Bayonetta 3 (Switch)
Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition (Switch)
A new edition of Titan Quest, a classic hack-and-slash, bundled with its official expansion Immortal Throne, prepared for the 10th anniversary of the release. The plot takes place in ancient times, and is based on stories from Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Chinese mythologies. The players assume the role of a hero, who is tasked with finding a way to imprison the Titans, who've managed to escape after years of imprisonment, and are now causing mayhem and destruction on Earth. The reedition was developed as a joint venture between the original developers – Iron Lore studio and THQ Nordic. In total, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains 1261 changes, including, for example, a better balancing of individual classes, abilities, weapons, and items. Other changes include: a better non-player character AI, greater equipment capacity, or an improved loot system. Aside from that, the game incorporates a large group of new enemies and bosses. The visuals underwent only symbolic changes, but they are still eye-catching, despite the passage of the time.
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Action 20 October 2017
Fire Emblem Warriors is a spin-off of the popular jRPG series Fire Emblem that was released on Nintendo Switch. The game that was created by Omega Force and Nintendo is quite different from what we could see in the series' previous installments. Instead of a turn-based tactical RPG, we get a fantasy hack'n'slash that uses the series' characteristic elements and characters, and throwing in only a couple of RPG elements. In terms of gameplay, Fire Emblem Warriors uses mechanics similar to those from the Dynasty Warriors game series.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the eighth installment of the fantasy action RPG series from Nihon Falcom. The game takes place in the same Greek mythology-inspired fantasy world as the series' previous installments. Once again we play as the warrior called Adol Christin who, after the ship he was traveling went under, ends up with the rest of the crew on the cursed island Seiren. Our hero's dreams about the mysterious girl named Dana turn out to be the key to solving the mystery of the island. As per the series' tradition, we will spend most of our time on fighting with various enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. We are accompanied by many characters with different abilities in our adventures and we can switch between them anytime we want to. Every once in a while we will also play as the titular Dana. Her parts of the game are more riddle-oriented.
Action 01 February 2018
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition (Switch)
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is the expanded edition of the 2015 action RPG, Victor Vran. Overkill Edition includes two expansions, Fractured Worlds and Motorhead: Through the Ages, that were released for the original game. Players once again will play as Victor Vran, the monster hunter. Expansions included in this edition offer completely new areas, enemies, and abilities. The first one takes place in a different dimension and offers the players dungeons that change on a daily basis, among other things. The second expansion was created in cooperation with the heavy metal band Motorhead and faces the players with three demons that need to killed. Gameplay mechanics remain the same. The game is still an action RPG presented from an isometric view. Victor Vran: Overkill Edition can be bought on Steam and physically in stores.
Dragon Quest Heroes I & II (Switch)
Action 03 March 2017
Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch is a collection of two third-person hack-and-slash games and Dragon Quest series spin-offs developed by Omega Force. Both games are 3D hack-and-slash titles, very similar to the Dynasty Warriors series in terms of gameplay. As we play, we will explore enormous open locations and fight with hordes of enemies. The available heroes have different attacks and special abilities. They can block and evade attacks, which comes in handy when facing the gigantic bosses that require from the players a bit more tactical approach. The Nintendo Switch versions of the games previously released on PlayStation include all DLCs and exclusive content, and brand new characters and scenarios.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)
Action 21 July 2017
Developed by Marvelous AQL, another installment of the third-person perspective action games subseries of the Fate franchise, which after a longer break returns to gaming consoles. The action of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes place after events from Fate/EXTRA. As the previous war comes to an end, the supercomputer Moon Cell Automaton takes over the world and sends the players to a digital kingdom known as SE.RA.PH., where they have to fight one more battle for freedom. Mechanics slightly resemble productions from the Dynasty Warriors series. During gameplay you control one of 16 characters known as Servants – there are both some new and old characters. Each of the aforementioned figures possesses unique, great powers that you can use in combat with tens (or even hundreds) of enemies at the same time. In contrast to the other titles in the franchise, representing either jRPG or visual novel genres, this production features fast and spectacular action in the form of a hack-and-slash.
Action 11 January 2018
A dynamic action game developed by French studio The Game Bakers. The title has a combat system based on Japanese hack-and-slash games. Furi takes place in an original fantasy realm and the player assumes the role of a warrior who tries to escape from a gigantic prison. Many guards are standing on his way and he must defeat them in order to obtain the keys to his freedom. The gameplay is focused on combat with the use of melee weapons and guns. The duel system is action-focused, offering a large number of varied attacks and the possibility to combine them into combos. What’s interesting, in the game the player doesn't have to fight many opponents at once. All fights are 1 on 1 encounters. Each opponent is a completely new character with unique abilities and fighting style. During the breaks between the fights the player will also explore. This will allow him to learn the history of the world and obtain valuable hints about the weak points of his opponents.
RPG 19 December 2017
A roguelike hack'n'slash game featuring pixel-art visuals. Crawl was designed specifically for local multiplayer and developed by the debuting team at Powerhoof. In the game, heroes exploring dungeons encounter monsters defending the place against undesired visitors. Up to four players can meet in a session - one of them assumes the role of the hero traversing dungeons filled with threats. The remaining players control various monsters, whose task is to prepare traps and obstacles in order to make it more difficult for the hero to achieve their goal. In terms of mechanics, the game resembles classic roguelike RPGs, in which the player gathers parts of equipment scattered throughout dungeons and levels up gradually, improving their skills. When the hero dies, the players swap their roles, but interestingly, the new hero keeps both the items and experience gathered by the player who was previously in control of that character. Once the hero has reached level 10, they go through a mysterious portal and the final boss fight begins.
An original 2D fighting game developed by Shanghai-based FantaBlade Network Technology, a Chinese team taking its first steps in the game development world. The plot of ICEY follows the titular heroine, led by the mysterious narrator, during her travels through a fictional, enemy-ridden world. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a classic fighting game, with a complex combo system and RPG elements. We learn to use the heroine’s abilities, including powerful attacks, jumps or dodges, which help her in clashes against single enemies, as well as more demanding bosses. However, the game is varied by the addition of the aforementioned narrator, who tells us which way to go, and points us to next enemies. Interestingly enough, we can ignore these tips, which on the one hand, irritates the narrator, but on the other allows us to discover various secrets hidden around the levels.
Dragon Quest Heroes II (Switch)
Action 03 March 2017
An action game with numerous RPG elements. Similar to its predecessor, it is a spin-off title in the Dragon Quest franchise by Square Enix, and although it retains a similar atmosphere, it offers several new solutions. The plot of Dragon Quest Heroes II references the events of its predecessor. Despite the lack of any direct links to the core Dragon Quest productions, there are a few familiar faces to see here. As befits a hack and slash game, Dragon Quest Heroes II focuses on quick and spectacular combat. The player fights hordes of enemies who would pose no threat in a one-on-one fight but can be dangerous in larger numbers. Moreover, from time to time, the protagonist faces powerful bosses; to defeat them, it is necessary to use more advanced tactic. Although the game focuses on arcade hand-to-hand combat, it does not lack a complex plot and script. Dragon Quest Heroes II offers three-dimensional graphics which resemble Japanese manga and anime stylistics.
Adventure 14 December 2017
Slain: Back From Hell (Switch)
Action 07 December 2017
Oldschool platformer with elements of a slasher game inspired by such classic titles as Shadow of the Beast or the early installments in the Castlevania series. Slain! is a debut production of independent studio Wolf Brew Games. You play as a sole hero named Bathoryn, who tries to liberate the game’s fantasy world from the tyranny of seven evil lords residing in seven high towers. Each level in Slain! is split into two different sections. Initially, your task is to fight your way to a tower using sword and magic. Next, you have to climb the tower, which means not only fighting, but also multiple platforming sequences and occasional logic puzzles. The game is characterized by a high level of difficulty and oldschool, pixel-art graphics drawing heavily from gothic themes. Gameplay is accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack created by a former member of a popular band Celtic Frost.
Legend of Kay Anniversary (Switch)
A modern version of a classic PlayStation 2 TPP action game from 2005, developed by Untold Games studio. Legend of Kay Anniversary takes place on an island inhabited by peaceful cats, who lived in harmony with the nature and other animals. But this came to an end when an army of gorillas arrived, sent by the evil emperor Shun. We play as the eponymous cat, who must protect his village from Shun’s malicious schemes. He leaves his home land as a novice in martial arts, with only a sword at his side. However, he gains more skills as players progress through the game, including two more weapons and new techniques that sum up to 75 different moves. Gameplay comes down to exploration and spectacular battles against enemies, the latter consisting of 30 animal species and powerful bosses.
Action 22 December 2017
A third-person action game that combines hack and slash and roguelike elements. Heart&Slash started out as a minor project of an indie developer, which grew in time thanks to the financial support gathered on Kickstarter. The action takes place in a distant future, where humanity no longer exists. In the game, we assume the role an unusual robot who wants to discover his own identity and become loved. Before he can achieve this goal, the protagonist has to free himself from under the rule of the QuAsSy system that controls everyone. While playing, we traverse randomly generated locations and fight hostile robots. The combat system brings typical hack and slash game to mind and offers various kinds of firearms and melee weapons. Heart&Slash’s RPG elements allow us to develop our character by changing his parts. Should the hero die, we have to start playing from scratch but we preserve the skills we have gathered up to that point. Heart&Slash features simple 3D graphics enriched with cel-shading technology.