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Shout Out: PAYDAY 2
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    References to Heat 
Main page: 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 its specialization 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."

    References in Achievements 
  • 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's 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 knife kills while below 20% health (difficult at best) gets "I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed".
  • The "Watchdogs" Death Wish achievements have an icon of the Doge meme.
  • The Big Bank map carries achievements titled "12 Angry Minutes" and "Entrapment."
  • 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 Gage Assault update carries a few of its own: "Unusual Suspects", "Hammertime", and "Big Bada Boom".
  • The Venomorph mask achievement "No One Can Hear You Scream" is a reference to Alien's tagline, "In space, no one can hear you scream".

    References in Masks 
  • Two of the DLC weapon packs reference famous actors by their name and description:
  • 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.
  • "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 its 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/Venom mashup.
  • The Gage Assault masks are all allusions to comic villains: for example, Crow Goblin not only resembles Hobgoblin, but the description notes he was retconned because his reveal was unsatisfactory.
  • The Jaw is in the image of the henchman Trap-Jaw from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, although with a skull underneath the mask instead of a humanoid face.
  • The Peter and the Hog masks are both nods to similar masks used in Hotline Miami.

    Misc References 

Skills/Perks/Upgrades:

  • 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 portable saw belongs to the OVE9000 brand.
  • The Technician:
  • The Ghost:

General

  • 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.
    Bain: Which one of you is Heisenberg? Hector wants to know.
    • In fact, variations on the phrase "break bad" get used a lot by the crew - it's even referenced in the lyrics to "Drifting."
    Wolf: (masking up)' It's time to break bad.
  • 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.), Bain 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.
  • The stock ticker in the Big Bank heist shows a listing for, among other things, MannCo.
  • An update added a barbed wire wrapped bat, which explicitly belongs to Negan from The Walking Dead.
  • On day one of the Hotline Miami crossover heist, Bain may say when you start torching the mobsters' cars, "Some men just want to watch the wheels burn."
  • The inclusion of the FAMAS and Galil assault rifles as DLC is a reference to the very first gameplay footage released for the first game, which featured the FAMAS and Galil models from ''Counter-Strike: Source".
  • The addition of the John Wick cross-promotion DLC has come with a number of references to leading actor Keanu Reeves's previous roles, most notably his trademark "Woah."
  • One of the excuses Hoxton offers to the Pager Operator references a certain Kaiju film.
    Hoxton: I just saw a spider so big I think it was in Pacific Rim, but, ah, I'm fine now.
  • The Gruber Kurz pistol is named after Hans Gruber, who used a Walther PPK in the script for Die Hard (he used an H&K P7M13 in the final film and Karl used the PPK as his secondary).
  • On the Transport Heist: Harbor map is a billboard advertising the Meat Circus.
  • In Day 2 of the Hotline Miami heist, the Commissar may announce "You can't has Commissar!" as he rides the elevator up.
  • The caller ID on all office phones lists the caller as "idkfa12321", a reference to the Classic Cheat Code "idkfa" from Doom.

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