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“What’s the Score, Slick?”
‘Payday 2’ is a fast-paced, slick, Co-operative First-Person Shooter (FPS) and a strong sequel to 2011’s cult-classic ‘Payday: The Heist’. While the first entry in the series was an un-polished gem, ‘Payday 2’ is bigger, badder and flashier in nearly every regard - a taut, adrenaline-shot affair with explosive running gun-battles around every corner. Gameplay | Key Improvements:
Gamers once again assume the role of one of four main protagonists – Dallas, Chains, Hoxton or Wolf – who after a few years in hiding, have descended upon Washington D.C in search of new scores. Originally developed by Overkill Software (a small Swedish Dev.), the franchise has since been acquired by Starbreeze | 505 Games and the larger budget for this late-2013 release is clearly evident in its improved production values - adding all the bells and whistles one would expect from a modern shooter. More Heists?
– Check – The game consists of 17 unique heists (compared to 7 in the original) adding some great variety that can be played in Single-player (with AI bots) or Online Co-op, with an additional 3 Heists available as DLC. Better Customization?
– Check – The single biggest improvement from the original game is the inclusion of a deep and well fleshed-out ‘Reward | Customization System’ which allows gamers to use cash earned from heists to acquire and modify a large selection of new weapons and armor, customize masks for more personalized characters, unlock class-specific skills and perks, and customize load-outs for individual missions. Better Online Matchmaking?
– Check - With the introduction of Crime.net, the game also improves the ability to setup and find online heists across a variety of difficulty levels (from Normal to Overkill) through a well designed User Interface. Flaws:
In considering its shortcomings, many gripes from the original ‘Payday’ unfortunately remain – A continued lack of a single player campaign, and rather simplistic AI, make for a somewhat one-dimensional experience over time. Additionally, graphics and gameplay are basically unchanged – and average graphics (considered below-par for the first game in 2011) seem increasingly out of date in 2014. The randomized ‘Reward-Drop System’ for weapon upgrades | new masks is another area which needs re-work as evidenced by some pro gamers (400+ hours in-game) still unable to get that one mask or weapon upgrade they so crave. Team-balancing issues with online match-making, the seemingly interminable grind to unlock better toys, and a trend toward expensive DLC-only content, mar an otherwise strong offering.
In the final analysis, ‘Payday 2’ is a great sequel and a phenomenal heist game, improving upon the original in key areas. A fantastic premise supported by a pulsating background score, frenetic action, a good selection of heists and a deep customization system add to the thrill of taking down scores with your crew. Familiar gripes, and some new ones to boot however give this entry a feeling of ‘2 steps forward – 1 step back’, so while an overall improvement, its one achieved in steps not leaps and bounds. Well Recommended (on Sale) for both veterans and newcomers alike – Rated (8.4/10)