Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Decent but very violent shooter plagued with tech issues.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 64 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Should be fine for 13, its not too bad

It's a great game, alone and with friends. There is a lot of possibility in this game, there are different ways of doing heists, different masks, weapons, and characters. There are a lot of strong female characters in this game, which is always a plus. on the outside, the game can look nothing better than GTA, but in Payday 2 you are committing these crimes for a reason, the police represent a corrupt government, and it's up to you to steal back the money that the government wrongfully took. In terms of swearing, it can get bad, although funny at times. characters say different voice lines when killing different enemies, some of which are profane. Expect to hear fuck, cunt, shit, and damn. There is no sex in this game, the nudity on the art heist is covered up. Blood isn't too bad, it's an old game. There are drugs, but you don't use them and you cant see them, they are put in bags. Role models can be seen in the more intelligent characters, like Dallas, who had good leadership. In conclusion, the game is great and should be fine to let your 13-year-old take a spin.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 10+

Fine for 10 to 11 year olds

Has some blood and contains 1 mission with drugs no sexual content and little language.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Release date: June 25, 2015
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: October 12, 2021

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