The highly anticipated sequel to the rebooted DOOM, DOOM Eternal has made its way to the Nintendo Switch at long last. A few years back, the idea of running a game like DOOM on a Nintendo handheld would land you straight into the looney bin. But here we are, not only witness to the rebooted DOOM on the Switch, but it’s faster-paced gory demon-slaying sequel. Despite having to make a few sacrifices to run on the downsized hardware, the ports were nowhere near as bad as expected.
That being said, DOOM Eternal on the Nintendo Switch has a lot to live up to. DOOM Eternal initially launched on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC which raised the bar for a first-person-shooter in almost every regard. Not only did it provide a tantalising challenge, but it is one of the most engaging FPS games of its time. Well, after coming from its high fidelity platforms, DOOM Eternal on Switch is still surprisingly good.
The base game on which the port is based on is phenomenal, to begin with, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the masterpiece of violence and destruction translated so well on the Switch port. For those who aren’t familiar with DOOM Eternal, the story acts as some kind of soft-reboot (alongside its 2016 predecessor) for the franchise, starting with the DOOM Slayer hunting for a demonic priest on Mars as what is left of Earth burns in the fires of hell. While there’s still something left to save, it is up to the DOOM Slayer to return to Earth and yet again, become the symbol of violence and destruction.
The game runs at a respectable 30 frames per second and everything from the textures to the draw distance has been dialled back to make sure the game runs smoothly throughout. The only times I’ve noticed any drops were during cutscenes, but thankfully, those were very far and few between.
DOOM Eternal on the Switch is an absolute blast to play, with the handheld mode being the standout way of playing the game.
...higher difficulty levels require a level of precision that I feel the joy-cons simply cannot offer.
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