OPUS: Echo of Starsong is a lovely game, an emotional adventure that represents the apex of the series to date and easily one of the best story-driven games on Switch. It's also excellent value for money, offering around ten hours of game for its low price, more if you really take your time and soak the whole thing up the way you really should do. While the character designs are a little too familiar, the characters themselves are complex, interesting, and likeable, and the story told with them is a complete, satisfying tale.
With its exclusive use of some substantial Star Fox content that gets you in the cockpit of an Arwing on Switch, Nintendo's console got the best version of Starlink: Battle for Atlas — and with a more accessible and ultimately enjoyable version of No Man’s Sky's gameplay mechanics (certainly compared to that game's launch versions) and Mass Effect’s original vision, you’re getting one of the best dogfighting/space exploration games you can buy outside of Elite: Dangerous. Its gameplay loop does run out of steam after a while thanks to the required grind, but with a surprisingly ungreedy approach to content access and toys-to-life integration, Starlink makes you think there might be some life in the genre yet. What's more, you can pick it up for a pittance now — it's certainly worth investigation if you're a Star Fox aficionado.
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What if Ziggy Stardust had literally gone to the stars? David Bowie seems so terribly mundane compared to Francis Vendetti, who is plucked from his creatively stifling life as a folk cover musician to instead become a rock star to the stars. The literal stars. Space can be so incredibly grey, but in this punky re-imagining, it glows neon-pink against the black of the night.
Every facet of Alien: Isolation is superbly detailed and its this slavish attention to detail that sees it successfully transfer the fundamental spirit of Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece to video game form for the very first time. The superb 1970s Sci-fi stylings from the classic movie are intact here; it's all leather-clad walls, swishing automated doors, CRT screens, blinking lights, smoke and flickering light-filled corridors, as well as the constant plinking and plonking of retro-futuristic technology. It's an Alien theme park, and you just happen to be thrown into it on the day a real-life Xenomorph has been let loose.
Citizen Sleeper is a tabletop RPG-style game which places you in the role of a synthetic robot-person—called a Sleeper—who awakens on a grimy space station bustling with all kinds of morally and legally grey activities and organizations. Your character escaped from working at a colony for a megacorporation who literally owns their body and now has to contend with the consequences of this break for freedom. The atmosphere is top notch; Citizen Sleeper does a great job of immersing you in this dark and diverse community.
Kicking off with your silent protagonist crash-landing on the alien planet 4546B, Subnautica immediately throws you into this heady mix as you fight to extinguish a fire aboard your tiny little escape pod before getting your bearings and coming to the realisation that you need medical aid, sustenance and an explanation as to what's just happened. Subnautica digs its hooks into our most basic, primal fears of the ocean, of drowning, of getting lost in treacherous underwater caverns or succumbing to some great monstrosity in the deepest, darkest depths.
Journey to the Savage Planet is a wonderfully unique mixture of No Man's Sky-style exploration and Metroidvania puzzling and platforming with a wonderfully dark sense of humour that arrives here 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.
They say there are no worlds left to conquer, but hopefully this list can show you that there are plenty of worlds left to conquer. As long as you make them up.
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