Parents' Guide to

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Decent but very violent shooter plagued with tech issues.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 13+

One of my favourite co op games

Payday 2 is a Co op fps inwich you Rob Banks and do criminal stuff but it is not like gta and there is no sex there are drugs but you only steal them and you never see anyone take them the only bad thing you actually see is blood and shooting but the graphics are not very good and the blood is not very realistic ohh and they say the f word every 2 seconds but you hear worse in school. I recommend having friends to play with you because some missions can be tedious on yourbown
age 14+

Super good game, but theres definitely mature content (obviously)

Personally, I believe this game is 100% okay to be played by teens and up, but it definitely depends on what topics you have opened your teen up to. If you don't want your teen exposed to heavy violence or drugs, this is not the game for them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24 ):
Kids say (79 ):

Though it won't win any "Best of" awards, and the potentially disturbing content won't make this game a parental pick, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition offers a lot of bang for the buck. It's not worth picking up if you already own the previous game, unless you really want to play it on newer consoles, and there are other issues, but it proves fairly fun when playing with online friends. There are new heists, such as "The Big Bank," "The Butcher," and "The Dentist," all of which are loaded with safe cracking, loot stealing, hostage taking, shooting, and vandalizing. There's also a new perk system and skill tree for greater character customization, a new pre-planning feature to prep strategies prior to missions, and nearly 100 weapons and almost 150 customizable masks. The co-op experience is gratifying, as is the progression/XP system and the healthy number of character slots to choose the right team for the job. The game's music soundtrack also is worth noting.

That said, there are assorted issues, such as graphical bugs -- awkward character models, "clipping" issues (where players can get half a character's body stuck in a wall or safe), and fallen enemies that seem to float in the air instead of fall to the ground. There also are some single-player A.I. problems, where your computer-controlled teammates disregard the objectives and do whatever they want. But if you can overlook these issues and you're a fan of this genre, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is a decent bank-robbing action game at a decent price; otherwise, this might not be right for you.

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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