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The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos (Nintendo Switch) – Review

It’s no secret that I really enjoyed The Outer Worlds. Back when it was released, I played it from the moment I got home from work, right up until I went to bed. I was meant to be reviewing one of the Call of Duty games.

Needless to say, when the DLCs came out, I spent countless hours playing through and exploring the wonderful new content that was on offer, and now that Murder on Eridanos is out on the Nintendo Switch, I get to do it all over again!

If you’re here for a more in-depth review, you’ll be pleased to know you can find it here on the MKAU Gaming website from when I had the chance to play it on Xbox. I go into a lot more detail over there as the Switch version is just its younger and slightly less attractive sibling. Now that isn’t to say that the game is actually terrible to look at.

From the few games I have played on Switch, I can safely say that The Outer Worlds, and in turn its DLC, are actually very pretty games for such a limited console, though I am of course comparing this to the likes of the Xbox Series X. The fact that Obsidian Entertainment and Virtuos can seamlessly port the story across from higher-performing consoles and have it run so smoothly on the Switch is once again a testament to just how passionate they are about the franchise.

To skim back over what I have previously written about the title, players are sent forth to resolve a classic Film Noir crime, in which the legendary Aetherwave actress Halcyon Helen is murdered, just days before she has a chance to promote the new delicious Beveridge from Rizzo’s Beverages, the Spectrum Brown Vodka.

After having made a bit of a name for yourself as the reliable freelance captain of The Unreliable, you are called upon to sift through the evidence, explore new locations, a separate conspiracy from reality, and find out who is responsible for the death of the Halcyon Colony’s favourite actress. Plus, there is some sweet loot to collect along the way.

As with any game, moving from Xbox to Switch, I did find it a little confusing to control at first, purely because the A and B buttons are reversed, but once I got my head around this again, Murder of Eridanos plays just as well as it does on any other console. For the most part, the action flows well and the character responds accurately to your inputs – the only thing that lets it down slightly is the Switch not quite having the processing power when there is a lot happening on screen.

The reduction in graphics quality does help accommodate this a little, but this then means that I’d be hesitant using the Switch unless it was in handheld mode as the reduction is quite noticeable, and this would be further accentuated playing on a larger screen.

As a Switch port, it is absolutely incredible and I really cannot fault The Outer Worlds, Peril on Gorgon, or the recent release of Murder on Eridanos. Being able to take one of my favourite games, as well as all of the DLC, and play it on a conveniently portable platform has really opened my eyes, and all it seems to have taken is a reduction in the textures used to render the world. I love that I can take the same game, with the same story, anywhere I want to go, and the story I will experience doesn’t change based on my choice of console.

The Good

  • Once again, it’s the same story as home console and PC
  • It plays just as well on portable console

The Bad

  • The graphics took the hit for the adaptation
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10

Written by: Mathew Lindner

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