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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
  • Developer: Overkill Software
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Fantasy, General, Fantasy, Arcade
  • # of players: Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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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. 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. Feb 19, 2019
    9
    AMAZING GAME!
    only 1 problem, on the Xbox there's a lot of glitches so that's why I switched to playing on my pc.
  3. Oct 26, 2015
    2
    The game itself is fun, but now you need to mod it in order to return it to its old glory. Overkill sadly felt endless DLC wasn't makingThe game itself is fun, but now you need to mod it in order to return it to its old glory. Overkill sadly felt endless DLC wasn't making enough money so they went back on their word and added microtransactions. A broken promise would have been tolerable, but they also made it so that the items from said microtransactions added stat boosts, and at the same time they rebalanced all weapons, making many of them barely useful. You can even get a skin for a weapon you don't own.
    All this happened during a yearly event dedicated to free content.

    I can't recommend this game anymore.
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  4. Oct 22, 2015
    0
    A solid game. An AMAZING game. Ruined. Ruined by greed.
    I felt like this whole thing started with the DLCs... and now it dropped into
    A solid game. An AMAZING game. Ruined. Ruined by greed.
    I felt like this whole thing started with the DLCs... and now it dropped into horrible microtransactions that makes a game (which I remind you is NOT free to play) a pay to win game.
    Sorry Overkill. I loved ya'll... but you disappointed us all :(
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  5. Nov 21, 2015
    0
    Payday 2 is the latest game to succumb to the trend of developers freely lying to the players of the game in the interest of boostingPayday 2 is the latest game to succumb to the trend of developers freely lying to the players of the game in the interest of boosting sales/revenues, by either promising features will or won't be included to their core audience only to go back on their word post launch to try to 'broaden the appeal' of their game and make more money.

    In the case of Payday 2, the developer promised there would never be micro-transactions in the game period. They repeated this promise on many occasions. The game has a price tag, and has an unholy amount of DLC (20+ DLC packs!) that already sell power creep.

    Now though the devs have decided that they would like to squeeze $2.50 out of each player after most matches by rewarding safes that have to be cracked via an item that cannot be earned in game.

    It's so damn sleazy, and sadly the power creep items pay walled in the chests cannot be earned any other way. What a sleazy thing to do.
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  6. Oct 18, 2015
    0
    This game contains a lot of bugs, included race conditions, network-related crashes and so on.
    Weapons are poorly implemented, ammo counts
    This game contains a lot of bugs, included race conditions, network-related crashes and so on.
    Weapons are poorly implemented, ammo counts for many of them are just stupid, same with damage and armour penetration capability.
    And what we got in the latest update 79?
    Safes instead of boxes on payday, with microtransaction-only drills instead of keys? No, thanks.
    We already have the payday itself. And we have drills, a whole lot of them. There's no need for special drill to open those safes. Tradeable mods (all the weapon mods) would have been better.

    A whole lot of totally stupid textures in those safes? No, thanks.
    Some of them are nice, but most are just stupid or just recolors. And this is after the Chivalary pack, a stupid DLC with overpowered longbow and crossbow.

    You can take that back, with so-called weapon re-balance, where AMR16 and AK 7.62 still have 90 total rounds with 60 round mags.
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  7. Oct 18, 2015
    0
    Greedy, lying devs, bug-ridden with massive de-syncs, unbalanced weapons, loads of dlcs, micro-transactions, no dedicated servers, cheaters.Greedy, lying devs, bug-ridden with massive de-syncs, unbalanced weapons, loads of dlcs, micro-transactions, no dedicated servers, cheaters. This game is just a cash grab made by the EA-like Overkill. Stay away! Expand

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