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Factorio is coming to Nintendo Switch

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  1. [4]
    hamstergeddon
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    I'm happy for people who don't have gaming rigs to play games like this, but I can't imagine playing a game like Factorio with a controller. There are a lot of games like that too. Cities:...

    I'm happy for people who don't have gaming rigs to play games like this, but I can't imagine playing a game like Factorio with a controller. There are a lot of games like that too. Cities: Skylines, CK3, Civilization, and others I can't think of at the moment. I love that this opens these games up to new audiences and we're seeing a lot of PC/console crossovers, but I also wish developers would allow keyboard/mouse use on the consoles in the same way that console -> PC games generally retain controller support.

    The consoles support KB/Mouse (xbox/PS do at least, not sure about Switch), but I don't really know of many games that offer them as an option.

    4 votes
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      hungariantoast
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      Factorio plays pretty well with the Steam Controller once you get a profile set up. That's how I taught a friend of mine the basics of the game so we could play together. I haven't played it...

      Factorio plays pretty well with the Steam Controller once you get a profile set up. That's how I taught a friend of mine the basics of the game so we could play together.

      I haven't played it because I don't own a console, but from the video they made about it, RimWorld seems like it could play pretty well with just a standard controller. The game apparently plays very nicely with Steam Deck controls.

      Actually, while I'm here, I just want to mention that I don't think enough people appreciate just how weird, and just how much of a barrier, keyboard-and-mouse controls can be for players relatively new to video games, compared to a controller. Really, every game should be developed to be as playable as possible using a single input method. A single mouse. A single keyboard. A single controller. If not for convenience, then at least for accessibility. Of course, not every game can do that, but there are people out there speedrunning Dark Souls with a guitar, so who can really say where the limit is.

      3 votes
      1. lou
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        I don't know. My experience teaching non-gamers with an Xbox controller was a complete disaster. Something like the Switch controller, which is smaller and less intimidating, would probably be...

        I don't know. My experience teaching non-gamers with an Xbox controller was a complete disaster. Something like the Switch controller, which is smaller and less intimidating, would probably be easier. Or, ideally, the SNES controller.

        My fiancée do a lot of typing for work, and to her a simple game on the keyboard is seemingly easier than a simple game on the Xbox controller. I believe that people who type are likely to adapt well to the keyboard, or even keyboard+mouse.

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    2. Nivlak
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      I’ve played plenty of Civ6 with a controller on the Switch. It doesn’t seem that bad but I have not used m&k to play any games since I was a child so I can’t really compare.

      I’ve played plenty of Civ6 with a controller on the Switch. It doesn’t seem that bad but I have not used m&k to play any games since I was a child so I can’t really compare.

      2 votes