Payday 2 Xbox 360

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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 spree. The new CRIMENET network offers a vast array of dynamic contracts - choose anything from small-timePAYDAY 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 spree. 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 major PAYDAY. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    85
    Payday 2 is pure first-person shooter fun that, while not about to turn any heads visually, is certainly a knockout as far as gameplay goes. Fans of four-player co-op will get a great deal out of Overkill’s heist-themed sequel.
  2. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Payday 2 is a great game when you have the right participants. This is a co-op game, and that cannot be stressed enough. If you intend to go in solo, there is little here to warrant a purchase. However, if you have a regular crew of three friends willing to take on heists with you, there is little else like this experience. Not to mention it is extremely fun when played right.
  3. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    It's still a long way from being the slick, sophisticated crime thriller it wants to be but, with a little forgiveness from the player, this rough diamond manages to shine.
  4. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    A rough single-player mode and unfriendly online matches mar an otherwise fun first-person shooter.
  5. Aug 18, 2013
    75
    Overkill has plans to update the game, and squash the bugs. A year's worth of DLC is scheduled post-release. But right now, it's like I'm standing outside a vault. There's something brilliant inside, and I'm willing to wait.
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    70
    As long as you can find some felons to fight alongside, Payday 2 is an addictive and challenging criminal pursuit.
  7. games(TM)
    Sep 23, 2013
    50
    For a game that focuses on the presumably brisk and stressful art of armed robbery, Payday 2 involves one heck of a lot of waiting around. [Issue#139, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 62
  2. Negative: 13 out of 62
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    10
    This game is fun and addicting!!!! This game was supposed to be an arcade release. They kept on adding more and more to the game to theThis game is fun and addicting!!!! This game was supposed to be an arcade release. They kept on adding more and more to the game to the point they made it a Title release. For a $40 release, this game smokes a lot of its counterparts that release and a typical $60. You can snag it for $34.99 in Games on Demand. The game is designed to play online. Offline is a bit weak, but if you buy it for the offline experience, why do you have a modern console. Games are generally designed for online play with the exception of a few. You wouldn't buy a sports car to keep it under 20mph!!! Get with the times and get this game!!! The overall recipe for success in the game is teamwork. Unfortunately from time to time you get stuck with renegade cowboys who like to run around outside of the work zones. For the most part everyone works together. Some guys don't play with mics, and often get the big boot as a result. Heists make you feel like your in the movie Heat. When police begin their assault the music gets jacked up and gets you all jacked up for a shootout!!! Some reviews are bashing because of the lack of highlighting of cameras, guards and other detection modules. Part of the whole scheme is casing the place and identifying these detections and disengaging them. Whether its taking out guards, answering their pagers to remaindetected, taking out image feeds, immobilizing bystanders, you have to be on your guard and aggressive without anyone or anything alerting authorities. They have alerts when you are being detected. They give you a few seconds to move out of the way of detection before they alert the authorities. I am not sure what these people are talking about. This game also provides replayability by altering the variables in each level every time. Pick up spots, cameras locations, number of guards and their locations, jewelry locations, safes, drugs, prepayed ammo and medpacks, job materials (planks, drills keycards etc.) are all different from mission to mission. You definitely get a big bang for your buck. The award system keeps you interested after each and every mission with quick unlocks. The skill system gives you different abilities, attributes, and equipment to work towards. Although Payday 2 can be a bit glitchy in spots, this glorified Arcade release has delivered big!!!! With a great schedule of DLC and bug fixes, this game will continue to deliver big over and over for a long time to come!!! Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2013
    10
    This game is pure fun especially with some friends with dlc planned this is definitely going to be me a my friends game for a long timeThis game is pure fun especially with some friends with dlc planned this is definitely going to be me a my friends game for a long time amazing especially for an indie dev Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2013
    10
    The game is great and will only get better with each update DLC. Some peple experience minor connection problems but the ones I know that hadThe game is great and will only get better with each update DLC. Some peple experience minor connection problems but the ones I know that had thoose problems have been easily fixed and is enjoying the game right now. Recommend everyone who likes FPS and want a new experience compared to the same old CoD and BF is giving. Game 10/10 Expand
  4. Jan 12, 2014
    8
    Payday 2 is a good game with a particularly fun concept. It centers around the player robbing banks with the aid of two extra bots or up to 3Payday 2 is a good game with a particularly fun concept. It centers around the player robbing banks with the aid of two extra bots or up to 3 friends or random strangers you meet on the internet. While weapon choices and missions are rather limited, the game is addicting nonetheless. There's something about accumulating a large amount of money that gives you a good feeling inside, it's probably to call back to the days when games were about getting the highest score out of anyone else. The offshore account, is basically that score! Aside from score accumulation, the gameplay is extremely fun. Missions that require stealth were a genius thing to add, as it gives you a bigger reward in the end, like in Framing Frame, where you can get up to 8 bags of gold in the end and over $1,000,000 in bagged loot. However, every game has their flaws. The cooperative AI is less than stellar and can be downright stupid at some moments, such as when you are downed and Hoxton is staring into space or just leaning against a wall. Not to mention that during single player, the AI has the inability to pick up loot bags, which makes some missions longer offline than they would be online. Also, the enviornments can get somewhat repetitive, I feel like that I knocked out the same guard in Framing Frame a hundred times, you'd think that the museum would get tighter security by then. Also, the textures, models, and basic art assets look pretty bad for a console that can handle games that look as good as Halo 4 but Payday had images that had about the same art quality as GTA San Andreas. I hear they updated the PS3 version of the game to improve the graphical quality and improve bugs, but said update has yet to appear on the Xbox 360, I have had the game for at least half a year now, I'm almost, probably past, I don't know, Level 50 and it still has no updates. Sometimes the enemies can easily overwhelm you with just a single unit, I'm looking at you Bulldozer, I'm mowing down the FBI and I get shot down by one guy in Juggernaut Armor, I understand the Bulldozer is aptly named, but when you're by yourself and there is artificial stupidity running around, don't expect to last long. Other than that, the game is highly enjoyable and best played with a group of friends, the gameplay is fun and can sometimes be pressuring when you are trying to go stealthily through an entire mission. Overall, 8/10. Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2015
    7
    Payday 2 is a fun cooperative game with friends. When not playing with friends, online allies are tough to communicate with, and the A.I. isPayday 2 is a fun cooperative game with friends. When not playing with friends, online allies are tough to communicate with, and the A.I. is just terrible. With friends, however, a frantic and exciting experience is available. Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2013
    6
    The general gameplay of Payday 2 feels like a big clunky mess. Guns feel bulky yet weak considering the enemies you face. The game allowsThe general gameplay of Payday 2 feels like a big clunky mess. Guns feel bulky yet weak considering the enemies you face. The game allows strategy only until you inevitably alert the police, then the coordinated gameplay just falls into run and gun with the bags to the escape car. This game is only fun if you can play with 3 other people with mics, preferably trustworthy friends. Otherwise you are gonna have a bad time. Other games do co-op in a much smoother, polished fashion than this, like Left 4 Dead. I would choose that other this any day. Expand
  7. Oct 18, 2015
    0
    They added microtransactions to buy weapon skins with stat bonuses on them on top of the $200 worth of dlc. And they're liars.

    "We've made
    They added microtransactions to buy weapon skins with stat bonuses on them on top of the $200 worth of dlc. And they're liars.

    "We've made it clear that Payday 2 will have no microtransactions whatsoever (shame on you if you thought otherwise!)"
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