Now, I’d played ARMS twice with motion controls at various preview events and it was a great experience for 1v1 battles with the other person standing next to you, but as soon as I switched on the Global Testpunch this morning and burned through a few games, I knew that it was going to get tired very quickly.
ARMS is a very hectic experience (in a good way). Whilst the 1v1 battles are quite manageable, the second you step into a 1v1v1 or 2v2 or even volleyball battle, you’ll soon realise that the motion controls make the experience a much more clunky one.
The game puts a lot of emphasis on moving around, dashing and jumping for both offense and defence. You’ll need to move around frequently to dodge attacks and it’s also advised that you dash around to charge your ARMS. Unfortunately, it all becomes too much using motion controls. You must tilt the Joy-Con to move around but when you’re throwing punches, this can become challenging.