Payday 2 is free to try this weekend

Payday 2

Co-op heist shooter Payday 2 is now free to download and play until 1pm Pacific Time / 9pm BST on Sunday. It's also 75% on Steam off during the free trial period, selling at £3.74 / $4.99.

Payday began life as a shooter in the Left 4 Dead mould that put you through longer, linear levels blasting swarms of zombies cops. Payday 2 has more thoughtful periods that let you wander around a level spotting entrance points and security cameras before the caper starts.

In my experience you have to unlock a bunch of the game's tools before it really gets interesting, but if you're looking for a quick blast of lightweight co-op shooting this weekend, you could do worse. We gave it a solid 79 in our review back in 2013.

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.