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Payday 2 - Nintendo Switch Edition

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchFeb 23, 2018

Publisher: Starbreeze Publishing

Genres: Action, First-Person Shooter

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.

Players must choose their crew carefully, because when the job goes down they will need the right mix of skills on their side.

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.

No heist ever plays out the same way twice, as heists come with random geometry and events.

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.

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.

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.

Each job allows for multiple approaches, such as slow and stealthy ambushes, to running in guns blazing.

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7.4 / 10.0

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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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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5 / 10
James Swinbanks

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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5 / 10.0
Víctor Rodríguez

Payday 2 reveals its worst in the Nintendo Switch. Even though it is not a bad port, the Overkill game and the Nintendo Switch does not seem to get along. Good gameplay, but this is the worst version of the game nowadays.

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