Getting first-party games on the Switch boils down to a matter of preference. Deciding to purchase third-party games on the system requires a bit more deliberation. With Valkyria Chronicles 4 coming out and my insistence on getting the game on the Switch, I thought to myself, “Why is that?” I game primarily on the PS4, so where’s the logic? Here are what I consider to be the main reasons why one would purchase a third-party game on the Switch rather than on a more graphically capable console.
THE GRAPHICAL DIFFERENCE IS HARDLY NOTICEABLE
I’ve watched many trailers and gameplay videos of Valkyria Chronicles 4 prior to any footage of the Switch being available. Even with all that media swirling in my head, the five hours I put into the Switch demo were pure bliss. There was only one fps hitch during a mission, but the rest felt like butter. Coming away with a glowing impression after sampling a game is an indication that the platform is more than suitable for the full release.
GAME IS A PERFECT FIT FOR EITHER LONG OR SHORT SESSIONS
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is broken up into a series of missions, each taking an estimated minimum of 15 minutes. You can even save mid-mission. Another good example would be a 2D side-scroller like Hollow Knight. They look immaculate on the Switch and are a perfect fit for drop in-drop out gameplay or a sweet sweet multi-hour binge.
CONTROLS FEEL AT HOME WHETHER IN HANDHELD OR DOCKED
In the case of Valkyria Chronicles 4, the feel of the controls isn’t an issue at all because the gameplay is methodical. Take control of your character with the joystick, press a button to go into fire mode, press another button to fire. Of course, you can do additional commands like change weapons, give your squad orders, call for reinforcements, etc., but you can take as long as you want. Frustration from not inputting button commands fast enough and/or in the right order is a non-issue. I felt this struggle a lot trying the Dragonball FighterZ Beta in handheld mode.
Where are your friends playing? As the Switch’s shelf life progresses, more people will have picked up the system. Maybe a couple of your friends have bought a Switch and may not have the other systems or don’t game on them that often. Playing free-to-play games like Fortnite, Paladins, or the soon-to-come Warframe on the Switch may be the most fun way to go.
Nintendo is notorious for what is commonly known as the “Nintendo tax.” Take the Switch port of Doom for example. One can purchase Doom for $15 on other systems while the game will run you $50 on the Switch. At face value, this is outrageous. Thus, it would be generally more sensible to purchase games that release simultaneously on all platforms. However, if the other four reasons to get the game on the Switch align with you, then it just may be worth it despite the price difference.
Those are my top reasons to get a third-party game on the Switch. Which third-party games do you have on the Switch? What led you to purchase them on the platform? Let’s discuss it in the comments.
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