We all know that pain. The pain of not being able to play a game, because it’s on a different system. While Cloud’s HD luscious locks won’t be at our grasp, there are a bunch of games that can be Final Fantasy VII Remake Switch alternatives that can satisfy that sword-swinging action-RPG itch.
While not as refined as Cloud’s adventure, this is definitely a unique action RPG from Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory. Oninaki isn’t photo-realistic, but it makes up for it with a striking visual anime art style for a world that takes place between the Living and the Beyond realms.
The battle system is fast-paced and free-flowing, and you can gain new attacks from the daemons you collect throughout the world. Each daemon has something different to offer, so there’s a surprise around every corner. It’s like the PS3 game Folklore, if you’ve ever played that. Oninaki also features voice acting, unlike Tokyo RPG Factory’s previous works. There’s a demo if this game sounds interesting to you!
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
This is a bit of an unorthodox choice, as it’s not Japanese, but Darksiders 2 has a suite of thrilling combat and open world gameplay for on-the-go play. You play as Death, one of the four Horsemen, who is trying to prove War’s innocence and resurrect humanity from its extinction in the last game.
Despite the grim concept, the game’s world, The Forge Lands, is vibrant and features interesting characters to meet. There’s also a bunch of loot you can find by exploring. The story won’t blow you away, but the game’s puzzles and exciting God of War-like combat will hold a candle. It’s play time is almost Final Fantasy length at over 30 hours.
Created by famed development team, Platinum Games, Astral Chain takes you through a rip-roaring ride of high-octane action and a futuristic story. The combat the company is known for is here with a unique Chain mechanic. While you are fighting, you also control the astral being that is chained to you; this brings a bunch of different strategies you can use in battle.
Our reviewer Jordan also said that the story “was well-implemented with nice twists, awesome cutscenes, and some heartfelt stuff.” Astral Chain might be the closest in graphical fidelity, combat, and setting to a Final Fantasy VII Remake on the Switch.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an underrated gem from the PS3 era that has been ported to the Switch, and it’s well worth getting, especially if you have a JRPG fix that’s left hollow by Final Fantasy VII Remake on PS4. It has a charming and emotional story with wonderful characters, a beautiful Studio-Ghibli designed world, and a brilliant battle system that has an essence of Pokemon.
You collect creatures called familiars around the world and use them to battle. You train them, give them food, and they learn abilities throughout the adventure. In battle, you move around your character, and like a Pokemon trainer, you tell your familiar to use certain attacks. Another wonderful part of Ni no Kuni is its stunning soundtrack by Studio Ghibli veteran composer Joe Hisaishi, who has worked on Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and many more.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
An open world RPG on-the-go with climbable creatures? Yes please! This cult classic features a big world to explore with dragons, chimeras, and all sorts of creatures you can mount and kill. Dragon’s Dogma also has a unique feature, in which you can make a pawn to follow you and this AI learns from your attacks.
You can also hire pawns from other players that give them loot in return. The story won’t amaze you like Final Fantasy VII Remake, but if you want an open world RPG to keep you entertained, Dragon’s Dogma might be the adventure for you.
There are your alternatives to Final Fantasy VII Remake on the Switch. What do you all think? Are there other games that could help scratch that itch? Let us know in the comments below.
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