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Shout Out: PAYDAY 2

To Heat:

  • The hockey mask is an allusion to the ones worn in the movie's introductory heist.
  • Done again with the community mask "Hockey Heat", which is a more accurate to the movie versions; wearing it for the first time unlocks the "Heat Around the Corner" achievement, referencing the movie's Title Drop speech (that is even written in full for the mask description).
  • Levelling to Infamy Level 1 unlocks a mask called "The Heat" that is just a pair of sunglasses from the movie. The description even alludes to how only total badasses rob banks with only shades as a disguise, as the characters do during their main bank heist.
  • The "I do What I do Best, I Take Scores" achievement requires doing 15 Armored Transport missions on OVERKILL difficulty wearing the community hockey mask, mirroring the movie's introductory heist.
  • The high-end Mastermind skill Kilmer is a reference to the actor Val Kilmer, who co-starred in the film.
  • Word of God has said that the Mastermind class, due to it's speciality in leading and controlling, is based around Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro's character).invoked
  • The Preplanning Screen added in The Big Bank update displays how player can communicate to purchase specific assets; the players in question are named "Waingro" and "Chris Shiherlis."


  • Putting a mask on for the first time unlocks the achievement "No one Cared who I Was..."
  • Racing through The Ukranian Job in 35 seconds unlocks "Let's do Th...", a reference to Leeroy Jenkins.invoked
  • Stopping the cops from reaching the bridge in Overpass Escape unlocks "You Shall not Pass!"
  • Getting eight bags on the Garage Escape Heist earns you "They see me Baggin', They Hatin'"
  • The "Lord of War" achievement.
  • The "Fish A.I." doubles as a Take That to the meme when the developer for Call of Duty: Ghosts was showing off the AI that has "fish move out of the way when you get close to them".
  • 378 kills with the Gruber Kurz (aka Walther PP/K) nets you "License to Kill".
  • 10 Bulldozer kills with the Thanatos .50cal unlocks the "Surprise Motherfucker" achievement along with the Thanatos' Short Barrel.
  • Whilst irrelevant to the mask itself, completing wearing the bear mask and completing 25 OVERKILL Vlad missions earns "From Russia with Love".
  • Completing a heist with each player wearing a different Death Wish mask unlocks "Ghost Riders".
  • Smashing all windows in Mallcrasher unlocks "Shoot the glass!"exp 
  • On Rats Day 1, keeping the law enforcers out the house while you cook three bags of meth unlocks "I Am the One Who Knocks", whilst cooking seven bags on OVERKILL or harder gets "Full Measure"; both are references to Breaking Bad.exp 
  • Filling the Train Heist's escape boat with ammo bags unlocks "We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat".
  • Escaping with nine or more bags on the train heist earns "If You Liked It You Should Have Put a Ring on It".
  • Each US President mask comes with an achievement referencing their career, specifically:
    • "I am not a crook" references Nixon's "Watergate Scandal" speech, where he denied involvement with illegal activities.
    • "I did not have sexual relations with that Bulldozer" references Clinton's "Lewinski Scandal" speech, where he denied having sex with an intern.
    • "Fool me once, shame on -shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again" references Bush Jr. infamously screwing up a famous saying "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me".
    • "Affordable healthcare" references Obama's very controversial "Obamacare" health plans.
  • Killing 50 Night Club enemies with your fists gets "The Eighth and Final Rule".
  • Getting 10 LMG kills in a row (without releasing the trigger) unlocks "Killin's As Easy As Breathing".
    • Additionally, getting 220 LMG kills in a single heist gets "They Drew First Blood, Not Me".
  • Completing Mallcrasher on Deathwish earns "Came in like a wrecking ball", the icon of which copies the controversial music video.
  • Managing 15 (very specific and difficult) knife kills gets "I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed".
  • The "Watchdogs" Death Wish achievements have an icon of the Doge meme.
  • Following the shotgun update, new achievements include "Lock, Stock & Eight Smoking Barrels", "Everyday I’m Shovelin'", "No Heist for Old Men", and "Four Monkeys".


  • The "Anonymous" mask copies the Guy Fawkes design in reference to Anonymous.
  • "Cthulhu" is a (somewhat blatant) reference to the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • The "Good ol' Al" design matches the design of anti-hero Spawn note 
  • Patterns "Aperture Science", "Companion Cube", "Portal", and "Piece of Cake" all refer to the Portal series.
  • "The Hog" Mask's description is almost straight out of one of Hotline Miami's phone messages.
  • The John Dillinger Deathmask is a reference to an infamous robber of the same name during the Great Depression era in the United States.
  • The Armored Transport DLC has unlockable US President masks, referencing Point Break. The masks themselves reference the 37th, 42nd, 43rd and 44th Presidents.
  • The Gage Weapon Pack #1 masks are all named after action-movie actors: "Arnold", "Chuck", "Dolph", and "Jean".
  • "Commander Crime" mask is a reference to Cobra Commander from GI Joe.
  • Additionally, Dr. Crime refers to Doctor Doom.
  • The Troubled War Veteran, along with it's description, is a pretty ham-fisted reference to Rambo.
  • "Sweettooth" acts as a cameo mask for PS3 players.
  • The "Brazil Baby" masks all reference ones worn in the movie Brazil.
  • The "Alpha Squad" DLC mask also notes it's worn by members of the ridiculed "4th Domestic Operation Group-force Enforcers" Alpha Team: abbreviated, it spells 4th DOGE-A.
  • The "Crossbreed" mask is a Tyranid Genestealer.
  • The "Venomorph" is a blatant Xenomorph.


  • The Mastermind:
    • A perk that increases your accuracy, draw speed, and rate of fire with pistols is called Equilibrium.
    • The enemy conversion upgrade is called Joker.
  • The Enforcer:
    • Increased loot moving is called "Transporter".
    • The ability that allows for primaries when downed and higher endurance is named "Die Hard".
  • The Technician:
  • The Ghost:


  • The teaser for the sequel has one to The Dark Knight.
  • A supermarket named Twenty Four Seven appears.
  • Answering a pager as Hoxton prompt the response "Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now."
  • One of Wolf's pager responses is "Hell if I know. I read a Stephen King book though, started exactly like this..."
  • The crystal meth you cook in the first day of "Rats" is blue. If that was too subtle, Bain may say you should "break bad" and go into full-time meth-cooking if you decide to cook extra meth. Dallas may also say "it's time to break a little bad" when putting his mask on.
    Bain: Which one of you is Heisenberg? Hector wants to know.
  • The automatic sentry gun in Armored Transport's Train Heist bears a striking resemblance to a certain other sentry gun.
  • One of the lines the taser has is "Target center, pull the switch." As an added bonus, the VA for the tasers is Spike Spencer.
  • The Ukrainian Job's title may be a nod to The Italian Job.
  • Generic GenSec Personnel on Armoured Transport heists wear red uniforms.
    • Generic security guards are also wearing red undershirts under their white uniforms.
  • When Chains throws a grenade or kills a standard enemy with a trip mine, he will sometimes quip "Surprise, muthafucka!"
  • Sometimes, when a heist enters a new key part (starting the heist, opening a large vault, escape vehicle arrives, wave begins etc.), Bane will paraphrase "Okay Ramblers, let's get rambling."
    • Additionally, killing hostages will sometimes prompt Bain to say "Hey, Mr. Blonde! You been watching too many movies?!"exp. 
  • The Dentist trailer has a few nods:
    • Dr. Andersson is named after Bo and Ulf Andersson, a pair of brothers who founded GRIN and later became Overkill Software.
    • The Golden Grin Casino is a reference to Overkill's former studio, GRIN.
  • Occasionally, the Bulldozer can enter shouting "IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!"
  • The Taser may occasionally call himself Elec Man or Spark Man.
  • During the big bank heist you can find an stock listing for, among other things, MannCo.

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