To indirectly quote Eurogamer, the Switch’s special first year ends as it began – with a colossal, 100+ hour RPG epic.
While Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (£49.99) hasn’t received as many 10/10s as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it has gained dozens of 9/10s and 4.5/5s from such sites as Nintendo Life, Trusted Reviews, Switch Player, TheSixthAxis, and US Gamer.
Not every site has was entirely smitten though, with both The Metro and GameSpot dishing out 7/10s due to weak dialogue, unhelpful tutorials, and an overly complex interface. The Metro still recommended it to those who have seen everything Zelda has to offer, so don’t be too put off by their less-than-glowing final verdict.
The eShop sees a fair few other big hitters this week. The gap in the racing genre finally gets filled, thanks to the arrival of Gear.Club Unlimited (£44.99) – an above average arcade racer from the creators of Test Drive and V-Rally. Then we have the well-received LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (£49.99), which ties in with the recent Thor: Ragnarok, and a double whammy of Resident Evil Revelations and its sequel.
For whatever reason, Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 aren’t receiving a retail release in Europe. Capcom has thought to put eShop discount scheme in place, fortunately – if you purchase one for £19.99, the other can be had for £15.99.
Reviews so far a full of praise – they’re very good versions of very good games. RE Revelations 2 was a return to form for classic RE, and this marks the first time it has graced a Nintendo platform. Capcom has also seen fit to include two mini-games, including the retro throwback Ghouls ‘n Homunculi.
SUPERBEAT: XONiC (£39.99) may also be of intrest to those looking to get their groove on, featuring over 70 tracks. This rhythm action title gained positive reviews on the likes of the PS4 and PS Vita, with most scores clocking in around 8/10.