While there were a few similar deals before launch, this is currently the best offer for the Xbox One version of Payday 2, beating the cheapest price elsewhere by around £2. Along with a graphical update, the Crimewave Edition includes all of the DLC that has been made for Payday 2 as well, making it a definitive purchase for those who want some high-octane first-person heisting. That said, to be aware that Simply Games are limiting purchases to one per person, just in case you plan in getting additional copies to share the online co-op action. Thanks to mrcwtonothy @ HUKD!
Be sure to check out our Payday 2 review for more details.
Payday 2 is still one of the most rambunctious cooperative games out there, a crazy crime spree where meticulous planning and execution usually goes to hell in a sea of smoke, SWAT teams and gunfire. It's an amazing heist simulator - but you don't have to take my word for it, because it's free to play on Steam over the weekend and only £7.66 to buy. To Overkill's credit, they've also taken the high road about the seemingly similar Battlefield: Hardline, which only emerged after Goldfarb and co. proved the concept worked.
If you're willing to buy from Amazon.com (and tell a couple of porkies about having an American address), you can undercut Steam's price further with a cool £5.98 price. Thanks to Webhead @ HUKD for both great spots!
Payday 2 is still one of the most rambunctious cooperative games out there, a crazy crime spree where meticulous planning and execution usually goes to hell in a sea of smoke, SWAT teams and gunfire. It's an amazing heist simulator - but you don't have to take my word for it, because it's free to play on Steam over the weekend and only £8.33 to buy. Thanks to maizecorn @ HUKD!
The heist couldn't have gone better, and despite some rocky logistical issues, Overkill Software have managed to sell 1.58 million copies of PayDay 2 since launch. Positive reviews, dedicated community and thrifty marketing lead to the project breaking even solely due to pre-order sales, an impressive feat considering the glut of games that released last month. Most copies were sold digitally, unsurprising since rare boxed copies were like gold dust for several weeks.
"A full year of DLC" has been planned, but we reckon that Grand Theft Auto Online might slightly cut into the multiplayer heist 'em up space. Either way, be sure to read our PayDay 2 review for our final (and very complimentary) verdict.
505 Games have promised to prioritise more stock for the UK, but Tesco Direct are both in stock and selling at a fair price. Well spotted, terminal @ HUKD!
UPDATE: krisjones360 informs us that Tesco may now be telling porkies. Either way, 505 Games have promised to restock the UK soon.
PayDay 2 is out on PC today, and it's all we can do to keep working rather than skiving off to play some more of its sensationally enjoyable co-op. This randomised crime spree simulator is one of the most exciting multiplayer experiences out there despite a fair few quirks and eccentricities, offering players a wealth of depth and variety so long as you're willing to work together with friends and get your hands very, very dirty.
Indeed, we called it "one of the most exciting cooperative games on the planet" in our extensive PayDay 2 review.
There's so much to consider when planning the perfect heist, not to mention dealing with the fallout once everything inevitably goes wrong, that we've taken some of our experience with the preview and review builds to present you with a ten-step survival guide. We'll see you back at the safehouse.
In most missions, chances are you'll have to hunker down and wait for an objective to complete. Drills take an eternity to crack a vault or safe, even if you've brought along a skilled Technician, meaning that you'll want to turn your surroundings into an impenetrable bunker to keep the police at bay.Click here to read more...
Developer: Overkill Software
Publisher: 505 Games
The quality of PayDay 2 depends on the company you keep.
It's a blank canvas for riotous cooperative shenanigans, a selection of unpredictable randomised heists hewn out of an eccentric engine that's never quite fit for task. Your four-man crew will case banks, jewellery shops, art galleries, FBI headquarters and more in search of the big score; planning the perfect silent hit that, nine times out of ten, goes all to hell in the space of a single gunshot. Pure stealth descends into madcap improvised defence as you wait for a thermal drill to finish its interminable task, SWAT teams breaching through the windows and civilians screaming in the thick dust, followed by a breathless dash to the getaway car as bullets thud into your immaculate two-piece suit. Equal parts stealthy planning and insane fun factory, no heist is ever the same and tight teamwork is rewarded with a big fat payout.
Conversely, you'll need to roll the dice if you decide to team up with randomers - and played solo it's akin to purgatory. In effect, PayDay 2 will either be the best or worst game you'll buy this summer.
Or more accurately: it will be the best game that you and three friends buy this summer.Click here to read more...
If you're on the fence about PayDay 2 still, this afternoon should help straighten that out. To kick things off, here's the launch trailer, courtesy of publishers 505 Games. It's wonderfully put together and well worth a watch. Then at 3pm we'll have Jon's review for you followed by an advisory survival guide this evening at 5pm.Click here to read more...
Pulling off the perfect heist in PayDay 2 isn't easy. Your team will have to contend with randomised security and level layouts every time, with missions usually descending into absolute chaos as SWAT teams and snipers ply their aggravating trade. I certainly made a pig's ear of it in our hands-on preview.
Just to rub it in, Overkill Software have now published a video showing off how to do it properly. Sort of. Game's out from August 13th on Steam, with console versions trailing over the following three days.
PayDay 2 finally has a firm release date - at least, on PC. Overkill Software confirms that their upcoming cooperative crime shooter will launch on Steam from August 13th, with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions out some time between the 13th and 16th.
Overkill Software have released a new developer diary showing the wealth of guns and upgrades players can buy with their ill-gotten gains in PayDay 2. We waxed lyrical about this massively entertaining cooperative heist 'em up in a recent PayDay 2 hands-on preview, and reckon that it could well be one of the most fun hits of the summer. Fingers crossed, masks on.
PayDay 2 is out next month on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
PayDay 2 is looking utterly ridiculous ahead of its August release; a madcap crime spree boasting randomised missions and rampant cooperative shenanigans that never play out the same way. Having enjoyed a lengthy hands-on preview with the latest production build, I was keen to explore just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Luckily Andreas Hallpenninger, an Overkill Software QA agent, was on hand for a chat about dynamic missions, DLC and customisation.
Note that Hallpenninger was unable to comprehensively address a handful of questions due to his Quality Assurance role, but I referred them onto Overkill Software developers who replied promptly via email. These instances have been clearly highlighted.
Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): Thanks for talking to us, Andreas. First things first, what were the major lessons that you took away from the original PayDay that informed the sequel?
Andreas Hallpenninger (Overkill QA): First of all, we wanted to add stealth. People wanted to be able to stealth through missions, or at least they want options. In PayDay: The Heist, when you entered the bank, you put on your mask and your only option was to kill the bank manager, take his keycard and just wait for SWAT to arrive. Now you have the option to approach in different ways. We don't want to force players into any one style, it's entirely up to you.
Also, in PayDay: The Heist, money didn't matter at all. You robbed a bank, you got your money but you couldn't spend it on anything! So we wanted to make it more of an RPG robbery game, that's why we added the inventory system where you can customise your masks, customise your weapons and all that. The economy system was a key new addition.Click here to read more...
Overkill Software have told us that "a full year of DLC expansions" is headed to PayDay 2 after it launches next month, which may well include cosmetic expansions to your in-game safehouse.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (version tested)
Developer: Overkill Software
Publisher: 505 Games
It's possible to play PayDay 2 stealthily. Quietly. Subtly. Taking feedback from the original game, Overkill have ensured that each of its 26-odd heists start with a lengthy casing section that lets you plan your caper, place useful supplies and eyeball on-site security. Hopping onto the latest production build with three other journalists at a recent preview event, I studied a relatively lightly-staffed inner city bank before concocting a foolproof master plan: pick the locks, go in quietly, drill into the vault and exit before anyone knew we were even there. In, out, easy money, we thought.
"I give you one minute," Overkill director David Goldfarb ominously intoned as we donned our lurid customised masks.
It turns out that this was a vote of confidence rather than an embarrassing put-down. No sooner had we entered the bank than a civilian screamed, causing the cashier to raise the alarm. All hell quickly broke loose in an orgy of gunfire, tear gas, howled threats and a desperate run back to the getaway van as SWAT teams and Snipers rained fire down on the street, and my small private army of stockholm syndrome-suffering security guards covered our escape. PayDay 2 is one of the most unpredictable and randomised shooters you'll ever play - and if the latest build is anything to go by, it could well be one of the most exciting cooperative games of 2013.Click here to read more...
The first episode in the PayDay 2 live action web series is now live for your perusal, setting the scene for the game's release on PC, PS3 and XBLA this August. For the film buffs out there, you may want to know that it's directed by Demian Lichtenstein (3000 Miles To Graceland).
After giving it a watch (below), why not check out our PayDay 2 preview and interview for more details?Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PSN | XBLA
Developers: Overkill Software
Publishers: 505 Games
The original PayDay: The Heist was something of a mixed bag, also taking the crown for having a slightly disingenuous title in that there was only really one level in which you actually got the chance to pull off an awesome heist: the aptly named 'Diamond Heist'.
Indeed, Diamond Heist is the level I bring up when the chaps at Overkill ask me if I enjoyed the first game. Out of the six jobs in the original Payday, it's Diamond Heist that sticks in the brain: a multi-stage, near-impossible mission. There are diamonds in a vault on the top floor of a skyscraper. It's a level that can be completed stealthily, but the random elements (changing keycodes, hostage willpower, alarm sensitivity) mean that almost never happens.
It's fantastic. And to think, that last level was a bit of an afterthought.
"In the first game we kind of said to one another, 'maybe we should incorporate some stealth mechanics', but we'd pretty much run out of time and money so we had to kind of shoehorn it into one of the stages: Diamond Heist," said the game's designer and composer Simon Viklund. "That level was a bit of a mess. We've put things right this time."Click here to read more...
Overkill Software lifted the lid on some Payday 2 details last week at a hands-off introductory demonstration (look out for a write-up from our chat with the developers in a day or two), and have sent over a fat bunch of screenshots and an enormous sheet full of facts on the follow-up to Payday: The Heist.
Payday 2 will see players once again step into the shoes, and slip on the masks, of Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains, as they head over to Washington D.C. "for an epic crime spree."We've got a whole bunch of details and screenshots after the jump >>
Impulse are back with another great price for Payday: The Heist, and it's well worth checking out. You'll need teamwork as well as big guns to pull off Payday's bank jobs, and for £6.45, you won't need much money (it's even cheaper than the recent Steam sale). Note that you'll actually get a Steam code, too!
Overkill Software are currently working on a sequel, as well as some sort of official mashup with Left 4 Dead. Watch this space.
Overkill Software has announced that they're working with Valve to blend Payday: The Heist and Left 4 Dead together.
Really. More details below.Click here to read more...