Exclusivity can make or break a video game console. In the case of the Switch, it's made a name for itself over the past few years thanks to a number of highly successful exclusives.
One title that wasn't as positively received, though, was Daemon X Machina. The game was published by Nintendo, developed by Marvelous Entertainment and produced by Kenichiro Tsukuda (the producer of the Armored Core series).
Now less than six months after its release, this game is no longer exclusive to Nintendo's hybrid device. According to a new listing over on Steam, the third-person mech shooter will arrive on the PC digital platform on 13th February and is being published by Xseed Games.
The PC release will include all existing content updates released on the Switch, minus some licensed add-on DLC, like the crossover content based on The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. This version is priced at US$59.99 and there's currently a 20% pre-purchase promotion, reducing the price down to $47.99.
Did you buy this game on Switch? How do you feel about it making the transition across to the PC? Tell us below.
Oh dang, I never did buy this, it's on my backlog still. Maybe I can get it on a sale on PC later.
Normally, I like exclusives staying exclusive (since that's why you buy a console in the first place, normally).
In this case, the game didn't sell well I guess so the devs need all the help they can get. I know Wonderful 101 is going multiplat now too and that game also didn't sell as well as hoped.
Here's hoping the games do a little better now.
The PC community will do some crazy things with this game.
I'm all for it!
Welp...I'm stuck with my digital copy as my friends already rid of their physical copies. Not worth double dipping, so my mech flies alone 😔
Great. It looked 15 dollars fun. I'll totally pick it up in a sale in 6 months
Hopefully it sells decently this time. Astral Chain and Marvel Alliance managed a million which this game just couldn't due to releasing alongside Link's Awakening. (Not to mention Marvelous keeping the game from being shared around online) My heart goes out to the devs on this one.
Cool I guess, not my favorite game but it is the best mech game I have played in years
Was on my Switch list until the Demo hit.
Seems like some PC exclusive "extras" and "visual upgrades". Plus a discount 🤔
Just having control of turning off Dynamic resolution and bringing up the Anti-Aliasing on PC will help some
Played the demo. Deleted demo about 8 minutes into it
The demo didn't intrigue me at all but it's interesting to see it coming to PC still. The game might look really good running at a higher resolution and frame rate.
This is actually next up on my Switch purchase list. Interested in trying it out.
I am hoping Sega releases virtua on. Or Namco cyber sled.
Great, no more getting a headache trying to play this at 30fps. Should have targeted 60fps at the start with lesser visuals.
I am sure PC gamers will enjoy it!
I didn't like the demo at all.
It must have flopped pretty badly. The limited edition is still available in relative abundance.
The PC version will at least benefit from enhanced visuals/performance and no NSO requirement for online play.
Looking forward to all the Gundam mods on PC!
I find it amusing that you linked to your "7/10" review whilst implying that means it "wasn't well received."
Games are the only media industry where receiving a 7 is considered bad.
May as well remove scores altogether or use a 5 star system where anything below a 3 can be considered bad and 0 represents everything you would normally award a 1-5 to.
The game can finally be played at 60fps, as it was intended. On Switch, it looked like it ran sub 30 fps most of the time.
Oof. I take it it never got a chance.
Good for those who prefer to game on PC.
I still need to get this on Switch, demo was great, but came out in a really busy time of the year.
Good that i didnt bought it. Just buy exclusives for my Nintendo systems
@Coach_A Right on point, all game sites use 1-10 ratings always rate 5-10 anyway, and most consider 7 bad, just very odd stuff. 5 star would definitely be better.
I still need to get this.
Bought it on Switch, enjoyed it quite a bit. Hopefully this will get more attention on PC, releasing alonside Link's Awakening and the publisher refusing to let people cover the game really hurt its sales, and it will lead to a sequel down the line.
Although I do vaguely remember an article awhile ago about the developers being happy with the sales they got?
There's a lot they can improve for a sequel, melee being slow, clunky, limited and just not fun in general is a big one, so here's hoping ^_^
Game's fun, will be nice to finally play it on hardware that isn't a joke. Boss fights turn into slideshows, docked or undocked.
@RR529 You can try the demo
I would prefer if NL actually did an extra significant figure, such as 8.6 or 9.3 so we could get a better grasp as to how games compare to each other.
In addition, it is my understanding they mostly review the "good" games because that is what they get review codes for.
They would need to go out of their way to buy not "mainline" games and assess them individually. That requires both time and money that many of these reviewers may not be privy to.
NL is a collection of individual writers, not a hive mind, which I like because a writer that is clearly bias against a genre they are not fond of is not going to properly dissect the strengths and weaknesses a title may have.
I'm not into mech game all that much so this I'll skip but for those who never got to try it for Switch and got a low end PC with Steam at the ready, this is for you.
Personally, I feel this game was overpriced
It felt both polished and also rough
Definitely the best mech game in a while
Not a bad experience, but also not one that wowed me, just very average/lackluster
Classy japanese mech action officially released on PC?
You don't see THAT every day!
Let's hope this goes down well for Xseed and Marvelous.
I think sales were damaged by a demo, that showed the game to be less exciting than originally thought. The demo put me off. Hopefully having it on steam will encourage the developer to reduce the price on switch. Certainly not buying it for 59.99
The game hasn't received the exposure it deserves, i hope it shines on the PC.
@Moistnado Did you play the second finished demo?
@TurboTEF you cant actually get a headache from frames per second, thats just silly
@YANDMAN probably not, wasn't paying that much attention. It was a demo set in the desert. -or is that the whole game?
this game shows its true potential just on PC! The price is too high, it wont sell well IMHO. 29,99 bucks would be a superb price!
I don’t understand why some are perceiving this as a bad thing, or an insinuation that it reflects poorly on the game. This is one of those weird Nintendo things... because it happens all the time on PS4 and Xbox, so doesn’t really mean anything.
@Moistnado I think you played the first demo, the second finished demo contained the first chapter of the game, basically tutorial chapter. It does featuring desert level but more story and dialogue than the first one.
Also what were you expecting from the game? I'm curious since you said it's less exciting than you expected. For me it's clear from the first trailer that it will play like Armored Core, then E3 Treehouse showed the loot system which led me to believe it's a mix of Armored Core gameplay with Monster Hunter progression loop. And I got exactly just that, which I'm happy with. I don't know about you or others though.
I have this, but wasn’t able to play it yet. Still getting through Fire Emblem and Witcher 3. So maybe I’ll get to it in a year or so, lol.
@raisenv Yeah, that's not my cup of tea. Monster Hunter is too grindy for me and never played Armored Core. Monster Hunter gathers dust on my shelf. Just saw robots and thought I'd give it a go. I would rather have had something a bit more Arcadey, like Doom, where you can button mash the first few levels and then they add more depth. I would have skipped all story and dialogue. Would also have liked something like Star Fox. Just remember not understanding how to play the demo and turning it off. The art style looks good in trailers but, after playing I could see it was a bit threadbare.
It wasn't the graphics that bugged me; it was the play.
I couldn't get into it at all. Too much 'stuff' going on and nothing felt right to me.
Something about this game never really clicked for me. It feels more like an "arcade action" game than a mecha/gundam game. I expected to love it, but was kind of let down by the demo as well. I know that means companies will say they shouldn't release demos when they hear things like that, but I'm grateful to them for being respectful enough of their customers to give them a try. It may not have netted a sale on this game, but it increases my overall opinion of the publisher and interest in looking at what they're offering.
I've had the game since Christmas, but still waiting to give it a go. I played through the demos and enjoyed them enough.
I feel like this game didn't have a chance being released in September. There were just WAY too many games being released around that time for DxM to have any clout.
Normally not and I have no problem playing a 30fps game even though I have a 1440p/144hz capable pc
Daemon X Machina gave me a headache though. Metroid 2 remake on 3DS also hurt my eyes (no 2D game should ever be 30 fps) along with that Mercury Steam Castlevania game.
Couldn't finish any of them and I'm still hoping Samus Returns gets a Switch 60fps release.
@sword_9mm I don't want to sound like elitist hardcore gamer but this game is actually far less complex and more forgiving than Armored Core. If you think Daemon X Machina has too many things going on, you haven't seen all.
@Moistnado So I suppose you have the first demo then because the second/finished demo started with basic tutorial mission, like realllyyy basic mission that I doubt anyone can have any difficulty to start and finish with more depth added later.
@Moistnado Sounds like you played the first demo. they released another about six months after that which was almost the finished version and probably four times the polish.
@TurboTEF perhaps you should see a doctor? How have you managed visiting a cinema with 24fps? Or TV that is between 30 or 25 depending on your country?
@Moistnado I feel the same way as @TurboTEF . Playing games at such low frame rates are completely different than watching a movie or TV show. Not sure why but that's just how it is. I used to game exclusively on console. At the time, 30 fps did not bother me much at all. I noticed that the games looked a bit slow but it never gave me a headache/stomach ache like it does now.
This has only happened after switching to PC. Now that I'm accustomed to pretty much 90 fps+...going back and playing console games which for the majority of them run at 30 fps seriously makes me nauseous and I have to take frequent breaks. I've read that a lot of people experience this after getting use to playing games at much higher frame rates so it's not a "perhaps you should see a doctor" thing. Not only that, they're just unplayable at that point IMO, the performance really sucks some of the experience out of the game.
@aragland256 I can go back and play 30fps games but I try to avoid them unless they're Nintendo's games. I did avoid buying the last Kirby though, 2D side scrollers should never be 30fps. I only bought Metroid 2 remake to support the franchise but only got halfway through it. Still hoping for a HD 60fps Switch port.
I also laugh at people saying they can't tell the difference between 30-60 and 60-120+ fps. No, you actually can but just being stubborn for whatever dumb reason. If they're being serious then they should probably go get their vision checked ASAP.
@aragland256 I'll remember not to play games on PC a 90fps if it does this to people. @TurboTEF I can probably tell the difference between 30 and 60 but I wouldn't notice much, as it is the difference between a 30th and a 60th of a second. I'm not being stubborn, it's just a really really small thing to notice but side-by-side I'd probably be able to tell. It certainly wouldn't make me sick. Perhaps you have a very minor form of epilepsy?
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