If you’re a fan of Animal Crossing New horizons, or picked up a copy during lockdown and have blitzed through everything you can possibly do, then have I got a games list for you!
We all know how well Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch has done since its release earlier this year, so I figured it was time to shed some light on other games that’ll be good to play, especially if you’re still going through lockdown hell and need to kill some time.
1. Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler is like a classic turn based RPG, with some added beauty and tricks up it’s sleeve. The art style alone was enough for me to pick up this game, the juxtaposition between the 2-D character model and a 3-D background make exploring Orsterra exciting.
Be warned though, if you do pick this up you will sink 60-70 hours into it, saying that though I’ve pretty much sunk that many hours into it and I’m not close to the end. So if you’re looking for a really long game to kill some time with then definitely pick up Octopath Traveler. And hey if you’re a fan of Square Enix developed games then you’ll find this one a treat.
2. Hollow Knight
If you’re looking for a challenge then you’ve come to the right place. Hollow knight is an action-adventure metroidvania style game. It takes place in a little word called Hollownest, where everyone you meet will be some sort of buggo you have to fight in order to save hollownest from “Infection”.
If you’re a fan of dark depressing games that offer up small fragments of their story as it beats you to the ground over and over again then I think you’ll enjoy Hollow Knight.
3. Ori And The Blind Forest
What a beautiful game! It’s stunning! 10/10!
Now that I’m done gushing over the look of this game, let me tell you why you should pick it up if you haven’t already.
Ori and the blind forest is a platform-adventure game developed by Moon Studios, and has probably one of the saddest stories I’ve ever played, but it’s worth it. I don’t mind crying these tears of pain for this beautiful game. with its added level of difficulty and (sometimes) mental platforming mechanics it can become frustrating at times. But we all know how trash I am with platformers…..
You play as Ori, an adorable little Guardian Spirit on an adventure to restore the forest to its former glory. You’ll later meet Sein an equally little but not quite as adorable orb who follows you on your adventure and is actually the way you attack enemies. The additional upgrades you can get all seem really fun to use. I honestly can’t wait for the second game to come over to switch so I can delve into that story and cry for many many more hours.
4. Bayonetta 2
You’re probably asking yourself….”But why Bayonetta 2?” that would be because you get a free copy of Bayonetta when you buy 2, so you might as well just get 2 and play both.
Bayonetta is one of my all time favorite series, I think it does such a good job at taking a really dark, sinister story and injecting it with a good amount of humor to not take anything away from what’s going on in the plot.
Bayonetta is an action hack and slash game developed by Platinum games back in 2010 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The game features an umbral Witches’ (Bayonetta) journey of self discovery and badass destruction of heavens finest warriors, as you call upon your demonic witchy powers to come to your aid….Or just shoot the angel in the face, entirely up to you.
Pretty much if you’ve ever played a Devil May Cry game and enjoyed it then you’re gonna enjoy Bayonetta.
5. Rune Factory 4 Special
This one might just be here because I have a massive love for all the Rune Factory games, and I mean who doesn’t…..right?
If you’ve never heard of Rune Factory let me break it down for you. Rune Factory is a role playing simulation game developed by Neverland Co.
In Rune Factory 4 you control *insert character name here* (I said this was a role playing game right?) a young boy or girl traveling to a land called Selphia to deliver a gift to their God. hi-jinks ensue and you’re now the towns farmer. Think of it like a Stardew Valley/ Harvest Moon cross over and you’re not far off, being able to do pretty much anything in this game, whether that’s farming, or dungeon crawling, or just killing animals with a range of weapons and magic, this game has it covered.
In all honesty, Rune Factory for me has been such a good break during lockdown, not having to think about all the things happening in the world and just being able to unwind by lobbing a fireball at a bunny is pretty amazing.
So there you have it, some (non traditional) alternative games to pick up on your Switch. If you’ve enjoyed giving this a read then please share it with a friend. Or better yet leave a comment on what games you’ve been playing during lockdown.