The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Switch)

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Switch)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Switch)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nihon Falcom
Release Date: 30th Jun 2020 (USA) / 30th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

Trails of Cold Steel III is another excellent addition to a franchise that gains so much of what makes it absorbing from the huge amount of background detail and world-building that's been achieved in earlier entries in the series. Newcomers should be aware that taking the time out to play Trails of Cold Steel I and II is advised to get the absolute maximum amount of enjoyment out of this one but, even if you're jumping in fresh, there's still plenty to love here once you find your feet. With a massive cast of well-written characters and tons of excellent combat and exploration spread across its epic running time, this is a top-notch addition to the Switch's library of JRPGs.

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Moero Crystal H (Switch eShop)

Moero Crystal H (Switch eShop)
Moero Crystal H (Switch eShop)
Publisher: eastasiasoft / Developer: Idea Factory
Release Date: 17th Sep 2020 (USA) / 17th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Moero Crystal H is a saucy dungeon crawler that parents should note is most definitely not one for the kids! It is, however, an outstanding dungeon crawler that combines the light-hearted, sexy, character-centric comedy of harem anime with deep combat and progression mechanics, plus a healthy dose of dating sim for good measure.

Unlike other games in the genre, it respects the player’s time with quality-of-life features such as adjustable speed controls for both combat and exploration as well as a helpful autopilot mode – though it would have been nice to also see an option to save and recall party lineups and load-outs. It’s beautifully presented, too, with delightful animated Live2D characters, gorgeous (if infrequent) event images and incredibly catchy music. Most importantly, though, it plays well – and provides enough content in both its main story and endgame to keep even the most avid RPG fan busy for hundreds of hours.

Bravely Default II (Switch)

Bravely Default II (Switch)
Bravely Default II (Switch)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Team Asano
Release Date: 26th Feb 2021 (USA) / 26th Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

As if it was ever in doubt, Square Enix has demonstrated once again that it understands exactly what ingredients are necessary to make a great RPG. The interesting, risk-based combat is supported by a diverse class system and a well-told story, which all combine to make for an experience that can be tough to put down. That said, one can’t help but feel a consistent sense of ‘been there, done that’ with Bravely Default II; Square certainly could’ve pushed the envelope just a little more with this entry. That aside, you really can’t go wrong with Bravely Default II. This is a well-crafted and expertly-made RPG that is easily worth your time and money; we’d highly recommend that fans and newcomers alike look into picking this up.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)
Publisher: ZA/UM / Developer: ZA/UM
Release Date: 12th Oct 2021 (USA) / 12th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is an absolute triumph. The narrative and dialogue, which is already wonderfully compelling on its own, has been given a massive boost thanks to the excellent voice acting introduced for the Final Cut. The gameplay features a host of branching paths for you to explore, and while the slow, methodical approach may turn a few people off, this is nevertheless one of the most well-told stories in any medium from the last few years. The performance issues at the time of our review slightly took the shine off things — and we hope they're ironed out soon via updates — but even with them present, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut stands as one of the best RPGs available on Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date: 29th May 2020 (USA) / 29th May 2020 (UK/EU)

Simply put, there’s almost nothing one can reasonably complain about with Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. It's an already-excellent JRPG that has been improved in nearly every conceivable way, short of a complete reimagining. On top of the fantastic story, enjoyable combat, and incredible world design, Monolith Soft has included an entirely new epilogue story arc while improving upon and polishing up nearly everything in the base game, from progression systems to visuals to UI design. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is easily one of the greatest RPGs available on the Switch to date, and will no doubt stand the test of time. It goes without saying that if you were ever a fan of the original or of RPGs in general you absolutely must get this game for your collection as soon as you reasonably can. Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a fan, we would still strongly encourage you to think about adding this one to your collection, as this is the standard against which most RPGs should be judged.

Dungeon Encounters (Switch eShop)

Dungeon Encounters (Switch eShop)
Dungeon Encounters (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 14th Oct 2021 (USA) / 14th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Dungeon Encounters is a masterstroke of game design, character and narrative – it’s storytelling in the way only games can be. It teaches how scale is felt in a game, and it teaches, through their absence, the roles of rich visuals and verbose storytelling. Next time we play an RPG with baroque graphics and forests of text, we will understand a little more deeply where a game’s atmosphere really comes from.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (Switch eShop)

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (Switch eShop)
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Riot Forge / Developer: Airship Syndicate
Release Date: 16th Nov 2021 (USA) / 16th Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

Even if you don’t want anything to do with League, we would highly recommend that you give Ruined King: A League of Legends Story a shot; this is a spectacular JRPG that consistently demonstrates mastery of all the ingredients needed to make a great entry in the genre. The core campaign is just long enough to feel satisfying, there are dizzying amounts of character customization, and the combat system is one of the finest we’ve encountered in a turn-based RPG in a long time. If you’re a fan of RPGs, you’d be doing yourself a great disservice to pass on Ruined King. Even if you’re a newcomer to the genre, we’d still absolutely encourage you to give this a punt; Ruined King will do a great job of showing you.

Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)

Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Atlus
Release Date: 12th Nov 2021 (USA) / 12th Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

Shin Megami Tensei V is a modern masterpiece. It successfully delivers on all the aspects that have made the series thus far so popular with fans—namely through its high difficulty, heavy narrative themes, and expansive team-building options—while polishing up and tightening the weaker aspects. Things like a more easily navigable map and more difficulty options to cater to players of all skill levels comfortably make this the most approachable entry in the series, and it feels like there are more things to do in the world than ever before. If you are at all a fan of RPGs or have been looking for a good entry point into this oft overlooked series, we would strongly encourage you to pick this up as soon as you can. Shin Megami Tensei V was worth the wait, Atlus successfully stuck the landing with this one.


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