Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    95
    Payday 2 is a Co Op game. While it might have benefitted with a cool story arc for a single player mode the game offers a great outing with 3 other friends for an experience that will keep having you come back for more. Payday is simply put the improved, polished and closest experience you’ll find to robbing an actual bank. It’s just legal.
  2. Sep 25, 2013
    90
    It's not the desire for cash or gold that'll keep you coming back, but the desire to pull off the perfect heist. [Oct 2013, p.94]
  3. Aug 15, 2013
    90
    In the end, its faults are only minor, really. This is by far the most engrossing co-operative arcade experience I have had in a while, probably the best since Left 4 Dead 2 came around. Pulling the trigger of a Uzi in close proximity of an enemy is like shoving a rabid Tasmanian devil into someone's face. The guns really feel that exciting and dangerous - one of the key differences between a good shooter and a great one. I have a feeling this one will stay with us for a while.
  4. Sep 1, 2013
    88
    A superb co-op shooter, with rich character customisation and unpredictable missions. [Oct 2013, p.70]
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    87
    PayDay 2 is a fresh, new first person shooter that makes you walk in the shoes of four criminals trying to steal as much money as possible in Washington DC. This setting opens up new possibilities for a quite deep and solid gameplay. If you liked the first episode, you’ll love the sequel.
  6. Oct 5, 2013
    86
    Payday 2 is an excellent co-op shooter - a vast improvement over the first one. [Sept 2013]
  7. Aug 19, 2013
    86
    The many missions and unlockables also offer plenty of food for many hours raid pleasure.
  8. Aug 29, 2013
    85
    Payday 2 is undoubtedly the biggest surprise of august 2013. We were not expecting a game of such a quality from Overkill Software, moreover if you experienced the first episode of the serie. Even the price of 30 euros was leaving us skeptical, but Payday 2 hacks your brains with its intense and addictive gameplay. It's simple and it works, outpacing the ad's promises. With an almost unlimited replayability, payday 2 will challenge your brains with multitasking between a heist to manage, a team to keep alive and hordes of aggressive copas. Simply brilliant!
  9. Aug 26, 2013
    85
    Payday 2 is currently the best co-op experience of the year and a great sequel too. However, if you plan to play it just offline, you'll be disappointed.
  10. Aug 13, 2013
    85
    Don’t even think about taking on hard or above missions all by your lonesome. While your AI companions weren’t the brightest bulbs in the original Payday, they still carried their weight. There were also three of them. This time around, you’re limited to two AI crew members, and they’re about as useful as a pen without ink.
  11. Aug 13, 2013
    85
    Shabby graphics and some minor bugs could push a careless eye to label Payday 2 as a mediocre game. Once played in coop, however, this ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan. Payday 2 is a joy to share with friends.
  12. Aug 19, 2013
    83
    Without a doubt one of the coolest cooperative games this year. Unlocking new skills and gears is addicting and fun, and the game demands good cooperation if you wish to succeed. The crime.net system mixes up the missions just enough that it stays fun and challenging. The game isn’t made to play by yourself and there are some balancing issues, but despite these issues Payday 2 is highly recommended for every aspiring criminal.
  13. Aug 18, 2013
    83
    As it stands right now, Payday 2, while it won’t be for everyone, is a lot of fun. Although the stealth mechanics are basic, there’s enough strategic depth and teamwork required so that stealthing missions can be challenging, and extremely satisfying when successful.
  14. Aug 14, 2013
    83
    But while 4-player co-op has certainly been done before, there’s no question that Payday 2 brings something unique to the table. Gameplay is often heart-poundingly intense, whether from the anxiety of fearing detection in a stealth mission, the will to survive an aggressive assault in an attack mission, or just the rush that comes from making it out alive and much richer.
  15. Aug 13, 2013
    83
    Despite its strengths, the original Payday sometimes felt as though it were little more than a Left 4 Dead clone with the zombies switched out for swarms of police officers. A touch of that still remains, but elements such as the new focus on stealth, a multitude of unlocks for gear and marks, and the greatly increased mission variety allow Payday 2 to assume a life of its own, and one far more in tune with the heists we've come to love in films like Michael Mann's Heat.
  16. Aug 13, 2013
    83
    Pulling off a frictionless heist is the exception to the rule in Payday 2, but the tension is still palpable as you try to orchestrate a robbery without getting caught, and the adrenaline flows steadily as you inevitably repel the barrage of police waves while trying to make your getaway. The overly expensive upgrade system and lackluster AI could use some work, but the minute-to-minute action is thrilling enough to overcome these complaints.
  17. Aug 13, 2013
    83
    Payday 2 isn't a perfect game, but it's a damn good sequel. The developers took the best things of the first episode and improved them, delivering an intense, compelling first person shooter experience.
  18. Aug 14, 2013
    82
    Payday 2 is a great Coop-Shooter with many well designed Missions and a unique setting. The only flaw is the Team-AI – what is not a huge shortcoming for a coop-based game.
  19. Aug 14, 2013
    81
    Better than the original, Payday 2 is a brilliant co-op action game that recreates perfectly the lives of a group of bank robbers.
  20. Oct 9, 2013
    80
    PayDay 2 is one of the nicest surprises of the year. Overkill Software understands the atmosphere of gangster movies and wisely improves these pieces of gameplay, that might have been disappointing in the first game. The sequel is better in almost every way - you can play a thief and enjoy good character development and shooting systems. I really hope, that PayDay 3 will be even better.
  21. Oct 3, 2013
    80
    A unique and captivating multiplayer experience that rewards team work over personal glory. But make sure you bring friends for the true experience. [Nov 2013, p.62]
  22. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    Payday 2 is basically SWAT 4, only you play as criminals instead of cops. Stylish, exhilarating, and quite hardcore, this game is a treat for fans of team-based coop shooters.
  23. 80
    A clever and stylish co-op shooter that vacuums bank accounts of the game victims, not the gamers. Single player game is basically absent, which is compensated by its dynamic and fairly optimized multiplayer. [Issue#233]
  24. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    No doubt one of the most interesting online shooters available. Saying PayDay 2 is absorbing is like stating that Godzilla is large. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.62]
  25. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    Payday is no Dog Day Afternoon, so you won't make friends with hostages in a bank. Otherwise, this simulator game of a rubber will make your dreams come true. Yet the game lacks of some technological elegance.
  26. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    The bottom line is that I’m complaining because the action, the gunplay, the visuals, the demanding teamwork, the ultimate sense of gratification from leveling up and mastering the levels are all pretty much unparalleled, even if they could have been situated into a better gameplay structure. Payday 2 is a wonderful shooter that stands alone in a genre full of me-toos, wanna-bes, and coulda-beens.
  27. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    PayDay2 is PayDay: The heist, but matured, polished, and with more content. The shortcomings of its gameplay remain the same (mostly a redundant aspect), but it's very easy to overlook them in favor of fun, and it's clearly better served by balanced teams that can use each and every technique offered by its classes and gameplay. The end result is really nice.
  28. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    PAYDAY 2 is undeniably rough and needs a couple of updates to fill in a few blanks, but the thrill of robbing banks, smashing jewel cases, and cooking meth is too great for the asking price not be returned to the player in spades.
  29. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    Payday 2 is what the first game should've been: a more than competent co-op shooter with replayable levels, multi-mission jobs, an option for stealth, and loot bags full of style.
  30. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    When things go right and you’re walking out the vault with half a million in unmarked currency, not a cop in sight, Payday 2 is one of the most satisfying co-op games of all time. Yet even when your plans explode in a mess of buckshot and tear gas, it delivers a level of co-op excitement that is hard to find.
  31. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    While it might not be groundbreaking in itself, Payday 2 borrows a lot of interesting stuff from different genres, making it a versatile, action packed must have for anyone who wants to spend some time on the wrong side of the law.
  32. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    If you have some friends to play a shooter with, this is a great choice. It's not perfect, but is bigger and better than the previous one, which means even more fun.
  33. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Original, fun and exciting, certainly a welcome surprise in this sultry summer.
  34. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Payday 2 is a very attractive offer for fans of the FPS genre and it's ideal for those who like frantic multiplayer games. We are facing a powerful title with big potential that will keep you glued to your monitor or TV for hours. The only thing to fear is the threat of an excessive repetition of its elements, which should be solved by distributing new types of heists and armament in sufficient frequency. If they do so, it could become one of the most played alternatives over the network.
  35. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Payday 2's presentation feels plastic, but the rest feels exhilarating and livened by the presence of human players you have to rely on.
  36. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Payday 2 proves that you can't plan for everything. No two jobs, despite being of similar set-up, go down in the same way – and without the help of few friends, you'll never survive long enough to reach that tropical paradise.
  37. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Played as intended with a group of friends, PayDay 2 is much like one of its heists: things can get a little sloppy, but the potential payoff is big.
  38. Sep 12, 2013
    79
    Smart co-op shooting slightly undermined by poor stealth mechanics and dogged insistence on withholding the best toys.
  39. Aug 19, 2013
    75
    Payday 2's singleplayer isn't worth consideration, but a few bugbears aside, its multiplayer is a tense, frequently exhilarating experience. Its challenging levels are best approached with crime-minded friends, and randomised elements (along with the promise of five DLC packs) will keep players in the game well after that one final score.
  40. Aug 13, 2013
    75
    Overall, PayDay 2 is an easy experience to recommend. The controls are familiar and, more importantly, tight. Make no mistake, Payday 2 is a tough game and demands that its players work together, but when coordinating with a good team, it provides one of the best cooperative experiences this year.
  41. Sep 16, 2013
    70
    Overall it's an increase of the first PayDay: The Heist, offering many hours of content and fun for quite a good price.
  42. Sep 13, 2013
    70
    Payday 2 is a real gem of a cops and robbers game when everything clicks. Overkill manages to capture the atmosphere of classic heist movies and the gameplay is about a whole lot more than just shooting cops. Artificial intelligence is a joke though and the game is pulled down by quite a few bugs that can be anything from annoying to totally game breaking.
  43. Sep 13, 2013
    70
    Overkill Software have nearly perfected this wonderful recipe and they are definitely on track to creating something exceptional.
  44. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    The Payday series has the potential of becoming a huge multiplayer franchise if they had a better online function and support for mods. With Payday 2 the developer Overkill takes another step towards the goal of online domination and delivers one of this years best co-op games. Unfortunately the low budget is rather noticeable.
  45. Aug 30, 2013
    70
    Best with four people and disastrous alone, Payday 2 is a co-op shooter that isn't without its faults. How much you relish the experience is going to be dependent on whether or not you can get the right mix of people involved and if such things are as much your Kryptonite as they are mine.
  46. Aug 24, 2013
    70
    Despite the potential pitfalls and the actual flaws of Payday 2, things have a way of coming together.
  47. Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Payday 2 could’ve been a great game that puts you in the exciting world of jewellery heists. It has potential, but the game has too many obstacles that delay experiencing the perfect heist or stop you from experiencing it completely.
  48. 70
    Payday 2 is everything a sequel to a mediocre game should be. While there is still room for the franchise to grow, this is both an entertaining and affordable cooperative shooter. As long as potential buyers know that this is a game best played with friends, they should have a great time. Just make sure they won’t go running ahead setting off any of the security cameras.
  49. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Even with DOA single-player, Payday 2 offers a lot of bang for a below-average asking price. Debuting at $30 on Steam, its co-op action is gangbusters with the right crew of like-minded individuals. Better AI and a few more clever gameplay flourishes could have pushed it into must-play territory.
  50. Aug 22, 2013
    60
    In its current form, Payday 2 is a slog, and it’s no fault of the game itself but all the bloat that surrounds it.
  51. Aug 27, 2013
    50
    The disappointing Payday 2 is a sequel in the loosest sense of the word, with minor and unsuccessful updates to the gameplay, hindered with uninspired scenarios and terrible AI.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 979 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 286
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    10
    So much fun coop. Huge improvement on the first one and the replay value is insane with the map changing geometry, I got 40 hours clocked up on just the 6 heists that are in the beta! For the price you pay you cant go wrong! Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    0
    A throughly surprising moment when they decided to dump all pretense of logic and release this game insanely early in the month announced. Even back in June/July, there was Internet stores with the date of 13-16th august which means they had the intent to release it that early for a really long time and I'm quite disappointed that they decided to do so even with all the bugs floating around, be it the still atrocious enemy AI, broken stealth or the laughable matchmaking. There was tons upon tons upon tons of genuine concerns being discussed in the beta game's community hub (a large amount of them being deleted/banned, nice censorship starbreeze) and they have changed literally nothing from beta stage 2-3 besides ironing out a few, very minor bugs like making an window entrance easier to get through where are literally thousand cries for other concerns (The steam bug concern thread alone has 800+ replies as of this moment) like people not being able to join their friends, their game crashing nonstop, the broken cloud data-storing, bodies being detected through solid roof or through walls, the infamous mouse cursor lag where a majority of the players must play with 1-2 mouse feedback lag, a broken FOV, no host migration, absolutely horrible friendly AI (like the first game).. I can go on and on, but at the end of the day, they fixed nothing of any considerable importance and for that, I can only shake my head in shame. Full Review »
  3. Aug 15, 2013
    0
    Hmm...Where should I start....There are connectivity bugs which block me from using the most essential part in this game, the multiplayer. When I am sick and tired of multiplayer, I then resort to singleplayer but singleplayer is even worse. The AI is just downright terrible in singleplayer. Also, enemies can see through solid walls at some point. What is up with that? I do not recommend you to get this game. Full Review »