The third game in Life Is Strange turned out quite nice and told its heartwarming story across all the platforms of today. It recently came out to Nintendo Switch with a slight delay. After an evaluation of the “big” console we decided to test the portable version too.
- Producer: Deck Nine
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Switch Release date: 7. December, 2021
We could go on about the mechanics, story, or the genre specifics in True Colors, as well as The Life, Is Strange series, in general, is not necessary – we already have all of it on our blog review for The PS5 version. PS5 version. Let’s concentrate on how the Switch version plays, particularly because there’s plenty to discuss.
There’s always a discussion about transferring any game on multiple platforms to Nintendo’s hybrid console if the Switch’s hardware can “pull away.” However, despite some poor examples, such as Outer Worlds, the console overall has demonstrated its capacity to take on the most technical game titles, if they’re not the latest ones – we have seen a decent port from the 3rd “The Witcher” and The Witcher series Borderlands as well as Doom Eternal.
It is important to realize that these ports are, in every case, the result of a compromise, which means that they sacrifice technical perks in the name of playing on portable devices. Life is Unusual: True Colors is a perfect example of this, as it combines these ports’ positive and negative characteristics.
Let’s get started by saying this game is available on Switch. The gameplay is perfectly transferred, is not causing any discomfort, and provides the same experience on every other platform.
It’s certainly not a fast-paced shooter but an interactive adventure packed with film elements that run at a slow pace; however, throughout my experience with this game on Switch, I’ve not experienced any frame rate drops or any other issues. I’ve run the game in stationary modes in that mode as well, although it’s likely that no one would buy an exclusive competition for Switch, given the other platforms to choose from.
However, despite the small font, which often creates problems for these ports, everything is perfect here, not the largest. However, it’s pretty usable. In addition, the interface and subtitles have been completely transliterated to Russian. However, the voiceovers remain the original voiceover – maybe this is better as the actors have lovely and soft voices.
As we discussed in our review of the game, music and sound are the primary source of the game’s atmosphere, and fortunately that on Switch,, this will be the least of your concerns. You should not use Life Is Strange on the subway, on the bus, while driving to work, or in other busy city environments. Even when playing handheld, it’s best to take a break and sit in a comfy chair with the console in your hands, with nothing distracting you. And with headphones, obviously.
However, the absence of sluggishness and the full-playability on Switch was indeed a steep cost. This is evident when you first launch the game. The lengthy loading times are a common problem with Switch ports, and they can be anything from 20 seconds to one minute.
The other issue is the dramatic decrease in the quality of graphics. Naturally, the game even played on PC or PS5 in this regard does not have enough stars in the sky. There are too many sooty and smoky textures and a couple of angular designs, a twisting motion, and a little weak when compared with AAA-hits in detail of hair and clothing.
True Colors remains beautiful thanks to the game’s level designers and artists; however, technically, the game is a bit clunky. Switch, they cut virtually everything that is cut. This means there’s more chaos, and “soap” details are reduced to a minimum, certain textures display pixels, and the rendering range is drastically diminished.
The sudden “popping” things and loading textures right before your eyes are not uncommon with this game. Also, the lighting effects are now less appealing. Finally, some bugs are present; one of them is what you observe in the video above, where the player cannot overcome the stump. This is not an issue on Switch, but they’ve also been on other platforms and don’t affect the game.
The flaws won’t impact the game’s gameplay much as everyone who plays these games on Switch has experienced such instances in a certain way, and they’re worth keeping in your mind. In particular, when you consider that the game’s price is incredibly high compared to other platforms’ prices. in the eShop, the game is priced at 4 279 rubles. In addition, another 929 for upgrading to the Deluxe version must download this add-on feature called Wavelengths.
It is possible to say this: True Colors for the Switch True Colors version True Colors is a ubiquitous port of a cross-platform game to Nintendo’s Nintendo console. It’s quite enjoyable. However, as they declare, “minimal” in technical terms.
If you’re on the Switch is the only console you have, or you’re in an unstoppable desire to play in a portable format, this game is certainly worth trying and is a stunning artwork regardless of its design style. However, if you have the option of playing on PC or different consoles, then it’s much better to use it, and all else, all things being equal, it’s going to have lots of enjoyment.