Games where dogfighting takes a central sort of role have been around for quite some time, and while there are some stand-out excellent titles like Everspace out there that can give you that fix on Switch they still feel few and far between. Many titles have taken the approach of stripping down story to focus on combat, or some have been pretty in some way but relatively shallow overall, leaving genre fans without an abundance of choices. While its setting is more on the fantastical side, with you commanding a fighting falcon as your steed, rather than set in space or in some sort of aircraft, The Falconeer makes a serious attempt at providing both engaging combat and an overarching story to add intrigue. While it doesn’t venture into the grand territory of the likes of a Wing Commander title (though, sadly, nothing really ever has) this is a well-made game with satisfying and somewhat unique combat, a sense of flight that feels pretty good (though I’m thankful for the ability to warp ahead rather than glide along for a few minutes between objectives), and a story that may have some familiar beats but provides some color to the action and some incentive to see things through to the end. It isn’t perfect, but if you’re starved for this sort of experience it’s among the short list of better options available on the eShop.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]