Indsendt: 19. januar
Note: This is a review of PAYDAY 2 that includes all the DLC within the game
PAYDAY 2 is a co-operative first person shooter brought to us by OVERKILL software, whose previous game is PAYDAY: The Heist.
There is no story here, you pick one of currently 6 heisters and then go out and start doing illegal deeds in over 20 different heists that range from normal banks and jewellery stores, to military depots and fortified gang hideouts. Each heist is unique and usually a ton of fun.
The only difference between the characters is their cosmetic differences as well as the voice lines they say. The voice actors who play these heisters all display very well done voice acting and helps set the heist atmosphere of the game.
After a short tutorial in your safe house you then must choose to start any mission your level is suited to on CRIME.NET. On CRIME.NET, heists pop up on the map of Washington D.C. and you can choose which ones you want to take on, if you cannot find the heist you want however, you can always purchase the contract by spending some offshore money to obtain them and what difficulty you prefer.
Once you've started a mission you are at a load out menu where you choose your primary and secondary weapons, what armour you want to wear, as well as any deployable equipment you have unlocked, such as ammo bags, body bag cases, medic bags, sentries, and so on. You can also purchase assets, these are items that will be placed in the heist as long as you pay the fee, such as having a med kit dropped for you in the heist or having a better escape driver. After you've prepared your load out you can now begin the heist, where you usually start out in casing mode where you observe the environment and see how you can go about the heist with as little error as possible.
Many heists can be performed entirely stealthily, which requires patience and understanding of the environment, pulling off a heist entirely in stealth will reward you with bonus XP on your next heist. During stealth you have to avoid cameras, eliminate guards and answer their pagers, as well as deactivating the security room. Once you've managed to pull off a heist for the first time in stealth, it can feel very rewarding. However, stealth can be buggy sometimes, guards can sometimes see you through walls, they may sometimes see you instantly even though they shouldn't, and the A.I. guards can take ages to move during their patrol.
However for the inevitable moment somebody trips the alarm the game will act like a regular first person shooter. However during these moments, the gunplay is fantastic and the police will always provide a challenge and the music further adds to the tension of the heist. When going the loud route, you can look around to find objects that will help you survive longer, such as boards to barricade windows, key cards to close doors, use key cards to enter rooms with loot or better cover, etc. But loud also has issues too, mainly the computer controlled police and team mates. If you lack a player in your lobby, an A.I. controlled team mate will take the slot instead, and the A.I. is more of a bullet sponge than anything else. They don’t often keep up with you, don’t help you move bags, and can be a pain to save them all the time. The police A.I. can be silly too; they often move through walls, not notice players despite being very close to them and sometimes just charge into your line of fire. That being said, the enemy A.I. provide a very decent challenge and will usually keep you on your toes.
Once you've managed to escape from a heist you get money that varies on how much money you've managed to steal from the heist as well as the difficulty, the higher the difficulty, the higher the payout and the risk. After that you are then brought to the PAYDAY screen, where you choose one of three cards and see what kind of loot you get, kind of like an RPG. You can get loot ranging from gun modifications like suppressors, higher capacity magazines, and entire new hand guards and stocks. The other type of loot is masks and mask modifications. You can find all sorts of different masks, and when you find a mask you have a very small chance of it being an INFAMOUS item, which are extremely rare masks. You can also get mask materials to customize one of the masks you obtain, changing the material, patterns and colours of the masks. The level of customization on the masks can be staggering and the amount of weapon mods is fantastic. However there is an issue with this PAYDAY screen; it relies heavily on RNG.
This means it can take you an eternity to get a very specific mask you want or a very specific mod for a very specific gun. My friend has spent over 200 hours trying to find a suppressor for his shotgun to accomplish one of the many achievements for PAYDAY 2, and this is a bad sign. To be fair however, as time went on OVERKILL has added achievements that once achieved, will earn you modifications and masks.
Moving on however, you also gain XP on completing the heist which varies on difficulty, and each time you level up not only do you unlock new guns, melee weapons and access to new heists, you also gain skill points to put towards your role in PAYDAY 2. PAYDAY 2 has 5 skill branches; Mastermind, Technician, Ghost, Enforcer and Fugitive.
Mastermind focuses on inspiring and healing the crew, Technician has lots of gadgets and upgrades, Ghost is the stealth class, Enforcer is the tank glass, and fugitive is the run and gun class.
It is impossible to max out all the skills in the game; you have to choose 1 or 2 skill branches in order to be useful and good at the game. If you want to pull off a heist flawlessly, everyone in your 4 man crew must be in their respected roles, have the appropriate skills, and have enough knowledge of the heist.
With the money you obtained from heists you can spend it on purchasing new weapons in which there is a large variety of them, which range from assault rifles and pistols, to light machine guns, sniper rifles and even a grenade launcher. You can also spend money on putting found modifications onto your guns and masks, putting skill points into skills and again purchasing contracts to do the heist you currently feel like doing. That being said some of the heists are repetitive. For example a lot of them feature the objective “Drill the door/safe” or “move the bags from A to B” which can cause fatigue. Despite this however I still had heaps of fun playing PAYDAY 2; it constantly provides a challenge, and it is always fun trying to perform the perfect plan for a heist and get as much loot as you possibly can.
I have to warn however, PAYDAY 2 can be either a train wreck or a ton of fun depending on who you’re playing with. The game’s community is mostly nice, however you will meet people who will kick you or be incredibly stupid for little to no reason other to infuriate you.
Another issue I should quickly mention is that the game is absolutely not bug free, I usually crash during heists which makes me want to stop playing because of all the time wasted on that one heist only for it to crash. Other bugs are mostly minor, like graphical issues.
The sound in the game however is a big plus, the voice acting of the characters is great, the guns all sound fantastic and the shouting of civilians as they duck for cover is great. The soundtrack is also some of the best pieces of music I've heard in a very long time.
The graphics are also good, the textures are sometimes flat and characters don’t seem to have lip syncing, but the art direction makes the game look fantastic.
As it stands now, PAYDAY 2 is quite possibly the best co-op game I’ve played in a very long time, and I don’t think I will get bored as long as OVERKILL frequently releases new content. Despite the issues, PAYDAY 2 remains to be an addiction shooter that tickles my love for heist movies and computer games.