Excerpt: In theory, the job was easy. But then again, aren’t they all? Me and three other wiseguys would hit this bank, break into the vault and make off with the cash housed within. Being the people person that I am, my job was to make sure none of the customers got any funny ideas about being a hero, calling the cops or whatever.
Excerpt: Payday 2 is the sequel to the successful Payday: The Heist developed by Overkill and published by 505 Games. Following up on what has to be one of the best ideas of the last generation, Overkill look to improve on Payday: The Heist’s reputation of being a buggy, yet extremely fun game especially in multiplayer.
Excerpt: As much as I like Payday 2 — What else is any serious Payday fan going to say about this sequel? — it’s nearly criminal how badly developer Overkill has mismanaged the overall experience. I just want to play Payday 2 the way I want to play Payday 2. I just want to grind an easy mission. I just want to quickly jump into a game with other people. I just want to play a practice game to figure out how to mix methamphetamines.
Excerpt: Payday 2 , the sequel to the surprisingly fun 2011 cooperative shooter from 505 games and Overkill is a lot like its criminal protagonists - rough around the edges and not too easy on the eyes, but ambitious, visceral and of course, a bit unpredictable. The single player game is still lacking, but if you've got a few friends who are willing to put their time and energy into planning and executing the perfect heist, Payday 2 feels an awful lot like your favorite crime...
Excerpt: Nothing is sweeter, I feel, than a heist without hitch. Except a heist where I get to murder over 60 police officers, who are probably all two days from retirement. But don't get scared, because I'm not talking about real life, but Overkill's latest incarnation of the Payday franchise. And it's amazing.
Conclusion: While the Crimenet system is a bit confusing to use at first and you most certainly need to participate in a few heists before you can figure out all the mechanics, Payday 2 is a fun four-player co-op shooter that will definitely delight not only fans of the original but also those looking for a new experience they can play with friends.
Conclusion: 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. Overkill has taken everything that worked in the original and improved upon it.
Pros: Improved graphics, more depth, lots of fun with a team
Summary: Payday: The Heist was an ambitious title that aimed at the niche four-player co-op shooter genre but didn't exactly attract as many people as other similar games, like Left 4 Dead . With Payday 2, developer Overkill wants to improve on the experience and deliver the complex game it wanted with the first title.