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 25 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 69 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.

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Easy to play/use
age 12+

People rating this 16+ are the people who ruin there children by oversheltering

While you do steal drugs occasionally, there never actually seen or used. This is given more proof by ON THE RATING it says DRUG REFRENCE. Not Drug Use. The gore and blood. Blood does NOT GO EVERY WHERE. It is NO WHERE NEAR as bad as Call Of Duty. There's a little bit when you shoot someone. And it don't even look real. It's like you threw Kool Aid at them. There's no gore. According to IMDb, there's TWO parts where you have to A: be a certain character, B: Use a certain weapon and C: it has to be against one specific character. I have not yet found a single thing like that in the game, and i doubt a kid will go out of his way to find it. There is alot of cussing tho. Also, it's EXTREMELY cooperative. If you don't have friends who play, or at LEAST some sort of team, you could be screwed on the larger scale heists. But it does encourage team work. Also, you can kill civilians. But you get HEAVY penaltys. I've lost more than half my paycheck, because a rouge grenade blew up a few civilians. (Which, once again, no gore, and little blood. They just go ragdoll like Goat Simulator) Edit: i came back to offer more detail. Language 5/5 the worst part is the AI cusses CONSTANTLY especially Jimmy (f***Ing shield! Cloaker c**t dead! F***Ing cloaker! F***King dozer! Basically all of Jimmys call outs have a swear in them, especially if he announced he killed or spotted a special enemy. He even swears when a drill breaks) Drugs: 3/5 you mainly steal coke. However there is three missions where you cook meth. However, only in one (Cook Off) are you REQUIRED. Also, it does not tell you how to cook it. You grab three chemicals, and then "pour it in" you legit just hold down the RB, and it happens. Blood n gore: 3/5 the gore is only if you use Jiro, (,DLC heister) and kill a Cloaker with a full charged Katana swing (which is almost impossible) if you do this, they head pops off, but it is super hard, due to the nature of cloakers. Sex: 2/5 some nude artwork in an art Gallery (only two heists however) but it's all censored. Consumerism: Yea it's a lot of DLC. However, don't buy it on Console, as it's not worth it, you'll pay too much for a game that don't get updates. Instead by the Legacy and Silk Roads collection on Steam. It's SIXTY BUCKS. For DLC that costs alone OVER 200$. One last thing. You don't extract coke out of a goats butt. That guy was tripping. And to the same guy who took a shot at me saying "Oh ThE pAyOuT oUtWeIgHs AnY pEnAlTiEs CaUsEd By KiLinG cIvIlIaNs" no, it doesn't. Not only do you lose MASSIVE amounts of money, it also removes an extremely valuable asset. And literally NO ONE "clears out rooms with grenades and chainsaws" THERE AINT EVEN CHAINSAWS IN THIS GAME. And brains don't splatter everywhere. In fact, BRAINS DONT SPLATTER AT ALL. That man was tripping and playing the WRONG game. He was prolly playing GTA and got high on some reefer and came down here.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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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