When you think of playing a first-person shooter, you might not think about the Nintendo Switch at all. After all, Nintendo systems haven’t played FPS games that well compared to its competitors.
But the switch makes up for this massive hit by allowing you to play full-fledged games anywhere. Finding top-quality FPS games for the switch shouldn’t be hard, that’s we’ve outlined some of our top picks for the very best FPS Switch games to help!
The gaming landscape was altered drastically in 2017 when Nintendo launched their Switch hybrid console. For the first time, gamers all over the world had one console that could offer both an incomparable handheld experience, as well as a more traditional living room TV style of play in docked mode. Many game genres immediately felt at home and benefitted from the hybrid concept. Among them is the ever popular First Person Shooter genre.
So to not waste any more time, here are the 5 best FPS games on the Nintendo Switch!
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds is a single-player open-world action RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment.
At the start of this game, you’ll create a character, unlock a ship, launch yourself out into the starry abyss, and explore the handful of beautiful worlds this game has to offer. In that aspect, it feels similar to no man’s sky, except this game gets exploration right. The planets feel fresh, unique, and each forces you to take a different approach while exploring them.
In terms of gameplay, you will notice many similarities with Fallout 4 but without the bugs.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale developed by Respawn Entertainment and Panic Button Games.
It focuses on team play, with each of its eight characters having three unique powers and abilities. Each champion has a passive, an active, and an ultimate that provide powerful synergy when paired with the correct characters.
Unlike many of its FPS arena-style competitors, Apex Legends feels like its own game. Here you’ll find fast, intense, heart-racing combat with the fantastic movement mechanics from the Titan Fall series.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Another Bethesda Softworks collaboration with Panic Button is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It’s the eighth entry in the Wolfenstein series. The wonderfully violent Nazi smashing game was released on Switch in 2018, and remains on of the best experiences on offer for the handheld.
Again, the port comes with some sacrifices, as do all Switch ports, but the game runs surprisingly well, particularly in handheld mode. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want to stomp some bad guys on their way to work?
The game takes place in 1961 in an alternate part of history where the Nazis won WWII. You’ll find yourself dual-wielding guns and, gorily, shooting through waves of Nazi enemies. But despite the fun you’ll have, the game does have some pretty dumb AI that can be easily funneled into doorways only to die one by one. There also isn’t a single boss fight in the game.
The sequel/expansion to The New Colossus, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is also available on the Switch.
You can’t even begin to consider the best First Person Shooters on the switch without mentioning id Software’s Doom. The team at Panic Button made a big splash on the scene by porting the graphically impressive shooter to the Switch from the much more powerful home consoles. Some sacrifices were made, but the experience is mostly intact, and fantastically brutal. Doom: Eternal was similarly stunning when it made its debut on the switch at the end of 2020.
This game is by far one of the most intense games ever made, and the music alone can get your heart thumping a little faster. The game is incredibly gory, which is brought to your attention whenever you brutally execute or simply shoot a demon. There are many enemies, and each are unique in their own way.
Overwatch is a multiplayer team-based fighting game developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
Here you’ll find a vast roster of unique characters. And there truly is a character for everyone. You’ll most commonly be playing an intense 6v6 match where teamwork is everything.
Every match feels incredibly fresh, and you even make or join a custom game mode to squeeze even more enjoyment out of the game. But while the game will have you playing match after match, it does have some noticeable flaws. Such as its poor matchmaking that often time creates one-sided fights.
It’s one of the stranger titles on this list, and with this in mind, it’s well worth considering how the Alien: Isolation game might be a good option to add to your Switch titles. The game places a strong emphasis on both survival as well as the FPS experience, so it’s a great option to consider for your device.
Finally, the game that’s been melting high-powered gaming PCs since 2007 is available on the Nintendo Switch in a state that is shockingly playable. The developer of the original game, Crytek, has entrusted Saber Interactive to bring the notoriously demanding game to Nintendo’s humble hybrid, and their work is apparent. The full game is there, along with above average texture quality and lighting. Crysis’ two sequels are also available on the Switch, and they share the original’s high standard of quality.
Which Game to Choose
If there’s a budget you have to work around and can only choose one, we’d definitely recommend Apex Legends for the online connectivity with other like-minded competitive gamers. If you’d like a little more peaceful style of solo gaming, consider The Outer Worlds where exploration is your main objective, or Doom if you just love all the red paint on your screen!
So, go on; treat yourself to a new, action-packed FPS game today!
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