Civilization 6 Runs Well On Switch But Is Missing Some Features

Today, Civilisation VI comes to Switch, which means two important things. One is that you can now play an incredible strategy game anywhere you'd like. The second is that Gandhi now qualifies for Smash.

The good news is that the game seems to run great. I've tested out a few matches and while it takes some time to adjust to the controls, the performance is smooth. There are no severe loading times or framerate drops — it's just Civ VI, running on a Switch. Playing a game like this with buttons and joysticks will never be as ideal as using a mouse and keyboard, but once you find the rhythm in each turn, it feels pretty good.

You use the bumpers to access key information, the X button to zip between new actions, and the A button to highlight things on the map. It's all intuitive.

The bad news is that the Switch port of Civilisation VI is missing some features. There's no online multiplayer, and the expansion pack Rise and Fall, which came out earlier this year, is nowhere to be found. (Also, as you might have assumed, there are no mods.)

So that's the trade-off. For $89 you're getting a pretty good port of Civ VI, one you can take anywhere you'd like or play on a big screen, but one that's inherently inferior to the PC version. Is the portability worth it? That's up to you.


Comments

    Lack of multiplayer doesn’t bother me however lack of a complete game does. Toss up between this and the new Pokémon for when I’m flying to Canada tomorrow.

      It's seems more complete than the PC version at launch, it has a bunch of DCL added.

    I seem to recall that Rise and Fall isn't part of the iOS version either, and I would presume that the Switch port is based on that given the similar CPU architectures.

    Most importantly: does it have touch controls?

      Yes it does have touch controls as well as joy con and pro controller support.

    I’d assume they may patch online in later on. And no Rise and Fall is not necessarily a bad thing. I wish you could turn off the loyalties feature. Pain in the arse

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