I absolutely love Heist movies such as The Heat. Something about the high stake sequences and action does it for me everytime. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is probably the finest Heist experience you can get while playing a game, but is the game any fun? Find out in our review below.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is a HD remastering of the original PS3, Xbox 360 and PC release. On launch of the original Payday 2, at least on consoles, the game faced a few issues like connection problems and flickery frame rate. With the Crimewave Edition, developers 505 Games, hopes to deliver the game as it was intended by remastering the console releases in 1080p and locking the frame rate at a constant 30fps. The Crimewave Edition also includes all previously released DLC so players are fully loaded on the content side from the get-go.
Technically the game is great. Even though Payday 2 isn’t the best looking game ever, the boost to 1080p is certainly noticeable. The biggest improvement is the fixed 30fps frame rate which not once dropped during my playtime. The sounds are okay, there’s the occasional dialogue here and there, and the guns sound fairly average. I feel for a game that is centered around tension and gunfire, the sound design could have been a lot better.
The purpose of the game is clearly to get money. The money you earn in mission is divided into two types, Spendable money used to buy guns and equipments and Overseas cash that is representable of your score in the game. Money is earned by completing missions, contributing to the mission (like Kills), stealing miscellaneous items and robbing ATMs.
The gameplay is slightly different from arcade shooters like Call of Duty. The guns have a lot of weight to them so sustained fire is not a valid strategy and there’s a finite amount of ammo that you and your crew can carry into a mission. The gunplay isn’t meant for everybody but I found it very refreshing to get away from the Call of Duties and Battlefields for a while. Payday 2 is certainly tactful, allowing players to play as one of five classes, with each class having its own abilities and equipment. Having the correct balance in the team you take into a mission is very important and that shows in the harder “Overkill” difficulty missions.
The game’s 5 aforementioned “classes” are Mastermind, Enforcer, Technician, Ghost, and Fugitive. Points earned after each mission can be used to level up their skill trees to gain abilities and equipment. These bonuses range from better gun recoil control to the ability to deploy Sentry Guns. Each class has their own special equipment like medic and ammo bags, so the emphasis is on planning ahead and balancing the equipment you take on your Heists.
A feature I absolutely hate in Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is the customisation system. To customise your guns and masks players have to first unlock them via random drops at the end of each Heist. With the amount of equipment and masks in the game, finding specific items to your favourite guns and masks is really tough.
The game has a good variety of missions that include the typical bank robberies, stealth missions, mall heist, etc. These do become repetitive as certain missions are easier to complete than others and carry better rewards, this leads to most of the players playing these certain missions to get more money. You can however choose to play the missions you want, the matchmaking system is decent and finding lobbies wasn’t hard.
Payday 2 is a four player multiplayer co-op game if you weren’t cued in by the promo materials or trailer, you can however choose to play the game offline. I wasn’t impressed with the AI though during my brief offline play especially in stealth missions. If you plan on getting Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, then definitely do it to play online. The community is great in my opinion, I play with a mic usually and teamwork with the randoms I played with was very enjoyable. Although that could be me getting lucky, I haven’t found that many squeaking kids cursing at me while playing Call of Duty either.
Teamwork is very important in the Payday series and not one member of the team is expendable. Each Heist has your crew complete certain tasks so knowing your role is very important. Playing an average Heist good Payday players will have one person working the primary objective like working the drill, one person doing the secondary objective like finding extra loot, one rounding up Police officers and the last one laying down traps and securing an escape route. There’s nothing better than executing the perfect Heist and I mean that!
This review covers the PS4 version of the game.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition Review (PS4)
If you're a fan of co-op first person shooters then Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is one of the best games on the market right now. Just be prepared to do your role properly and not let the rest of your crew down.