Year Of The Bow Continues In Payday 2 Western DLC


What if The Year of the Bow never ended? Maybe this is simply the modern state of video games: they have cool bows to pling arrows at faces. E3 2012 sparked YotB declarations between games like Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III, and Crysis 3 but then the bows kept coming, through Shadow of Mordor, Eidolon, and more. Bows are a thing video games just do now.

Having now received the memo, Payday 2 [official site] has added a bow. Its latest DLC weapon pack included the ole arrow-plonger, along with other Wild West weapons and masks and gubbins.

For £3.99 on Steam, The Butcher’s Western Pack gives you a Peacemaker .45 revolver, a lever-action rifle, dynamite, four melee weapons in a branding iron, a tomahawk, a pickaxe and a Bowie knife, and that bow, which can fire regular arrows or – gasp! – dynamite.

It also adds new Wild West-y masks and mask patterns and materials, and if you think I won’t hold up banks as a bandit with a cowboy hat and a bandanna over my mouth, you don’t know me at all.

Most of Payday 2’s weapon DLC packs have looked a bit boring to me, but I’m a sucker for bows and revolvers. More themed packs in future would be nice, though it’s a slippery slope to a zany goofarama. The user reviews on Steam make the weapons sound functionally not that useful compared to existing weapons though, which is a shame.

The DLC launched yesterday alongside a patch fixing crashes and bugs, as detailed in the notes.

A bow, an oversized revolver, and a chunky pump-action shotgun. That’s all I really want from an FPS. Maybe a grappling hook too. Why is that so difficult for so many games?


  1. Ansob says:

    The user reviews on Steam make the weapons sound functionally not that useful compared to existing weapons though, which is a shame.

    Haha, no, those are completely wrong. This pack is amazing. The only bad part is the new grenade type (thrown dynamite).

    The bow is a 30 concealment weapon that is totally silent, has 50 shots at sniper rifle strength (although no penetration), benefits from ammo pickup and lets you pick your arrows back up after firing them. Its only mod adds dynamite to your arrows, which obviously make them no longer silent but gives them an AoE explosion that can one-shot Shields/kill small groups of tans, and it doesn’t reduce your ammo pool at all. It’s one of the best (if not the best) Fugitive primaries in the game right now.

    The Colt SAA is a 144 (!!!) damage revolver with a good rate of fire, reasonable ammo pool and awesome animations which is hampered by having the world’s slowest reload time, but it’s an excellent pistol Mastermind secondary that doesn’t need Ace Gunslinger to be worth using. The Winchester is a 180 damage, 90rpm sniper rifle with a 10-round magazine and a 45 round ammo pool, which makes it extremely easy to use to mow down cops.

    Actually, there are only two bad things about it: the thrown dynamite is bad, and you can’t akimbo the Colt SAA. :(

    • Ansob says:

      Balls, I messed up my quote tag and for some reason the edit button has gone on holiday.

      Anyway, it’s a pretty great weapon pack. I’m not a huge fan of them charging £4 for just a handful of guns in a game that already has so many, but these are both fun and good. As always with Payday 2, it’s worth waiting 2-3 months, since the next time the game goes on sale this will be 50-70% off along with all the other DLC.

    • drumcan says:

      I’d actually go as far as calling the dynamite OP.

      It can’t be shot by cops and blow up in your face, unlike the game’s frag grenades (and rockets), but is otherwise functionally identical, making it a straight upgrade.

      My guess is it’s a bug that will be hotfixed soon, but time will tell.

    • Blaaaaaaag says:

      What this guy just said, the new weapons are actually all pretty good. The user reviews on Steam must be from folks that never learned to aim for the head.

    • Gormongous says:

      Well, that’s interesting. It seems, at least with the anachronistic weapons packs, Overkill is content to divide the player base by ruining the game’s atmosphere on the one hand, and making guns like the Patchett the best in their class on the other.

      • KDR_11k says:

        The Patchett isn’t the best in its class, it’s the one in its class that is least like its class. Basically when you want to build a secondary assault rifle (e.g. to go with a primary LMG) that thing’s your gun but when you need an SMG it’s a pretty bad choice because of the low ammo counts. For an SMG I’d rather take the Cobra or a Stryk to pump out more bullets quickly.

  2. LionsPhil says:

    Go on, Payday 2. Go the full Team Fortress 2. You know you want to. Zeerust sci-fi guns next.

  3. Ephant says:

    They really don’t care about the game’s atmosphere. Miniguns, RPGs, bows, flamethrowers, grill forks, boxing gloves… Why?

  4. Ejia says:

    Eh, I’m more of a plasma rifle kind of guy.

  5. kalakukko says:

    It’s too bad that the majority of these games do little to no research on how bows actually function, instead just making them firearms in a not-so-clever bow disguise.

    • LionsPhil says:

      How would you want a bow to function in an FPS?

      • Distec says:

        *Fumble with bow. Let arrow slip from your fingers.*
        “Dang it.”
        *Struggle with accuracy as the arrow slides across the shaft. You have no idea how to hold a bow.*
        “Dang it.”
        *Release arrow and watch it travel five feet before hitting dirt.
        Dang it.”

        This is what I recall from summer camp in grade school.

      • McPartyson says:

        This video sums it up:

  6. Ralek says:

    I’m sorry, but no, bows could only be a thing in videogames, if someone brought back Turok, for real this time. Than I would be willing to accept that bows are a thing, so long …

  7. Nibblet says:

    Heres hoping for a fullfledged superpowers mod. Oh, and skateboards. Aand carmageddon style car customisation..

    • Nibblet says:

      Was aiming for the gta mod article with that comment:/
      Protip- if you are too drunk to lie down, dont go posting stuff on the internet.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        What, too drunk to lie down? What would happen if you tried to lie down, then? So you have to sit instead? And just sitting is no fun, so let’s post shit on the internet, right? I imagine that you wouldn’t be able to stand up if you are too drunk to lie down, so your options are quite limited, aren’t they?

        • Nibblet says:

          What would happen? Well, i would have gotten dizzy and eventually would have had to throw up.
          Aside from that i had a wide range of options from minigolf to putting on my own sock puppet kabuki, and anything in between. If curious i opted to sleep in a chair and drool abit.

      • Stellar Duck says:

        To be fair, given how preposterous the Payday DLC is getting you can replace the word mod with DLC in your post and it’ll be fine.