The Nintendo Switch. It's got a lot of great games, and a lot of not so good ones. But which games would YOU give a 10/10? Anything goes. Whether it's an indie, first party game, third party game, a port, it doesn't matter. As long as it's on the Switch it counts. Make sure to explain why you chose certain games to make it more fun. I'll go first!
1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
This game is such a masterpiece and deserves so much more respect. I feel like the original gets more recognition, which puzzles me because this game is so much better. I played this game on my 2018 deployment, and for months in the middle of the seas this was the only thing in the world I cared about. The story, music, and characters gripped me hard. I still listen to the soundtrack regularly and re-watch some of the cutscenes. I remember getting to the final boss and dieing atleast 10+ times to his stupid Promethius attack which auto kills your whole party if not prepared and I rage quit a few times, but once I finally figured it out the ending was that much more satisfying.
2. Octopath Traveler
An amazing turn based JRPG and one that should not be missed. I actually bought this in Scotland on my deployment so I have the PAL version oddly enough. The guy at the game store offered me their last special edition at the time which I REGRETFULLY didn't buy. Ugh. Mistakes were made. Anyways, the soundtrack is perfect, great gameplay, amazing characters. The story of the thief Therion and the dancer Primrose were my favorites. I love stories of revenge and they were so dark and satisfying and perfect.
3. A Hat in Time
Originally a PC game I think? This game is available on most platforms now but I played it on Switch first. The switch port does have some performance issues, but the game is so good it didn't even matter to me. This game is so utterly charming and the world's are so amazingly built. The game has some great humor too. My only complaint is that it was too short!
I've actually never played a SMT game before *crickets* but I hope you find your masterpiece finally.
Octopath. Bravely default 2. Xenoblade. Are close. Also like Mario odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey
> Super Mario Odyssey
> Hollow Knight
> Witcher 3
I agree with most of this. Haven't played The Witcher III yet, but plan to do so on my PS5.
I would add Celeste.
I've played over 40 Switch games so far and the only two I would consider great are Pokemon Shield and Super Mario Odyssey. What's funny is that neither of those games were my first choice. But I was disappointed by almost everything else I had tried, including DKC Tropical Freeze and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Switch is starting to look like a one-or-two-hit wonder console, at least for me. Although I still haven't started BotW yet.
I'm more of a retro gamer. Going to have to cycle back to this thread in about 10 years.
> I just could not get into Mario Odyssey at all and I tried, because I really like
> Mario games typically.
What exactly turned you off?
> Found it to be boring and far too easy. It was actually the reason I got a switch,
> talk about an oof moment.
I can see your point on difficulty, but I still really enjoyed it. Regardless of difficulty level. It was a well-made game with tight controls and great visuals.
Please explain why you don't believe in 10/10 games. If your logic is that no game is perfect then I would have to agree, but I still think a game can amaze you enough to warrant a 10/10. All.about personal taste.
@PizzaTheHutt I never played the Super Mario maker games but I can easily see getting sucked into them. I guess your one of those masochistic level makers huh.
> Please explain why you don't believe in 10/10 games. If your logic is that no game
> is perfect then I would have to agree, but I still think a game can amaze you enough
> to warrant a 10/10. All.about personal taste.
> @PizzaTheHutt I never played the Super Mario maker games but I can easily see getting
> sucked into them. I guess your one of those masochistic level makers huh.
It's just that. I don't believe in a perfect game. That's why I personally don't like rated reviews. I like the idea of saying I disliked something, liked something, or really liked something. That said, a lot, if not most, people prefer to have review scores.
Am I the only one who wasn't taking the topic title literally? It's just semantics. I obviously don't believe in perfect games. And I obviously don't use a 10 point rating scale since that's redundant. This is just a thread to point out really good Switch games.
@egg that works. Whether it's a 10/10, or "a really liked something" as frankie says, or a 100/100, or a favorite. Whatever you wanna call it in your head I don't care. Just wanna hear about everyones best switch games for whatever reason.
> Cevil wrote:
>> Please explain why you don't believe in 10/10 games. If your logic is that no
>> is perfect then I would have to agree, but I still think a game can amaze you
>> to warrant a 10/10. All.about personal taste.
>> @PizzaTheHutt I never played the Super Mario maker games but I can easily see
>> sucked into them. I guess your one of those masochistic level makers huh.
> It's just that. I don't believe in a perfect game. That's why I personally don't
> like rated reviews. I like the idea of saying I disliked something, liked something,
> or really liked something. That said, a lot, if not most, people prefer to have review
Think about it like this, if the only scoring system existed was: 4/10, 7/10 and 10/10(as in, only these scores were allowed in a scoring system), I doubt you'd put BotW at 7/10 just cause you don't think a 10/10 game exists.
> Frank wrote:
>> Cevil wrote:
> |>> @Frank
> |>> Please explain why you don't believe in 10/10 games. If your logic is that no
> |>> is perfect then I would have to agree, but I still think a game can amaze you
> |>> to warrant a 10/10. All.about personal taste.
> |>> @PizzaTheHutt I never played the Super Mario maker games but I can easily see
> |>> sucked into them. I guess your one of those masochistic level makers huh.
>> It's just that. I don't believe in a perfect game. That's why I personally don't
>> like rated reviews. I like the idea of saying I disliked something, liked something,
>> or really liked something. That said, a lot, if not most, people prefer to have
> Think about it like this, if the only scoring system existed was: 4/10, 7/10 and
> 10/10(as in, only these scores were allowed in a scoring system), I doubt you'd put
> BotW at 7/10 just cause you don't think a 10/10 game exists.
In that case, yeah I would give it a 10/10, but only using 3 numbered scores would be silly.
That's just further proving why I'm not a fan of a numbered score, as I truly don't believe in a 10/10 game.
Breath of the Wild - Really enjoyed it. There were certain points in the game where I was really blown away.
Celeste - Fantastic platforming. Amazingly built. I really appreciated that the game required such precision, yet wasn't glitchy at all.
Memorable mention: Undertale. It doesn't get a 10, but I found it to be a uniquely satisfying game. Full of humor. Has a big twist at the end. Great music. Has replayability too, with multiple things to tie up.
@Cevil Cool to see that you put A Hat in Time on there. I'm in middle of that one (on the Switch). Definitely a charming and humorous game. Something about the style and color scheme is pleasing. You don't always get that. You can have a fantastic game that isn't necessarily fun or pleasing to look at.
10/10 doesn't have to mean total perfection. It's a very subjective score. If taken literally, then yeah, it must be a totally perfect game, which might not exist.
I guess the meaning of 10/10 depends on what your definition of 10/10 is.
To one person it can mean that a game is very enjoyable, and any flaws are greatly overshadowed by the numerous great aspects.
To someone else, 10/10 can mean that a game speaks to them in such a relatable way that the game is "perfect."
Yeah, I generally agree that a 10/10 can have imperfections if flaws are few.
Hades is the only 10/10 for me. One of the best games I've played in a long time. Incredible design down to the details. Constant progression without seeming laboring. Deep cast of characters with a great script that can be enjoyed either on surface level if you rush through or or if you delve into it and take in every line.
Supergiant may be the best studio working for me. Bastion, Transistor and Hades are all incredible games with their own charm that deliver whether you play a single run just to hit the credits or devote 100 hours to them.
I'm a stickler when it comes to perfect scores. The only games I give 10 scores are those I deem to be my all-time favorites. I'd say Splatoon 2 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are the only ones, with Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming very close.
@SupremeSarna I agree, and that's the way it should be. also tropical freeze made me rage quit, especially on the final boss. Still haven't beaten that game.
Hades is another game I'd like a demo of. I don't think I'd like it, but I might.
> Hades is another game I'd like a demo of. I don't think I'd like it, but I might.
Was just thinking today how I'd like to try out a demo of Hades. I like having pick and play style games on the side to play alongside main games I'm playing, and roguelikes are perfect for that.
I'll have to think if I would give any Switch game a score over 9 or not. I do believe a 10 means perfection; there is absolutely nothing I would change about the game. Likewise, a 0 is actually broken and unplayable, and a 5 is average.
I recommend giving Hades a shot if you're on the fence. It's made by the same devs behind Bastion and the dialogue, art style, and music are phenomenal. The gameplay improved a ton compared to when I bought it in beta, Supergiant really leaned on player feedback to iron out the gameplay quirks before releasing the 1.0 version.
For what it's worth, I don't think a demo would do Hades justice. It is a pretty story driven game for a rougelike.
Even if you don't end up liking the game, supergiant is a good dev team to support imo
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart Deluxe
Slay the Spire
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Xenoblade Chronicles II
> I guess I was only considering Switch exclusives when I made my list, but Slay the
> Spire is definitely a 10/10 for me too.
This is what I was doing as well. At the time that I played it Octopath was still exclusive.
I have not played Fire Emblem, I'll probably love that.
Yea...Fire Emblem Three Houses is the Switch game that I would be closest to giving a 10 thus far.
There isn't much grinding in the Trails JRPGs, basically if you're fighting certain leveled enemies and you're at their level EXP gain is minimal and grinding does nothing.
> The worst was Bravely Default. The repeating of specific bosses at the end of the game was awful.Gypsy wrote:
> Definitely not a fan of the loop in BD. I ended up dropping that game.
Ah man I just started this game too. Love the art style tho.
> There isn't much grinding in the Trails JRPGs, basically if you're fighting certain
> leveled enemies and you're at their level EXP gain is minimal and grinding does
Yeah they are pretty on much on rails. The main point of those games to me is the story.
@loztdogs Hopefully your enjoy it more than I did.
Most probably won't agree with my list, but these are some of my fav games on switch that I would score high
Slay the Spire
Children of Morta
Fire Emblem 3H
The Ori series( I just started these but I'm in love with the 2nd one. Great for handheld, art style is top notch and some of the best visuals on switch)
I really enjoyed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and the dlc. I've played most of the heavy hitters on the system and it's still my favorite of the bunch.
Smash Ultimate's story mode was a lot of fun, too, but I pretty much stopped playing the game after I finished it.
Ring Fit Adventure is a great concept, but my knees unfortunately aren't what they used to be so I had to stop playing.
I'd say Mario Odyssey is my only 10/10 Switch game not including multi platform games. I'd have to think about multi-platform stuff I played on other systems.
I went though my collection listing and really didn't see anything I would rate 10/10 for switch.
Mario Odyssey was good, but the galaxy games are much better imo.
Mario Kart 8 is fine, but I strongly prefer the Wii U version (I know I'm in the minority on this). 12 racers is already a lot of chaos, and adding double items makes that much worse.
Didn't really get into the Fire Emblem games (Three Houses or Warriors).
Octopath Traveler was great for a while but was just way too long.
Smash has never been one of my favorites, and while I enjoyed the story mode, it's just not my kind of fighting game. I love the idea, I just wish I liked the actual game better. It's too floaty for my tastes.
Animal Crossing has potential, but I feel like there wasn't much content originally, and N has been really slow in feeding in new stuff. I feel like even today, it's way behind where New Leaf was at launch (not to mention the welcome amiibo update). And tools breaking all the time can fudge right off.
Kirby Star Allies is quite good, but really lacks the magic of Return to Dreamland on the Wii.
Paper Mario is fun, but not 10/10 material for sure.
Pokemon? No. I'd play any of the 3DS games over the Switch ones, although I do like Galarian Weezing.
Breath of the Wild would be up there for me, but I bought and played on Wii U. We got the switch version sometime later, but I have stuck with the Wii U one because I didn't feel like starting over. Master mode gets a 2 out of 10 though. Just not the way I want to play a Zelda game, ever. Weapon breaking was annoying enough in normal mode. But going through 4 or 5 weapons in a single battle is just stupid.
Speaking of Wii U, I've enjoyed the switch ports I've played, but as a longtime Wii U owner I've already played them all. And they don't quite have the same magic the second time through. Especially for $60 when the Wii U versions are half that or less.
There are some arcade classics I'd rate 10/10 that are on Switch, but I'm pretty sure that's not what this thread is about.
I couldn't get into Mario Galaxy. The controls were way too wonky. I played it on Switch though so maybe it deserves a second chance.
> I couldn't get into Mario Galaxy. The controls were way too wonky. I played it on
> Switch though so maybe it deserves a second chance.
Galaxy is the first 3D Mario game that convinced me that Mario worked in 3D. Didn't like 64 much at all, and sunshine was similar, although with the new and difficult to use water jetpack. I wasn't expecting much with galaxy, but when I played it, I was instantly converted.
I've gotten much less stingy in my 10/10's over the years. I give them out to any game I consider an absolute favorite, even if they have flaws.
Some of my 10/10's:
- God of War
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Batman: Arkham Knight/Arkham City
- Portal 2
- The Last of Us Part II
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Your opinions are hurting my soul. Mario 64 was amazing. And Sunshine is actually my favorite 3d mario. And yes I realize my opinions are probably hurting souls as well.
@EB i agree with your opinion of a 10/10. I think people make the mistake of thinking a 10/10 has to be a flawless game. Even the most perfect of games have flaws.
> I've gotten much less stingy in my 10/10's over the years. I give them out to any
> game I consider an absolute favorite, even if they have flaws.Cevil wrote:
> @EB i agree with your opinion of a 10/10. I think people make the mistake of thinking
> a 10/10 has to be a flawless game. Even the most perfect of games have flaws.
Same here. Since that review thread was first started back in 2003 I always avoided scoring a game a 10 because I used to think it had to mean the game was perfect. Eventually I realized that is such an outdated way of looking at things because no game (or any other form of art) will ever be "perfect", so that isn't what a 10 means. I keep track of every score I've given a game in that thread since 2003 and the first game I gave a 10 to was Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 1 because it was so well written, it hit me in the feels in a way no other videogame had ever done before.
> Heavyd814life wrote:
>> I think there are only 2-3 games in the last 10 years that I consider a 10.
> What are those games?
Detroit: Become Human
Life is Strange
The Walking Dead: Season 1
The Walking Dead: The Final Season
I think that's it. And I'm with you guys. A 10 doesn't mean a game is objectively perfect. No game is perfect and it's all completely subjective anyway. Hell, I'm sure there are plenty of people who don't even think the games I listed are any good. My 10s are usually reserved for the games that I have a really, really strong emotional response to. Games where I look back as the credits roll and I know that there's nothing I would change about the journey.
Detroit Become Hooman is a 4/10, at best
> Yeah we all have different things that we are looking for in games. I'm much more
> of a gameplay person and don't expect much from video game writing. Which is why
> I lean towards franchises like Etrian Odyssey, SMT Fire Emblem etc... I did love
> the Uncharted games, which have jank ass gameplay (esp the first one) so it's not
> a deal breaker by any means.
I think our tastes change over time as well. I used to play a lot of over-the-top gore fests like Madworld. Mortal Kombat, Blood, and the like. When I was a kid I rented all the Razorsoft Genesis games I could.
Working with the youth at my church for a few years kind of re-sensitized me to violence and language in games. Language in particular has gotten a lot stronger in the last 10 years or so, even in Teen rated games.
Video game nudity also became more mainstream in the PS3/360 era, but to be honest I've always found video game sex scenes to be a bit tacky and often cringe-inducing in how they're presented, so I've tended to avoid games that prominently feature them anyway.
Nowadays I pretty much stick mostly to all-ages games, and occasionally take a foray into a Teen rated game. I don't want dark and gritty realism, I want blue blue skies.
> Goldeneye 007 was great, but
> have you tried playing it recently?!
I still enjoy it. Much rather play it over many modern shooters. (Not joking)
> Sun wrote:
>> Goldeneye 007 was great, but
>> have you tried playing it recently?!
> I still enjoy it. Much rather play it over many modern shooters. (Not joking)
I played the Wii remake not too long ago. I'll not as into shooters as I once was, but it was pretty solid.
> KCPenguins wrote:
>> Sun wrote:
> |>> Goldeneye 007 was great, but
> |>> have you tried playing it recently?!
>> I still enjoy it. Much rather play it over many modern shooters. (Not joking)
> I played the Wii remake not too long ago. I'll not as into shooters as I once was,
> but it was pretty solid.
Yeah, I own that one as well and thought it was good.
I really enjoy the methodical pace of the N64 one. Playing license to kill pistols is still my favorite FPS multiplayer. Every shot mattered.
There are a lot of games I like, but I'd probably only give a 10/10 to The Last of Us II and Divinity: Original Sin 2. Both are absolute masterpieces that I would recommend to anyone without hesitation.
Smash Bros Ultimate
Slay the Spire
Binding of Isaac
Crypt of the Necrodancer (haven't played the Zelda version yet)
Forgot NBA Playgrounds 2 - the microtransactions are a mess, but the game is grindy enough to keep me playing. It's the best arcade basketball game since NBA Jam TE.
> SublimeFan wrote:
>> Crypt of the Necrodancer (haven't played the Zelda version yet)
> For an indie rogue-like game, especially at $3.99 when on sale digitally, this is
> one of my favorite games in recent memory...more so that Cadence of Hyrule. The
> soundtracks for both games are amazing.
I haven't played either, but I've heard a good deal of the soundtrack of the non Zelda one. Great soundtrack. Composed by the same person who did the music for Super Meat Boy, which also had some great music.
1st Definitely Breath of the Wild I was a big fan of the art style and I liked the open world it reminded me of the original game some things I didn't like but at the end of the day it did a lot of things right
2nd was Mario Odyssey that game touch on a ton of nostalgia for me
3rd Luigi Mansion 3 had a ton of fun playing this with my son
4th Links Awaking a nice redone Zelda game only thing I wish it was longer
5th Huntdown This is a side scroller but the story and game was a ton of fun