Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
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  1. Apr 12, 2021
    Apex Legends on the Nintendo Switch is a full fledge free to play, portable (kind of) cousin to the big consoles and PC version with cross-play but no cross-progression. I enjoy playing it and if you do not mind some blurry graphics and frame drops every so often then give this game a try and join up with some friends.
  2. Mar 22, 2021
    When it comes to porting triple A titles to the Switch, Panic Button is an experienced and capable developer, and Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch is an impressive technical feat. This time, however, the challenge might have been too great, and the compromises required of the player too excessive.
  3. Mar 15, 2021
    This Switch release puts in the work and squeezes the game onto Nintendo's hardware, but the limitations of the platform make it a tough sell for those without access to other consoles or a beefy PC. It's a wonderful novelty to load up a recent AAA title on such a compact device, but that fades after a couple of hours. Still, for the Nintendo faithful and anyone who hasn't yet given Apex Legends a try, EA's latest Switch release is a worthy free-to-play option that should provide hours of white-knuckle action.
  4. Mar 12, 2021
    Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch is a bad port, flawed with mediocre graphics and many performance issues that impact gameplay.
  5. Mar 10, 2021
    If the heart of Apex Legends is present, this shooter is not in top form. It was obvious that concessions had to be made for Respawn's title to find its way on Switch. Unfortunately these cuts tarnish the gameplay to the point of regularly putting players at a disadvantage by hiding their opponents behind weak resolution and marked aliasing. Dying because you can't see your opponent in a hard-to-identify cluster of pixels is frustrating, and it happens a bit too much in this version of Apex. Still, if this is your only way to reach your friends playing on other media, this version may help you out. It is not, however, representative of what Respawn's Battle Royale can really be.
  6. Ninty Fresh Magazine
    Oct 22, 2021
    Apex Legends is the more complex alternative to Fortnite players looking for something more. However, that means it isn’t anywhere near as welcoming for newer players. [Issue #3, p.50]
  7. Apr 5, 2021
    I have no doubt that this port is the best that Apex Legends could be on Nintendo Switch, with Panic Button once again working their magic to optimise the full-featured gameplay experience as well as they could given the scrappy console’s limitations. The port is as undeniably remarkable as it is divisive from a technical standpoint and its competitive heart remains, but the resulting outcome from that concerted effort is an option best left to those who are unable to leap into the action to become a Champion elsewhere.
  8. Mar 12, 2021
    It’s amazing it runs on the hardware at all, but the performance is a huge compromise, especially in a solely competitive environment.
  9. Mar 10, 2021
    Ultimately, the Switch offers a unique way of playing Apex Legends on the go, but one of the best battle royale experiences is seriously hampered by the limitations of the hardware.
  10. Mar 21, 2021
    Apex Legends has finally made its way to Nintendo Switch, but the end result makes us wonder if it was better off staying in the dropship.
  11. Mar 17, 2021
    Apex Legends remains an excellent battle royale game. However, we're strongly recommend you to skip it on the Nintendo Switch.
  12. Mar 17, 2021
    The pacing of the game is so favourable for those just starting out, and offers a great place to learn the mechanics of the game at a much slower pace than the console versions. Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch is definitely worth a download, just go in with an open mind.
  13. Mar 15, 2021
    Apex Legends is a live service experience, so there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of the title. The best advice at the moment to is to turn off cross-play and just compete against others with the same limitations. At its core, though, there is something really good here. Unfortunately, it's just hidden behind a wall of technical issues in terms of graphics, frame rate, resolution and overall stability. Panic Button is the king of Switch ports, though, and it feels like the developer deserves the chance to try and put this right. Fix the stability, adjust the graphics and work on cross-progression. If Panic Button can put things right, it will enhance its reputation to no end.
  14. Mar 12, 2021
    I did have moments of fun playing Apex Legends on Switch. Panic Button has managed to take a game that I love and make it work just well enough on Nintendo's hybrid console. I don't want to keep playing it on Switch with its many technical concessions (nor do I want new players to be introduced to Apex Legends this way), but this port is--in its current state--a decent last resort. If your only way to play Apex Legends is on Switch, then you now have that option. Just know that you're signing up for something less than ideal.
  15. Mar 11, 2021
    Apex Legends on Switch delivers the full-fat Battle Royale experience we know and love in a heavily compromised state. There's still fun to be had here if you can lower your expectations but, over time, the massive graphical downgrade and niggling framerate and performance issues begin to grate. If you've got no other choice but to play on Switch we'd recommend diving in and seeing how you fare before splashing any cash on paid versions or battle passes but, overall, this is a game that is best experienced on other platforms – at least until Panic Button can steady the ship somewhat with future updates.
  16. 40
    Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch struggles to maintain a resemblance to its previously released counterparts. The visual performance lacks polish and is accompanied by frame rate issues and many other issues, such as visual bugs. While the core gameplay is somewhat intact, it's inhibited by other problems that make the experience subpar.
  17. Mar 16, 2021
    Ultimately, with a few serious patches to Apex Legends, it seems the Switch version won't necessarily be a bad way to play the game. If it can at least get the technical aspects to a more operating level, it becomes an alternative option at least. However, based on what is shown at launch, it seems likely the port will probably always be the worst way to play Respawn Entertainment's popular BR.
  18. 40
    The Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends is the most disappointed I’ve ever been in a port. I was so excited to play it. Playing a lower resolution, lower frame rate version of the game was something I would have been fine with. It isn’t just a lower resolution and frame rate version, though. Apex Legends on Switch drops frames at the first sight of game play, and it’s an uphill battle, to say the least, when trying to play against other versions that have definite advantages. Even if this was the only version of Apex to exist, it would still be a bad game from a performance perspective. If you do only have a Switch, download it to see what all the hype is about. The game is free, and maybe the performance issues aren’t a big deal to other people. Whatever you do, make sure to turn cross play off.
  19. Mar 12, 2021
    The launch version of Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch is hardly convincing. Panic Button showed it was up to the task of porting this highly demanding game on the console, but at the cost of losing a major part of what makes the game both enjoyable and competitive. Updates will likely improve the game over time, hopefully.
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  1. Mar 15, 2021
    Surprisingly performs well enough at 30 frames per second but heavily sacrifices graphics for performance. It’s not completely terrible but everything seems a bit fuzzy, making enemies harder to see beyond a medium to long-range distance, especially when you’re playing on a bigger screen and not handheld mode. This puts Switch players in a heavy disadvantage from other console and PC players which isn’t completely ideal for a competitive game like Apex.
  2. Mar 11, 2021
    Bringing Apex Legends to Switch is another quite remarkable accomplishment for Panic Button. They’ve made the necessary compromises to get a decent high 27-30fps in most situations, and the game stays at that target for large portions while playing. The game is still one of the best battle royales out there and having it on Switch is great, but the added input latency, the inherent feel of the Joy-Con analogue sticks in an intense first person shooter, and the lack of cross-progression mean that if you’re already playing the game on another system, you should probably stay there.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 95
  2. Negative: 42 out of 95
  1. Mar 11, 2021
    Performance, graphics are terrible, struggling 30fps versus 60fps players on PS4 and other consoles and terrible aim assist that can't be disabled
  2. Mar 11, 2021
    A shoddy port by Panic Button. A rare misfire. Sub-HD graphics in handheld (576p), 30fps max but frequently drops into the high teens/low 20'sA shoddy port by Panic Button. A rare misfire. Sub-HD graphics in handheld (576p), 30fps max but frequently drops into the high teens/low 20's during firefights, draw distance is about a quarter of other platforms that you'll be crossplaying against. If this was ported only to be on Switch, it might be somewhat excusable. But they marketed it as a feature complete, parity version with other platforms and it's anything but. Playing against Xbox or PlayStation users, you will end up being steamrolled. Turning off crossplay, you'll be waiting forever to find a match.

    It is objectively the worst way to play the game, and having it in a portable formfactor doesn't excuse the flaws of the game. If you can play it on any other platform, play that instead. If you only have a Switch... well, disable crossplay, but be ready for long waits.
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  3. Mar 11, 2021
    Please remove anti-aliasing. The game itself is a ton of fun. I have it on my pc and i was really excited then i saw, that it coming onPlease remove anti-aliasing. The game itself is a ton of fun. I have it on my pc and i was really excited then i saw, that it coming on switch. And 30 fps is ok, no cross savings is bad, but i can live with it. But the anti-aliasing....IT IS THE SAME MISTAKE THAT WAS MADED ON FIRST VERSION OF WITCHER PORT! It is toooo blurry and....just please add an option to disable anti-aliasing and this port will be 10/10. Full Review »