Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port? – TGS 2022

game news Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port? – TGS 2022

We tend to forget about it, but Life Is Strange is finally coming to Switch! Dontnod’s legendary title will truly see its port land on Nintendo’s hybrid console at the end of the month, accompanied by a prequel before the storm. After much delay, we were able to try out the compilation, which has been renamed Arcade Bay Collection for the occasion, two weeks before it was published.

The Life Is Strange Remastered Collection was released last February on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and took a little longer than expected to appear on the Nintendo Switch, so much so that it was exclusively renamed “Arcadia Bay Collection.” though, However, it seems that the support is not suitable for this group The multi-award winning Life Is Strange released in 2015 spanned two generations, and the prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which was skipped on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, two years later. What could hide this delay of more than six months, and Is the Switch version of Life Is Strange worth it? It’s time to give you our impressions!

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We were able to run a marine version that may be very close to the one that will be released on September 27th of Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection, during a press event organized by Square Enix in London. Our impressions come from this gaming session done on the Switch, both installed on a 4K display (an option we’d advise on, see below) and on the go on an OLED model.

Goodbye “Life Is Strange Remastered Collection”, hello “Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection”! A name change is going in the right direction, just to give this little compilation of a hit more personality DONTNOD and prequel (Developed by 9th floor), but What really is the quality of this transfer? Its multiple delays worried us, and fortunately Square Enix allowed us to try this Switch version Whether in the installed or Nomadic versions, on the OLED display it stands out perfectly. Plus, we can’t help but rejoice at the prospect of playing one of the best video games of the past decade, especially if paired with its stellar sayings.

Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port?  - TGS 2022

The prospect of a reunion with Max and Chloe on the Nintendo Switch is attractive to say the least…

Unfortunately, The Arcadia Bay Collection does not take advantage of the character animation improvements provided by the Remastered version It was released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One (it was criticized a lot when it was released due to unstable and not always convincing performance). in facts, We are dealing with a somewhat illegal version, obviously lower than the modified version released at the beginning of the year, And that hasn’t already absolved all of the blame. This result can be understood both due to the low performance, but it is difficult to swallow due to the presence of The relatively low technical requirements for titles like Life Is Strange, It was released anyway two generations ago from Machines, and even before the storm it was never a technical reference.

Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port?  - TGS 2022

…just like enjoying a prequel before the storm, which is included in the set!

However, we can be satisfied with it, and say that after all, the absence of such improvements is not a serious and important The main thing is to watch the game run as cleanly as in its original version, And that here is only a stupid and bad port devoid of any form of polishing. It is somewhat of this impression that Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection left us, Relatively guaranteed liquidity but at the expense of the fee display, a little late when docking during our test. Where other Switch games tested on the same TV models during the press event held up well (despite the 4K screens with dimensions that didn’t quite fit the Nintendo console), The very special artistic direction of Life Is Strange loses much of its charm when anchored, Where the mobile experience (especially on OLED) is much better.

On the Switch, Life Is Strange retains its charm, but its technical limitations are very noticeable.

Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port?  - TGS 2022Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port?  - TGS 2022

In summarizing, It would still be nice to (re)discover the world of Life Is Strange and the uniqueness of its graphic touch on the Switch, but preferably on a small HD screen, or above all, on the go especially on an OLED model. The two full games offer poignant narrative experiences that don’t particularly require dizzying immersion from a technical point of view, and it’s time to finally see them on a machine fully capable of accommodating them from a simple technical point of view. If it is clearly not the port of the year and is likely to remain quite idyllic, Gotta do the trick For anyone who wants to experience (or relive) Life Is Strange and its prequel on the much-anticipated console.

Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection will be released for the Nintendo Switch on September 27.

Life Is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection: A convincing Nintendo Switch port?  - TGS 2022

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