It’s the busiest time of year for the gaming scene, and as such, more gaps in the Switch’s library are being filled. This week the system receives its first big-name shooter, meaning we can tick that box off the list. Sorry, Rogue Trooper Redux. You’re now surplus to requirement.
DOOM on Switch is pretty much what you’d expect – a scaled down conversion of the glorious grisly 2016 hit, running at a lower resolution and capped at 30fps. Reviews went live yesterday and were mostly full of praise, with few compromises of note. Destructoid dished out an 8/10, while IGN enjoyed it a tad more, opting for an 8.5. “Whatever ritual sacrifices had to be performed to fit Doom on Switch were worth it,” they said.
Sonic Forces (£34.99) is another big-name title hitting the Switch this week. While far from terrible (the Metacritic currently stands at 58%), it’s very dull and forgettable – two things we didn’t expect a Sonic game to be. Character customisation is the USP, with a wealth of new accessories for your animal avatar unlocking at the end of each stage. If that sounds a little weird, that’s because it is.
Then we have Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition (£37.99) and Ben 10 (£TBA), both of which are of uncertain quality. In fairness, Ben 10 looks more promising than the tie-ins that came before it…but that’s not saying much.
Snipperclips Plus – Cut it out, together! also receives new DLC this week, just in time for the retail release. 40 new stages are being added, including toy box and comic worlds.
In a predictable fashion, here’s a round-up of the week’s remaining Switch releases:
ACA NEOGEO STREET HOOP – £6.29
Also known as Street Slam, this 3-on-3 basketball game debuted in arcades back in 1994, before spawning a sequel – Hoops ’96.
Cat Quest – £9.99
Also launching on PS4 this week, Cat Quest is a colourful JRPG with real-time combat and a wealth of cat-puns. Fur real.
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern – £8.99
Face over 22 enemies in this grid-based dungeon crawler. Demo available.
Koi DX – £4.99
A “tranquil and mesmerising experience” involving a koi fish tasked with purifying polluted waters.
Maria The Witch – £4.49
This physics-based flying game has a whiff of mobile conversion about it, and not just because of the ‘3-star’ rating system.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – £11.99
Another belated conversion, but one that’s welcome. You won’t find anything dafter than this.
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX – £7.19
The Wii U version received a critical mauling, so abandon all hope of this providing some Super Off-Road style fun.
Spellspire – £8.99
10tons’ Switch conversion for this week is this Letter Quest-style word puzzler. We reviewed the PS4 version back in May.
Tallowmere – £6.29
A dungeon crawler of the 2D variety, complete with 4 player support.
UNO – £7.99
Hot on the heels of last week’s Monopoly comes this card game classic. With various modes, rules, emotes, and online play it doesn’t sound like a bad little package.
Over on Wii U meanwhile there’s the low budget top-down shooter Annihilation (£1.79) and the Turbografx boxing sim Digital Champ (£6.29), while the 3DS receives the permadeath FPS RTO (£7.99 – New 3DS only), retro platformer Hiding Out (£4.99) – which looks similar to Elevator Action – and the Kemco JPRG Bonds of the Skies (£8.99).
Next week: L.A. Noire, Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Pokémon Ultra Moon/Sun, and RiME.