- Publisher: Merge Games , Shiro Games
- Release Date: Sep 26, 2019
- Also On: iPhone/iPad, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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Oct 30, 2019Northgard certainly is not a bad game by any means, though I felt myself wanting it to be more of a game. Whether simplified for console release or not, I found myself craving more depth throughout my time in this Norse world.
Sep 25, 2019Overall, Northgard is a wonderful strategy game despite its shortcomings. The rough edges can make it tough for newcomers to the genre to get invested, but if you're a fan of strategy games or able to tough it out through the warts until everything clicks, then you're in for a treat. The Switch is a natural fit for the 4X genre, and Northgard is a prime example of the potential that this style of strategy game can have outside the PC ecosystem.
Dec 24, 2019Northgard is perfect for those looking for a quick real-time strategy experience and also for those who want to try this type of games for the first time, although its bad design of the HUD is a negative point. Beyond that, Northgard would need a little more depth, variety and game options for the most veteran players.
Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 12 out of 21
Mixed: 8 out of 21
Negative: 1 out of 21
Oct 25, 2019Fun to play and relaxed pace. Kind of a mix of Age of Empires and Clash of Clans! Controls are handled excellently for a console RTS too—gameFun to play and relaxed pace. Kind of a mix of Age of Empires and Clash of Clans! Controls are handled excellently for a console RTS too—game is so easy to play with a controller. I love what they've done with this side of it.
Unfortunately performance on the Switch is disappointing. Low frame rate when moving camera, stutters, and there are no shadows, not even blob shadows! This is pretty sad in my opinion as the game has very simplistic graphics and I believe the Switch could easily handle it if it were optimised well.
Developers Shiro Games were were reasonably quick to patch some of the crash issues but they are yet to do anything to improve optimisation, and a few crashes still exist. (I've experienced crashes on both loading and saving games since the patch.) They seem eager to gather feedback from players and improve the game.
On the flipside, I was really disappointed in how Shiro have been constantly advertising the new Northgard Conquest content update... but never mentioned anywhere that this update actually would not be available on console versions. It makes me sad that they were not open in their advertising about Conquest would be available, and show so little consideration for players who have been made to feel left out. (Yesterday they tweeted, "So who's enjoying Conquest so far?" Well, obviously not console gamers...) And unlike the performance issues, they don't seem very responsive to questions / comments about this issue on social media. It seems possible that the console versions will never have the same content as on PC.
Overall it's a fun game, but it's cheaper and has more content now in the PC version, and as I've mentioned the graphics are terrible on Switch. You may wish to go for the PC version instead, although I'm opting to keep mine as I prefer to game on Switch and I'm hoping that in future the game will be improved with the same content as on PC.… Full Review »
Aug 26, 2022really enjoyed it. gameplay worked surprisingly well on handheld. played for a few weeks until I beat it, and probably would have kept playingreally enjoyed it. gameplay worked surprisingly well on handheld. played for a few weeks until I beat it, and probably would have kept playing if I could have gotten my buddy in to it for multiplayer. definitely recommend checking it out if it looks interesting to you!… Full Review »
May 20, 2022Great game! Unique RTS game. Very addictive. But why aren’t they releasing all download content that’s available on PC and IOS for the switchGreat game! Unique RTS game. Very addictive. But why aren’t they releasing all download content that’s available on PC and IOS for the switch version?… Full Review »