eShop Explore 013

eShop Explore 013

Tired of combing the eShop for good games? Find out what’s worth playing and what you may want to avoid in eShop Explore! More episodes.

KILL la KILL – IF

KILL la KILL – IF is just as stylish as the anime and, while it is more simplistic and straightforward than other fighting games (specifically of the 2D genre), it stands above other 3D fighters like Jump Force and My Hero Academia: One’s Justice by virtue of a better, more clearly defined combo system, an easy to understand rock-paper-scissors move priority system, and incredibly strong character art and animation.

While the single-player campaign is short (just a few hours long) and largely retreads the story of the anime (with an alternative-reality focus on Satsuki instead of Ryuko), and there aren’t nearly as many characters available at launch as other fighting games, KILL la KILL – IF is dripping with style, combos are satisfying and fun, Super moves are dynamic and incredibly well-animated, and there is PLENTY of promise and room to grow with either DLC (hopefully free DLC, as the game’s offerings are relatively meager for the $60 price tag) or in a sequel.

KILL la KILL – IF offers bombastic fights, solid fundamentals, and a great example of how to do 3D fighters the right way. Don’t shy away if you are interested because, even at the high price of $60, KILL la KILL – IF manages to be one of the best (and most fun) 3D fighters around.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Developer – APLUS Games
Publisher – Arc System Works
Price – $60 (Digital or Physical)
Nintendo Switch Online – Required for Online Matches
Genre – Action, Fighting, Multiplayer
Players – 1-2
Release Date – July 26, 2019
Size – 6.1 GB


Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

I did not enjoy Darksiders II and I have mixed feelings about Darksiders III, but the original Darksiders has held a very special place in my heart since I played it on PlayStation 3 back in 2010. Because well-established 3D action-adventure juggernauts like Zelda, God of War, and Devil May Cry exist, and the fact that many indie, A, or AA developers cut their teeth on often painfully low-quality 3D action games, it’s incredibly difficult to create a genre standout, which is why it’s so impressive THQ made it happen with Darksiders.

Darksiders echoes God of War in both exploration sensibilities and satisfying combo-based combat, with hints of Devil May Cry and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. With excellent voice acting (courtesy of Liam O’Brien, Phil LaMarr, Mark Hamill, Moon Bloodgood, Troy Baker, and more), solid character design, world-building, art direction, and more, Darksiders is a solid purchase. This remaster runs well and looks good on Switch (as good looking as a 9-year-old remaster can) and is an excellent choice for those hungry for sprawling action on-the-go.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Developer – Kaiko
Publisher – THQ Nordic
Price – $30
Nintendo Switch Online – Not Required
Genre – Action, Adventure
Players – 1
Release Date – Apr. 2, 2019
Size – 13.1 GB


Blazing Chrome

I’ve played a lot of retro shoot-em-ups. I was a huge Contra fan as a kid, and I spent many hours playing it with my sister each time we visited our aunt and uncle’s house. It’s difficult to capture each of the elements which made Contra such a runaway success. New shoot-em-ups often either have weapons which aren’t satisfying to use, difficulty isn’t tuned properly (often having either difficulty which is consistently abrasive or inconsistent), have lackluster art design, or something else holding them back.

Blazing Chrome is the first shoot-em-up I’ve played which successfully channels the feeling I got from playing Contra, and since Blazing Chrome obviates some of the difficulty by way of a generous Continue system, it ends up being more approachable without sacrificing the delicious (and fair) difficulty I want from shoot-em-ups. The fact that Blazing Chrome is also an affordable $17 only adds to the appeal, creating a robust arcade experience I may actually prefer over Contra. Stop reading this. Pick up Blazing Chrome. You won’t be disappointed.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Developer – JoyMasher
Publisher – The Arcade Crew
Price – $17
Genre – Arcade, Action, Platformer
Players – 1-2
Release Date – July 11, 2019
Size – 121 MB


Assault Android Cactus+

Assault Android Cactus+ is a good multiplayer twin-stick shooter from Witch Beam. Choose from a roster of Androids, each with their own unique fire and alternate fire modes, then take on waves of enemies in sequences of delightfully short stages. Once you’ve dispatched all the minor enemies, face down area bosses in tense one-on-one battles, all while picking up power-ups and managing your Heat and Battery gauges.

While I’m not a fan of the art style, and I’m not sure how I feel about the Battery gauge (which pushes players to play more aggressively and punishes them if they have difficulty with the dodge mechanic), Assault Android Cactus is an undoubtedly good twin-stick shooter, and a blast in multiplayer. Grab a few friends and enjoy!

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Developer – Witch Beam
Publisher – Witch Beam Games
Price – $20
Genre – Arcade, Action, Other
Players – 1-4
Release Date – March 8, 2019
Size – 1.4 GB


Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is an absolutely unstoppable grid-based tactical RPG in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics which, due to a multitude of granular difficulty options, enables it to be more approachable (or more difficult) than other games in the genre. Fell Seal follows the story of Kyrie, a law-enforcing Arbiter who discovers a growing corruption within the Arbiter order, a corruption which might even hold sway over the ruling order of Immortals…

Fell Seal is truly magnificent, but it can be difficult, even on the easier difficulty settings. There is no shame in playing on Casual (especially if you aren’t a die-hard tactical fan). Characters who fall in battle will sustain injuries, lowering their stats unless they sit out for a battle to recover (this, like many other difficulty options, can be turned off). Consumables (like Potions, Remedy’s, and other items) refill for free in between battles. Fully customize your recruited characters with a multitude of styles, outfits, colors, hair, eyes, accessories, etc. Enemy characters with excellent AI will cleverly position themselves and use abilities and spells to stymie your progress and pick your team apart. This list of things 6 Eyes Studio got right with Fell Seal is long, indeed.

I am a massive fan of both the Final Fantasy: Tactics and Disgaea franchises and, in some ways, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark has done the unthinkable and actually surpassed them. For $30, Switch owners now have access to one of the best tactical RPGs ever made (Fell Seal completely stole my attention away from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Three Houses is excellent). If you are looking for a top tier, sprawling tactical RPG with an engaging story, interesting character classes, and addictive gameplay, Fell Seal was made for you.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Developer – 6 Eyes Studio
Publisher – 1C Entertainment
Price – $30
Genre – Role-Playing, Strategy
Players – 1
Release Date – Aug. 14, 2019
Size – 1.3 GB

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