Payday 2 is a first-person cooperative shooter that puts you in the role of a bank robber. This time around, though, Overkill Software has a bigger, bolder, and badder approach with a slew of features that really make you feel as though you can pull off the perfect heist. But before you hit that jewelry store without casing it at all, here are some official tips and strategies for Payday 2 (from Overkill Software).
Cash Is King
Any good robber knows it’s all about the money. Payday 2 adds a robust economy that pays you for each completed job. Money is used for everything, whether it’s paying for skill training, crafting that new weapon mod, or customizing your Cthulhu mask with an Overkill logo. And if you get sloppy with your bullets… that cleanup is going to cost you…
It’s An RPG Now
Payday 2 lets you create your own criminal and design the type of robber you want to play. There are four different skillset archetypes: Mastermind, Enforcer, Ghost, and Technician. Each archetype boasts 36 different skills and specific gear which can be mixed and matched to your liking.
Each archetype has a different set of strengths and abilities. If a player wants to be stealthy, but also carry a saw or silenced shotgun, he or she just needs to level up enough to spec the appropriate Ghost and Enforcer skills. Don’t forget that Portable Saw!
Completing a job means you get a Payday, where you get a random chance for cash, masks, mask parts, or weapon modifications, all of which can be used to customize your robber’s appearance and effectiveness. There are 15 million variations to start
More Missions, More Dynamics
In Payday 2, there are five times as many scenarios as there were in Payday: The Heist, served up by our new dynamic mission delivery system: Crime.Net. Crime.Net is the mission hub where players can choose a broad range of mission difficulties, each paying commensurately more XP and loot as the risk increases.
The missions themselves are insanely dynamic and randomized, so everything is random, including the placement of cameras, civilian numbers, vault placement and contents, and even where the getaway car arrives (Or if it’s a car at all!). Overkill even offers multi-day jobs, so they can change maps while on a big heist, or even interrupt them dynamically with a completely new map (called an “escape”) if things go really, really wrong on a heist. Best be careful, though. You don’t want to end up bleeding out and upside down in your vehicle, defending your loot when you’re supposed to be sipping cocktails in the safehouse.
Want to go somewhere safe and practice your lock picking without being shot in the face? Or admire your fat stacks in your very own bank vault? Or test-fire some of your newly crafted weapon mods? Head over to your safehouse where all this (and more) is available to you.
The Perfect Heist, Now Possible Thanks to Stealth
Payday 2 adds stealth. A great majority of missions can be completed without setting off alarms, and — in many cases — without even firing a shot. You can jam the alarm, pick a lock, silently set up a drill, knock out a guard, turn off his pager with a whisper, get that vault open, grab the loot, and go on your merry way. It ain’t easy, but then again, a perfect crime shouldn’t be, right?