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3.0 out of 5 stars Pay Your Way, 20 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Payday 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Who here has not wanted to get a bunch of mates together and rob a bank or steal jewellery from a shop? Not in real life, but in ‘Payday 2’, a manic co-op shooter that allows you to live the life of a crook. The game is a first person shooter that mixes the frantic feeling gameplay of ‘Left 4 Dead’ with that of the ‘Kane and Lynch’ multiplayer. You are dropped off to begin with in a rather shabby hideout and here are told a loose story. Essentially this is the hub that you use to join up with three other players; friends or randoms.

As a big co-op fan I was really looking forward to ‘Payday’. However, there was something with the raw energy with the game that did not sit well with me. I do not play many competitive shooters as I find them too fast and full of people who play them for endless hours. Co-operative games are usually a slightly slower pace and gamers work to help one another. In the case of ‘Payday 2’ this is not the case, at least on console. In the many games that I played online I was subjected to players running around doing their own thing and not really co-operating.

This could be a criticism of the audience and not the game, but actually it is the mechanics that are to blame. The likes of ‘Left 4 Dead’ and ‘Army of 2’ require co-operation for success and the gameplay rewards this and punishes those that do not. I did not get the sense that people had to work together in ‘Payday 2’ and instead many players just played for themselves. This made the several scenarios on offer feel quite empty.

This was a real shame as the game itself is well made and a very solid shooter. There are some really fun and frantic shoot outs to be had, although the omnipresent violence was a little much at times. If you can pick up a copy and play with pals this may just be one of the strongest co-op games, just don’t expect the community to hold your hand as you learn the ropes and the game itself is not designed to do this either.
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