For those who don’t remember the first Pay Day game I will give you a quick rundown. It was developed by OVERKILL Software and had the unique gameplay mechanic of being overall pretty mediocre. The only thing the original had going for it was that it was kind of enjoyable when played with friends. So the question is, have OVERKILL listened to the criticism and fixed the issues?
The story in Pay Day 2 is unexplored to say the least. It shows signs of an attempted story but hasn’t done much with it. You play as 1 of 4 masked criminals: Wolf, Hoxton, Dallas or Chains, each with their own personalities and traits. It would have been nice to see some backstory for each of these characters. When you are choosing a character there is a brief biography on them, but it covers very little. It’s disappointing because these characters seem quite interesting and the game doesn’t make much effort to explore them. I would have appreciated some story centric missions in the single player levels in order to characterise the characters. I can imagine witty banter throughout the missions Battlefield Bad Company style. The only reason I’m being so hard on the story is because it’s apparent that OVERKILL made some sort of effort to give the game some kind of story, as well as the fact that the characters have potential to be very interesting if any effort was made to explore them.
The gameplay in Pay Day 2 is very similar to games like Left 4 Dead, in how it has the constant waves of enemies and objectives in the levels. However the thing about Pay Day 2 is that instead of shooting a bunch of zombies, you’re robbing banks. I’m happy to say that the game has been vastly improved from the original and is extremely fun. The single player mode has been re-vamped and is a lot better than the original. However, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I could never get my AI teammates to hold any of the loot. This made single player runs nearly impossible to complete. I’m not sure whether I’m just stupid and couldn’t work out how to do it, but there seemed to be no obvious way to give them any of the loot. The levels in Pay Day 2 vary from jewelry store hits, to high end bank heists. Each follow roughly the same formula: enter building, take hostages, kill police, get loot and run. However, what keeps these missions interesting is the random elements. The amount of security cameras there are, how many security guards, where the vault is, the list goes on. This means that each heist is slightly different from the last making each new level interesting. How you decide to go about the heist also keeps the missions interesting. Do you sneak in the back or bust in the front door guns blazing, its up to you. All these things added together make Pay Day 2′s gameplay to be an overall really fun experience.
The multiplayer is the main selling point of Pay Day 2 . Teaming up with 3 other people to rob a bank is quite a fun experience, even in normal matchmaking. This game definitely shines when played with others. This was the main thing that the first game had going for it, the fact that it was really quite enjoyable when played with some friends. Pay Day 2 is much the same in this regard, playing with some friends is a blast. The only real flaw with the multiplayer is that the matchmaking system is a little unreliable at times. Sometimes you just can’t connect to games at all, which is annoying.
Pay Day 2 looks really nice and is on par with modern games. It goes for s realistic graphic style and succeeds. One thing I saw that I really liked was that in the lobbies before and after missions, small live action sequences play in the background. I thought this looked really nice and added a lot to the games atmosphere of realism. The music in Pay Day 2 is actually pretty good. There are no stand out themes but the music is atmospheric and adds to the game positively.
- Fun gameplay
- Great with friends
- Pretty graphics
- Good music
- Single player a little dodgy
- Glitchy matchmaking system
Overall Pay Day 2 is very fun, especially when playing with friends. The best game to compare it to is Left 4 Dead. When playing by yourself its a little ordinary but when working together wit some friends it gets a lot more fun. I recommend this game if you can get some friends involved, but the matchmaking is fun enough that I wouldn’t say it’s necesary.
Suitability: 16+ Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, PS3 Replay Value: High