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Year Of The Bow Continues In Payday 2 Western DLC

Fling arrows and dynamite

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?

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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