Review: Payday 2 on PlayStation 3Written by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Video game review by Sagar Sharma
Payday 2 (505 Games)
Developer Overkill likely dreamed of making an officially licensed game for the classic crime drama Heat, as their love of the film and heist movies in general can be seen in Payday 2. The co-op multiplayer title takes you in the role of a high stakes thief where teamwork is the key for not only surviving life on the wrong side of the law but also for getting the most out of this game.
Payday 2 offers four classes of robbers for the 30 heist missions the title provides. You will find the usual enforcer, stealth and high-tech class as seen in most multiplayer titles that provide different options. What is unique is the fourth class, the mastermind, who has the ability to convince bystanders cooperate and cops to stand down. After each mission is complete you will receive a payday, which will let you level up your character. The key to how much you will receive after completing a mission however, is completely dependent on your squad mates.
One of the more enjoyable cooperative experiences in years can be had in Payday 2 because how crucial it is for teamwork to happen in order to get the biggest payday after a mission. Lone gunners have nothing to gain causing havoc because they will be rewarded with a paltry sum at the end. Robbing banks, stealing paintings, taking out cameras, loading the getaway van, all these are substantially more difficult to pull off by oneself. Unfortunately if not playing with human partners in crime the game suffers tremendously. The brain-dead A.I. will almost always prevent any stealth from happening, as the A.I. is routinely trigger-happy. Graphics also seem to have been an afterthought but it is at least not distracting.
If you can find a group of friends to play robbers with, you will find a very rewarding multiplayer experience here in Payday 2. Overkill promises a full year of DLC support, so this could turn out to be a special title. The lack of a compelling single-player experience and questionable A.I. hold this game back from reaching its potential that is so obviously there (***, Rated M for Mature, available on PSN, XBLA and PC).
- + Stealth is gratifying
- + Great emphasis on teamwork
- + Strong score and sound effects greatly enhance experience
- - Lack of variety in mission structure
- - Subpar graphics
- - A.I. is very weak in single-player
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