Review: Payday 2
Available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Reviewed on Xbox 360.
PayDay 2 too much fun with friends to pass it up.
The co-op first person shooter allows up to four players to don the mask of as part of the four-man crew of Hoxton, Chains, Dallas, and Wolf, you are contracted to do jobs by a dude named Bain. He sets you up with various shady characters and presents you with a city map of constantly changing opportunities. There are around 10 distinct jobs while collecting huge amounts of cash and upgrades in return. The game makes you feel as if you are in a great R rated film such as Al Pacino’s Heat or even Reservoir Dogs. Which is a very good thing and the game pulls off the stressful excitement of pulling off these heist.
I wanted to all-out love this game and was happy that 505 Games was able to send us a review copy,but as someone who had to play this game online with complete strangers this is where the game went wrong for me. If you have a solid group of friends you can play with you will enjoy the game immensely. Playing with complete strangers has you constantly worried about host disconnects and just someone who may be out for themselves.
Playing Payday 2 alone during single player is a chore. The A.I. is not great at following direction and sometimes they end up making the jobs more difficult. If you play solo I would advise just on doing certain missions just to get your feet wet before you play online with others.
Everyone who plays is able to choose out of four classes Mastermind, Enforcer, Technician, and Ghost. What is good is you are not tied to just one of these classes and you can pick and choose to add from any of the others to your liking. The best part of the progression system is that there’s always something for players to strive for. You can spend your hard-earned money on new skills, weapon, mask, weapon attachment or other equipment.
The gunplay mechanics of the game are very intuitive and responsive. I expected a little less but was glad at how good the controls were for the game.
If you are looking for a story in the single player campaign you might as well forget it, most of the narratives are told in your mission briefings for whatever heist you have planned. There is always something for you to do in the game and though it may be somewhat difficult by yourself the game excels in multiplayer.
Overall if you are looking for a solid multiplayer game I would definitely recommend PayDay 2. It is easy to overcome the small limitations of bot A.I. and some repetitive gameplay but at the end of it all you will have fun. PayDay is a great game for a $40 on both consoles and $30 on PC. Give it a shot you may be surprised.
PayDay 2 was supplied by 505 Games for Review