How Does Payday 2 Work? – What You Need to Know

So you’ve decided to give video games a go, but you’re a bit unclear on the basic mechanics of how they work and what you need to do to play them. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about Payday 2, including how to buy, install, and play, in order to have fun and make the most out of the game. Let’s get started.

The Basics Of Video Gaming

Before we begin, it is important to note a few key things about video gaming. First of all, just because a game is called ‘video’ does not mean that it is actually played in real-time with other humans; most games are technically ‘computer’ or ‘network’ games, where the input of one player is processed by a computer (usually on the internet) and the output is displayed to other players. The second important point to make is that video games are not reality; they are creations of the mind that provide entertainment while keeping the player physically active. This also means that the graphics, sounds, and gameplay may not be representative of what a real-world analogue would look, sound, or feel like. With that said, let’s begin our discussion of how to play Payday 2.


Payday 2 is a first-person shooter (FPS) game developed by Overkill Software and published by 505 Games. The game is set in a modern day version of New York City, with various locations such as an oil refinery, docks, and a meat packing plant serving as settings for various levels. As the name might suggest, the player assumes the role of a bounty hunter seeking out criminals to hunt (hence the ‘Payday’ moniker). The game features both single-player and multiplayer modes that can be played locally or over the internet. The multiplayer mode supports up to 4 players on the same screen, while the single-player mode allows the player to select from different characters and attempt to perform tasks such as rescuing hostages or collecting evidence.

Set Up Your Gaming Area

Now that you know what video gaming is and isn’t, it’s time to set up your dedicated gaming area. This will be where you eat, sleep, and game—so make sure that you have everything you need and that it is comfortable for you to sit down to play. Keep in mind that the area where you play is personal space, so you should make room for yourself and your computer/video gaming accessories. You will also need a surface for the computer to rest on, as well as a nearby place for you to put down your headphones (if you listen to music while playing). An ideal setup would have a comfortable chair, a desk, and some shelves or a rack to house all your gaming accessories.

Get Your Video Card (And Other Hardware)

One of the first things you will need to do before playing is to get your video card (the part of your computer that processes the images). There are a number of different video cards out there, all with different speeds and features. Make sure that you are running on a compatible card with fast speed so that you can play your games at their maximum potential. If you don’t have the budget for a high-end video card, then consider buying one of the mid-range options instead, as they often run on low power and are extremely affordable. You may also need to upgrade your RAM (Random Access Memory)—although most modern computers come pre-installed with plenty of RAM, it never hurts to have more.

Get Software

Next, you will need to get some software. This will include everything from the operating system (OS) to the game itself, as well as any add-ons or patches that might be required to make the game run at its optimum performance. The best way to get the most out of any software is by updating it regularly (at least once a month), as this will ensure that you are always running the most up-to-date version. Updating also ensures that you are not vulnerable to security risks—especially when playing online, where a compromised server could lead to your personal information (including credit card numbers) being leaked online.

Configure Your System

Once you have received and installed your video card, operating system, and software, it’s time to configure your system. To do this, you will need to enter your system settings; this includes changing the resolution, refreshing the screen, and altering the audio settings. Bear in mind that, depending on your hardware and what display mode you are using, the optimal resolution for your TV might not be the same as the one for your computer monitor. You should also avoid displaying images/text on your TV using computer resolutions that are higher than the one for your display—this could result in image blurring or text letter boxing. Once you have configured your system correctly, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Install Games

Now that your system is set up and you have all your hardware and software, it’s finally time to install games. While many games are available as native applications for Windows, Mac, and even Android, it is preferable to download and install them from the internet using an installation package (often called an ‘exe’ file or a ‘zip file’ on Windows). This ensures that you are always running the most up-to-date version of the game and ensures that you are not exposed to viruses or other security risks. Installing games this way also has the advantage of allowing for more precision when it comes down to configuring the game for optimum performance. If you decide that you don’t like a particular game after you’ve installed it, then it’s relatively easy to remove it and move on to another.


Once you’ve installed all your games, it’s time to play. Before you begin, however, it is important to note a few things. First, make sure that you are using a comfortable chair. Second, make sure that your desk is in an area with good ventilation and that there are no sudden drafts coming from the air conditioner or heater. This will help prevent headaches and make sure that your computer’s hardware remains cool and in good condition.

To play, you will need to either connect through Ethernet to a broadband internet connection, or configure WiFi on your device to allow for wireless transmission (more on this below). Once you’ve done that, open the game’s graphical user interface (GUI) and click ‘Play’. If everything is configured correctly, you will be presented with a black screen with a small silver lock in the bottom-left corner. Once the lock is white, you have successfully entered the game’s network mode and can begin playing.

If you decide that the black screen has too much static and is unappealing, then click the graphical representation of a monitor (often called a ‘desktop’) on your computer’s operating system. From here, you can change the game’s resolution, change the brightness of the screen, and even alter the audio settings. You can also minimize the image to the background and bring up a search bar so that you can quickly find the answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) online. After changing all the necessary settings, click ‘Play’ again to return to the game.

The Difference Between Wired And Wireless Networks

As mentioned above, one of the key things to consider when playing is the type of network you are using. Most people are very familiar with wired networks, which connect devices (such as your computer and video gaming console) using twisted pair copper wire that is constantly kept taut by an electrical current. This is the most common type of network and provides the greatest level of connectivity security as well as the greatest performance when compared to wireless networks. The downside to wired networks is that they are very dependent upon your computer’s physical location and its connection to the internet.

Wireless networks, on the other hand, use radio waves to connect devices and can therefore function effectively even when the devices are far apart and do not have direct line-of-sight to one another. This means that wireless networks are the perfect solution when playing on the move as long as you have a good signal (often called a ‘signal strength’)—as long as you remain within the range of the network, any device on the network will be able to connect and play. The advantage of wireless networks is that they are much less susceptible to interference (electromagnetic waves that obscure the network’s signal are much more difficult to create and therefore much less likely to occur). This makes wireless networks ideal for use in crowded areas where there is a lot of interference (such as near large electrical appliances like fridges, freezers, or air conditioners)—even the television itself can cause interference when used in close proximity to your wireless network (and its signal will be completely destroyed).