Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Monolith’s game offers one of the most imaginative and wonder-filled worlds in gaming, a whole civilisation built up on the carcasses of two hulking god-beasts. Another highlight is the game’s snappy, MMORPG-influenced battle system.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Though it looks a little outdated on the Switch, you’re going to be far too busy getting your hands dirty, killing mythic beasts, taking on malevolent enemies, travelling across beautiful landscapes, and trying not to accidentally steal a wheel of cheese from an ally’s house.
That sounds pretty standard, but a huge element of Darkest Dungeon is your heroes’ stress level. You can help them chill out, of course, but if left unchecked your hero might start behaving difficultly. Too much stress and they might just die of a heart attack, so try NOT to get to that point.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Well no, not quite. Battle Chasers: Nightwar smartly modernises and streamlines certain aspects, so you won’t need to plough through 100 hours of padding to see everything the game has to offer. Which is plenty, as it happens. Those beautiful graphics sure do help things along, too.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Better still, this collection comes with the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion, so there’s even more to do. If you don’t fancy going at it alone, you can always call in a few pals to help out in the game’s local co-op mode. There’s never been a better time to crush demons in your slobs.
Running at about eight hours long, you’re faced with a mixture of narrative and bullet hell combat systems in each enemy encounter. The key idea is to be nice to your foes to make them like you, but if you prefer to do things the hard way that’s cool too.
More than just teeing up and hitting balls, there are tons of characters to meet and tasks to complete on your journey to being the best golfer ever. As well as playing through a neat variety of unique environments, Golf Story offers up some of the best implementation of the Switch’s HD Rumble to date.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
We weren’t entirely taken with its fragmented approach to storytelling – splitting things up into eight unconnected stories doesn’t quite work – but it’s heartwarming to see a major studio concocting something so fresh with such well-worn materials.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
This is a full-sized adventure with lavish 3D graphics, a vast cast of well-formed characters, and a compelling sci-fi world to dive into. The turn-based battle system isn’t half bad either.
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
Tales has always been known for its semi-real-time combat system, and that’s all present and correct here. If you usually find JRPG battles a little stilted, this is the game for you. The story, meanwhile, is a series high point.
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
While its heart is firmly in keyboard-and-mouseland, it works surprisingly well on console. Of course, if such old school RPGs haven’t been your bag in the past, Pillars of Eternity will do nothing to change you mind. But for hardcore fans of the genre, this is a blast.
Pokemon, Let’s Go: Pikachu/Eevee!
Unlike its Pokemon Yellow inspiration, Let’s Go has a distinct Pokemon GO-vibe which is most apparent in its combat. You can also call a friend in to help you out even if you’re mid-battle, which makes it great for younger children to play.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Featuring one of the most evocative settings in gaming – the whole world is built on the backs of god-like titans – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 takes you on a truly epic quest. It’s not flawless, but boy is it ambitious.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
West of Loathing
It’s weird, wild, and western – all excellent qualities to find in an open-world RPG, wouldn’t you say?
Journey to the Savage Planet
Resisting categorisation is just one of the game’s many charms. Exploring a strange, colourful planet, harvesting resources, scanning the local flora and fauna, and steadily accruing more abilities makes for a unique experience.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Its story, too, is less concerned with whiny teens than you might be accustomed to, which is refreshing. Add in a fresh lick of paint, and this is a brilliant RPG presented at its absolute best.
The Outer Worlds
This is a much cheekier, planet-hopping universe than Fallout’s, with a corporatised humanity having conquered the stars rather than blown itself up. That doesn’t mean there aren’t tough narrative decisions to be made and countless raiders to be popped, though.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pokémon Sword and Shield might not be the best entry to the series yet, but it’s unquestionably the most lavish. This is also the first mainline Pokémon game you can play on your TV, which is something to be celebrated.
Whatever your preferences in RPGs, Stardew Valley offers up a light-hearted experience perfect for all ages. You’ll plant up your farms by season, chat up the villagers, maybe find true love, and uncover deeper stories as you go. Fair warning: you’ll tell yourself ‘just one more day’, but it’ll never be just one more. Never.
Combining its beautiful graphics, a fitting score, fantastic narration, and engaging story, this is one RPG you absolutely don’t want to miss.
Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch
If ever there was a JRPG that belonged on a modern Nintendo platform it was this, with its lavish Studio Ghibli-co-created world and bright, bouncy tone.