PAYDAY: The Heist - Wolfpack Review
PAYDAY: The Heist - Wolfpack Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Overkill Software
Pub: Sony Online Entertainment
Release: August 7, 2012
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Of course, all the Technician's skills must be unlocked via leveling up. To accommodate this, the level cap has been raised from the seemingly random 145 to the even more random 193. Yes, that's a whole 48 extra levels of felony-committing madness.

Perhaps the coolest feature of all is something they're calling "One Pays; All Play." Basically, only the person hosting a game needs to own the expansion. Even your freeloading slacker friends can get in on the action as long as one of you ponies up the cash. This means you won't have to worry about dropping ten bucks on missions you'll never play because your friends are too cheap (or poor) to pay for the content.

PAYDAY: The Heist - Wolfpack Screenshot

Now, in coming back to the game after several months of not playing it, I remembered why I made some of the complaints I did when reviewing the original. The controls, while mimicking Call of Duty almost to a T, feel awkward. One of my main concerns last time was that the look sensitivity was adjustable in increments that made it difficult to find that "sweet spot." This time around, I was distracted by how slow aim-down-sites is. It takes enough time to pull up your sites that in frantic situations (and PAYDAY is a game that completely revolves around frantic situations), you'll find yourself hip-firing almost all of the time. Now, maybe I've been spoiled from playing way too much Modern Warfare 3, but it's hard to adjust to this slowness.


Also, the graphics haven't improved. While the art direction is still pretty incredible, everything looks blockier than you'd expect from a current-gen title. And some of the animations are just horrific. For example, in the beginning of the Counterfeit heist, you must talk to a man named Mitchell. He starts talking to you, but no part of his face moves at all, not even his mouth. It's almost creepy.

Still, despite the game's flaws, the Wolfpack DLC manages to be crazy stupid fun when you get a full group of four players. Sure, it has some things that could have been done better, but at the end of the day, ten bucks is a fair price for the extra content here.

Josh Wirtanen
Editor / News Director
Date: August 10, 2012

Graphics aren't up to snuff compared to a lot of the other shooters out there, and some of the animations are downright lazy.
It's the CoD button scheme, only done more awkwardly.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music's great and the sound effects are halfway decent, but the voice acting could have been better.
Play Value
The new heists aren't as engaging as the originals, but you'll get your ten dollars' worth nonetheless.
Overall Rating - Fair
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:

  • New Weapons: Got a problem? Solve it by spraying some lead on the move with the all-new auto handgun and assault rifle. Want people to fear you? Show them the shiny new grenade launcher; it will blow them away, literally. Need someone to watch your back? Release the brand new deployable sentry gun to take out your enemies.
  • The Technician: Based on the character Wolf, the technician is a man who knows how to get things done. With a new skill set and equipment, the technician is a techno-sociopath using the sentry-gun and tool kit.
  • One Pays, All Plays: Got friends in high places? If you are tight on cash until the next score, all you need is a friend with the content. The new heists can only be hosted if you own the DLC, but anyone with the base game can join for free.
  • Just When You Think You Are Out, They Pull You Back In: With all new trophies and achievements, there is a whole lot more for you to brag about. Also, the sky is the limit with a raised level cap.

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