Payday 2: Crimewave Edition - Xbox One

Release Date:

12 June 2015

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Xbox One PS4

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Also on USA.
7.7

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In Crimewave Edition you have on hand all of the DLC that had been released on the initial Payday 2. There is a ton of content here to do and more jobs than you can think to take on all at once. You’ll have your standard robbery missions, PC hacking, and even breaking and entering into certain homes.

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2015-07-16

Jamie_Hall

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Xbox One

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Payday 2: Crimewave Edition dropped on the Xbox One and PS4 this past June. The game was developed by the team at Overkill Software and published through 505 Games. Honing in on violent, multiplayer arcade action this co-op shooter quickly found a home in action junky circles everywhere. Crimewave Edition seeks to give gamers an even darker, deeper look at a title full of blood and mayhem. The Xbox One was dreadfully lacking in arcade glory when it first released so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on Payday 2: Crimewave Edition to see what kind of mayhem we could unleash. We spent some time with the game and found some solid moments, but there were a few times that we were shaking our heads as well. Keep on reading to see where we ended up pegging Payday 2.

So you might have played this game back when it was simply called Payday 2 on the last generation of consoles. While this is more than an HD remastered port there are legitimate concerns that Overkill Software would play it safe and take it easy. Thankfully a mere glance at the back cover brought to life the fact that they worked their butt off making this the definitive version of the game available. This is a deeper experience with more gear, skills, and graphical improvements. Let’s leap in.

Payday 2 isn’t exactly like any other crime based shooters that you’ve messed with before. This title fully immerses you in the shoes of an almost cartoonish set of heist men who are focused on taking what they want and fighting anyone that gets into their way. The opening level has you attacking a vault while police put you under fire, your gear jams up, and civilians are running this way and that. The chaotic action going on, while you are still coming to grips with the controls, serves to make this a pulse pounding introduction. But it is an effective introduction and one that gets you fully prepared for what is to come.

In Payday 2: Crimewave Edition players develop a skill tree by following the route of the class that they would like to perfect. There are all sorts of classes that range from Mastermind to ghost and everything in between. Similarly to Skyrim (in this way only) you are not constrained to picking one single skill tree to develop. You can branch over whenever you like and allot points wherever you please. Creating a well rounded character works well, whether you want to be the Enforcer later or not. There is a ton of RPG like customization that you don’t really see at first glance, and that made the experience all the better for us.

In Crimewave Edition you have on hand all of the DLC that had been released on the initial Payday 2. There is a ton of content here to do and more jobs than you can think to take on all at once. You’ll have your standard robbery missions, PC hacking, and even breaking and entering into certain homes. At one point you’ll even follow a Hotline Miami style mission that has you going toe to toe with the Russian Mafia. These jobs, though they can sound cookie cutter, are procedurally generated which creates a nifty new experience every time that you play. No two rooms will be the same, doors will change whether they are locked or not, and people will be in different places. So any initial fear of repetition should quickly be allayed.

If you chose to rack up the difficulty of your jobs you would earn more money upon completion. Payouts and XP serve as the commodity of choice in Payday 2: Crimewave Edition because they allow you to become richer and stronger. Money gets stashed in an off shore bank account that is kept out of your hands until you 'prestige'. After prestiging you begin to earn infamy points, which opens up a whole new set of skills. You have to have made some serious cash to start dealing in infamy points, upwards of $200 million dollars and a level 100 character as well.

Jobs rely heavily on how prepared you choose to attack them. Of course cool abilities and a quick trigger finger help, but you need to plan more than anything to get the job done well. Some people are lazy and want to run in with guns blazing, and that would work, but their choices have equal and opposite responses. So before you go into your mission spend time looking at a map of the area and use your money to invest in 'favors' that will help clear the map a little bit. Favors will give you ammo drops, a sniper to cover you, and possibly even keys to doors that might open. The prepping aspect was one of my favorite portions of the game because it was at that moment that we most immersed in the role of our character.

Progression is the key to longevity in Payday 2: Crimewave Edition. Every time you finish a job there should be something new that you can do to change up your gameplay. Whether you earned enough money to buy new gear or got enough XP to level up a specific stat, something changed. With that being said there were some pretty obvious problems for our playthroughs. For one thing it was really a bummer to play all alone. Co-op on a single console is a ton of fun and multiplayer online works great, but if you can’t find a good group than you are stuck with shoddy AI backing you up, not entirely inspiring.

To close things out we’d like to mention that there were some graphical issues with this port. The game doesn’t look like an XB1 exclusive but it looks significantly better than the 360 version of the game that came before it. This is an interesting RPG lite shooter with a ton of replay value.

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