L.G.C. |Reviews| — PAYDAY 2

PAYDAY 2 finally comes to Linux! DLC ALL THE THINGS!11!

Game: Payday 2
Devel: Overkill (a Starbreeze Studio)
Engine: Diesel Engine 2.0
Price: 19.99 / CDN 21.99

Wazzat: PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they descend on Washington DC for an epic crime spree.

– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want


CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies

Makes with the working


  • The first few times you start this critter up is launches in 8X6 and that’s a bit jarring @ UHD.
  • I think I had to set the res twice manually but it eventually obeyed.
  • It took a performance dip while playing /w an AI team but that was sorted in the 2.2.GB update.


  • Empty and Venn both reported that the resolution setting kept getting reset.  I ran into no such issue



Shiny / Sounds


  • Even with Anisotropic filtering set at 16X the jaggies were visible at 1080.
  • Cranking the res to 2160 sorts most of that.
  • Visually the easiest way to describe PAYDAY 2 is L4D2 with a slight graphical upgrade that takes place (mostly) during the day.
  • The environments rage from Malls, to banks, to warehouses and a somewhat unique meth lab.
  • Oh, there’s also a freeway map that will get you killed to death. True story.
  • The gun sounds are there along with the radio announcer who will update you on your current tasks but all that is drowned out by the wub wub.
  • However you might want to keep that playing since the 5.0 shows up at the drop.


  • If you’re focusing on the soundtrack instead of the screaming of your buddies,  or you screaming at the AI, you’re doing it wrong
  • It definitely makes with the jaggies
  • The voice acting is competently done, despite it just being random yelling


  • The wub-wub got muted pretty damn fast.
  • I didn’t think I’d ever NEED AA as much as I do for this game.
  • The sound effects are on-point, but I’d like an option to have surround.
  • I’m not even going to ask for 7.1 which this headset supports, just 5.1 would do.
    • Counter-Strike Global Offensive has it, why doesn’t this one?




  • WASD + gerbil with a logical layout that you can rebind.
  • Didn’t need to futz around with any settings. OOTB
  • If I had to gripe about something it would be the on/off crouch but it kinda makes sense.


  • Standard FPS fare.  Had to switch q and c because why would you not make your switch weapon button Q?   Like every other game ever?
  • I’m not really a fan of the ironsights style shooting, to be honest.  I get what the game is supposed to be, but it’s just a nitpick


  • Rebindable controls and a mouse sensitivity slider that actually works.
  • The shooting feels responsive enough for a game that actively pushes stealth or at least a much more tactical approach.
    • As someone who plays a lot of CS:GO I don’t particularly like the shooting in this one but more on that later.




  • Let’s get this out of the way; PAYDAY 2 has some thirty odd bits of DLC that it really really wants you to buy.
  • In fact, it’s hard to find a single in-game menu that does not mention some type of available DLC.
  • And yes, I know all about the pay-to-win SNAFU but everything I’m about to say comes from the perspective of someone who never plans to spend a dime on it.
  • Minus the initial purchase price.
  • We cool? Alright!


  • This game gets three chairs because of one fact and one fact alone:
    • Multiplayer with your friends is stupid fun
  • The game basically boils down to Left4Criminal, and it works.
  • Having played the single player after trying multiplayer, I can tell you that the fun factor for single player is severely lacking.
  • There’s a fairly detailed customization system as well, however most of that is locked away behind a metric fuckton of DLC
  • Joining their steam group gets you some stuff, but you had to pick up a ton of cross promotion DLC to get any of the cool stuff.   And that isn’t cool man
  • Despite all that, I had a blast playing with Venn and Empty.   Fun  is fun
  • Also, the police in this game apparently have mastered the instant transmission technique


  • First thing I see when I start the game, a fucking ad for DLC.
  • Guess that’s to set the tone for the rest of the game.
  • When you’re not in a mission, there’s always ads scrolling down the bottom left hand side of the screen telling you to get the new DLC.
  • The top item in the Main goddamn Menu is a big blinking button telling you to buy DLC.
  • This is usually a $20 game! Why are you pushing Free-to-Play marketing bullshit?
  • Weren’t these the guys that said they wouldn’t do Pay to Win bullshit DLC but then totally went and did it?
  • I suppose it’s a good thing they let you play for free until the 31st.
  • But enough bitching about the DLC, let’s talk gameplay.
  • You may remember the past few weeks when I said that, in a game, I’ll take solid gameplay over narrative any day of the week right?
  • You may also remember when I’ve mentioned I don’t like Real Time Strategy games.
  • While I think the gameplay and mechanics of PayDay 2 are damn solid and you should at least try it out on the free until the 31st, I don’t like Tactical FPS.
    • The only one of those I ever played was the OG Tom Clancy Rainbow Six from 1998. I didn’t like that either!
  • The only reason I’m even remotely competent in CS:GO is because that game actively rewards lone-wolf tactics.
  • I can run around and nope people with any gun I damn well please and no one gives me shit for it. (Unless I kill them, then they’ll call me a cheater and a hacker)
  • PayDay 2 is a stealth game that requires everyone to know exactly what to do or else there’ll be cops.
  • And everyone starts with the same shitty AMCAR and the same shitty Glock ripoff.
  • What’s that? You don’t like those weapons and would rather have a shotgun or a sniper rifle in order to be useful? Well, hope you have some friends to carry your picky ass over a couple of missions so you can buy it.
    • Or you know, drop some actual money on the bullshit DLC. Bad Pedro, we were done with that!
  • If you’re playing offline, the brain-dead AI teammates will get shot down within minutes of the first assault.
  • Forget getting into an online game with randos. You’ll get kicked almost immediately until you’re anywhere north of level 20.




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