Apex Legends on Switch: Early reactions say it’s pretty bad

Pinnacle Legends introduced Tuesday on Nintendo Change, and early responses to the fight royale video game from fans are … bad. They’re dissatisfied in the video game’s efficiency, and they state cross-platform play versus users on higher-performance systems leaves them at a substantial drawback.

“I can excuse bad graphics, but on Switch, the game feels awful to play,” composed one gamer, in the Change subreddit on Wednesday afternoon.

“The game drops to like 10 frames when you’re in any gunfight,” states the Reddit thread starter. “Graphics look muddy in docked mode … I don’t even want to know how handheld looks.”

Pinnacle Legends, which introduced in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, performs at 720p resolution in the Change’s docked mode, and 576p in portable. The slower frame rates and weaker resolutions offer Change gamers less time to respond in a busy shooter, and less visual details than rivals on other systems can get simply at a look.

Reddit user Ann0ying published an exposure contrast of a Change running Pinnacle Legends and the very same frame on an Xbox One at 1080p. “Close up enemy model (is it even there?)” they composed, over a pixelated spot that doesn’t look like anything essential at a range.

Apex runs on a highly customized Source engine that was built to expand the loading distance for long distance views and such,” kept in mind redditor JabroniSn0w.

“It does look nice at times,” shrugs YouTuber RGT 85, “But it definitely does look blurry. … The frame rate targets 30 frames per second, but it definitely drops at times, and that kind of disappoints me a bit. … If you play first-person shooters on other platforms, it’s definitely jarring.”

Change users are suggesting that gamers switch off the cross-play choice (in the video game’s settings menu), and sign up with Switch-only lobbies, to stand a much better opportunity in Kings Canyon. Betting individuals on platforms where exposure isn’t a problem, the thinking goes, may not be as well balanced as comparing versus folks who remain in the very same boat as Change gamers. For some factor, most likely since it gets gamers into a match quicker, cross-platform play is on by default for Change. However choosing Switch-only lobbies supposedly implies a lot longer wait times to get a video game began, offered the brand-new launch’s much smaller sized setup base.

Panic Button, the port store that brought Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal to the Change, established Pinnacle Legends for the console, too. Great deals of gamers still indicated the job that studio did bringing a hardcore multiplayer shooter to Nintendo’s platform, and the post-launch assistance both titles have actually gotten, in hopes that Pinnacle Legends will improve on Switch time.

“They were still patching Doom a few years after, even though it didn’t need it and they didn’t have to,” stated one Redditor. “Give it a few months. I was also expecting better, but I am not disappointed, if that makes sense.”

Pinnacle Legends introduced March 9 on Change, offering gamers on that platform 30 totally free levels of the Fight Pass for Season 8, which is currently in development. Change gamers likewise make double XP throughout the very first 2 weeks the video game is readily available.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.