Hey you? Yes, you! Are you a gamer?… of course you are! I’m not down with all these narrow and divisive labels because the truth is that whether you enjoy tapping away on Candy Crush, constructing new worlds in Minecraft, fighting to be the last alive in Fortnite, exploring a dreamlike narrative in Kentucky Route Zero, or just plain blasting demons in Doom then you’re a gamer. It’s also probably true to say that if you are a gamer you probably also have a guilty gaming pleasure; some title that you’re not “supposed” to enjoy, but you always have on hand for some guilty pleasure fun. Like a cheesy movie, well worn comedy series, super-happy-fun-time pop music when you only wear black, or big bowl of ice-cream, it’s a title that you fire up when you just want to enjoy something and let any sense of self-consciousness fall by the wayside … assuming that you’re in your own home.
I have at least half a dozen guilty gaming pleasures, but one of them is undoubtedly PayDay 2. Overkill Studio’s squad-based crime shooter sees players undertake a plethora of heists from breaking in to bank vaults, smash-n-grabs on jewellery stores, and (the always ill-advised) stealing great heaps of cocaine from other underworld organisations. Assuming that you armour up and go in loud (yes, you can stealth missions, but that is certainly not why this game is one of my guilty pleasures) then this descends in to some adrenaline fueled fast paced shootouts with some of the most numerous and well equipped law enforcement officials you’ll ever encounter. Continue reading “PayDay 2: In Defence of My Gaming Guilty Pleasure… or Maybe I’m Just a Terrible Person”