I played quite a few games this year and sometimes not enough. My Switch dominated most of my gaming time, so I’ll share with you some of my favourites. Making up this list I’ve realised just how many good games I got to play this year. While quite a few games aren’t on this list I still enjoyed many of them.
Growing up on 3D Zelda I never really played an 2D ones, excusing the Triforce Heroes and Cadence of Hyrule Spin-offs. The remake of Link’s Awakening is my first proper 2D Zelda and I loved it. You can read my review here. While the shortness, and some performance issues prevented it from getting a higher score I still think it’s one of the best Switch releases this year.
Fire Emblem Three Houses
I had tried some Fire Emblem games before but only really liked Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. That was because it didn’t have the weapon triangle and came with many different systems. So I originally wasn’t excited for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. That was until I learned that it also didn’t keep the weapon triangle, and I promptly picked it up the day after release and couldn’t put it down. To the dismay of my Dragon Quest Builders 2 progress. It’s not the prettiest looking game, and the new gameplay aspect can get tiresome but it’s definitely one of the best values for money if you complete all the story routes. Much of the season pass’s DLC has released, including a new difficulty. You can find my review here.
AI: The Somnium Files
This is a game I haven’t covered on site due to it’s gore induced rating. It’s a visual novel with plenty of references (such as a Pop Team Epic! joke), and a comedic tone despite some of the horrors depicted. Detective Date has a AI in his eyeball, named Aiba, and they make a great duo. Other than some point and click detective work you also go into the Somnium. This is when you break into people’s dreams in a 3D puzzle section to find clues about crimes. I’ve played quite a few visual novels this year but all the jokes and extra gameplay make it my favorite. There’s a demo on the Switch, which gives you a good feel of the gameplay.
Lethal League Blaze
Lethal League Blaze is actually the first game I’ve given a two thumbs up. Meaning it should probably be my game of the year. Unfortunately the one thing I didn’t like about the game (no regional matchmaking) means I can only play this when I have co-op partners. However when I do it is an absolute blast.
First I have to give Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition (phew!) a mention. I played the original PS4 version last year, and while I picked this up I didn’t find I was quite ready to retread the adventure even with new content. If you haven’t picked up this game I would definitely recommend the Switch version even with the lower graphical quality it is the better choice. On the e-shop there is a demo so you can try out the game. That alone could take you four to ten hours to beat!
There are quite a few very good games that might have made the list if I’d finished them yet. Those being Dragon Quest Builders 2, Daemon X Machina and Astral Chain, among others. Hopefully I can take advantage of January’s small release list to get back on them. DQB2 and Daemon X Machina have newer demos if you’ve an interest.
I also got my hands on a few co-op games which were especially fun to review being Castle Crashers Remastered, River City Girls and Luigi’s Mansion 3.
What were your favourite games from this year?