Diablo 2 Resurrected is also a lot of fun on the Switch.
In our first impression of the remaster of the classic Diablo 2, we did not have a version for the Nintendo Switch. In our experience, this is not always a good sign, but fortunately it was unfounded in the case of Diablo 2 Resurrected.
Smooth 30 FPS with graphical compromises
A constant frame rate is extremely important, especially in an action role-playing game where quick reactions can make a difference between loot or a free flight towards hell. Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X bring it to 60 fps in performance mode.
The frame rate of 30 fps is kept well.
No slowdowns: The Switch doesn’t have this luxury, but it usually maintains a smooth 30 fps in docked mode in our game sessions. Even with our necromancer, nine skeletons, golem and companion including auras, we could not detect any frame rate drops in the wildest bustle.
Overview also on the go! The handheld mode also runs smoothly throughout. Only the overview can suffer a bit when there is a lot of monsters on the small screen. But at least you don’t have to worry about small print. In the settings of the game you can increase the font size so that no piece of equipment gets lost on the way.
Low lighting: Unfortunately, this stable performance is paid for in three places. For one thing, many of the textures on the switch look a bit muddy. On the other hand, the very nice lighting effects of the other versions have been greatly reduced. As a result, the graphics on the Switch appear a bit sterile even in gloomy dungeons. It’s a shame, because we were particularly impressed by the lighting in the new graphics engine.
Playstation 5 vs. Switch
Resolution up to 1080p: When it comes to resolution, however, there are no compromises. In docked mode, the game offers a resolution of 1080p. In handheld mode it is the usual 720p. In the first tests, our technology expert Chris Werian estimates that Diablo 2 Resurrected also holds this.
Smaller multiplayer compared to the Playstation and Xbox versions
Diablo 2 Resurrected lives mainly from its multiplayer. This is a bit smaller on Nintendo’s console than on the competition. While up to eight players can hunt monsters on PlayStation and Xbox, they are allowed to use the Switch only four game ends at the same time hunt the hell brood.
You can choose which quests you are looking for fellow players for. Up to three others on the switch.
Impressions from the multiplayer: On the other hand, it ran without fps drops in our tests, both in docked mode and in handheld mode. Even with four heroes throwing spells around. In fairness we have to say that we couldn’t test multiplayer with high-level characters due to the still fresh release.
It remains to be seen whether the performance will stay that way when two necromancers with 20 skeletons each and two druids with half a forest plus volcanic spells rage through hell.
In general, we don’t see the restriction to four players as a major problem. Diablo 2 Resurrected has no personal loot. This means that all players fight for the same prey. With four players it can be exhausting, which is why the restriction only applies to PvP.
No crossplay but what about cross save?
Together with the switch version, we were also able to test the cross save feature. Unfortunately, Diablo 2 Resurrected distinguishes between online and offline characters, which is what you determine when creating heroes. Only online characters can use Cross Save. We were able to use our level 23 necromancer from the Playstation 5 version directly on the switch without any problems.
This is how it works: All we had to do was link our PlayStation and Nintendo accounts to a Blizzard account. Our level 15 offline druid, however, was not transferred. So if you prefer to play on one of the other consoles at home and continue your adventures in Sanctuary on the Switch while on the move, you will need a constant internet connection. It’s a shame, because a quick Baal run during the bus ride to work will unfortunately not work.
How we like the remaster in general, you can read in our first impression:
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Diablo 2 Resurrected: Our test impression after 15 hours
Our conclusion on the Switch version
Despite the restrictions, I am very impressed with the Switch implementation and can recommend it to you if you want to knock monsters on the way. Technically, minor compromises were to be expected, but they are hardly of any consequence during gaming.
You will hardly notice the restrictions in multiplayer either. Even on PlayStation and Xbox, many limit their online sessions to four players, otherwise there will be too much chaos. Only the Cross Save does not seem very well thought out. Switch owners in particular would like to hunt monsters on the go. But then you have to stay offline or hope for good public WiFi.