax Media / Developer: id Software
Release Date: 26th Jul 2019 (USA) / 26th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)

An occasionally stuttering frame rate isn’t enough to derail one of the most memorable FPS campaigns of yesteryear. Doom 3 still has the power to unnerve and while elements of it may be showing their age now, the overall package – complete with the BFG Edition improvements and expansion packs – still guarantees value for money. This entry in the series might be different from the others, but it's well worth rediscovering on Switch. Looks cracking on Switch OLED, too.

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger (Switch eShop)

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger (Switch eShop)Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Techland / Developer: Techland
Release Date: 10th Dec 2019 (USA) / 10th Dec 2019 (UK/EU)

Somewhat overlooked and underrated when it was first released, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger's second rodeo on Switch doesn't really bring anything new to the table that it didn't already bring before, but it's still a brilliant first-person shooter and an entertaining adventure. It does clever things with its story structure and is absolutely worth a blast if you haven't played it elsewhere.

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Metro: Last Light Redux (Switch eShop)

Metro: Last Light Redux (Switch eShop)Metro: Last Light Redux (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Koch Media / Developer: 4A Games
Release Date: 28th Feb 2020 (USA) / 28th Feb 2020 (UK/EU)

Metro: Last Light Redux is another strong entry in the Metro franchise that adds plenty of big-budget bombast to Artyom's adventures, but truly excels when it decides to stick to the more slow-moving, methodical stealth action of its predecessor. It may not quite hit the highs of Metro 2033 and is dragged down in places by some ill-advised boss battles and a few too many hands-off, on-rails moments, but overall, this is an excellent first-person survival title, presented in a fantastic port that's an absolute must-play for FPS and horror fans.

Void Bastards (Switch eShop)

Void Bastards (Switch eShop)Void Bastards (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Humble Bundle / Developer: Blue Manchu
Release Date: 7th May 2020 (USA) / 7th May 2020 (UK/EU)

Void Bastards is a delightful roguelike romp through a wonderfully unique cel-shaded comic book world full of loud-mouthed enemies and smart-arsed robots. The core combat is straightforward stuff, but it's given plenty of extra bite through the fantastically evocative graphics and kept interesting with hackable turrets and a handful of other BioShock-esque elements that give your engagements with the many Screws, Juves, Tourists and Spooks you'll come across as you traverse the Sargasso Nebula a slightly strategic lift. Graphically it's a beautiful thing, has top-notch sound design and its combination of coarse British humour and oddball space horror give the whole endeavour a highly original flavour that's well worth checking out, even if the moment-to-moment action doesn't quite match the rest of the package.

The Persistence (Switch eShop)

The Persistence (Switch eShop)The Persistence (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Firesprite / Developer: Firesprite
Release Date: 21st May 2020 (USA) / 21st May 2020 (UK/EU)

The Persistence is a unique and unsettling sci-fi horror roguelite that does an excellent job of transferring its tense atmosphere and absorbing gameplay loops from its original VR form to Switch. There are tons of weapons and toys to tool around with as you run the gauntlet, the permanent aspects of the gameplay are refreshingly generous and survival mode and New Game+ provide a properly stiff challenge for those who prefer their roguelites to be tough as nails. Firesprite Games has done a fantastic job of porting the entire ghoulish affair over to Switch, with flawless performance in both docked and handheld modes; overall, this is another very strong addition to the console's ever-expanding collection of excellent roguelite experiences.

Journey to the Savage Planet (Switch eShop)

Journey to the Savage Planet (Switch eShop)Journey to the Savage Planet (Switch eShop)
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Typhoon Studios
Release Date: 21st May 2020 (USA) / 21st May 2020 (UK/EU)

Journey to the Savage Planet is a wonderfully unique mixture of No Man's Sky-style exploration, first-person shooting and Metroidvania-esque platforming with a wonderfully dark sense of humour that arrives on Switch in a slightly compromised but still eminently playable state. ARY-26 is a fantastically vibrant planet to explore, filled with cute creatures, bizarre flora and fauna and super-slick platforming and environmental puzzle design. The monolithic tower that sits at the middle of this alien planet is a compelling mystery to work towards and the game doles out plenty of fun new tools and toys at just the right rate to keep you highly entertained as you jump, grapple, boost and blast your way to the secret at its core. There have been obvious graphical concessions made and the framerate does wobble from time to time – performance definitely feels worse in docked than handheld – but overall Typhoon Games has created an adventure that's strong enough to transcend any of these slight technical shortcomings and absolutely remains an experience you should check out, if you get the chance.