It’s been a heck of a year for Nintendo Switch and Square Enix fans, with some of the most popular games of the last few years having been ported onto the biggest-selling handheld device in the world. One game is darned hard, the others are immersive and intriguing; all of them are great choices for the gamers in your life this holiday season. Here’s a rundown of highlights we’ve played, what they’re all about, and where you can get them.
First up is a collection of two games in what quickly became an instant classic franchise, ripe for both nostalgic adults and teens who are battling through their own high school experiences.
Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection
Meet an unforgettable cast of characters across two gripping stories – with remastered visuals and upgraded animations now optimized specifically for the Nintendo Switch.
This all-new collection features:
- Two complete games
- Remastered visuals improved and optimized for Switch across characters and environments
- Improved character animation using full facial mocap performance (Life is Strange Remastered)
- Choice and consequence driven stories with multiple endings
- Harness the power of Max’s rewind ability or Chloe’s quick-witted attitude to change the course of events
- Every track from the distinct licensed soundtrack & original scores
About Life is Strange:
Life is Strange is an award-winning and critically acclaimed episodic adventure game that allows the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future.
Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price.
The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.
About Life is Strange: Before the Storm:
Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a new three part; standalone adventure set three years before the first game in the BAFTA award-winning franchise.
You play as sixteen-year old Chloe Price who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber, a beautiful and popular girl destined for success.
When Rachel learns a secret about her family that threatens to destroy her world, it is her newfound friendship with Chloe that gives her the strength to carry on.
No longer alone the girls must confront each other’s demons and together, find a way to overcome them.
You can order Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection here.
Up next is one of the hardest games I’ve ever encountered on Nintendo Switch. It also happens to be great looking and plays well on the platform, but whoever you’re buying it for better have a lot of patience.
NieR:Automata The End of ToRHa Edition
The critically acclaimed NieR:Automata, directed by YOKO TARO and developed by PlatinumGames Inc. in partnership with SQUARE ENIX. With the entry of NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition, a Nintendo Switch port developed by Virtuos, the beloved game is now playable anytime and anywhere. The game delivers a masterful mix of action and RPG gameplay through a gripping, thought-provoking storyline. Players battle as androids 2B, 9S and A2 in order to reclaim the world from the machine lifeforms and uncover long-forgotten truths about humanity.
NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition features the award-winning base game and the content from the 3C3C1D119440927 DLC, which includes three challenging colosseums and additional costumes. The 6C2P4A118680823 DLC is also available to download for free and is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. It features six new costumes, four new accessories that can change appearances of your playable characters and two pod skins based on characters from the popular mobile title NieR Re[in]carnation. Additionally, the physical edition of the game features artwork by Character Designer Akihiko Yoshida on the front cover and includes a unique reversible box art featuring A2, designed by Concept Artist Koda Kazuma.
You can order NieR: Automata The End of ToRHa Edition here.