Payday 2 has it's problems and the single player is downright unplayable, but the multiplayer more than makes up for it.

User Rating: 9 | Payday 2 X360
Considering that Payday 2 centers around a group of four criminals trying to get a considerable retirement fund, it really should not come as a surprise that is by all means a co-op game. Overkill was nice enough to include some AI teammates for those of you who dare try to stick it out offline, but they are basically useless as they can't interact with objectives or take hostages. So if you lack an online connection, stop reading this review now and forget about playing Payday 2 until you can get some human counterparts to rob banks with.

So I gave this game a 9/10 yet I opened with complaining about an extremely annoying aspect of the game. That is probably leaving more than a few of you scratching your heads, but that's ok. Because in single player even the most complex heists feel like monotonous, tedious chores and are often impossible to complete with the AI as your team. BUT when you have three other people, actual people, and everyone has a headset and everyone is coordinating the plan, Payday 2 can create some of the most fun and memorable experiences you can have with a controller in your hand. When playing online even quick convenient store hits can feel like a heist of epic proportion. Not to mention that when playing online, your reward is often greater. I did a jewelry store heist a couple of times offline and averaged about $3,500 each time I did it. I played once online and made $15,000 and leveled up twice. The replayability and enjoyment of this game is going to come from your online experiences. So if working with others isn't your cup of tea, this might not be the game for you.

Payday 2 is one of those games that is hard to describe to someone who has never played it. The best way to compare it is probably Left for Dead with weightier shooting mechanics. All in all if you are thinking about getting it, it has a lot to offer, especially at a $40 price tag. There is a lot to do and unlock, and having somewhat randomized maps (vaults in different locations, etc.) can make for a variety of experiences. If you have a buddy or two and you enjoy co-op games, Payday 2 is the game you have been waiting a long time to play. While definitely not devoid of bugs and glitches, in the heat of a police assault they are often easy to forget or over look. Payday 2 is one of those games that is much more than the sum of its parts. It is definitely a refreshing dose of originality in a genre overrun with monotony.

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