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Pay Day 2 (Series) Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Pay Day 2 is a shooting adventure game. You are part of a criminal gang who do various heists such as bank and jewellery store robberies, as well as contract work and drug deals. It stands out for the thrill of breaking the law, committing violent (sometimes gory) crimes and the planning required to complete them successfully. It's a relatively rare chance to play the villain.

Through the eyes of the protagonist, you can take on missions with a computer controlled team, or go online with up to three team mates. Some levels require stealth where you need to avoid cameras, or alerting witnesses. Other levels are all guns blazing. Police will turn up to the heist after a certain time and will attack in assault waves.

As you progress there are missions that require specialist equipment such as safe breaking gear and get away cars. Throughout, the aim is to get the loot to the vehicle as quickly as possible and make your escape. Do well and you get more money, as well as progressing the career-led story that culminates in earning enough fund for your retirement.

Featuring some well known voices (John Cleese and Ron Perlman to name two) the second game has the feeling of a Hollywood Blockbuster. Indeed, an extra heist was added in December 2017 based on the Quentin Tarantino film "Reservoir Dogs" which plays in reverse chronological order. There are also 30 downloadable extra content packs to purchase including more heists as well as extra weaponry. A third game is currently in the works and expected in 2023.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2021

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Starbreeze AB (@StarbreezeAB)

Players: 1 (4 online)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 22 hours and 26 hours to complete. To see and do everything will take over 100 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for depictions of gross violence, motiveless killing of innocents, violence towards the defenceless, glamorisation of illegal drugs, sexual expletives and moving images that encourage and/or teach gambling. This game contains gross violence in the form of dismemberment, depictions of motiveless killing to defenceless innocent humans. The game depicts the production of illegal drugs such as meth and cocaine and the use of sexual expletives such as ‘*!@?*’ and ‘*!@?*.’ A section of the game takes place in a casino where the player can participate in winning money on slot machines, roulette and Craps.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
 
You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Pay Day 2 usually costs £15.99 to £23.99. 

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition.

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Payday 2: The Crimewave Collection

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
 
You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Pay Day 2 Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
Look and aiming sensitivity can be adjusted.

The only remapping of the controls is a setting for "southpaw" (left handed).

Subtitles can be turned on and off, but note that some of the spoken dialogue does not match the text on screen.

The mission details use voice-over actors but can be distorted to sound like a walkie talkie or answerphone message. This may be difficult to understand without subtitles.

You can include outlining on ammo and throwable objects for better visibility.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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