Excerpt: Remember the climactic bank heist in the immaculately-constructed crime-thriller Heat? Remember the tense, pumping music, the incredible crack of gunshots ringing out through downtown LA streets? Remember Robert De Niro and company gunning down like a hundred cops? Payday: The Heist superbly captures everything about that scene, providing a unique sense of urgency found in few other games.
Pros: Captures your favorite movie heists perfectly, Frantic, pressure-building action, Nice variety amongst missions
Cons: Actual shooting isn't satisfying, Menus could have been more helpful, No competetive multiplayer
Summary: Not a bad showing, but without some free DLC or some low cost DLC I think the lifecycle of this game is fairly limited. They say ’endless replayability’ but I only see that as valid if say, you never tire of repetition, or only play it once a month.
Conclusion: While the game doesn’t explain itself very well, it’s still extremely fun. The shooting mechanics are off at times, but they’re easy to figure out for any fan of first-person shooters. On top of that, the multiplayer, provided you have friends with the game, is a very enjoyable experience that will be filled with heated arguments regarding camping and reviving people.
Excerpt: Generic multiplayer shooters are a dime a dozen nowadays, but occasionally, a shooter comes along which tries to change the formula slightly. Payday is one of these games, and although it can be a little confusing and needs more polish, it’s a quirky and enjoyable experience. You play as part of a four-man team of professional criminals (in suits) who attempt six different heists to steal money, gold, diamonds or whatever valuable things happen to be lying around.
Excerpt: If you have ever seen the movie Heat, then you know the intensity that can come from that type of scenario. Developer Overkill Software and Sony Online Entertainment are aiming to recreate that with...
Pros: + Fantastic concept, + Great with three friends, + Surprising variety
Cons: Lack of tutorials, Playing solo is useless, Online community is sparse
Excerpt: The late and great GRIN studios--now partially reformed under the banner of Overkill Software--is gearing up for one more score with Payday: The Heist. A four-player cooperative shooter unabashedly hewn from the same stock as Left 4 Dead, it replaces its inspiration’s love for the undead for that of silver screen stickups. It’s stepping out on its own in more ways than one, but is this downloadable game equipped to make it big in a tank full of online sharks?
Excerpt: I think I'm more in love with the concept of multiplayer than the actual form it usually takes. I like the idea of working with other players to accomplish a common goal, which is apparently a foreign concept to a majority of players I run into whenever I play online. PAYDAY: The Heist immediately grabbed my attention at E3 2011 because it emphasizes co-operative play over the run-and-gun Rambo tactics of other multiplayer shooters on the show floor.
Excerpt: When it comes to quality first person shooters, the PlayStation Network isn’t exactly the first port of call.
Pros: Unique premise, isn’t just restricted to bank heists., A decent Left 4 Dead alternative for PlayStation fans., Comes with a comprehensive trophy list., Impressive all-round presentation considering the price., Rep incentives will keep that carrot dangling for hours on end.
Cons: Partner AI isn’t up to scratch., Gunplay often feels janky., You are essentially replaying the same six missions.