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Payday 2 - Nintendo Switch Edition

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Based on 34 critic reviews
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60

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9%

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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchFeb 23, 2018

Publisher: Starbreeze Publishing

PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they descend on Washington DC for an epic crime spree. Up to four friends co-operate on each heist, and as the crew progresses the heists get bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming an infamous criminal comes new customisation that lets players build and alter their guns and gear. PAYDAY 2 comes with full touch screen menu support, and a newly developed rumble feature that responds as you, for example, fire weapons or throw grenades. There’s also an added local multiplayer mode to CRIME.NET called CRIME.NET Local Play, which lets you set up a local game and invite friends that share the same local network. Finally, PAYDAY 2 comes with an exclusive character called Joy, who’s initially releasing only on Nintendo Switch – complete with her own mask and weapons. ROB BANKS, GET PAID Players must choose their crew carefully, because when the job goes down they will need the right mix of skills on their side. CRIME.NET The dynamic contract database CRIME.NET lets players pick and choose from available jobs by connecting with local Contractors – all with their own agenda and best interests in mind. DYNAMIC SCENARIOS No heist ever plays out the same way twice, as heists come with random geometry and events. CHOOSE YOUR SKILLS As players progress they can invest in any of five special Skill Trees: Mastermind, Enforcer, Ghost, Technician and Fugitive. Each features a deep customisation tree of associated skills and equipment to master. MORE MASKS THAN EVER PAYDAY 2 features a completely new mask system, giving players the ability to craft their own unique mask together with a pattern and a colour. WEAPONS AND MODIFICATIONS A huge arsenal for the serious heister, covering everything from sniper to assault rifles. You can modify your weapon with optics, suppressors, fore grips, reticles, barrels, frames, stocks and lots more. PLAY IT YOUR WAY Each job allows for multiple approaches, such as slow and stealthy ambushes, to running in guns blazing.
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IGN

7.4 / 10.0
IGN

This version is handicapped by its lack of voice communication tools. Even if it's updated to parity with the PC version, that's a tough pill to swallow in such a cooperative game.

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GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

The flawed original is already showing its age, but this poor quality Switch port is Payday 2 at its very worst.

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It is an entirely functional video game that (in most respects) looks, feels and plays like Payday 2, and given the right circumstances, can also be a bit of fun. But given how readily available it is on other platforms and the concessions made with this version, it doesn't highlight Payday 2's unique brand of shooting and looting the way other platforms have for years.

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Payday 2 is definitely getting long in the tooth, but the game's appearance on Nintendo Switch is a good, solid port of the game. All of the same quirks and quibbles remain the same, there's the lingering question from how the game has been supported in the past, and there's the simple fact that we've seen all of this in higher fidelity elsewhere, but if you've got a burning desire for some co-op heisting fun on Switch, then this will scratch your itch to live outside the law.

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