In 2017, Switch got a lot of great AAA titles that set the tone for what owning the system would be like.
-Breath of the Wild, Odyssey, Skyrim, Doom, Xenoblade 2, Mario Kart 8, Rocket League.
The AAA titles of the Switch so far of 2018
-Wolfenstein 2, Fortnite, Pokemon Lets Go, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, various WiiU ports, Octopath Traveler, Warframe
By sheer numbers - Switch's 2018 offers a lot more content by individual title count. But what about something that gives me an open world adventure really worth pouring dozens of hours into? 2017's Zelda, Mario, Skyrim, Xenoblade really had that to offer. Doom had a pretty extensive single player as well.
2018 by contrast is very multiplayer heavy. There's also great single player games on deck, but most are shorter. Lots of good cheap fun but nothing that would really make for singular, extensive experience worth going back to for weeks. Octopath - as great as it is - is an acquired taste. Hollow Knight nearly gets into AAA territory, but gets too grindy in small 2D spaces for my taste. Really left yearning over here for another 3D AAA adventure game on Switch in 2018. Maybe I'll feel differently about that if I got Wolf 2 on Switch - but what after that? I seldom really go more than 10-15 hours into a Pokemon game. Smash will be great - but that's an endless time sink, not an adventure.
For Switch to round out the year well, I think it really needs another great 3D AAA adventure style game or two with the same scope of Zelda, Skyrim or Xenoblade. I think that's why so many were upset at E3 2018 because we really hoped Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3 would come forward to scratch that itch. I doubt we really get either title by end of the year - so what's the best we could hope for in that absence?
For me - It'd have to be GTAV. I actually haven't gotten around to it on either last gen or my PS4. I find it funny - NBA2K, Carnival Games, and LA Noire have made the jump to Switch, but not Take-Two's most bankable franchise.
Or maybe something like Metal Gear, Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham, Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, or even the other 3D Zeldas or Metroid Prime Trilogy HD I think would cap the year off well.
Are you feeling that AAA 3D adventure game void on Switch like me?
I predict NX launches in 2017 - not 2016