Here Are 2022’s Best Nintendo Switch Games Ranked By Review Ratings
The bottom of the list features a tie between two familiar, but very different, franchises. Kirby and the Forgotten Land features everyone’s favorite glutton in a 3D adventure platformer. It feels a bit familiar to Mario Odyssey in that players can absorb abilities from enemies but has Kirby’s own unique feel and playstyle to keep the concept fresh.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land shares its 85 Metacritic rating with Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.
Skipping up to rank 6, OlliOlli World is an expressive take on the skateboarding genre. It features an animated art aesthetic with 2.5D environments for a high-speed game that plays more like a platformer than Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Players have remarked that the control scheme takes some getting used to, but those who stick it out found the game to be a lot of fun.
For a more nostalgic feel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge also released on Switch this year. This classic arcade beat ‘em up is fluid and fun as the Turtles battle against the infamous Shredder. The game pulls in tons of 80’s inspiration from the 1987 TV series and incorporates references everywhere. Some fans are disappointed by the game’s lack of difficulty, but we like it for the retro charm.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 holds the number two position on Metacritic’s ranking alongside Neon White. The Xenoblade Chronicles JRPG series has a very dedicated following and plays on an epic scale. Critics and players alike praise the games expansive world, technical mechanics, and enthralling story. It has earned a Metascore of 89 and an 8.6 User Score, making this game a must try for anyone curious about some of the best JRPG titles have to offer.
The Portal Companion Collection tops Metacritic’s ratings but in some ways feels a bit unfair. The collection pairs together Valve's Portal and Portal 2 in a Switch port. Don’t get us wrong though, it absolutely earns its 96 Metascore as one of our favorite puzzle games of all time. If you somehow have not yet played through Portal and its sequel or are just looking to enjoy its spatial and momentum-based puzzles on the road, this is well worth a pickup.
The full top 10 - well, 11 with the tie - ranking from Metacritic is below:
|10||Kirby and the Forgotten Land||85|
|10||Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak||85|
|9||AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative||86|
|6||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge||87|
|6||The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe||87|
|4||Cuphead in the Delicious Last Course||88|
|4||13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim||88|
|2||Xenoblade Chronicles 3||89|
|1||Portal Companion Collection||96|
What Switch games have captured your attention? Are there any underrated titles released this year that are worth a go?