It’s no secret that we love loot-based games here at GameSpew. And thanks to the power and portability of the Nintendo Switch, we can now loot everywhere we go.
We’ve spent thousands of hours across many loot-based games, killing hordes of monsters and miscreants in the hope that we’ll get some gear that makes our characters that bit more powerful. When a game does it well, it’s a loop that’s wonderfully addictive. And while there aren’t as many loot-based games on Switch as there are on other consoles, some of the best are available on the device at least.
But what are they? Hopefully we can help you with that. We’ve put together a short list of the best loot-based games you can play on Switch. All of these offer tens if not hundreds of hours of gameplay, challenging you to complete quests and overcome your adversaries in order to acquire the sweetest gear. There are other loot-based games available on Switch, but they all pale in comparison to this lot.
1. Diablo 3: Eternal Collection
If you’re after the best loot-based games on Switch, Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is a must-have. That’s because it’s quite possibly the best.
Bundling up the base game with its Reaper of Souls expansion, Rise of the Necromancer DLC and more, Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is one of the most action-packed and enjoyable action RPGs available. Even better, it’s packed with more loot than you can shake a stick at. There’s a reason why this game has been around for nearly ten years now and is still played by many every day.
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection really comes into its own when you reach its endgame content. Once you’ve completed the game’s story, you’ll enjoy completing quests in adventure mode, as well as entering rifts and continually raising the difficulty level until it can go no higher. It doesn’t have to be a solitary experience, either. Up to four players can team up, locally or online, taking on hell’s minions together. The loot is better when you do so, too. So, what are you waiting for? Go buy Diablo 3: Eternal Collection now.
2. Minecraft Dungeons
We like to think of Minecraft Dungeons as a ‘My First Diablo’ type of game.
And we don’t mean that disrespectfully; this easy-to-get-to-grips-with take on the dungeon crawling RPG genre is excellent. The fact that it’s something you can play with all the family is simply the cherry on top. Of course, what we’re most interested in, though, is how much loot it has – and we’re pleased to say that Minecraft Dungeons doesn’t skimp in this regard. While you can’t deck out your character with quite as much gear as other games, you’ll find plenty of weapons and armour to equip your character with. And just when you think you’ve found the perfect item, it won’t be long until something better comes along.
Minecraft Dungeons obviously takes Minecraft’s voxel art style and places it in a dungeon-crawling game. Even if you don’t like Minecraft, though, don’t let that put you off. It may have more playful visuals than most, but it’s still filled with enemies to kill, dungeons to explore, secrets to find and, most importantly, loot to pick up. It’s definitely worthy of its place on our list of best loot-based games on Switch, that’s for sure.
3. Diablo 2: Resurrected
Two Diablo games on this list? That’s right. And that’s because they’re both very different.
Now over 20 years old, Diablo 2 has been remastered for modern formats. The result is Diablo 2: Resurrected, a game that purposefully plays just like the original, but looks like a game made in 2021. As such, some may not get on very well with Diablo 2: Resurrected’s somewhat clunky nature, especially if they’ve never played the original game yet have put many hours into Diablo 3. But those who persist with it will soon find that it’s perhaps the deepest action RPG ever made.
Thanks to a brilliant loot system and meaningful character development, hours and hours can be put into Diablo 2: Resurrected, trying to overcome the considerable challenge its harder difficulties present. And with seven character classes to play as, there’s always the temptation to start a new game. It’s just a shame that unlike Diablo 3: Eternal Collection, it doesn’t support local co-op. But still, if you’re after the best loot-based games on Switch, this should be given heavy consideration.
4. Borderlands Legendary Collection
Borderlands Legendary Collection is a bit different from the other games on this list, in that while it’s still an action RPG filled with mountains of loot, it’s played from a first-person perspective. Also, it’s focused on shooting guns rather than slashing with melee weapons or blasting enemies with magic.
Actually three games in one, Borderlands Legendary Collection bundles up the original Borderlands along with two of its sequels; Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. That means you get three brilliant looter-shooters for the price of one, and they’re all very much worth playing. Each game offers its own band of vault hunters for you to control, and presents a story that has them making their way through numerous environments filled with quests. And of course, along the way there are countless enemies to defeat as well as items to loot.
Borderlands 3 is available on Switch now, too, completing the series so far. In our opinion, the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2 are the best games in the series though, so you’d be smart to make a start with Borderlands Legendary Collection. Just be careful if you buy a physical copy pre-owned, as not all games are included on the cartridge.
5. Torchlight 3
If you want an action RPG similar to Diablo but with a brighter, more cartoonish visual style, then you’d be wise to check out Torchlight 3.
Developed by Echtra Inc., a company founded by the co-creator of Diablo, Max Schaefer, Torchlight 3 has many familiar mechanics. The action plays out via an isometric viewpoint, and there are multiple character classes to choose from. They’re not your standard Mage, Barbarian, Thief, etc. in Torchlight 3, however. Instead, you have characters like the Railmaster, who’s accompanied by an artillery-equipped train that rains down fire on his enemies, and the Forged, a robot whose appearance is largely dictated by the parts equipped to him.
Torchlight 3 has some unique elements as well, such as its Fort system. Each player has their own customisable fort, and others can visit them. Can you make the most impressive-looking fort? Give it a try. Overall, Torchlight 3 might not ever provide quite as much fun as the Diablo games on this list, but those seeking out the best loot-based games on Switch might want to consider it if they prefer something less gloomy.
After a loot-based game on Switch but also love the music rhythm genre? Soundfall has been made just for you.
In this action RPG you take control of a young woman named Melody, who suddenly finds herself in the world of Symphonia. You see, it turns out she’s the Guardian of Harmony, and to get back to her own world she’s going to have to travel Symphonia, seek out others like her, and put an end to the nefarious Discord. She’s got quite the task ahead of her, then.
A level-based game, you’ll make your way from the beginning to end of each by shooting and slashing in time with the music. Play off beat and your attacks will be weakened, meaning you won’t get very far at all. Determining your abilities and overall power, however, is loot. You’ll acquire a decent amount of it on your adventures, and you’ll want to equip the best of it to stand a chance of success.
If you want to play a loot-based game that’s a bit different on Switch, look no further than Soundfall.
7. Titan Quest
Released way back in 2006 on PC, Titan Quest has since found itself on consoles where it’s had a new lease of life.
An action RPG in the vein of Diablo, Titan Quest finds you adventuring throughout ancient Greece, Egypt and even Asia, facing off against mythical monsters while also making grand discoveries. While it does have a story, however, you likely won’t care much for it; the fun here is in the action.
As you move from one area to the next, you’ll revel in slaughtering large numbers of foes, gaining valuable loot and experience as you go. Your loot will obviously bolster your capabilities, allowing you to take on greater challenges and more easily overcome your foes. Your experience, meanwhile, will help you shape and grow your character. Overall, there are more than 28 character classes, which should give you an idea of how much depth there is.
It may feel a little dated compared to some other games on this list, but if you’re after the best loot-based games on Switch, Titan Quest is still very much worth a look.