With every console iteration, we’re treated with a number of video games that stand among some of the greatest of all time. Across the three major platforms in the game right now, we’ve seen some amazing titles release over the years. This is especially true for the Nintendo Switch, which has already seen a number of unique, quality games release on the platform in just a short amount of time since its debut.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at what critics consider to be the greatest game on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. This time around, only titles that appear solely on that platform will be considered, that means games such as Breath of the Wild, and The Last of Us are ineligible.
Xbox One – Forza Horizon 3 (2016)
When Forza Horizon first came out it was the only title that the team at Playground Games had worked on, and yet they produced a product that was so good you would’ve thought that they’d been developing games as a team for years.
Since then they’ve only improved, and Forza Horizon 3 is easily their strongest title to date. According to its critical reception, Forza Horizon 3 is the greatest Xbox One exclusive title that’s released on the system.
Forza Horizon 3 is set in a fictional representation of Australia, and it’s designed beautifully. The game features a variety of terrain, cars, and challenges for players to take advantage of. On top of that, the game also features cross-platform play and a co-operative campaign.
Forza Horizon 3 is not only the most acclaimed Xbox One title at the moment, but it’s also the strongest entry in the Forza series of games. It’s no surprise that Microsoft have put a lot of faith in Playground Games, and I’m sure they’re confident that they’ll exceed expectations with Forza Horizon 4 and the rumoured Fable reboot.
Playstation 4 – God of War (2018)
The Playstation 4 has received a number of amazing exclusive titles, and quite a few could make a claim for being the best. While games like Uncharted 4, and Horizon: Zero Dawn are fantastic games, the most recent God of War has managed to receive a higher critical average.
God of War sees the return of Kratos after five long years. However, the latest entry is vastly different to those that have preceded it. The game sees Kratos and his young son Atreus venturing to the highest peak of the nine realms to spread the ashes of Kratos’ dead wife.
Unlike past entries, God of War utilises an over-the-shoulder free camera and it’s also incorporated some RPG elements to allow players to personalise the combat experience. It’s a change that seems to have paid off, as the series has been completely reinvigorated and fans and critics alike seem to be all for it.
Nintendo Switch – Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
The first year of the Nintendo Switch saw a number of great games release on the system, we saw new IPs like Arms make their debut, and we also saw some surprises in games like Mario + Rabbids. Then there were games that took the world by storm, such as The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, and the systems highest rated title, Super Mario Odyssey.
Super Mario Odyssey features the return of the open landscapes and exploration-based gameplay that fans will remember from past games like Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine. Once again, Bowser has kidnapped Peach and intends on forcing her into a marriage unless Mario is able to save the day.
Super Mario Odyssey introduces a number of new features and mechanics that help to create a wonderful experience. The most notable of which is the addition of Cappy, which Mario can throw to attack enemies, create a temporary platform, and in some cases, possess objects, enemies and non-playable characters.
Super Mario Odyssey is a testament to the quality that Nintendo can produce, and if the quality of this game and many others are any indication, the first-party line-up for the Nintendo Switch looks set for success.