|System: PS3, PC|
|Dev: Overkill Software|
|Release: October 18, 2011|
|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.
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.
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.
CCC Editor / Contributing Writer