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Payday 2 Review (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

There are a few things in life that are exhilarating, like skydiving, bungie jumping, beating that level of Candy Crush that you’ve been fighting–and losing–against for six weeks, and so forth. At first the task seems unachievable and incomprehensibly difficult, but you do it anyway in the hopes of beating the odds, however slim. And the payoff is magnificent and elicits a euphoric response that makes you want to keep doing it time and time again. In Payday 2, beating those odds is fraught with difficulties and obstacles, but boy is the reward worth it when you do.

You may or may not have had the chance to play Payday: The Heist in the time it’s been available; you definitely won’t have played it if you only own an Xbox system. But if you have, that sense of pure exhilaration and adrenaline-fuelled victory won’t be unfamiliar to you. Conquering armies of enemies, coming face-to-face with death only to have the placement of a medic bag save you in the last moments of your life–that’s all back in Payday 2. But there’s more on top of that. Bigger does not always equal better, but with Payday 2, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

If you’d like to read the rest of my Payday 2 review, please click on the following link: Gamer Euphoria.

Payday: The Heist is a game I have only just recently become affiliated with thanks to the joys of Playstation Plus. But I instantly became enamored with its simple yet intricately designed co-op mechanics, its compelling gameplay style, and just how much of a joy it was to play. It had its faults, but they were heavily outweighed by its positives.

Then I heard about Payday 2 and my excitement immediately peaked. I won’t say that the final product underwhelmed me in any way, or disappointed me, but it’s by no means a giant leap forward. It introduces many new features that work very well, like the stealth and the vast customization options,  but takes several steps back with others, like the frustrating lobby system and overall lack of polish in several areas. But it’s still an incredibly fun game to play when you’re in the company of like-minded individuals, and one I would certainly give a recommendation to.

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