Needless to say, the Payday series has made its bank (literally and figuratively) on giving players the chance to live their lives out as a band of on-the-run outlaws pulling off the best heists, and today with all the game’s Nintendo Switch version (which releases now in Europe and following week in the US), pulling off heists with buddies anywhere will definitely be appealing to a specific set of players, especially to Switch players.
As the game first surfaced on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC back in August 2013 (with subsequent releases on PS4 and Xbox One), the Nintendo Switch variant not merely marks the latest release for the nearly five-year-old shot, but in addition its first portable iteration. Much like the release of 2016’s DOOM on the Nintendo Switch final December, the fact that a big-name shot such as Payday 2 being complemented on the Switch continues to be striking on its own right, and is now an appealing prospect of Switch players that are looking for one more first-person shooting experience on-the-go.
For the large part, the Switch version is a good interface with a few thoughtful improvements for the stage (such as the new regional multiplayer option in CRIME.NET and a timed-exclusive new personality, Joy), though a few of this system’s weaknesses (mainly technical) are fairly obvious in the latest edition of Payday 2. While Overkill Software’s shooter seems perfect for shooting your crime sprees on-the-go for enjoying with friends, the Switch variant of the game provides some heist activity that suffers from execution.
Payday 2 is a co-op first-person shooter where up to 3 players take on a variety of heists as a group of masked criminals, together with the most important aim(s) being to get up to cash as possible and either get out stealthily or carry on waves of authorities with guns blazing at a daring escape. Since the first-person shooter equivalent of living out scenarios pulled out of Heat, Reservoir Dogs, and other traditional crime movies, the missions themselves range from easy heists like robbing a jewelry store or a bank vault, to far more complex tasks that need carrying on swarms of police forces and organizing with your group members to not just survive, but to pull off the assignment having the most money possible.
With a few of the heists happening over several “days” (that boils down to many in-game “rounds”), coordination and teamwork is king in Payday 2. A number of the assignments can be involved and there are a limited number of times that players could be revived mid-match, which makes the strain of pulling each heist you can off that more significant. There’so a continuous awareness of tension surrounding you and your teammates, along with by-and-large Payday 2 succeeds in creating each match trying in the very best way possible.
On top of the police forces that players will encounter, each mission also has lots of obstacles including safety cameras and excursion alarms, that could make the heists more challenging. To counter that, players have a number of strategies to skip these environmental challenges. Over the duration of progressing throughout the game, players may choose certain courses, perks, and also gear loadouts to make themselves tailored for specific conditions or the heist available, whether they need be suited for taking on police or more adept at supporting teammates and keeping them alive.
Every one of these classes is largely developed through an RPG-like ability tree architecture that players can tweak and modify to their own liking, which makes Payday 2 pretty flexible in letting players build a personality towards their skills and advantages. Likewise, players possess a huge array of weapons and customizations that they can unlock within the duration of this game, with fresh piece of equipment, weapons, or gear that you get providing a opportunity to fundamentally change how you play the game.
By and large, every one of the courses was made to fulfill a particular function on the group between five archetypes which have varying strengths and strengths: the Enforcer can wield significant equipment and take bags of money/valuables more quickly; the Ghost can professionally skip alarms and security systems; the Mastermind will cure the staff and influence police powers to stand down; the Technician can decode safes and vaults in a pinch; and the Fugitive can dispatch the police most effectively when cornered.
Constructing your team is just part of the struggle, as the assignments which you and your companions will go on rely depending on the job at hand. The missions themselves are delivered through the game’s CRIME.NET menu, allowing players may finish online with buddies or through matchmaking with different players; CRIME.NET Offline includes the option of playing games with AI bots as your own teammates. The Switch version, however, has the choice of using CRIME.NET locally, which means it is possible to hop to a game together with four other players on precisely the same network, making the game more convenient for local co-op play with.
The gameplay Payday 2 mostly stays unchanged on the Switch, but if there’s one huge different compared to the console and PC big brothers, it’s in the visuals. Technical performance is the biggest sore area for the Switch version of Payday 2, with the frame rate specifically often taking the biggest hit in addition to its marginally flat-looking visuals.
I wouldn’t automatically call Payday 2 the very impressive-looking game on the market to start using – even on a high-end PC (or the PS4 and Xbox One’s Crimewave Edition), Payday 2 visually is a bit jagged with flat-looking textures and versions interspersed with some impressive environments and its own unique cast of criminals to play as. While the fact that a name like Payday 2 is running on the Switch will be itself, the game’s outdated visuals and much more subdued color palette may leave a few players wanting, compared to Switch’s much more lively and distinctive names like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or even Super Mario Odyssey.
For the most part, the Switch really manages to maintain in conducting Payday 2, although the performance degree between playing it docked and undocked could be noticeable. So far as resolution, the game functions in 1080p in mode, while enjoying upside drops the resolution down to 720p. The framerate, nonetheless, was where things turned into a bit more irregular: enjoying with the game in docked mode provides a mostly consistent 30fps frame rate, although switching over to the undocked version of the game watched some noticeable dips, with the biggest instances occuring every time a lot is occurring onscreen (large concentrations of enemies, explosions, etc.).
The controls in particular also have some growing pains, based on what configuration of this system you are using. Personally, I found that the Joy-Cons continue to be a bit ill-suited towards fast-paced shooters (and notably back when I played DOOM on the Switch late last year), also Payday 2 is no exception. By no indicates is the game unplayable utilizing the Joy-Cons. But I found that the perfect set-up is to play the game using a Controller into tabletop or either docked mode, which made for a FPS adventure on the system.
According to publisher Starbreeze Studios before this week, the Switch variation will incorporate the game’s articles up during the “Most Wanted” upgrade that released in the center of last year – relatively speaking, which’s behind the “Master Strategy” upgrade the PS4 and Xbox One versions acquired late last year, as well as further behind just what the PC version has now as far as updates and content.
Ideally, those needing the newest and feature-rich version of the game might want to decide on the PC version, and while programmer Overkill Software has stated that post-launch upgrades are going to be in store for the Switch version, the company’s noted track album with upgrading the console versions can leave a few players trying. The portability of the Switch version is going to be the biggest draw, though whether that offsets some of its weaknesses compared to the console and PC versions of this game is up for discussion.
While the Switch has proven itself to be quite a flexible console that has catered to a wide selection of genres ranging from RPGs to platformers, and past, Payday 2 doesn’t quite make the situation that the machine could be ready to undertake full scale shooters simply yet, let alone one published almost five decades ago. Payday 2 will provide the merchandise to Switch players searching for a persuasive dose of excitement and shooting mayhem, even though those looking for a larger score might be better served by the game’s PC version where the majority of the actions (and more consistent upgrades) are at.