After launching on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in 2019, Astroneer, full with the Xenobiology replace, arrives immediately on Swap. The sport has gained its share of followers over time since its launch, and the brand new content material guarantees to ship gamers on a planet-hopping, story-driven quest to uncover the secrets and techniques behind unusual extraterrestrial lifeforms. As such, veteran gamers and would-be followers could also be taking a look at this newest console launch as a jumping-in level. Sadly, gamers might discover the interstellar sport doesn’t fly easily on Swap.
System Period Softworks is the event group behind this sci-fi journey, and it counts amongst its crew skilled trade creators from locations like 343 Industries, Valve, and EA. Astroneer permits gamers to hop into the spacesuit of an intergalactic explorer who, upon arriving on a brand new planet, builds up a base by gathering assets, terraforming alien terrain, and crafting ever-greater applied sciences. The consequence has noticeable Minecraft vibes, although its vivid, polygonal aesthetic and galactic backdrop set it aside from different titles on this house.
I performed round 5 hours of Astroneer’s Swap model, traversing undiscovered wilderness, digging monumental holes within the panorama, and printing up new scientific services to additional my progress. Whereas the world’s vibrant colours definitely appear proper at residence on the Swap, Nintendo’s console has some issues dealing with many points of Astroneer. So far as visuals, the world’s lush foliage pop noticeably into view as you stroll by the terrain, making the world appear barren till you might be nearly on high of a location.
The controls, which at greatest appear clunky and at worst game-haltingly irritating, are additionally a difficulty. Precisely choosing objects up requires the participant to make use of the left set off, proper stick, and proper set off. Not solely is that plenty of steps to exactly seize one thing, however you can also’t use the precise stick to maneuver objects and the digicam on the similar time, making it exhausting to see the place you’re going.
These issues don’t make the sport unplayable, however they add a cumbersome layer, exacerbated by the sport’s restricted explanations of how issues work. It’s clear there’s a enjoyable sport beneath the unwieldy controls and poor graphic efficiency. Nevertheless, choosing up Astroneer on one other platform might offer you a greater enjoying expertise.