PAYDAY 2 is a co-operative first-person shooter action game developed by Overkill Software and the sequel to PAYDAY: The Heist. It was released on August 13, 2013 for Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 via digital distribution and retail. A SteamOS and Linux version was released on March 21st, 2016.
Two years after the events of the previous game, The Payday Gang comes to Washington, D.C. to embark on another crime spree. The player takes control of one of the gang's 22 (and counting) members and can perform heists alone, or with up to three teammates (controlled by AI or by other players). The player can participate in a variety of heists, including but not limited to robberies of banks, shops and armored cars, producing and distributing narcotics, arms trafficking, and even busting inmates out of police custody. The game differs on the previous by allowing much more customization of the player (aesthetically and gameplay-wise), more variety in levels, and has reworked stealth mechanics.
Why It Rocks
- Heavily improved gameplay from its predecessor.
- Thousands of weapons to play with, from the flexible and always-reliable CAR-4 to the punch-packing Judge revolver-shotgun.
- In this installment, there's the total of 22 heisters! (also featuring special guests such as Jacket from Hotline Miami, John Wick, Bodhi from Point Break and Tony Montana from Scarface. There's even Ethan and Hila from H3H3 Productions as themselves)
- The game itself features customization for your weapons, armor and masks. You can even edit your AI teammates' loadouts!
- New enemies to fight including new Bulldozer variants and the recently added Medic.
- 6 difficulty levels from "Normal" to "Death Sentence". Also, the enemy AI is less suicidal, making the game more newbie-friendly.
- Improved gameplay mechanics, specially for stealth.
- New skills and equipment that you can adapt to your playstyle. Also, you can now finally counter enemies' melee attacks, including those pesky Cloakers' spinkicks!
- Tons of heists to play, and also featuring remastered versions of the old heists ported from PAYDAY: The Heist.
- Huge modding community, mostly on Mod Workshop (formerly known as Last Bullet). Most notable is the "Microsoft Jacket" mod, which turns Jacket into a foul-mouthed trashtalker voiced by Microsoft Sam.
- The Nintendo Switch exclusive character Joy is likable and has clever puns, which gives D.Va from Overwatch a run for her money.
- Great soundtrack, especially by Simon Viklund and Carl Norén. You can even play while listening to the PAYDAY: The Heist soundtrack if you've purchased it for the original game.
- Thanks to the release of PAYDAY 2: Ultimate Edition (Later renamed to Legacy Collection), the DLCs have been delisted and merged into a single bundle. It's also much cheaper than the original total amount of DLC in the game.
- Plenty of good memes such as Dallas screaming "AUGHHH!! I NEED A MEDIC BAG!", Houston's "Don't act dumb!" and Bain's "CHAINS/SYDNEY/RUST IS IN A PICKLE!".
- Story of this game (Yes, a Co-op FPS game has a chronological story) is very interesting and has a very good delivery.
- The Secret ending (Offshore Payday which is common one) of the game is very heartwarming.
- Due to using NVIDIA graphics, the game's optimization is significantly worse than its predecessor.
- Many online heists will have at least one tryhard who's constantly screaming at other players for not listening to their orders. If you want to avoid these guys as much as possible, make sure to set your server filter to either "Friends Only" or "Private".
- Most of the content was locked until you bought the respective DLC before the release of the Ultimate Edition. Now you can just purchase the bundle with all of the DLCs included.
- Some bad missions like Alesso Heist.
- The vehicle physics are terrible, even though the game uses the modified Diesel engine, which was (ironically) used in racing games such as Flatout.
- The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions barely got any updates before their support got discontinued.
- The game itself is prone to crashing regardless of whether or not you're using mods.
- The game is notable for the infamous Crimefest 2015 microtransactions controversy.
- Unlocking The Secret is very painful.