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The Biomutant Switch port is very good, actually

Biomutant Switch screenshot
Screenshot: GameSpew (captured on Switch)

Three years since its initial release on PS4, Xbox One and PC, Biomutant is now available on Switch. Did we really need a Switch release of this bizarre and colourful RPG? Probably not. But it’s here and, actually, it’s rather good. And getting to play Biomutant on the go, which we previously described as “wonderfully fluid and engaging”, is quite the treat.

Set in a strange apocalyptic world, Biomutant casts you as a mutated creature tasked with one very important job: to stop the Tree of Life dying. The world is never going to be quite what it was, but by saving the Tree of Life you have the opportunity to stop the world falling even further. Though to do so, you’ll have to explore all corners of the world, defeat plenty of aggressive beasties and meet some weird and wonderful characters along the way.

In our original Biomutant review, we praised the game’s interesting world, calling it “bright, bold and colourful”. Exploring it is a joy, particularly when you come across abandoned ruins, giving signs to how the world was once before. On Switch, however, some of that joy is lost due to downgraded graphics. But that’s to be expected: surely at this point, we know better than to expect Switch ports to look anywhere near as good as their PS5/Xbox Series X counterparts.

Biomutant Switch screenshot
Screenshot: GameSpew (captured on Switch)

Is it bad enough to stop us enjoying the game? Absolutely not. We’ve been playing in handheld mode on Switch Lite and for the most part, the visuals do hold up enough for us to get immersed in Biomutant’s mysterious world. It’s still vibrant, it’s still colourful — even if some of the textures are a little rough around the edges. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend playing in docked mode, but surely the joy of a Switch port after three years is to simply play the game on the go anyway?

Biomutant’s combat is enjoyable too, giving players freedom to attack both melee and ranged, and to pull off various combos and stunts. It’s silky smooth, even on Switch, leaving you feel like a real badass when destroying foes.

That’s probably the most noteworthy thing about Biomutant’s Switch port: it’s buttery smooth. Whether you’re running, jumping, slashing your melee weapon or firing your gun, every action can be carried out without a hiccup. It impressed us from the moment we started playing, and it’s perhaps the one key element that kept us playing.

Biomutant Switch screenshot
Screenshot: GameSpew (captured on Switch)

Our only real problem is that it’s been three years since Biomutant initially launched. There’s a good chance you’ve already played and don’t really care to go back to it, since so many other games have launched in the three years since you last played it. If you haven’t, though, and fancy sinking your teeth into a unique RPG while on the go, this is well worth taking a chance on.

Sure, it’s an absolute given that PS5 remains the best way to play Biomutant thanks to its superior visuals and DualSense support. But seeing a game of this size run so well on the Switch, giving us the opportunity to play just about anywhere, is very welcome indeed. And despite being three years old, Biomutant remains just as fun as it ever was.

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Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.