PAYDAY: The Heist Review
PAYDAY: The Heist Box Art
System: PS3, PC
Dev: Overkill Software
Pub: SOE
Release: October 18, 2011
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Also, while the music in the game is fantastic, setting the perfect mood for committing felonies, the voice acting tends to fall flat at times. The fact that each character in the game has a unique accent makes them instantly recognizable, but the way lines are delivered can be almost silly, making it hard to take seriously. And the sound effects won't offend, but a lot of the guns sound weaker than they should, especially if you are used to any of the big-name shooters on the market.

Another flaw is with the A.I., a fairly common complaint whenever a real-life player is teamed with an A.I. partner. Now, the A.I. isn't horrible, by any means. In fact, if you happen to go down, your A.I. teammates will make it their top priority to revive you. The only problem is that if you play solo, with A.I. in place of your three partners, you will be doing everything yourself. Besides shooting at the police, your teammates won't offer you any help whatsoever when it comes to completing objectives.

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Now, one other thing I would have liked to see fine-tuned a little more is the controls. Sure, they're pretty close to the Call of Duty control scheme—which is a pretty great setup, if you ask me—but custom button mapping would have been appreciated. Also, look sensitivity is adjustable (something that's pretty much essential in an FPS these days) yet this is done in increments, so it's nearly impossible to hit that "sweet spot" where it feels just right. It's always either too sensitive or not sensitive enough.

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While these flaws may hold the game back from its massive potential, they never render it unplayable or even unfun. In fact, PAYDAY provides almost nonstop heart-pounding action through six scenarios that are very replayable. With a 145-level progression system, each level unlocking something new, this is a game you'll spend a lot of time with.

PAYDAY: The Heist is an insanely enjoyable game that more than makes up for its lack of polish with its devilish charm. It's worth every penny of the twenty-dollar asking price.

By Josh Wirtanen
CCC Editor / Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
This almost looks like a PS2 game.
3.9
Control
A version of the typical Call of Duty control scheme, but I wish there were more in the way of customization.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is great. Voice acting falters from time to time, and some of the sounds don't feel exactly right.
4.8
Play Value
Six insane, adrenaline-pumping heists allowing you to work your way up a level system with 145 tiers.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Six High-Intensity Heists: Whether you're blowing the roof off a building to extract a safe via helicopter or emptying the vault at the First World Bank, these action-packed heists will have players on edge and always checking their six.
  • Interactive Co-op Gameplay: Whether A.I. or live, your crew of four must operate as one to bring get the "big score." Sharing extra ammo and med kits, helping regen wounded partners, guarding key positions, taking civilian hostages, or cracking through various security measures—it's all for one and one for all.
  • Endless Replayability: Dynamic environments, adaptive enemy behavior, shifting entry points, FBI agents repelling down on ropes through the skylights, SWAT teams crashing through the windows, and special units crawling through the ventilation shafts makes each play-through of every heist a unique fight.
  • Massive Character Progression Tree: Players choose a specialty—assault, sharpshooter, or support—to gain weapons and equipment that fit their preferred form of violence. Unlock trip mines, silenced pistols, machine guns, and much, much more.

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