PAYDAY 2 Review

Payday 2: 5 steps that teach you how to easily rob a bank…actually, it’s just a good game :D

(Spoiler Warning!)  *Gunshots* *Lots of screaming* “Alright, everybody listen up! Clearly, by the looks of it, you should know that this is a bank robbery! You like our masks? Oh, that’s right! I don’t care about your opinion, I just want your money! Now, all of you get on the ground and don’t move a muscle! Nobody should even think about trying to be a hero! Just think of your loved ones and cooperate with u-” oh! Hehe…Hey, everybody!  I was just practicing my lines for this BIG heist I’m pulling off with my friends tomorr-…I mean…I was practicing my lines for a movie scene that we’re about to film. It involves a big heist…because it’s a heist movie…hehe… Well then, everybody! Overkill Software has made a comeback in the Payday series with Payday 2, a direct sequel to Payday: The Heist. Payday is a series of first-person shooter, cooperative multiplayer games that task the player, along with either his team of A.I. or other random players, with a challenging campaign of heists and robberies. Payday 2 heavily improves on the features of its predecessor.

*Cocks gun* Let’s get to work…

Really, there isn’t much of a story for this game at all. Just work together with other players and get lots of money! Which isn’t all that bad either. All that there is to know is that there are four default characters, and of course the awesome hacker named Bain, each with a brief background story. Via Payday 2 Wiki: first we have Wolf (far right in picture above), a 34 year-old Swedish psychopath. Earlier in his life, Wolf had a mental breakdown and began acting out various action movies. This has resulted in his criminal career. Next, we have Hoxton (second from the right), who could never hold a job even if his life would depend on it. His life style turned him to a life of cons and burglary. Then, we have Dallas (front), who worked for a Chicago mob when he was young. He later climbed the ladder and went from club bouncer to hitman. After ten years in hiding, due to a hit that was placed on his head, he decided to steal a shipment of weapons and try to find a criminal crew. Lastly, we have Chains (far left), who left the Navy and went into the world of merc troops, offering his military expertise to the highest bidder. On the open market, he was paired up with all the scum of the earth and sent on missions to all four corners of the world. Either doing robberies and kidnappings as a change from the fighting, or the other way around, Chains is always looking for a new adrenaline fix, which quickly swept him into this way of living. So, now that we’re done with introductions, let’s get the actual review started, shall we?

Come on, baby! Show me the money!

Let’s start with the Heists. Payday 2’s heists are much more tense, time-consuming, dangerous, breathtaking, and challenging. I’m telling you guys, I had SO much fun taking on these “suicide missions.” Unlike its predecessor, Payday 2 puts a lot more importance on stealth, planning, and timing. It’s important that you survey the place you’re about to rob before you start the heist (via putting on your mask). After finding out as much as you can about the place by surveying, you can then either start the heist and bash in guns blazing, or you can start the heist and proceed with stealth (if possible). These heists are packed with intense action; you have to fight off tons of cops that pull off numerous assaults, maintain your amount of hostages and ammo, make a few trips when rushing sacks of money into the getaway truck, drill into bank vaults (takes waaay to long at a novice level), and look for extra valuables all at the SAME time! If you want a really good score and a bigger pay, you have to pull off all of this in a short amount of time. Now, isn’t that something that will make you go crazy? Come on down and get your free nervous breakdowns!

We need guns…lots of guns…

Let’s talk Weapons, people. That’s right, I’m talkin’ about these big guns! *Audience looks down at my pants* No! Not these big guns! Those big guns! *Audience looks at picture above* Thank you, *sigh*. As I was saying, in order to pull off these heists you’re clearly going to need to pack the heat. Not only are guns crucial to pulling off these heists, but they are also very expensive. Which is why it’s very important to save money in this game. When building your arsenal, it is important that you create an eclectic collection of cap-poppers; consisting of handguns, assault Rifles, sub-machine Guns, shotguns, and at one point a portable saw. The game’s weapons look really good, especially when you view them up close. Every little detail of each gun is perfectly rendered to a point where every gun looks like a real life replica! Another job well done, Overkill :) They sound like real guns too, no cheesy sound effects or any other poor excuses for a gunshot; the real thing is what I like to hear. The weapons look and function way better than the ones in the last game as well, this is lots of good quality we’re talking about here, people. Note that building an arsenal is crucial for advancing to more challenging heists. When it comes to choosing the right weapons, having a variety is key.

Oh. My. God. These drills drive me insane…

I hope you guys aren’t starting to think that all you need for pulling off a heist is lots of guns! You need to have lots of other helpful supplies as well. So, let’s talk about Equipment. Payday 2 offers a variety of gadgets, some of which are crucial for pulling off difficult heists at a fast pace. Your most important, yet at the same time very annoying >:(, piece of equipment is the drill. The drill is a basic need during a robbery. It’s primarily used for drilling into bank vaults, safes, doors, and anything else that keeps a heist-man from his loot. They’re helpful, and definitely more efficient than lock picking, but are very slow and get jammed up a lot in the very beginning of the game. Drills, at first, act up like this when you’re a novice, so make sure you work your way up by buying and upgrading your perks. Doing so will give you the opportunity to decrease the time it takes for your drill to crack a safe and decrease the number of times your drill jams up. Another good piece of equipment is your ammo bag (you can unlock an extra one buy getting the Ammunition Specialist perk). Your ammo bag is useful in that is not only something that you can place on to the ground so that somebody may trip over it (Jk), but also a bag for you to receive more ammunition from!…and you’ve probably figured that out already :P It’s really important that you use these. Although the average heist may seem to take about 8 to 15 minutes, the cops in Payday 2 are nothing but a bunch of relentless, hostage-freeing, heist-stopping, assaulting  good guys (because we’re the bad guys). Therefore, you will be running out of ammo…a lot! The next piece of equipment is the doctor bag…not much to say about this, but all you need to know is that it’s very important that you upgrade this as well.

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