Payday: The Heist


Payday: The Heist on Steam

MSRP: $14.99

Platforms: Windows, PS3

Release: 10/20/11

Payday: The Heist is an episodic first person shooter where you are part of a team of criminals; it’s up to you whether you choose to play with AI teammates or in four player co-op.  Each episode has random elements included, so it’s not just a matter of learn the level and profit.  This gives a lot of replay value despite the fact that the number of scenarios is fairly small.


Initially, you are given few choices – more are granted through an unlock system as you complete heists.  There is no tutorial; going into the first heist on normal difficulty led to a whole bunch of failure on my part.  You’re fighting both a timer and a pretty significant number of cops.  The game also punishes you for wantonly murdering civilians (although, law enforcement slaughter is absolutely encouraged).

Without a tutorial, I really didn’t get far.  I failed the first time simply because I had no freaking idea where to go.  On my second attempt, I ran straight to where I found the bank manager in my last game, and surprise, he wasn’t there.  You do get guide markers, but I found them somewhat confusing due to their being multiple floors.


I know I would have to spend a lot longer with the single player experience to feel comfortable heading into co-op, especially with a game that’s been around as long as Payday: The Heist.  On a Saturday afternoon on the PC, there was only one game available to join, which leads me to believe that co-op is better with friends (and likely with voice communication software).  However, considering the relatively inexpensive price, I’d say that there’s enough single-player content to make the game worth checking out even if you never touch multiplayer.

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