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  • Summary: PAYDAY 2 is a four-player co-op shooter that has you sporting the masks of the original PAYDAY gang – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they hit on Washington D.C. for an epic crime rampage. The new CRIMENET network offers a vast array of dynamic contracts - choose anything fromPAYDAY 2 is a four-player co-op shooter that has you sporting the masks of the original PAYDAY gang – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they hit on Washington D.C. for an epic crime rampage. The new CRIMENET network offers a vast array of dynamic contracts - choose anything from small-time store rips, cyber-crime or major bank vaults for that lucrative PAYDAY. Expand
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  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. Aug 19, 2013
    86
    The many missions and unlockables also offer plenty of food for many hours raid pleasure.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 12, 2013
    79
    Smart co-op shooting slightly undermined by poor stealth mechanics and dogged insistence on withholding the best toys.
  7. 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.

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  1. Negative: 69 out of 352
  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 upSo 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! Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    This game is truly a marvel and it allows you to explore your darker side. Without all the messy jail time! Payday 2 Puts you into the shoesThis game is truly a marvel and it allows you to explore your darker side. Without all the messy jail time! Payday 2 Puts you into the shoes of a criminal group rampaging around downtown DC, running heists on banks, jewelry stores, as well as running high paying errands for corrupt powerful people Smooth graphics, nice background music, and some cool abilities make your experience complete. Get this game. It's fantastic. What are you waiting for!!! Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    I have spent 160+ hours of gameplay on this masterpiece. All the scenarios look like a real situation, with security cameras, guards, lockedI have spent 160+ hours of gameplay on this masterpiece. All the scenarios look like a real situation, with security cameras, guards, locked doors, computers to hack and if you mess the stealth mode, a lot of cops drop in and really give you a bad time. Difficulty level: not for beginners. If you play with three more of your friends, you have endless fun. Guaranteed. Expand
  4. Jan 22, 2014
    8
    The idea of this game is great, fun to play,Skills are quite balance, should worth 9 or 10 score if overkill do more improve.
    The main
    The idea of this game is great, fun to play,Skills are quite balance, should worth 9 or 10 score if overkill do more improve.
    The main problem for this game is that it dun provide enough map for playing, map reusing in different level with only a little change in camera/guards/safe position, I will much appreciate if they make more maps and do some more change in room design for different Level.
    AI is another problem.The enemy AI is poor. Team AI is suck.U cannot put your guns aside after u put on your mask(I got spotted when I am loading bags into my truck several times)=_=
    Some weapon is nearly useless with low damage or low ammo .......
    If Overkill want to develop Payday 3, please improve.
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  5. Aug 13, 2013
    8
    The premise is still as enticing as it was when the predecessor came out; the gameplay with a co-operative squad of 4 internet connectedThe premise is still as enticing as it was when the predecessor came out; the gameplay with a co-operative squad of 4 internet connected players can at times range from incredibly rewarding and self-affirmating to soul destroyingly bittersweet and unforgiving.
    This range of emotions is part of the draw, a heist can be planned to perfection, but unravelled in an instant.
    The reason for my lower than average score is the amount of game breaking crashes prevalent in the released version.
    In the beta, it was fairly clear to see that the talent trees and crafting was to be the backbone of the game, what gave Payday 2 it's replay value.
    With release there have been issues upon issues with crashes that really should have been weeded out months ago.
    At this moment in time, you can complete a heist of epic proportions, depending on the efficiency of your team, this can take up to an hour of hard focussing on the job at hand. Upon finishing you are usually presented with all the usual rewards; Experience, Cash (the market currency) and the chance to attain rare and powerful weapon modifications or eagerly sought after mask parts.
    Unfortunately there is a large prevalence of this screen being omitted altogether and the game force closing itself in response, losing all progress made since the last auto save point.
    Overkill's response to the issue? Restart Steam.
    Does this help? No, not really.
    Does it get your rewards back? Nope, try again.
    Is there a fix in the pipeline? Well, Overkill haven't admitted that they have a problem, so there hasn't been an acknowledgement and/or plan of action presented.
    Until then, it's up in the air as to whether at this moment in time, the in game elements represent value enough to risk sinking time at full retail price into a game which is so fundamentally flawed in a vital place.
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  6. Sep 10, 2013
    6
    PAYDAY 2 could have been a perfect game, but some evident laziness (or outright incompetence) on the part of the developers in some areasPAYDAY 2 could have been a perfect game, but some evident laziness (or outright incompetence) on the part of the developers in some areas stopped it from reaching that point.

    I understand this game is intended to be a CO-OP game, but that doesn't mean it should be boring and even frustrating to play alone. The missions are obviously designed for multiple people, playing them alone can leave you lugging 6 bags from point A to point B one by one as your AI teammates will not assist you with anything except combat. On the topic of AI, even disregarding the atrocious allied AI, the enemy AI is equally as bad difficulty levels are lazy and don't add anything to the tactics enemy AI use, they simply do more damage and are harder to kill.

    On a positive note, the game is remarkably fun with a few friends, even with the problems with enemy AI. It's fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding. The specialization skill trees are subtle enough to be reasonable and yet still feel like there's a difference in terms of your ability as any particular role.

    Do the cons outweigh the pros? I'm not one to decide that, but this game has glaring issues that should have been addressed prior to launch. However, for a $30 game, it's most likely well worth your money if you have a few friends to play with.
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  7. Jan 27, 2015
    0
    This is un-optimised mess of poorly coded and poorly laid out CASH GRAB FOR BRAIN DEAD REPITION.

    The developer HALFWITT Studios: While
    This is un-optimised mess of poorly coded and poorly laid out CASH GRAB FOR BRAIN DEAD REPITION.

    The developer HALFWITT Studios:

    While sitting on the toilet one day after eating 30 cheeseburgers the team reached into the toilet bowl while I was sitting and pulled out payday 2..

    The DLC is a Joke the weapon DLC is a further joke the weapon models are sadly purchased cheapys from Turbo Squid you will see the model packs the most expensive weapon model for the game was $5 wow $5

    The sound is poorly implemented there are too many level bugs even the AI-CPU has very very bad scripting.

    The compression of game content is handled poorly the coding of the game is just a Mess game patches for incorporating 60mb of Mp3 and a Jukebox player for ingame menus
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