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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. Expand
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  • Developer: Overkill Software
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Fantasy, General, Fantasy, Arcade
  • # of players: Up to 4
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  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: 34 out of 57
  2. Negative: 11 out of 57
  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. Aug 24, 2013
    8
    This game is great fun with friends and the RPG elements are done well although I do not like having to spend cash to unlock them (In gameThis game is great fun with friends and the RPG elements are done well although I do not like having to spend cash to unlock them (In game cash not real world) there is a variety of missions available through crime net and almost all can be completed in a stealth fashion, the fire-fights are also incredibly intense and fun to play however this game is really bad single player although the bots function well enough to fight effectively and revive you should you go down they do not have any interaction with the loot forcing you to lug 3 4 or even 9 bags over to the escape whilst under heavy fire which isn't fun in the slightest, I also found that you only get a small portion of your earnings each money to spend for instance I secured $100,000 of coke in the Watchdog's mission yet only got $25,000 spending cash which is bad considering I braved it alone at a low level with decent guns and no body armour, if you want to go stealth right from the start you'll be disappointed as you won't have as much experience in the ghost or mastermind skill tree's so stealth is a difficult option for newbies.
    All in all this is a great 4 player co-op package much like the Left 4 Dead series and if you have 3 friends I urge you all to give this game a shot
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  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 4, 2013
    6
    Payday 2 is exactly like the previous game, so if you were fanatic about the previous one you'll absolutely love it. If you are only intoPayday 2 is exactly like the previous game, so if you were fanatic about the previous one you'll absolutely love it. If you are only into singleplayer or off-line gameplay don't buy Payday 2, it is not what it is aimed at. Still, this is CoD and BF all over again, a game with the same game design repeated over and over. I would have liked to see something new in the actual gameplay, anything really. If you haven't played Payday before, its a teamwork-based FPS. It is not an RPG like some people suggest. There is nothing RPG about it, nothing at all. Nor is this a combat sim, absolutely not. There is nothing realistic about this game. It is an arcade teamwork-based FPS. Great fun if you like working as a team with people on-line, as opposed to being a Rambo in CoD and BF. 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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