CraveOnline writes: "When Payday: The Heist came out in 2011 it surprised many with its implacable effort to deliver a cooperative experience at a friendly price point. The truth is that cooperative games have somehow been lost over time. It’s easy to find a game where you can shoot your friends or try to beat their high score, but how about working together for a common goal? Payday: The Heist was a partial solution to that problem. While it presented difficult scenarios for players to work together to triumph, it was rough around the edges.
Enter Payday 2. Its developer, Overkill Software, promised to attack the shortcomings of the original game to deliver a more refined, but similarly focused cooperative experience. Has it succeeded?"