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
    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
    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
    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
    A superb co-op shooter, with rich character customisation and unpredictable missions. [Oct 2013, p.70]
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    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
    Payday 2 is an excellent co-op shooter - a vast improvement over the first one. [Sept 2013]
  7. Aug 19, 2013
    The many missions and unlockables also offer plenty of food for many hours raid pleasure.
  8. Aug 29, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Original, fun and exciting, certainly a welcome surprise in this sultry summer.
  34. Aug 13, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Smart co-op shooting slightly undermined by poor stealth mechanics and dogged insistence on withholding the best toys.
  39. Aug 19, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Overkill Software have nearly perfected this wonderful recipe and they are definitely on track to creating something exceptional.
  44. Sep 10, 2013
    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
    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
    Despite the potential pitfalls and the actual flaws of Payday 2, things have a way of coming together.
  47. Aug 22, 2013
    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. Aug 18, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1302 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 361
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    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! Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    Unfortunately connection drops too often, a problem for many players. We'd play offline, but the AI doesn't even carry the bags so you getUnfortunately connection drops too often, a problem for many players. We'd play offline, but the AI doesn't even carry the bags so you get shot down in mere seconds. The connectivity issue is a similar one to Payday 1. Full Review »
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    Will attempt to keep this brief and to the point, but more important truthful. Payday 2 is an excellent purchase if you simply go for the $30Will attempt to keep this brief and to the point, but more important truthful. Payday 2 is an excellent purchase if you simply go for the $30 version and understand what you're getting. It will provide a generally enjoyable experience for up to 4 people in a party style casual game for up to 30-40 hours, which is a really great value. The majority of the issues with the game long term are a result of Overkill's misrepresentation of the product. To put it simply, it is not a $50 product nor should it be considered in the same league as other AAA products. You're essentially paying for an upgraded mod...


    - Repetitive heists that are often recycled. There is NOT 30 heists! No matter how you add up the levels, mathematically it doesn't come to 30 heists so ignore any interviews you read or see from Overkill stating otherwise. Additionally, they reuse many of the same maps with slight variations and call it an entirely new heist. They were either short staffed or extremely lazy, but you'll spot assets reused repeatedly on every level.

    - Skill system was a great idea, but executed poorly. Certain skills are a complete waste while others are extremely overpowered. You are able to mix and match which skills you want among all 4 trees so people simply pickup the best ones, which leaves everyone the same and defeats the entire point of a skill system.

    - The AI in this game is by far the worst AI I have ever experienced in any title I have played both for the opposition and teammates. There are no words to describe how bad the AI actually is. If you enjoy mindlessly shooting poorly scripted bots then it isn't as dire as I make it sound.

    - Engine is extremely outdated. It would be tolerable if the game play was vastly superior to other titles, but it simply is not.

    - Mission selection tool known as is a colossal failure and will no doubt be used as a demonstration tool in courses as an example of what to avoid during your design phase. You sit around with 3 other friends waiting for the game to let you play the mission you all want to play. How this design got past being written down on paper much less implemented into the game is beyond comprehension.

    - Horrible support and customer service. Almir, a developer at Overkill is often seen crying on the forums about people being negative. Negative about a product they purchased....Although I don't agree with customers acting like spoiled 12 year old infants I also find it professionally shameful to have an employee speak to the customer base in the manner in which he does. They're also too lazy to purchase and maintain their own official forums and use the Steam game forum to fill this void. The result is what you'd expect...

    In closing, if interested purchase the $30 version and expect to get about 30-40 hours out of it. It's fun, but you can't take any of it seriously as it lacks any kind of depth. You're purchasing a MOD!
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