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The best RPGs (role playing games) on Switch

Role-playing games are one of the genres that I especially enjoy. Some of my fondest gaming memories are when I first saw the vast apocalyptic world of Washington D.C. in Fallout 3, crying over the ending of Final Fantasy X (I was a sensitive teenager, let me be quiet) or walking through the Pokémon door. League for the first time.

But with all the respect that role-playing games have, they’ve had just as dramatic ups and downs. You remember the Nintendo 64 and its THREE North American RPGs, two of which suck. Luckily, there was Paper Mario.

Thankfully, the Switch doesn’t have this problem; it has a huge selection of RPGs, whether you’re a fan of classic turn-based Japanese RPGs or more modern Western RPGs.

In fact, there are so many of them that it is difficult to navigate.

Therefore, we have prepared a short guide to the main role-playing games in no particular order.

And no, Zelda is not considered an RPG.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

I said I didn’t put the headings in any particular order, but I lied; I started with my favorite.

Indeed, this installment in the legendary Square Enix franchise is perhaps one of my favorite RPGs, not only on Switch, but across all platforms.

You embody, as usual, the mute protagonist, who learns at the turn of adulthood that he is the chosen one, who is destined to do great things. So, he goes on an adventure during which he meets a lot of cute characters, including Eric, a thief, and Silvando, an exuberant artist.

Dragon Quest 11 is one of the most classic games out there, but it wears this retro gameplay like a badge of honor. In fact, DQ11 is so proud of its nostalgic roots that you have the option to play through the entire game in 2D with a top-down camera, in a style reminiscent of the NES episodes.

Around the time of release, I remember reading a review comparing Dragon Quest 11 to a fairy tale you’re told before bed, and that’s the best comparison. Take your Switch to bed, play for an hour before bed, and fall asleep dreaming of fantasy worlds.

Buy Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Ickenfell

There was a time when every child of my generation dreamed of receiving a letter of admission to Hogwarts.

Unfortunately, over the years, J.K. Rowling has taken Twitter by storm to make it clear to everyone that the doors of the School of Witchcraft are not open to everyone.

Luckily we have Ikenfell. In this little indie role-playing game, we play Maritta, a young woman devoid of magical powers who decides to go to Ickenfell School of Witchcraft anyway to find her sister Safina, who no longer breaks the news.

But as she passes through the gates of Ickenfell, Maritt is in for a few surprises; the school is abandoned, a menacing aura hovers over the school grounds… and Maritte suddenly has powers.

Throughout her journey, Maritt meets many of Safina’s colleagues who help her unravel the mysteries of Ickenfell… and her sister Safina. The relationships between the characters are complex and nuanced, and there is room in the story for several protagonists of different genders, orientations, and ethnicities, who are always treated with respect.

This game may appeal to Paper Mario enthusiasts, which incorporates time-based mini-games into the combat system. However, the system has additional depth as we have to move our characters around the grid and their positioning will affect the arsenal we have at our disposal.

An exceptional role playing game full of love with a breathtaking soundtrack.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Another legendary series whose origins can be traced back to the good old NES.

If you only know Fire Emblem from the many characters found in Super Smash Bros, let me introduce you to the series in the right way.

Fire Emblem is a series of turn-based tactical RPGs. You lead an army on a grid and you have to face the enemies, taking care of each one’s strengths and weaknesses.

However, you must be careful; in classic mode, units lost in combat die permanently.

To help you, you can develop links between your units between fights. These support links will give them an edge on the battlefield and also allow you to get to know the characters in your army better.

In this episode, you play Byleth, a mercenary who happens to be a teacher at the Garreg Mach Academy. Along with regular fights, you also need to make sure that your students reach their full potential.

There’s a running joke on the net that Fire Emblem is like a game of chess where pawns can kiss each other, and that’s not entirely wrong. But that’s why we love the series.

And the Switch episode is probably the most complete yet. The lifespan is insane (you’ll easily pass the 100 hour mark if you want to see everything) and the difficulty is well calibrated; novice fans will have a hard time getting the hang of it, while newbies will benefit from options that make this episode of the saga more accessible.

Buy Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Rainbow Billy: Leviathan’s Curse

Rainbow Billy, developed by Montrealers Manavoid Entertainment, is a game at the intersection of several influences; its game system is reminiscent of both Pokémon and Paper Mario, and its aesthetic reminds us a bit of Cuphead.

In this game, we play as Billy, who goes on an adventure to return to his world a color stolen by the villain Leviathan. Rainbow Billy is a non-violent game; Instead of fighting monsters, you need to find the right words to help them deal with their psychological issues, whether it be anxiety, self-doubt, narcissism, or violent tendencies.

Through conversations presented by mini-games reminiscent of the Paper Mario of yesteryear, you will expand your circle of friends, who will then, in turn, be available to help new creatures.

A sweet and comforting game that shows us the power of empathy.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

It’s hard to believe that CD Projekt Red is the same company that launched the very buggy and unstable Cyberpunk 2077 but managed to port the massive Witcher 3 to the Switch.

If you are not familiar with this legendary game, then this is a role-playing game in which you play as Geralt of Rivia (Geralt de Riv in French), a witcher or sorcerer who roams the medieval world, protecting a suspicious population from monsters that threaten her .

Geralt is on the hunt for Yennefer, a short-haired witch with whom he has a difficult relationship, and then possibly Ciri, a young woman with mysterious powers whom Geralt thinks is his daughter.

As the name suggests, The Witcher 3 is a sequel. But most players, myself included, started with this third opus, and it remains very accessible to newcomers who haven’t touched the first two episodes.

The Witcher 3, originally released in 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One, is a pure and simple masterpiece. The world is huge and oversaturated with content, and the quality of the writing is almost unmatched in the gaming world. So far, I consider the Red Baron quest to be simply the best quest in a video game, period.

So it’s impressive that this titanic game runs on a small handheld Nintendo console. Sure, the resolution is a little confusing, but on the Switch, you still get the full experience of The Witcher 3.

And what an unforgettable experience.

Buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Shin Megami Tensei V

Announced at the same time as the Switch at the very beginning of 2017, this fifth installment in the Atlus Shin Megami Tensei franchise is long overdue.

But the wait has been worth it for fans of the franchise.

If you’re unfamiliar with this iconic series that spawned the Persona franchise, among other things, Shin Megami Tensei is an older, more religious, and oddly lustful version of Pokémon.

You play as a student who finds himself in a parallel Tokyo, which has turned into a huge desert, captured by demonic forces. Merging with a mysterious spirit, you become Nahobino, a being capable of resisting the armies of hell.

Shin Megami Tensei V is a game we recommend to JRPG regulars as the difficulty level is very high.

But if you’re willing to persevere, you’ll find a unique RPG with an atmosphere that you just can’t find anywhere else.

Buy Shin Megami Tensei V

Triangle Strategy

I’m about to make a terrible confession to you; I didn’t really like Octopath Traveler, developer Tomoya Asano’s previous game. Everyone applauded (not without reason) the game’s visual style, which was reminiscent of the graphics of golden-age SNES RPGs, but with stunning HD polish.

But aside from the stunning visuals and nostalgic aspect, I found Octopath Traveler to be very subtle on a story level.

Triangle Strategy has responded to all of these criticisms.

We find all the visual flair of Octopath Traveler, but this time in a game that pays homage to tactical games, from Final Fantasy Tactics to Fire Emblem. But in Triangle Strategy, the story shines just as much as the visuals.

We play as a young Lord Serenoa who finds himself at the head of a small kingdom on the continent of Norzelia. But when he comes to power, a war begins, and the young man finds himself at a crossroads. And it is up to us to pave the way for this. Will we maintain sanity, security, or defend our ideals, even if it means condemning the innocent population?

Triangle Strategy is a surprisingly mature game with an engaging combat system that adds tremendous depth under the brilliant exterior of the visual presentation.

Buy strategy Triangle

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