Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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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 »