Review – SUPERHOT (Switch)

Discussions are pretty common among the members of the WTMG staff. There are those who prefer Xbox over PS4, PC over console, gameplay over narrative, and so on. One debate that basically sides me against the rest of the staff is which version of SUPERHOT is the best: vanilla or VR? Most of the members of the site prefer the VR version, while I’m probably one of the few weirdos in the world who actually prefers the original version due to its larger focus on mobility. While SUPERHOT VR is more like The Matrix, vanilla SUPERHOT is more John Wick.

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If you can punch them, punch them!

The moment I heard that SUPERHOT got announced on Switch, I nearly backflipped out of happiness. Being able to play one of the best indie titles ever created, and one of the most creative achievements in gaming of all time on-the-go, felt like a dream coming true. I was just a bit worried regarding the porting process, considering the Switch’s weak hardware. I’m glad to announce there’s no need to worry about, SUPERHOT is easily one of the best games available on the Switch.

For those who don’t know what SUPERHOT is, this is a hybrid between a puzzle and a first-person shooter. Your objective is to kill all enemies in a level with the following catch: time only moves when you move. Everyone, yourself included, dies with one hit, so this is all about moving around, avoiding bullets, disarming enemies, killing them and beating the level, all while being greeted to a loud and robotic voice that screams SUPER-HOT-SUPER-HOT ad nauseum.

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Eat low-poly lead!

The Switch version is really impressive as nothing has been compromised during the porting process. Believe it or not, this is actually more complete than any other version of SUPERHOT out there. You’re getting the same visuals, campaign, fantastic framerate, and the same extra modes. There is also a brand new gyro aiming assist, intended to make up for the joycon’s analog sticks, even though the latter works perfectly fine in this game. Gyro aiming is completely optional and can be toggled on and off by pressing the – button on the left joycon.

Even though SUPERHOT still features a very short story mode, its main draw is still its endurance mode, in which you’ll fight an endless horde of enemies until someone finally manages to kill you. It was the best mode in every other iteration of SUPERHOT¬†and it’s not different here, but I can’t properly explain how fantastic it is to play this arcade-friendly mode on-the-go. The endurance mode was basically born for portable play.

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A waste of bullets. Don’t care, still beat the mission.

There is little else that needs to said. I’ve had a ton of fun with every single version of SUPERHOT out there, but none of them are as entertaining as the Switch version. Being able to play a downright perfect recreation of the 2016 titles anywhere I want to without any compromises whatsoever is absolutely fantastic. It’s not hyperbolic to say that SUPERHOT for the Switch is a title as good and as mandatory as Breath of the Wild, Octopath Traveler, The Messenger, and Super Mario Odyssey. It’s just that good. Pardon my cheesy pun, but there’s no better way to say it. The Switch version of SUPERHOT is a SUPERPORT.

 

Graphics: 8.5

A great example that a neat art style is as important, if not more important, than mind-blowing graphics. SUPERHOT might look simplistic, but its visuals fit perfectly with the game’s aesthetics.

Gameplay: 10

SUPERHOT‘s “time only moves when you move” gameplay is perfectly adapted to the Switch’s controllers. They are as responsive as any other version out there, and run as smoothly. The gyro controls were also a great addition.

Sound: 8.0

A rare case in which not featuring a soundtrack is beneficial for a game. The sound effects and the robotic announcer screaming SUPER-HOT-SUPER-HOT are the real stars of the show.

Fun Factor: 10

SUPERHOT is still as fun now as it was three years ago. Being able to play this game on the go feels like a blessing. The endurance mode is just a perfect fit for a portable system like the Switch.

Final Verdict: 9.5

SUPERHOT is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Reviewed on Switch.