Summary: Nobody could ever claim PAYDAY: The Heist wasn't a good idea. Tapping into every human's secret desire to be part of a beautifully orchestrated, flamboyantly daring theft of grand proportions was a masterstroke, and while the execution was spotty, the overall result was a ton of fun. Overkill is having a second crack of the whip with PAYDAY 2 , clutching its clever idea jealously while surrounding it with much more content.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: In crime, as in game development, things don't always go as planned. A suspicious passerby might call the cops in early, and then those cops might phase through a wall. The loot you expect to find might not be there, and the end-of-heist reward you're hoping for might never arrive. Civilians might try to flee in the middle of a firefight, or they might disappear through the floor.
Pros: Captures the drama and satisfaction of daring heists, New skills enable new tactics, Element of randomness keeps you on your toes, Captures the drama and satisfaction of daring heists, New skills enable new tactics, Element of randomness keeps you on your toes
Cons: Some randomness is due to bugs, Reward pipeline is problematic, Friendly AI is all but useless, Some randomness is due to bugs, Reward pipeline is problematic, Friendly AI is all but useless
Conclusion: Concept: Become a player in the criminal underworld by knocking over jewelry stores, robbing banks, and running drugs
Graphics: The 30 locations offer much more variety than the last game, but the environments still get repetitive
Sound: Simon Viklund’s electronic soundtrack perfectly captures the tension of attempting to pull off a heist and the anxiety when the job inevitably goes awry
Playability: Like classic heist movies such as Heat and Oceans Eleven, Payday 2...