Switch Users' Disappointment
Nintendo has recently launched one of its most highly anticipated games of the year, but fans are expressing their frustration over the game's quality. While Switch users are accustomed to experiencing downgrades compared to PS5 and Xbox, many are finding this particular release to be unacceptable.
A Serious Downgrade
The Nintendo Switch port of the game, Hogwarts Legacy, has finally arrived on the Nintendo eShop after several months of delays. While it was expected that the game would have some visual downgrades, fans are particularly disappointed by one major change that significantly impacts the game's quality.
Loading Screens and Slowdowns
Hogwarts Legacy is renowned for its expansive open world, which is seamlessly connected without any loading screens or slowdowns. However, the Nintendo Switch port introduces loading screens between different areas, and these loading times are proving to be unbearably long. Each loading screen can last up to a minute, and this issue becomes even more frustrating in areas with multiple locations.
The town of Hogsmeade, for example, has several shops that players can visit. As they enter the town, leave to explore a shop, and re-enter the town, they are confronted with loading screens each time. This disrupts the flow of the game and significantly diminishes the overall enjoyment of playing.
Comparison to Last-Generation Consoles
Interestingly, Hogwarts Legacy was also released on last-generation consoles, such as the PS4 and Xbox One. Surprisingly, these ports managed to maintain the seamless open world experience without noticeable loading times. This stark contrast between the Nintendo Switch version and the ports on other consoles adds to the disappointment expressed by fans.
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