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Many players aren't over the moon for Nintendo Switch's Daemon X Machina

Today Daemon X Machina, a Nintendo Switch exclusive developed by Marvelous Entertainment, released to the public. It's a sci-fi, third-person shooter, action game that has you running around in a mech suit destroying giant evil machines either on your own or with other players. So far, player reviews have been pretty bipolar leaving a 70% average rating, which is about where most critical reviews have scored as well. That's by no means a bomb for a video game, but it's obviously not the best scores either. It's still release day so we might see this average score rating change over the next few days.

The premise of the game is that the moon orbiting your planet recently exploded, with a section of it crashing onto the world below. Along with the lunar debris, a strange substance known as Femto crashed to the surface. Whatever touches this material gains strange powers, whether it be human or machine.

You play as a mercenary known as an Outer who has been exposed to Femto and has thus gained special abilities. As an Outer, you control a giant mechanical battle bot known as an Arsenal to defeat evil machines that have been corrupted by Femto. You can play on your own or in a squad of up to four players using either local or online play.

More: Daemon X Machina: Everything You Need To Know

Mech madness

I just got my hands on a copy of this game this morning and have started playing. I'm still too early in the game to give a full on review, but you can expect that from me sometime this next week.

First impressions: The art style is pleasant, but nothing ground breaking. Some of the controls feel a little odd, but that could just be me getting used to everything. Finally, the mech suit seems to fly around pretty slowly. I'm guessing you'll be able to upgrade your boosters in the future to zoom around more quickly, but for now it just feels sluggish. Something I really like is that the game starts off allowing you to customize your character with your choice of gender, hair color, hair style, skin tone, and much more. Looks like there's room to make additional changes to your main character and your Arsenal as the game continues. I'm not sure how I feel about the game yet, but I'm guessing it won't be one of my top favorites.

Player reviews

We've pulled some user scores and reviews from Metacritic. See what your fellow gamers are saying:

Well, there you have it. Mixed reviews from the mouths of fellow gamers. Now I'm off to battle giant robot Immortals in my mech suite. Maybe I'll see you online.

What are your thoughts?

What do you think about this game? Will you be picking up a copy? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.

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  • The reviews I outright reject are the 0/10s. For a game to get a 0, it would be a game that doesn't even start when you pop in the disc/cartridge or try to start up the downloaded file. Heck, you would be hard pressed to convince someone that a game is below 6 unless it has some serious technical flaws in the game files and this game is far from that. The line i most agree with is "It's a game that's been held to an unfair standard by people who decided that it was a miss from the second they saw the opening title of the reveal trailer. The only way this game would have been treated fairly is if it reinvented the wheel and blew everyone out of the water." This is the thing real thing that will bring down the game. Yes, marvellous went silly billy with how they started claiming youtube videos made on its game. But they still put out a trailer, gameplay footage and a demo, one upon which they so **** earnestly listened feedback and put out a second demo to prove it (many might not know because marvellous claimed the video that digital foundry was making on this). This level of listening to fans is rare. So, even though the claiming vids thing will hurt the game, nothing hurts it more than what the para i quoted above said. Mecha animes are immensely popular. But oddly, mecha games aren't, in the west at least.