This being my first foray into a AAA title ported to the Switch that’s only playable streaming from the cloud, Hitman 3 definitely leaves me with mixed feelings. There’s no doubt it’s an interesting and engaging title, promising a satisfying mix of stealth, situational creativity, and even some improvisation when everything doesn’t quite go to plan. I can’t say that anything I’ve played on the system has quite the same feel or level of polish, so that part is all good. The issue is more the quirkiness of streaming play. Quite a number of years ago I was able to enjoy full-blown games on my nVidia Shield, but there was always a need to be mindful that at any time you could get hiccups or issues depending on your connection. The Switch cloud experience feels much the same, and in terms of the desire for a rock-solid connection perhaps a bit more picky. Some evenings the bandwidth just wasn’t there so I actually ended up playing it more early in the day when there was less contention for resources. Your experience, depending on where you live and a number of intangible factors, will vary but as long as you’re mindful of that going in you’ll hopefully be able to evaluate whether it may be a good match for you. A great game awaits, just be aware of the issues that may interfere with your enjoyment as you consider a purchase.
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