Though widespread PlayStation-exclusive franchises like The Final of Us and God of Battle appear to spend so much extra time in the limelight, that’s to not say that there have not nonetheless been loads of nice Xbox exclusives over the years. From the glorious FPS adventures on supply in Halo to the photo-realistic racing of Forza, there are quite a few choices obtainable for individuals who resolve to go together with Group Inexperienced. Nevertheless, some will maybe argue that not all of those console-exclusive titles are greatest suited to Microsoft consoles.
Whether or not as a result of its portability or the extra management schemes made potential by its touchscreen and Pleasure-Con controllers, there are a number of Xbox exclusives that would arguably be a lot better on the Switch. None of those video games are significantly taxing in the processing division and a few are last-gen titles, so the truth that Nintendo’s residence console/handheld hybrid is somewhat underpowered when in comparison with the competitors needn’t actually be an excessive amount of of a difficulty right here.
1 Uncommon Replay
Metacritic Ranking: 84 (Xbox One)
Launched solely for the Xbox One in August of 2015, Uncommon Replay celebrated 30 years of British developer Uncommon. It featured 30 of the studio’s most iconic titles, however as a result of licensing points, was lacking numerous key video games. Essentially the most notable of those got here courtesy of the Donkey Kong Nation collection, which many think about to be amongst the best Uncommon video games of all time.
Uncommon’s golden years got here whereas working as a second-party studio for Nintendo, so a celebration of the developer releasing solely on a non-Nintendo console did not sit effectively with many avid gamers. Given that Nintendo owns the rights to Donkey Kong, it appears a good assumption that the Donkey Kong Nation trilogy would have been included had Uncommon Replay been launched on the Nintendo Switch, in addition to just a few different fan favorites like Donkey Kong 64 and Diddy Kong Racing.
- Microsoft Studios
- August 4, 2015
2 Killer Intuition
Metacritic Ranking: 73 (Xbox One)
Uncommon is greatest recognized for its work on video games like Good Darkish, Banjo Kazooie, and Goldeneye 007, however these are removed from the solely top-tier titles that the British studio has developed over the years. Many individuals even have fond reminiscences of Killer Intuition: a 2.5D arcade fighter that was ported to the Tremendous Nintendo and Sport Boy in 1995. The sport’s sequel additionally discovered its manner onto a Nintendo console, with Killer Intuition Gold being launched for the N64 in 1996.
The collection slipped into an extended slumber after that, although did finally resurface as a launch title for the Xbox One in 2013. Sadly, Killer Intuition was simply considered one of many nice combating video games obtainable for the platform, which, along with a definite lack of content material, resulted in the title getting misplaced in the crowd. Had the sport come to Switch although, it could have been considered one of the solely combating video games designed for a extra mature viewers on the platform, thus permitting it to face out much more and earn the proper to extra post-release content material.
Killer Intuition (2013)
- Double Helix Video games, Iron Galaxy
- Microsoft Sport Studios
- November 22, 2013
3 Hello-Fi Rush
Metacritic Ranking: 87 (Xbox Sequence X)
Hello-Fi Rush is a unbelievable sport, but one can not help however surprise how a lot better it may have been had it been launched for the Switch as a substitute of Xbox Sequence consoles. The previous’s Pleasure-Cons and touchscreen arguably make it the excellent system for contemporary rhythm video games, whereas the console’s considerably bigger set up base would doubtless have led to much more gross sales of the title.
A number of months after the sport’s launch, experiences emerged suggesting that Microsoft might have been sad with gross sales of Hello-Fi Rush regardless of the sport’s constructive person and critic rankings on evaluation aggregator websites. This was doubtless partly right down to the sport being obtainable to Sport Cross subscribers from day one and the truth that it was shadow dropped by the writer with little to no bravado. The shortage of Xbox Sequence homeowners (no less than when in comparison with the quantity of people that personal a Switch) in all probability did not assist an excessive amount of both.
- Tango Gameworks
- January 25, 2023
4 Age of Empires 4
Metacritic Ranking: 83 (Xbox Sequence X)
There are many nice technique video games obtainable on the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, nevertheless, Age of Empires 4 is not considered one of them regardless of how well-suited to Nintendo’s Hybrid console the RTS style is. To be truthful, the Xbox model is definitely fairly respectable, however it could be tough to argue that the sport would not supply a greater expertise with the addition of touchscreen controls and the capacity to play whereas on the go.
Granted, a transfer to the Switch would doubtless require a slight downgrade in the graphics division, however this is not actually an enormous deal as a result of the wider perspective that’s sometimes favored in RTS video games like Age of Empires. Civilization 6 is a good instance of this, with the Switch port of the title boasting a greater person rating on Metacritic (7.4) than its Xbox One counterpart (6.5) regardless of its scaled again visuals.
Age of Empires 4
- Relic Leisure, World’s Edge
- Xbox Sport Studios
- October 28, 2021
- Actual-Time Technique
5 Planet of Lana
Metacritic Ranking: 80 (Xbox Sequence X)
Video video games do not want cutting-edge graphics to be lovely, as evidenced by a few of the greatest Switch video games. Very similar to these titles, the hand-painted environments discovered all through Planet of Lana present that a well-defined artwork fashion can be simply as efficient as pixel-perfect precision, if no more so. Sadly, nevertheless, the sport’s controls can be somewhat finicky at instances, significantly when directing Mui.
To be clear, this does little to detract from the total brilliance of this charming indie journey, but having the ability to resolve a few of the sport’s puzzles through the use of the Switch’s touchscreen would undoubtedly make for a welcome enchancment. Given that the Ori video games finally discovered their manner over to the Switch, there’s nonetheless hope that Planet of Lana will at some point observe swimsuit. Till then although, gamers must make do with the Xbox or PC variations of the sport.
Planet of Lana
- Thunderful Publishing
- Might 23, 2023
- Journey, Puzzle