Inside Gamer’s Best Switch Shelter-In-Place Games

Right now, many of you have spent a lot of time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You’ve paid off your mortgage, turned into a strange tarantula collector, and you’re now about to play the game for an hour or two each day. Chances are you’re wondering what else you can play on your Switch. For some of you, Animal Crossing is your first Switch game. For others, this is just the latest in a long series of adventures you have had on this incredible hybrid system. Whichever side you fall into, the Inside Gamer the staff offers a handful of game suggestions that you will like. The selection on offer is a mix of Switch’s most famous games, as well as little gems that may not have gotten the respect they really deserve. These are personal choices of each member of staff who they believe will slightly improve everyone’s current situation during the pandemic.

We hope everyone is healthy and safe. We would love to know how things are going in the comments section below, and we would also like your help in giving Switch owners the choice of new games. List these games in the comments with a description of why people should pay attention to them. We are going through this difficult time, and games that keep us inside and fun filled will help us get there. Without further ado, here are the games:

Are you looking for something that will consume countless hours while stimulating your creativity? Divinity: Original Sin 2 immerses you in a fantastic country that offers unparalleled problem-solving opportunities in the midst of close tactical combat. Variable difficulty levels allow you to go through the story if you wish or dive into punishing battles that will put you to the test, but the real key here is to play the game your way – be it a wizard who throws items, a tough brute, a summoner, a telekinesis prodigy, or even someone who just likes to load as much trash into a barrel as possible and throw it on the head of an enemy. The sky is the limit and experimenting with all of Divinity: Original Sin 2’s systems is likely to take precedence over progression in the game itself. Lose yourself in one of the best RPGs of the last decade by yourself or with a friend through online cooperation – it’s one of the best adventures you’ll ever take, and you can do it from your bed! – Daniel Tack

With its debut in the movies, a big hit and now available to watch at home, there is a chance that you are looking to watch one of the recent games from Blue Blur. While many recent Sonic releases have not lived up to expectations, a game has been acclaimed by the world for its ability to pay homage to the past while innovating and modernizing: Sonic Mania. Created by a team of independent developers in collaboration with Sonic Team, Sonic Mania offers an old-fashioned Sonic action that would look like a Genesis; you even play through several familiar stages, including the Green Hill area, the chemical factory area and the flying battery area. However, it’s more than a simple memory walkthrough, as you not only get a collection of all-new zones, but the return zones are remixed to the point that they feel like new zones with familiar skin. Get Sonic Mania Plus for an additional mode that adds new touches to the original game, as well as two new playable characters. – Brian Shea

Like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Golf Story is charming, non-violent and offers enough humor and heart to keep a smile on your face on each fairway and green. You play as a golf prodigy who goes to Wellworn Grove to make a name for yourself. As you show off your skills and participate in tournaments, the people of Wellworn also look to you for help. You will help them dig up fossils (using your wedge of sand), be part of a war against the molerats and throw in a rap battle. You never really know what to expect from Golf Story next, other than that it is well done and fun throughout. A swing swing meter is used to good effect to make golf difficult, and the courses push with precision. Sand traps are the least of your worries, however, because the Wellworn animals don’t necessarily like to see your ball in their territory. Golf Story is unlike any other RPG and should be a nice ray of light in dark weather. If you enjoy it as much as I do, there is good news for the future: developer SideBar Games is creating a sequel called Sports Story for Switch. – Andrew Reiner

I know, I know, it’s not exactly a deep cut, but listen to me: if you’re one of those who were drawn to the Switch game thanks to New Horizons, you may not know that the Animal series Crossing has been on Switch’s tiptoe for quite a while now. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for example, offers a very high level in this world, which takes you through the city. I particularly like the Animal Crossing crossover from the Super Smash Bros. series. When you are tired of relaxing on your island, launch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and choose the character of the villager. Then you can fight a host of other well-known game characters using familiar AC tools. My favorite? Grow a young tree in a mighty tree, which can then be cut down with a stroke of the wall. Again, the majority of you are familiar with this one, but in case you are not (or haven’t started playing it for some reason), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an essential game. – Jeff Cork

People often say that you have to turn off your brain to take advantage of certain things, but it hasn’t worked for me lately. Sometimes I have to overload my brain, and Into The Breach is a great funnel for this mental energy. It’s a perfectly constructed tactical game with punishing decision-making, and it can be replayed endlessly either in bite-size pieces or by launching a massive campaign. The elements of history constitute a convincing packaging for this fight for the survival of humanity, and I will say this: it really feels good to save the world right now. – Leo Vader

He may not be as famous as his brother, but Luigi has a certain charm that is hard to deny. This third edition of the series is by far the best, with a world filled with interactivity and challenge. As you make your way through a haunted hotel with your trusty ghost vacuum cleaner by your side, you can explore all kinds of crazy environments full of puzzles and pesky ghosts to capture. The controls can be a little bit persistent, and the bosses can be a little difficult, but I loved every minute of it. The game drips with this Nintendo magic, from the addition of Gooigi (a mud-based clone used to solve puzzles and also allows to play cooperatively) to the sea of ​​small details around the world that give this play a feeling of life. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a world in which you want to escape and a must for any Switch owner. – Andy McNamara

While it may sound like a simple tactical game at first glance, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a smart hybrid with RPG progression and puzzle-like encounters that create extremely satisfying victories. You formulate your strategies using an enlarged battlefield map, then take control of individual units (such as tanks, grenadiers, and snipers) to attack. Your brave team is almost always outnumbered, so part of the fun is gradually reducing the enemy ranks through careful planning and turning an impossible-to-win situation into a triumph. Between battles, you can customize and improve your team, opening up exciting new options for your next encounter. In addition, everything takes place in a cool alternative story with war tools based on fantastic technology and magic. Friendly characters with interesting individual bows add personality to the long campaign and its complex battles. However, many smaller missions are also available if you just want to embark on a brief diversion. With a little something for everyone, Valkyria Chronicles 4 offers a memorable experience that defies easy gender classification. – Joe Juba

If you have a Switch and time to kill, then why play with something other than the best game on the platform? Chances are you’ve bought your Switch for this game, but there’s also a good chance you’ve never finished it or checked out the DLC, so this might be the perfect time to get back in the game. If you’re a total newcomer, Breath of the Wild is one of the most exciting entries in the Zelda series. The vast open world of Nintendo is incredibly amazing and full of interesting places to explore and things to interact with. Unlike many open world games that highlight all of the main points of interest on your map, Breath of the Wild takes a more practical approach. I don’t hit other design choices, but I really liked the feeling of freedom that Nintendo offers here. The game also contains 120 shrines, which are delicious puzzles and combat challenges. I easily spent over 100 hours with Breath of the Wild, and yet, once the game and all the sanctuaries were finished, I was a little sad to have no more content. There has never been a better time to play this brilliant game – because there has never been a worse time to play it. – Ben Reeves

Few games capture a sense of fantasy, fun and serious heroism like Super Mario Odyssey. If you need a brilliant Wonderland of constant discovery to get you out of the routine of being stuck inside, I can’t think of a game that could do a better job. Mario’s odyssey takes him from one colorful world to another, each filled with exploration opportunities, skill-based platforms and carefully crafted challenges. Humor and childish characters are a sophisticated and captivating approach to design, where short form challenges (collecting power moons) are chained in longer, richly woven open levels. Likewise, the protagonist of the easy-to-control plumber hides a surprising suite of additional moves and actions to master, many of which are necessary if you are to overcome Odyssey’s greatest challenges. With unlockable outfits, fun interactions, and sometimes surreal game worlds, Super Mario Odyssey is an injection of joy – and value worth taking when you’re ready for an elevator. – Matt Miller

Celeste is a special game, clear and simple. But with the world as it is now, the independent masterpiece from Matt Makes Games feels even more imperative than ever. The fog and the very real danger of this pandemic have affected the mental health of the population in a way that we have never known. Celeste examines mental health with elegance and tact almost no game has been able to reproduce and tells the player that it is good that we do not agree. Accepting this fact is difficult and that’s why Celeste’s marriage of a difficult but beautiful message and her intense playing difficulty makes it so special. It is difficult to climb the mountain of the game, just as accepting your own situation can sometimes seem impossible. The developer knows this and embodied it wonderfully by pushing the player’s platform prowess to the brink, but never in a way that seems oppressive or unfair. You’re going to have a hard time in this game, and it’s okay because when you finally finish this specific tenacious step, the feeling of accomplishment you feel is palpable. Small wins are essential during today’s madness and when you combine Celeste’s thematic and gameplay rewards with one of the best video game soundtracks to date, you get a special experience that makes it one of the real must-haves of the Nintendo Switch. – Alex Stadnik

Fire Emblem: Three Houses was one of the best games released in the last year, so this is the perfect time to try it the first time or revisit a new house. Three houses immerse you in student life. As a teacher, you transmit your wisdom, choose your students’ lesson plans and socialize with them after lessons to better understand their situation. Each house has a colorful cast of characters and there is a political drama at every turn. Then there are the tense encounters on the battlefield, with surprise reinforcements and traps to avoid. What I love so much about the game is the way it really immerses you in the school simulation and the connection you have with your students makes their victories and their failures in combat harder. If you have permadeath, losing a student is downright devastating. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I would also say that the twists and turns and the difficult choices do not disappoint. – Kimberley Wallace

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