Payday 2 - Switch

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Payday 2 (Switch)
Also for: PS3, Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Overkill Software Soft. Co.: Starbreeze
Publishers: 505 Games (GB)
Released: 23 Feb 2018 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+

Summary

It's back! Developer Overkill has got its sequel to the cult hit Payday out of the door and onto shop shelves with a new Nintendo Switch edition.

Which means, of course, that Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains are all back in their wacky, masked glory to pull off some jobs and make some dough. The game is a four-player co-op shooter which twists the usual FPS formula by making it objective-based and centering it round heists.

The game is structured around 30 different scores, ranging from little grocery store hold-ups right through to complex cyber crime and jewel theft. Things are set up in true heist movie fashion, with shady contacts and blueprints drawn on the back of napkins, and things are sure to get sticky when cops and civilians start getting in the way.

The game is built around four player co-op, and putting together the right crew is essential. Players are able to specialise, following different skill trees. Mastermind, the Enforcer, the Ghost and the Technician are the classes available to you, but there's nothing to stop a bit of mixing and matching...

There's no real overarching narrative to Payday 2, but that's not really what it's about. While it certainly doesn't look out of place alongside contemporary shooters, it's got quite an old school quality. It's all about getting caught up in the gameplay then looking up to realise you just sank your entire day into it.

You'd best get on with it - those banks aren't going to rob themselves!