If you’re hoping to find out exactly how all of the newly ported Resident Evil games run on Switch, you’ll be pleased to know that the technical boffins over at Digital Foundry have examined each game in lovely video form.
Interestingly, Digital Foundry noticed that Resident Evil 4 runs at 900p when docked, as opposed to the PS4 version’s 1080p, and playing in handheld sees a drop to 600p. The portable option does seem to offer better performance overall, however, with the frame rate, in particular, being considerably better in handheld. You can also see the Switch footage placed side-by-side with the game on PS4 and GameCube.
We’ll let you watch the video in full to learn all about each game’s performance, but we’ll also share snippets from our Resident Evil Switch reviews below if you’d like to learn more about a specific title.
Resident Evil 4 – Full review
Resident Evil 4 is one of the best video games of all time, and if you’ve somehow managed to avoid it all these years, the Switch edition is a decent, convenient way to catch up – but the fact that the Wii Edition still has a legitimate claim as the ‘definitive’ version proves irksome. Handheld mode is the biggest draw here and that’s not only where the game’s ageing visuals work best, but also where its control scheme makes the most sense.
Resident Evil – Full review
In many ways, the first Resident Evil is – and can only ever be – a product of its time. Even when tuned and honed and buffed to perfection, it has its own idiosyncratic personality and ways; change them and you change the game. Cumbersome and horrifying in equal measure, it refuses to let you have your brains and eat them, so while series veterans will know what to expect, new players should prepare themselves for a schooling in game mechanics which have largely fallen out of fashion.
Resident Evil 0 – Full review
Various factors accumulate to take the shine off Resident Evil 0 in comparison to the original game, but the Switch version showcases it at its best, and even though it doesn’t reach the heights of 1 or 2, it provides a shot of old-school Resident Evil for those who like that sort of thing. It looks great on Switch and the ability to play on-the-go helps alleviate some of the frustrations inherent to its old-fashioned systems. Overall, it’s very much more of the same, but if that’s what you’re after, Resident Evil 0 ticks the requisite boxes nicely.
Have you been playing through any of these Resident Evil games on Switch? Have you been enjoying your time with them? Let us know in the comments below.