Release Date: August 13th, 2013 (Shipped)
Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], PlayStation 3, PC: Steam
Genre: First person shooter
Rated: M for Mature
Waiting for Payday 2 seemed endless. I for one thought I was never going to get my copy. Waiting for launch is one thing, but being miss informed about the streetdate – which was actually the shipping date – is another. Everyone expected to have their copies on August 13th but had to actually wait the time it took for it to ship, which completely depended on your location. But now we can all take take a HUGE sigh of relief because it is here! AND I promise you it was more than worth the wait.
Payday 2 is quite like its predecessor, Payday: The Heist, in that you’re able to play with up to 3 of your friends or random players that you are assigned. You and your friends will team up to perform all kinds of illegal activities that range from bank heists to robbies, and even simply vandalizing property all because you can. And don’t forget about the cocaine. Wait. What?
Gameplay in Payday 2 is very straight forward. You will either select “Crime.Net” or “Crime.Net Offline” depending on whether or not you want to play with AI or with online with real partners. Once you make your selection you will find yourself looking at a large map with “Jobs” randomly appearing with ranging difficulties. You’ll then want to select a job that best suits your and your partners skill levels. As mentioned previously these jobs are all different; even choosing a job that you have previously done will not play out the exact same way.
The difficulties of each job can be seen by the number and or the color of the stars below the job. As well as the “Day” of the job. The more stars you see the harder the job, but the harder the job the better the pay out and the more experience you will obtain. You will also notice some missions with yellow stars. This means that these jobs have more “risks” and more risk equals more reward. Every once in a while a job pops up that is RED, these are “Pro-Jobs”. These jobs are some of the hardest jobs to where if you fail them you cannot redo them like the normal ones.
Everytime you complete a job in Payday 2 you will be taken to a screen where all players get to choose 1 card out of 3 available cards randomly rewarding you with an item. These items range from cash, masks, to body armor and even weapon attachments. After you choose your reward you will then get to see how much experience and cash you made. As well as your stats and your crews stats.
Your money is divided into 2 accounts. One being your available spending money that you will use to purchase new weapons and masks, as well as also upgrade your masks and add any attachements to your weapons. You will also use your money to purchase your skills. The second account is your “Off Shore Account”.
If muli-player co-op is not your thing you can always opt to play offline alone and use the AI to your advantage. But bewarned that the AI is far from spectacular and infact I found it kind of annoying. One thing I did notice was on missions that require you to transport 3 or 4 sacks of money, jewels, or drugs to a specific location the AI never picked up any of the sacks which forced me to make multiple trips. This also meant more time fighting cops and security guards, which also means more of a chance that you could die and or run out of amunition. They also, like other AI in other games, like to walk right in front of you. This is simply an irritance and doesn’t actually cause too many problems as they don’t block your way or get killed if you shoot them. You can simply walk right through them.
If you are avoiding online co-op because you don’t like playing with random players you can always change your lobby settings to NOT allow drop-ins so that you are only playing with your friends. This will also prevent the drop-in/drop-out players as well as those annoying people who like to do their own thing and not pick you up.
Graphically Payday 2 is awesome. Especially when it comes to incorporating everyones custom masks into gameplay. Payday 2 looks exaclty the same as it did in all of the screen shots and videos we received of the game prior to release, which was super impressive. Considering most games use cutscene footage to promote and advertise their titles, you definitely get what you expect with Payday 2. And when it comes to Audio, Payday 2 has a stellar soundtrack. It gets your adrenaline going and makes you so pumped up for jobs.
Overall Payday 2 is must have. It has great graphics, an awesome soundtrack, the ability to customize your own mask and piles of replay value. You will find yourself playing for hours on end. Despite its rocky start fans and gamers a like will not be dissapointed. Especially for only $39.99.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Those banks and jewelry stores arne’t going to rob themselves!
Overall Rating: 4.5/5