Payday 2 Crimewave Edition Review
Everyone’s favourite heist game is back, and it’s better than ever. Payday 2 Crimewave edition gets us back close and personal with the original crew ready to inflict crime on Washington DC, only this time with some very welcome and promising new features.
The Hollywood heist in true blockbuster fashion is bigger than ever in cinema at the moment, so what better way to get your fix than by being at the forefront of your very own heist from pre-planning and casing out a target, engrossing yourself in an action packed heist, to spending your well earned job cash on new equipment and upgrades to help you move onto the next big heist.
What’s new? Payday 2 Crimewave Edition brings with it a range of new additions including the vast ‘CRIMENET’ network. Players now have access to a much larger selection of jobs and accessories across a number of new maps, from raiding the vaults of the local bank to kidnapping high profile targets and the best part is that all of this can be done online as well as offline, meaning you can join up to 3 more friends (or strangers) online to team up for the ultimate co-operative Payday experience.
Payday 2 Crimewave Edition Review
It doesn’t take long to be reminded of the Payday gameplay experience that players know and love. Only this time, it’s with full 1080p visuals and a whole bunch of extras to unlock. There is only one word that fits the heist experience that Payday gives. Mental. If you’re looking to blast your way through tasks as quickly as possible with no frustrating changes or developments then this most certainly isn’t the game for you. However, if you want to be engrossed in every action packed, challenging aspect of a true city heist then there really isn’t anything better then Payday 2.
So back to basics, the bank robbery, pre-plan your route in, stealth options, escape route (and contingency should it all go tits up), mask up, drill the vault, pick the locks of safety deposit boxes and get out of there with your bags stuffed with cash. That isn’t by any means everything involved and nothing goes quite to plan, but that’s what you are looking at in terms of standard series of events. Sounds straightforward right? Not quite. Time is not your friend during any Payday heist and it takes a fair chunk of it to get into any vault, time that you have to kill by fighting off hoards of policeman and the like who will barrage you, pretty much constantly, with assaults while you wait the 320 seconds it takes for your drill to crack the vault. It’s in that time where this game really comes into its own with how panic inducing it is. Once that mask is on, don’t expect your heartbeat to return to normal speed until you’re escaping with bags of cash.
Ok, now imagine the above but online with 3 strangers who might, quite possibly, have different ideas about how to pull of the heist…and there it is. Everything just got a little bit more stressful. Having said that, it’s that element of unexpectedness that makes the game even more exciting, and even more so when you sync up with three teammates, reading each other’s next move and pulling off heists like you’ve been a crew since you were kids. It really is a sense of co-operation that doesn’t come about to often in videogames, true oceans eleven style. The more heists you complete the more you are rewarded with new skills that make you a valuable asset in any crew, this allows players to move on to bigger and better heists for more cash, thus increasing the thrill level at the same time. Sure, you can argue about the heist modes available in games like Grand Theft Auto, but Payday delivers the experience in a far more all-encompassing way, and with aspects of the map and heist elements (such as the vault location) changing each time, it’s hard to get bored too quickly. There are aspects of the game that could be improved, such as the movement of characters and firing weapons, but there isn’t really another game that comes close to giving you the experience that Payday 2 Crimewave edition does.