Review: Hunting Simulator 2 (Nintendo Switch)
Following on from my review of Hunting Simulator 2 on PS4 (please read that review for everything about the gameplay) I was very kindly sent a review code for the Nintendo Switch version.
One of my main concerns before playing the Switch version was if I’d be able to spot the animals in the wild as clearly as I do when playing it on PS4 (on a 75″ TV and wearing glasses for my shortsightedness that are as strong as a pair of birdwatching binoculars).
I play my Switch exclusively in handheld mode (if the TV is free for gaming I fire up my PS4) and was worried that I’d miss a passing coyote or boar in the distance while squinting to make everything out. I needn’t have worried.
Graphically the game is of course not what I’m used to on the PS4, with visual fidelity paired down and noticeable pop up as you traverse the different terrains, but the sense of “being there” is very well replicated with all the various wildlife as easy to spot as I’m already used to.
Also helping with the sense of immersion is the soundscape, and while once again not comparable to playing on PS4 with a surround sound system, putting in a pair of earphones and turning off the lights certainly takes you out into the wilds and draws you further into the game.
The controls are tight and responsive (using Hori Split Pad Pro), while also having the option to use motion control or touchscreen and being able to adjust sensitivity and invert axis to get everything comfortable with your style of play. Already being familiar with the gameplay I was soon into “the zone” which all gamers are familiar with once you get comfortable with a game.
The gameplay is as I discussed in the aforementioned review of the PS4 version, and it is absolutely fantastic to have this experience on the Switch where I can play it either when the TV is already being used, or when out and about anywhere.
The beauty of this game too is that it is something that you can quickly dip into whenever the opportunity arises, or it is just as compelling when the minutes turn into hours and you find yourself hunting down that elusive deer you have been after, or trying to raise enough funds to buy some more equipment.
Whether you already own this on another system or not, having Hunting Simulator 2 on the Switch is a great (and addictive) way to always have the game next to you, while its longevity and compelling gameplay makes it well worth buying.
Probably not a game for those whose gaming tastes veer more towards the “shooty shooty bang bang” of Fortnite, Call of Duty, et al, but for a more laid back, yet still very tense, gun-toting experience, this ticks all the right boxes for me…and now with the added bonus of being portable.