Another year of hits and misses has come and gone, but a few games have stood out to us this year as being the best of the bunch. There’s no ranking the games on this list. Just take our word for it that these recommendations are games you will definitely enjoy.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Three Houses brings to Switch the turn-based battles the series is known for and includes an even more robust relationship-building component that will make you bond with your characters more so than any other game in the series. Its deep narrative will unravel new mysteries as you play and combat will further strengthen your skills and abilities. All of these ingredients make for one lengthy adventure you will not want to put down.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Its steep difficulty curve and enthralling mythological and philosophical narrative are two reasons why you will keep playing Sekiro despite how many times you may end up dying. Mastering combat is essential in your survival as you slice your away through corrupted monks and other demons that can kill you in an instant. Its fast-paced gameplay will also keep you on your toes.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
The series hits consoles for the first time and takes you to the Galar region, a world filled with new Pokémon, flashy gym battles, and raid battles alongside other players that take place in massive wild areas. This adventure feels fuller and fresher than before yet familiar enough for dedicated fans to easily hop right into.
Untitled Goose Game
If you’ve ever wanted to play as a goose and annoy people with incessant honking and mischief, Untitle Goose Game lets you live your dreams to the fullest. Its premise is simple yet so rewarding as you waddle around town accomplishing naughty tasks like causing accidents, stealing valuables, or simply getting into fights with other small animals.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Fallen Order weaves together aspects of successful games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Metroid Prime to tell a compelling story and provides you with a seamless adventure that takes place within the Star Wars universe. Gorgeous visuals, lush environments, and seamless combat makes for a cinematic game that makes it hard to put down.
Control is an action game with shoot-outs and plenty of combat, but at its core lies a game of exploration and discovery as you make your way through a mysterious facility that holds countless secrets and supernatural encounters. Metroidvania-like areas will open up to reveal new things to discover and piece together ultimately letting you explore the game at your own pace.
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The original Game Boy classic game has been reimagined in this charming adventure game for Switch that features Link unraveling the mysteries of an island while exploring various dungeons filled with enemies and powerful items. It’s the quintessential Zelda title but its colorful visuals and updated soundtrack make this a lovable remake you must play.
Conversations are the basis of Disco Elysium and you’ll be having them with every character you interact with—even with yourself. What you choose to discover and learn from each interaction is entirely up to you, but the game rewards you by unveiling more of your world as you unravel a murder mystery.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi once again becomes the hapless hero of his own game and this time gets a whole hotel to explore. Every floor you visit is unique in design and holds its own mysteries and puzzles for you to solve as you get one step (and floor) closer to the top. New gameplay mechanics, multiplayer modes, and impressive levels make this one adventure you don’t want to miss.
Life is Strange 2
This episodic game will take you on an emotional roller-coaster as you join two brothers on their journey to a new home following some tragic events that change their lives forever. This episodic game also features a unique choice system that also influences how your little brother sees the world and how he uses his unique power in certain situations. Themes such as xenophobia, racism, and family bonds will draw you into every episode.