DOOM (2016) is one of the rare FPS games where I want to replay the single player campaign. Since DOOM came out last year, I’ve purchased it on PC, Xbox One S, and PS4 and I’ve yet to tire of the game. Now that the game is out on the Switch I had to try it out, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to $60 try it. Thankfully I have a local video rental store that has new release games for $3 a night to find out if DOOM still has it.
Playing DOOM on Switch feels like someone took a shakycam video of their tour of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Everything is there, but there’s a feeling of separation that you can’t help but feel. In handheld mode there is a lack of precision that just isn’t present on other platforms. Either due to the smaller screen or less accurate joy cons you’ll miss more shots that you feel like you should have had. This isn’t an issue on earlier levels, but once you get to the later fights it does become a barrier to getting past some areas.
Visually, I wasn’t bothered by the lower quality visuals. I can think of only a few places where the motion blur or lower draw distance bothered me and that was really only because I stopped ripping and tearing and wanted to get some screenshots.
The unforgivable sin of DOOM on switch is the under powered speakers built into the switch. Switching to headphones solves this problem, but you loose so much without that soundtrack just filling your ears.
Playing docked with the pro controller fixes a lot of my control and sound problems, but this version of the game was not intended to be upscaled to 4K on my main TV. I only used the dock for about an hour before I went back to handheld mode.
Regarding battery life, from 90% to 15% took about 2 hours. I had brightness up, volume up, and WiFi on.
Even with the cart there is a large download that took about an hour to get.
I also found that the Switch has a function to allow you to sync game patches across local devices. This seems like a really great feature.
All in all I had a lot of fun revisiting DOOM in a new portable setting, although at $60 it’s a really hard sell unless you’ve never had another way to rip and tear.