This weekâ€™s biggest Switch release wonâ€™t set you back a single penny – DC Universe Online is a free to play MMO supported by IAPs. While its no spring chicken, fast approaching its 8th anniversary, it turns out the humble Switch is able to give the action MMO a new lease of life.
The Switch version has its own server, meaning everybody starts from level one â€“ as of now, the playing field is as even as it can be. The pool of available superhero names is currently vast too. If youâ€™ve played the Xbox One or PS4 version, youâ€™ll know how frustrating it is to find the perfect superhero has already been taken. Trevor McFur will rise again.
Most of this weekâ€™s new titles are re-releases, in fact. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil stands a good chance of riding the eShop chart high â€“ the original arrived to much fanfare, thanks to some thoughtful new upgrades and features. Then thereâ€™s Pix the Cat, an arcade-style maze game with blistering retro aesthetics first released in 2014. The PS4 version gained impressively high review scores upon release, being a mixture of 8s and 9s. Donâ€™t let its age put you off.
Thatâ€™s joined by Pillars of Eternity: Compete Edition, Obsidianâ€™s cult RPG. GameSpace claims that itâ€™s a decent conversion.
â€œPillars of Eternity’s port to the Switch is a great port indeed. It brings the modern classic to the handheld scene for on the go awesomeness. The only lacking feature of this entire release is the controls. Had they included touch capabilities, it would have set it far apart from the other console releases. As it stands now, the mediocre controls truly hinder the game itself. Yet at the same time, the core gameplay is still there, and it’s still awesome. While the controls are flawed, it’s still playable, just don’t expect perfection,â€ they said before handing out 9/10.
As for new releases, thereâ€™s The Forbidden Arts â€“ a 3D platformer inspired by the PS2 era. Reviews are mixed so far. Vandal dished out a 6.7 review score, while Nintendo Life only found it deserving of a 4/10.
â€œWhilst the dungeons are vast and varied, and the platforming mechanics competent enough, the combat really brings the whole experience to its knees thanks to poor enemy AI and half baked elemental mechanics that make the entire experience feel very repetitive,â€ they warned.
Thereâ€™s also Damsel, a 2D action platformer with hostage rescues, bomb disposal, and vampire hunting. Score chasing is at its core â€“ each stage has its own leaderboard. Sadly, itâ€™s a little lacking in other areas. There are no upgrades or additional weapons to speak of â€“ Damsel starts and ends her quest with just her trusty shotgun at her side. At Â£15-odd this Switch version is a little pricey too.
Deep space dogfighter Subdivision Infinity DX is worth a look though, and thatâ€™s despite it being a mobile conversion. Nintendo Life gave it 7/10, praising the tight controls, decent visuals and other improvements.
The full roster of new releases can be found below.
New Switch eShop releases
DC Universe Online – Â£0.00
DC Universeâ„¢ Online is now on Nintendo Switch! Join thousands of other players in this free-to-play, massively multiplayer online action game set in the popular DC universe.
The Forbidden Arts – Â£11.79
When the hero of the game, Phoenix, seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his visions, she awakens the latent pyromancy within him. This begins an epic journey from Phoenixâ€™s humble beginnings as he seeks to master the element of fire.
Damsel – Â£15.29
Cause distress in this fast-paced, challenging action platformer! Speed through dozens of missions as Special Agent Damsel, the first and last line of defense against the seedy world of corporate vampires. Rescue hostages, disarm bombs, hack servers and dispatch the undead with precision, speed, and style. Balance frenetic action with split-second choices, and pay attention, you never know where the next vamp will come from.
Quench – Â£15.99
Help Shaman, the young Elephant leader, convince the other animal tribes to join her. Protect your herds as they are beset by flood, fire, drought, and the dark smokebeasts that have spread across the land. Control the environment to guide herds of animals and restore their home in this colourful narrative puzzle game!
Subdivision Infinity DX – Â£11.99
With more than 30 engaging story missions and side-quests spanning several star systems, Subdivision Infinity is an action-packed journey brimming with dogfights, boss battles, and more set against the stunning wild outer reaches of the cosmos.
Pix the Cat – Â£8.99
Put your reflexes to the test and scratch your head with Pix the Cat! This critically acclaimed intense arcade game is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat! Your mission is simple: collect all the ducklings and lead them to a safe zone! Easier said than done, though: if youâ€™re not careful enough, youâ€™ll end up crashing into those poor cuties before you know it! Play against your own ghost, your friendsâ€™, the master of the leaderboardâ€™s or even the developersâ€™ to push your limits even further and improve your skills in this all-out race to reach the highest score possible!
FIA European Truck Racing Championship – Â£44.99
The European Truck Racing Championship is one of the most spectacular and challenging motor racing competitions.
The driving difficulty and many unique race features have been faithfully reproduced with the KT Engine (WRC).
Oh!Edo Towns – Â£8.99
Erect houses, castles, and all manner of medieval marvels with a touch of the finger–rewriting the pages of history as you see fit!
Strategically place compatible buildings to make “combos,” boosting your Yield to become the best castle town in all the land!
The Pyraplex – Â£8.99
Make history with the Pyraplex, a desert oasis of commerce and culture far ahead of its time. You may attract visitors ranging from Aztec chiefs to Roman centurions to wayfarers even further from home. Cultivate trade with these civilizations and more to enrich your culture as well as your coffers.
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition – Â£44.99
Take your party on the ultimate role-playing experience, Pillars of Eternity finally comes to Nintendo Switch! Created by the masters at Obsidian Entertainment, Pillars of Eternity released to critical acclaim and dozens of awards. Now the fantastical world, tactical combat, and unforgettable storyline can be taken anywhere you go.
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil – Â£15.79
Having defeated the Campaigner, Turok throws the Chronocepter into a waiting volcano to destroy it. Unfortunately the blast awakens an even deadlier force – The Primagen. Once again a Turok is tasked with restoring peace to the land and stopping the Primagen from merging Earth with the nether world.
#RaceDieRun – Â£8.99
#RaceDieRun is an arcade racing game in which you pilot extremely fast ships. Easy controls meet a challenging gameplay in a #Race that perfectly executes the “easy to learn, hard to master” saying. You will #Die many times. But you will want to improve, repeat, #Run and gain a huge satisfaction from it.
Sagebrush – Â£5.99
Inspired by real-world cults, Sagebrush is a first-person narrative-driven adventure game which thrusts players into the role of a truth-seeker who must investigate the tragic circumstances of the Perfect Heaven cult.
Neverlast – Â£8.99
Armed with more than twenty spells and seven different swords you have to eliminate the demons as quickly as possible as each second that passes the lightning that spawns the demons increases in intensity which makes more and more demons spawn.
Taimumari: Complete Edition – Â£11.99
Retro-style platform game in keeping with the best traditions of games of our childhood! Take control of the Himari, the young female wizard travelling across various ages to settle the balance in time across the whole world!
Welcome to Hanwell – Â£12.49
Monsters roam the streets. They occasionally get into the once protected buildings. What you do with them is up to you, be resourceful and pick up whatever you can find in order to fight them. Or run. And don’t look back.
UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure – Â£34.99
Robots are cool when theyâ€™re blinking lights and zooming by with their sleek metallic finish. In UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure, a whole horde of robots are on the loose and taking over Uglyville trying to make it â€œperfect!â€.
Sudoku Universe – Â£6.29
Sudoku – is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9Ã—9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3Ã—3 subgrids that compose the grid (also called “boxes”, “blocks”, or “regions”) contains all of the digits from 1 to 9.
Epic Clicker Journey – Â£4.49
Experience your epic journey. Visit 20 mysterious lands and face the monsters that live there. Collect items and experience that will allow you to develop your character and be more effective in combat. Make the defeated creatures help you during the journey. Meet the bravest warriors and conquer the most dangerous lands together.
Shadows 2: Perfidia – Â£7.19
Explore a darkened office complex and uncover the truth behind the horrifying events that have befallen its inhabitants.
Play as one of two characters with unique storylines, monster encounters, and gameplay challenges.
Doughlings: Invasion – Â£8.99
Doughlings: Invasion promises a fun gaming experience to gamers of all ages with the innovations it brings to the shooting genre.
Wordsweeper by POWGI – Â£6.99
A crossword puzzle solved using logic and deduction.
This new word game draws inspiration from the classic puzzle â€œminesweeperâ€, and is exclusive to POWGI!
New Switch demos
- Cadence of Hyrule â€“ Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mega Baseball 2: Ultimate Edition
Next week: VASARA Collection, Ittle Dew, Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition, FAR: Lone Sails, Never Give Up, Exception, Escape from the Universe, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark, Tactics V: “Obsidian Brigade”, Cryogear, Rogue Singularity, and Without Escape (New 3DS).