10 PS3 & Xbox 360 Games That Still Need Switch Ports

The recent Nintendo Direct showed off a number of exciting third-party video game ports coming to the Switch. It’s no secret that the Nintendo Switch is noticeably inferior to PlayStation and Xbox’s home consoles in terms of hardware power, but its engaging form factor and first-party titles are what serve as its primary appeal.

However, the technical leaps that the Switch does allow could still more than welcome several other PS3 and Xbox 360-era games as ports. From the acclaimed Batman: Arkham series to Rockstar’s backlog, there is a diverse library of games ripe for porting.

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10 Batman: Arkham Asylum


Batman standing under the moonlight on Arkham Island.

Rocksteady revitalized both the superhero genre in gaming and the beloved brooding Dark Knight’s reputation in it. It came at a fitting time, as director Christopher Nolan was in the middle of doing the same thing for Batman in his theatrical Dark Knight Trilogy.

With Rocksteady’s talents as a studio and acclaimed Batman and DC writer Paul Dini at the helm, Arkham Asylum created an grossly gothic world that honors the superhero’s mythos and borrows elements from the revered Batman: The Animated Series. With cathartic free-flowing combat, empowering stealth action, and smart Metroidvania-lite level design, Arkham Asylum cemented itself as a hallmark game.


9 Mass Effect Trilogy


Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Key Art

The original Mass Effect trilogy remains some of BioWare’s best-ever games and a sci-fi pillar of the gaming industry. Commander Shepard and co.’s exploits across the games have been acclaimed for their gripping storytelling, investing character arcs, rewarding role-playing elements, and snappy third-person combat.

Though the recent well-executed Legendary Edition collection of the Mass Effect trilogy would be too much for the Nintendo Switch to handle, it doesn’t change the fact that these are PS3 and Xbox 360 games at their roots. That’s why a scaled-down version of what the Legendary Edition was for PS4 and Xbox One shouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.


8 Batman: Arkham City


Batman perched atop a gargoyle with bloody knuckles in black and white Arkham City art.

Following up on the acclaim of Arkham Asylum was always going to be a tall order. That’s why it was thoroughly impressive that Rocksteady largely improved on upon the original with Arkham City. The story was better, grander, and grittier, filled with a revolving cast of Batman’s colorful allies and rogues from the comic book source material.

It makes genuinely bold choices with real stakes in its narrative, and expanding into an open-world sandbox fits seamlessly and made playing and gliding through the super prison as the Caped Crusader as satisfying as ever. Batman: Arkham City earned its place alongside the likes of Skyrim as one of the best games of 2011 and the generation as a whole. Carrying the Arkham Collection should be a given – but an honorable mention goes to WB Games Montreal’s solid Arkham Origins as well.


7 Fallout 3


The player character wielding a gun and wearing the iconic armor in Fallout 3 promo art.

Bethesda’s area of ​​expertise has long since been in the RPG space, and Fallout 3 was a new peak for the dystopian sci-fi series. This bleak world was praised for its open-ended approach to just about every aspect of its gameplay, storytelling, and its now-iconic VATS combat system.

Given that the studio’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – a newer game – enjoyed such success on the Switch, it’s a bit of a surprise that Fallout 3 hasn’t made its way to the console yet. RPGs are great for the platform thanks to their flexibility in form factor.


6 Fallout: New Vegas


The Courier in Fallout: New Vegas promo art holding a revolver under a battered New Vegas sign.

As lauded as Bethesda’s work on Fallout 3 was, Obsidian Entertainment’s (of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II famous) Fallout: New Vegas is the one that’s seemed to have aged the best. The game admittedly launched in a heavily buggy state back in 2010, but through post-launch support and its dedicated modding community, new vegas became one of the most replayable RPGs available.

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It starts as a revenge story, with the Courier protagonist journeying across this punishing land to hunt down their would-be killer. From there, it spirals into an intricately fleshed-out world of rivaling factions and nuclear-ridden monsters. new vegas would do well being carried alongside Fallout 3 in a bundled package.


5 bully


Jimmy Hopkins facing off against a Bullworth faculty member in Bully promo art.

Most fans understandably think of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption as Rockstar’s flagship series and best games, but bully deserves far more attention than it’s gotten. The game was an open-world action-adventure game following school delinquent Jimmy Hopkins as he navigates the cutthroat ecosystem of the posh Bullworth Academy.

It was critically acclaimed thanks to its satirical narrative, gameplay, and varied mission structure. It’s a shame that bully hasn’t received a sequel or proper remake, but a Nintendo Switch port would at least be a good way to be more accessible in 2022.


4 Deus Ex: Human Revolution


The augmented Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution promo art.

Though CD Projekt Red’s recent Cyberpunk 2077 is the most recent – and infamous – triple-A cyberpunk-themed RPG, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is still an engrossing experience. Following protagonist Adam Jensen, an augmented security officer for a controversial artificial organ developer, as he investigates the source of an attack on Sarif Industries.

It was lauded for its rich sci-fi world, player freedom in shaping its equally compelling narrative, and character customization options. The game holds up well today, and it’s an RPG that would feel at home played in handheld mode on the Switch.




3 Dead Space Trilogy


Isaac Clarke in his engineer suit in Dead Space promo art.

The original has a remake on the way, but a collected port of the praised dead space trilogy on the Switch would be good timing. The likes of resident Evil have become synonymous with the survival-horror genre, but the first two dead space games made their mark on the genre in their own right.

They were praised for the eerie, claustrophobic atmospheres and creative combat system, life-or-death inventory management elements, and some of the most horrific monster designs in gaming. The third game took a disappointing direction into action setpieces, but a bundled package would be worth the price of admission on Switch.


2 Half Life 1 & 2


Gordon Freeman in his suit with Alyx Vance with him in Half-Life.

Given the recent Nintendo Direct’s spotlight on the Portal: Companion Collection ports, other games in Valve’s library should be fair game as well. Both Half Life and Half Life 2 are some of the most iconic PC first-person shooters credited for pushing forward the genre. Despite the agonizing cliffhanger of the second game, they’re still fondly remembered by longtime fans.

Players take on the role of Gordon Freeman, a scientist thrown into a fight for survival amid an alien invasion, uncovering conspiracies along the way. These games should be no trouble for the Switch to handle from a tech perspective, so a bundled port should be easy to do.


1 Red Dead Redemption


John Marston aiming his shotgun in gritty red promo art for RDR.

Another milestone game in Rockstar’s catalog that should be able to justify a Switch port is the western-epic Red Dead Redemption. The 2018 prequel/sequel is certainly out of the question, but a touched-up form of the first should be reasonable so long as it isn’t given the shoddy treatment the recent GTA Definitive Edition received.

John Marston’s gritty spaghetti-western was critically acclaimed as another one of the best games of its generation for its grounded, cinematic storytelling, compelling morally ambiguous characters, and gunslinging gameplay. It’s a game with such a rock-solid foundation mechanically and narratively that it’s still worthwhile in 2022.

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