I should have known this was going to happen.
I put a couple hundred hours into the Xbox 360 version of Payday 2 when it came out. It never got the patches or the DLC that were promised (which is for the better in some respects) but it scratched a very specific itch for me not a lot of games can: a truly co-operative shooter with stealth mechanics.
It’s not easy to stealth a heist. Random camera and enemy placement and tricky level design means you will end up in a protracted firefight most of the time… but every once in awhile, the stars align and you get four people who can temporarily mind meld long enough to drop an airplane hangar full of baddies and walk away with bags full of weapons leaving the police none the wiser. And it’s an amazing feeling.
The combat itself is solid and if you have a quartet with skills that compliment each other, it allows each of you to take an important role in how you approach the heist. I prefer the Technician (with some stealth thrown in) but a knowledgeable Mastermind and/or Ghost are imperative if you want to get into that bank vault without tripping an alarm or letting an errant civilian call the cops. And the Tank? Well, he’s just there to pull your asses out of the fire when it inevitably goes wrong.
Unfortunately, the PS4 release means that I have been staying up WAY too late and over-caffeinating during the day because I keep thinking I can squeeze in just ONE MORE HEIST before bed. Then I look at the clock and I need to be up in four hours.
While they get all the DLC they could want, PC players have been acting as sort of a test group for Overkill’s various patches and tweaks. For this newest console iteration, they seem to have ironed out many of the exploits but over-corrected in other respects. The RNG aspect to getting weapon mods and masks is still terrible and exploits helped ameliorate that by letting people spam the Ukrainian Job in 30 seconds for another run on the roulette wheel. You could get beaucoup XP doing a speed run of the three day Rats mission in about 15 minutes. None of that is an option now. Granted, they’ve given you a few ways to bump up your XP through other means but there’s still a ton of waiting around to get a decent mask or, god forbid, a silencer. It’s certainly not perfect but, damn, it’s addictive. Sadly, however, that means falling asleep at my desk at work during the day.
So, anyway… games!
Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.
If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.
If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.
Daytona USA Krigo 9:00pm KrigoCA
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Nanashi 10:00pm Nanashi707
Payday 2 (Crimewave Edition) The Defenestrator 11:00 ThDefenestrator