Payday 2 - Nintendo Switch Edition Reviews
"Miles behind its PC brother."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
Payday 2 continues to maintain a very dedicated audience, but even fans of the game are unlikely to enjoy what's being put forward for Nintendo Switch. Stripped-back visuals, poor performance and a lack of adaptation to the console results in a shoddy port at best.
The flawed original is already showing its age, but this poor quality Switch port is Payday 2 at its very worst.
Nintendo Switch is currently the worst platform for experiencing Payday 2. Conversion shortages do not even allow you to taste the climate of heists. Despite the pleasant surprise, which is the multitude of the content, I would advise against buying it on Switch.
Review in Polish | Read full review
A rather dated proposition in 2018, one that’s made worse by some eyebrow-raising omissions and a baffling AAA price tag.
Payday 2 is an average first-person shooter for Nintendo Switch that isn't that great and should be skipped if possible.
The performance issues, missing content, and brain-dead AI are simply inexcusable.
Payday 2 is a very competent FPS game that allows you to tackle it in just about any way imaginable. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Nintendo Switch version, the price, performance and the fact that content is lacking behind versions that have been out for years will only make it worth purchasing for gamers who are desperate for a new FPS on the go.
Payday 2 arrives in the Nintendo Switch and the result is a mixed bag. While the multiplayer experience is rather fun and enjoyable, the solo experience is terribly frustrating due to the wrenching AI which renders the game almost impossible to enjoy.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
On the Nintendo Switch, Overkill could have offered the definitive PayDay 2. Some strange design choices and the lack of certain features (no online voice chat) refrain the game from reaching its true potential. And that's too bad as PayDay 2 really could have been a fun game on the Switch. Only people who will get to try the game's local co-op will get a glimpse of what could have been.
Review in French | Read full review
Payday 2 can be a fun little time-sink, if you've got some friends to join you on your bank-robbing escapades. However, due to a lack of voice-chat, some soul-crushingly lackluster AI, and regular performance issues, the game's fun is often the real prisoner that gets held hostage.
It's difficult to recommend Payday 2 for Nintendo Switch. On one hand, it is the most content-complete version of Payday 2. On the other hand, it's still a five-year-old game that really hasn't aged that well and doesn't seem to have all the updates that other versions have received. One would hope this would be the most definitive version of Payday 2, but it appears that the team at Overkill still has some work to do to iron out the bugs.
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.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
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.
This game sometimes feels like it doesn't belong on the Switch because of its online focus that requires voice chat, but there is one strength of the Switch which Payday 2 utilizes perfectly well: local multiplayer. Payday 2 encourages interaction with your friends, and it would be the perfect game to high five your friends for a job well done or punch that one friend who likes to go all "Leeroy Jenkins" to blow a sneaking heist. Otherwise, when you are playing online with strangers, it will just ultimately feel like you are playing with better AI CPUs. The main people who I could recommend this game to are the ones who intend on buying it in groups with their friends for either local or online play. If your only option is to play this game offline, then you should just steer clear of it. The AI just doesn't help much, and you will have to do all of the boring bits such as breaking locks or hacking computers by yourself. In the end, I found the music to be lacklustre and the gameplay just wasn't enough to hold my attention. There was far too much waiting involved in the heists. If there was any game which outstays its welcome, this one is it. In the end, I'm going to give it a 6.0/10. It's not a bad game, but some questionable design decisions hold it back from realizing its full potential.
Should you get Payday 2 on Switch? Well if you want an interesting multiplayer shooter and don't have access to it on other platforms, sure. Otherwise? Probably not. Maybe wait to see how things are after an update or two.
Moreso than almost any title I’ve played on the Switch Payday 2 is absolutely only as good as you and the people you’re playing with make it. Stripped to its base experience it isn’t hard to see the issues creep up, and they can be a bit of a bummer. That said, if you and your crew are committed to playing things smart, making effective use of your time, and working together to complete the phases of the mission it can really be a blast and offers an experience like nothing else on the system.
For those who have a dedicated group to play with online there are hours worth of fun to be had overcoming the more difficult challenges. However, If you'll need to rely on random players the fun can only go so far without any form of communication. And if playing solo is your only option, I'd highly suggest thinking twice because quite frankly playing alone is not very much fun at all.
An old style remake that is beginning to be "too old for this shit" in terms of gameplay and visuals.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
If you can look past the steep entry fee and have no other platform to play it on, this will probably do. Otherwise, you're better off picking up one of the other versions, since offline play and portability are not much of a benefit for Payday 2 on the Switch.