I was booting up Two Point Hospital on my PC to play through the Culture Shock expansion when I remembered the countless nights I spent in bed playing the game on my Nintendo Switch.
The year was 2020, and I had lucked out on a Nintendo Switch before they started selling out like hot potatoes going into the wave of lockdowns because of COVID-19. As I was searching for games to play on the Nintendo Store, I noticed Two Point Hospital.
I remembered being incredibly hyped for the game almost half a decade ago when it was announced. I used to play a lot of Theme Hospital when I was a kid, and when I heard Two Point Hospital was the spiritual successor of Theme Hospital, I knew it was going to be good. Without any hesitation at all, I purchased the game on the Nintendo Switch.
All through the COVID-19 lockdown, for months, I played the game almost religiously every night. I was making new memories with the game, not because I had great memories from Theme Hospital, but because I am a completionist who needs to three-star every hospital, no matter the challenge.
I believe I made it to the Bigfoot DLC, where I was blown away by the size of Roquefort Castle, but that’s where I started running into issues. As much as I loved the game, I wasn’t loving trying to shoot mice that only showed up for a second or two with a joystick while maneuvering through waves of sick people quickly filling up a massive hospital. I was failing it miserably.
That’s when I thought to myself, “how can anyone play this game with a controller?”
Two Point Hospital Is Available For Some Consoles
Two Point Hospital is on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch consoles. That means it is possible to play the game with a controller. There isn’t native controller support (that we see) for the PC version on Steam, but we have to ask: why?
When I switched from the Nintendo Switch to the PC, I asked myself how I settled for any less before. Of course, playing with a controller is possible to do, but it isn’t the most optimal way to play the game. I also was blown away by how smooth the PC version was compared to the Switch. Obviously, the PC version was going to be a huge upgrade, but again, why did I settle for less? Maybe it’s because it was an impulsive buy sparked by the recesses of my repressed childhood memories, but I still had as much fun as I could with the Nintendo Switch version of Two Point Hospital (despite some of it being unnecessarily painful for me).
You can’t exactly close your hospital doors, so trying to scroll to different parts of the hospital when you have hallways full of sick people and mice to click on is not something I would recommend with a controller. However, if your only option is the Nintendo Switch, then I wish you the best because it is challenging.