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Starbreeze and Overkill Software have sent out word that their venture with 505 Games with publishing Payday 2 turned out to be a massive success, so much so that the entire first month of release for the game was nothing but profit.
I've finally played enough to give an impression on the pros and cons of Payday 2 after Overkill rolled out the latest update and I can firmly say that the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Now if you want a summary of the experience in traditional review format, you can check out Pete's review of Payday 2 right here. What follows is a no-holds-barred look at the good and bad in equal measure.
Overkill Software just released a new patch for the PC version of Payday 2 (poor console gamers still being left in the dust). The patch contains some massive updates, upgrades and fixes to some of the core gameplay mechanics, as well as slight tweaks to some skills, map layouts and the AI.
You know there's a lot of talk about Payday 2, the sequel to Overkill's seminal foray into digital armed robbery, Payday: The Heist. One of the things that's rarely discussed is the actual process in which a perfect heist can take place, where even if things go bad it's still oh-so-good.
Every movie heist is a well-planned disaster. No matter how carefully orchestrated the scheme, something goes awry. A cop arrives at the wrong time or a new security camera was installed in the bank overnight. Payday 2 puts you in the shoes of criminals trying to keep it together when the shit hits the fan. Like the heists it depicts, though, Payday 2 can be a bit of a mess as well.
This is still not a review but we might be getting close... or not. Anyway, Overkill/Starbreeze's PR sent out some review copies of the game to Gaming Blend's staff and we've taken the opportunity to play the game and enjoy some bits. One of the things that really stands out is the AI... yes, the AI.
The Xbox One is delayed, the PS4's announcement for the release date is set, Payday 2 launches and Rockstar unveils the multiplayer for the highly anticipated GTA V. These stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Recap.
Following up on all the positive gamer and reviewer feedback, Overkill Software recently revealed that they have a year's worth of DLC planned and that safe house customization will be inbound soon, along with the team looking at the possible integration of Steam Workshop support for mods.
So Payday 2 came out a couple of days ago and everyone is throwing out their reviews and giving their impressions and all that jazz and, well, BH Impact doing the PR for 505 Games' Payday 2 provided Gaming Blend with some review copies and I get the opportunity to write about a game I didn't have to pay to play.
Payday 2 is here. The game from Overkill Software and 505 Games has officially launched. The title has been a passion project for the developers and is one of the most highly anticipated games to release this year, despite not having a $50 million dollar marketing budget or a ridiculous advertising campaign.
Things are heating up on the PlayStation Network this week with a large selection of virtual offerings for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita going live during tomorrow's update, Aug. 13.
In a strange twist of fate, gamers vote Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the greatest game of the seventh generation, much to the chagrin of fans from every other popular series out there. Payday 2 turns out to be a much bigger success than anyone anticipated, making back its entire development budget before it even released, and Dead Island ends up on the experimental route as a MOBA. Amazing.
Talk about professional to the point of a fault. Two gamers actually managed to successfully rob a bank on the Overkill difficulty level without being spotted and managed to make off with enough money to make the bank security look like absolute fools.
Some uber good news today for fans of Overkill Software's heist-shooter, Payday 2. So first up, if you own the original Payday: The Heist you can gain free access to Payday 2's beta for a while with a free key if you have the Steam version. Next up, a new video has been released showcasing how you can do a bank heist as stealthily as possible.
While we're constantly being told that production budgets on games are “skyrocketing” the one thing that most whiny publishers don't talk about is that they're making more money now in a single quarter than most publishers made combined in an entire year back in the 90s. Payday 2 is one of those games that's making massive amounts of money... on pre-orders alone.