Review: Payday 2 Switch review - An interesting shooter with a lot of handheld problems

Posted On: Feb 23, 2018   |   Posted By: Pocket Gamer

Review: Payday 2 Switch review - An interesting shooter with a lot of handheld problems

Payday 2 on Nintendo Switch can be pretty frustrating. Some of that comes from an inability to pull off the perfect heist, some of it because the squad AI falls short and that can lead to a lot of waiting around.
There are times when the game doesn't clearly signpost that I was meant to wait in a certain spot. Instances cropped up where I'd have to drill into a safe room and stand aimlessly for several minutes. But an awful lot of my frustration came from playing the game in handheld mode.
This is Pocket Gamer, so I spent the majority of my time in handheld mode, playing in cafes and bookshops, attempting to pull off heists while squinting at the screen. My eyes losing details in the muddy visuals and tiny enemy characters.
Hold me
When stealth is working, Payday 2 is a much more enjoyable experience, but quite a few of the contracts are all out warfare. As soon as an alarm is tripped or the police are called, it becomes a shot in the dark.

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