Developer: OVERKILL Software
Publisher: 505 Games
Reviewed by: Katalist
We all love surprises, don't we? I love it when a game, movie, or album surprise me in a good way. Payday was a game that had some great ideas but overall it fell short. I mean, who wouldn't want a great co-op bank heist game?
For the sequel almost every single aspect is improved upon, and then there is some new aspects introduced as well. Everything just feels a lot better to me in this game, sort of like Borderlands and Borderlands 2.
Basically, you get a team of friends together and rob banks, steal expensive paintings, stick-up four stores, cook meth like Walter White (and then sell it), and much more. Things never play out the same twice in this game. One mission you might get out okay, then later on, on the same mission and same difficulty, you might get destroyed. Rooms, cops, civilians, and drills are in different spots each time and that really adds to the replay value of these heists.
After each round you get to pick one of three cards which either have a new mask (or customization choices such as material, patterns and colours), mods, or money. It gets very addictive collecting everything and anticipating what you might get next.
Teamwork is HUGE in Payday 2. You must work together to accomplish objectives, shoot enemies, and much more or you will surely fail. There are also some RPG elements in this game like the skill trees, experience points, upgrading, etc.
Hours and hours will pass as you and your friends have a blast; whether it’s short missions like the bank or longer missions like the painting heist. Controls are spot on, the sound is good, the gameplay is awesome, customization is top notch, and most importantly, it’s fun!
If you’re a fan of the movies Heat and Dead Presidents, and the bank heist by the Joker in The Dark Knight, then I think there is a good chance you will like this game. I love the way missions can unfold completely differently: sometimes you do them stealthy without killing and sometimes shit hits the fan and it becomes an all out fire fight in the streets. Having put in over fifty hours on the game and thirty-five hours in the beta, I am still not bored.
Now, the game is not perfect but any issues it does have are small. The graphics are not the best ever (although there is some nice art design and lighting), and there are some bugs that can take away from the experience.
I always enjoy seeing devs improve upon games that have a lot of potential, and that is exactly what has happened here. If they can continue to support this game with free updates and DLC down the road this franchise could turn into a monster. I would love some missions in other countries like say Brazil, Canada, Japan, Thailand, etc.