So what does it feel like to go around carrying out criminal activities without having to worry about the cops? Games like PayDay 2 is where you get to have all the criminal fun without breaking any law of the land.
You, recruited into a committing crime. There’s really that much of it to the game, there’s no story. The focus of PayDay 2 is committing crime, and doing it again and again.
PayDay 2 is both interesting and frustrating at the same time. The game starts off with some tutorial and it all looks great until you start with the missions, that’s when things go “WHAT DA @#($@(*$&!!!”
What’s interesting about PayDay 2 is that you get to carry out all sorts of criminal activities and you get rewarded, and what’s even more interesting is that you have multi-player options where you team up with actual players (obviously – being multiplayer) to carry out missions.
The variables in the game is amazing, you get all sorts of upgrades, choice of character, a whole range of accessories (guns, lock breaking tools, bags, whatever) and even the option to upgrade your infamy.
What’s frustrating about the game is the AI itself and the sheer difficulty of the game. The AI on your team is practically hopeless, and yet they’re not totally hopeless. Bear with me as I sound contradictory right now, the AI is a matter of both love and hate. On one hand they’re just ridiculously dumb when it comes to executing missions like a heist, say 3 of you are at the scene but YOU are the only one hijacking the paintings and bringing it to the van. They do not help in observing guard movements as such so they’re practically useless, and in some cases they even end up being the on triggering alarm. On the positive side, they’re quite capable when gunfights starts!
Speaking of gunfights, the police AI on the other hand is extremely n00b. Sure, they can take you down in due time or if you’re careless but for the most part it’s just you + 2 AI vs 30 odd SWAT team officers and still be alive and well. I tried running into a group of 5 SWAT members alone and amazingly no one took a shot at me for many seconds, I even had the opportunity to have some close range firefight.
This comes to the next point of frustration – the difficulty. Despite being an experienced gamer, I had trouble getting through this game. It requires a lot of patience and attempts, after a few hours I just completed 1 mission and I had a few “near completion”, for some mission it was too difficult while for others it’s being that the mission is so long that I lost interest.
To make things even more difficult, cross-hair is not part of the interface so your aim is practically based on estimation, unless you place a sticker on your display screen.
After spending some 3 hours giving the game a chance, I decided that the game is just not my cup of tea.
Graphics and Audio
PayDay 2’s graphics is alright, that is until you realize many sprites in the game look dated. It’s so dated that many “REMASTERED for PS4” games looked better, WAY better!
As for audio, I think it’s pretty good. I’ve no complaints about the sound effects and the soundtrack seems pretty good.
PayDay 2 is an interesting game, as long as your moral conscience allows you to participate in digital crime and you are willing to go through the countless hours of attempts due to the insane learning curve.