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RAID: World War II

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RAID: World War II is an adrenaline-fueled four-player co-op shooter set during the time when the German war machine was still going strong. Four prisoners of war have been freed by Mrs. White and given a chance to redeem themselves. Their objective? By any means necessary stop the Germans and help end the war. Their reward? The chance to steal anything they find. Take on the role as one of the four misfit members of the RAID gang, Sterling, Rivet, Kurgan or Wolfgang. Shoot and blast your way through Europe using different classes and skills. Customize your weapons using authentic weapon modifications.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

RAID: World War II was a half-alive fetus born from PAYDAY 2's success and died almost instantly after the unfinished, buggy mess of a launch back in September 2017. It managed to cling onto life for about a half a year (February '18) with 100+ peak players, if not even that.
I went back and played this game again recently and... it was fine, I guess. The gunplay feels fantastic and the playable characters made me do a funny "ha-ha" at times. That's all the praise I can really give to this game. The AI (both enemies and teammate bots alike), the leveling system and stealth get a special mention of how ungodly awful these things are.
Now, enjoying the game is very much a subjective thing. The game is very much like Payday: The Heist and Payday 2 to a lesser extent, that being: "How many enemies are there on my screen and how long have I exposed myself to them/are they aiming at me?" If the answer is "plenty/few seconds/yes", you're either dead or hurt pretty bad. But don't worry, enemies drop resources (mostly ammo, but they do drop health and seldom grenades) and there should be chests containing these resources as well, so it's all well and good. Or in layman's terms: cover-peek/shoot-cover/reload-repeat. If you're out in the open on the two hardest difficulties, lmao good luck
So anyway, do you like that kind of gameplay? Well, I can't answer that for ya. But I do know one thing you're not gonna like and it's the steaming pile of scrap that is the Diesel Engine 2.0 this game runs on and any Payday player should get PTSD from hearing those words. They decided to use this almost decade and a half old, originally car-racing engine to make this game since they were most familiar with it. Sure, whatever. It'll have the same problems Payday has, if not more.
I could go on but I'm running out of writing juice, but if you're wondering about getting this game, get it only during a sale. This game is definitely not worth the full price. I'm giving this game a nostalgia filled pity recommend.

Review from Steam

If anything, this is a game that deserves a second chance.

Review from Steam

Eh, for what it's worth I think a great deal of the negativity comes purely from Payday fans having their hopes severely too high for this.. small game.. whatever it was supposed to be.
Granted part of why this game was badly received is because the devs had also overestimated themselves and used an old tired engine, adding very little quality of life to it. A lot of the core gameplay is a lot of like Payday. I call it the Far Cry syndrome.
I still say you should get it at a sale when it's only about two bucks, since there's still a lack of polish in certain places.
You can't ignore the fact that whilst some areas were neglected, they did try to put effort in on others. There's worse games out there.

Review from Steam

RAID opened my long time closed doors, but showed me the sad truth. From beta until now, I've enjoyed the game and still will enjoy, I will never see this concept again and I love the aspect of classic FPS, despite the fact that I will probably be alone often. Because really crazy things are happening in today's gaming industries, and a lot of bad things went down on RAID. I'm a 90s player and I have a different view of how it works today and what puppets live among us today, and humans are real monsters, they didn't give the developers a chance, but they tried to fix and bring new all that stuff, improved engine more than PD2 and no, it's not reskin PD2!! (such nonsense could be said about GTA series for example). I remember the difference about the issues on release and now. But maybe it was also a bad decision that was made. Maybe a bigger advertisement should have been made to attract other audiences to the game instead of the PD community. Maybe they shouldn't have trusted the PD community. Maybe they should have coughed up at the console. Maybe they should have choose a different engine. Or they should split the game on a base and DLC. But now everything is gone. Wonderful updates, and new content (which was supposed to be free! for God's sake!!). But now everything is gone. And I'll just think and cry over all the good that could be in this undervalued game.
I will remember LionGameLion

Review from Steam

Could have been a good game, maybe even a great one. But through bad investments, the publisher almost going under through insider-trading and Overkill barely scraping by through bankruptcy, this game sadly never had a chance. Using the old tried and true Diesel engine, used to power driving-games, along with Payday the Heist and Payday 2, this game was developed as a response to the Payday IP soaring into popularity, along with a resurgence in 4 player co-op shooters.
Don't get me wrong, this game is awful. It's buggy, it's ugly, and it's unfinished. But there is charm in there, left by a dev team who had a vision, and really wanted this thing to pan out. The game has humour, good writing, frantic gunplay and a good selection of weapons with questionable upgrades.
The level design is awful, the enemy variety is bland, and the balance is all over the place. But even with that, I continue to come back to this game. I can feel that the devs wanted this to work, but sadly, with how the market was starting to lean away from PvE shooters at the time this game came out, it just didn't stand a chance.
And after being silent for almost 4 years since the game released, the devs suddenly came back into action with an update, and spoilers for future content. I applaud the devs for their efforts, and I wish them the best in the future. This is truly something special and almost unheard of in the games industry.
Get this game if you can. It's nothing special, but it's a fun little timewaster with friends and a fun little thing to jump into every now and then, if only for the writing, arcade-like gunplay and cut-scenes.

Review from Steam

Blammo!

Review from Steam

Better than today's sponsor RAID: Shadow Legends!
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