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  • Summary: Players will embark on a spectacular crime spree of six heart stopping heists, including blasting their way through a downtown bank vault robbery, managing hostages in an armored car hijacking and even a midnight infiltration of a top-secret, high-security facility. Additionally, PAYDAY: ThePlayers will embark on a spectacular crime spree of six heart stopping heists, including blasting their way through a downtown bank vault robbery, managing hostages in an armored car hijacking and even a midnight infiltration of a top-secret, high-security facility. Additionally, PAYDAY: The Heist challenges players with dynamic environments and adaptive enemy tactics - meaning no scenario will ever play out the same way twice. Teamwork is essential to ensure crew members provide cover under fire, guard key access points, break through various security measures and keep civilians in check. Survive wave after wave of the best that law enforcement can deploy as they shift strategies in response to player actions and gameplay style. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. PC Games (Russia)
    Nov 23, 2011
    85
    One of the best ways to spend 20 bucks. Incredibly strong and fascinating online action. [December 2011, p.83]
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2011
    84
    Payday: The Heist is maybe Left 4 Cops, but still a very good interpretation with nice own ideas. Continous, massive cop slaughtering could use some tweaking, as it gets somewhat monotonous. [Nov 2011]
  3. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    Payday: The Heist is one of the biggest surprises of this hot autumn market, marked by triple-A titles of absolute value. If you have 2 or 3 friends to play with, the title Overkill is a highly recommended purchase. Our congratulations to the developers for the insight: we hope to continue to support their creature with new additional missions and already we dream a sequel with an advanced AI and techinal sector. A must for lovers of the co-op.
  4. Nov 3, 2011
    78
    Bottom line, it might not have all the bells and whistles that the blockbuster FPS games that are being released, but it doesn't have the same price tag, either. And you'll definitely get a lot of bang for your buck with this game.
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    73
    Payday is already better than other low-budget multiplayer shooters (Lead and Gold, Killing Floor). It serves as a nice distraction after a hard day's work.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Entertaining cooperative multiplayer is why you should try this unconventional shooter. Technical issues and obsolete visuals prevent a higher rating. [Jan 2012]
  7. Oct 25, 2011
    50
    Payday: The Heist has a brilliant concept at its heart, and that's further rounded out by some great art direction and some solid level design that makes a few of the missions real fun to play. Unfortunately, though, budget production values are evident in the graphics and limited selection of levels, and these factors inevitably come into conflict with a higher-than-expected price point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 160
  1. Oct 22, 2011
    10
    I was skeptical, and took a shot in the dark buying this game, and I'm honestly very impressed. Get this game right now. Except for there onlyI was skeptical, and took a shot in the dark buying this game, and I'm honestly very impressed. Get this game right now. Except for there only being 6 maps, this game is as good as any AAA $60 game out there. DEFINITELY worth 20.

    The good things: Most of the game. It's only $20!! It has very solid shooting, about 15 different guns, 20-25 types of enemies including 4 special 'boss' type enemies that are difficult to fight alone if your not careful. It has leveling, skills, 'perk' type things, and requires teamwork to do well. It does only have 6 levels but they are all rather replayable. So far I have only gotten bored of one level, but the other 5 have no end in sight. Also, the hardest difficulty is actually really hard. Some games have an 'expert' and it's somewhat hard, but a group of good people can easily beat it, but in this its a challange even with the best. Also, this game has very few bugs, and no major gamebreaking ones.

    The bad: A few minor bugs, but nothing more annoying than some wall clipping, or getting stuck in a menu every once in a while. Only 6 levels, additional ones would be nice, again a really minor issue due to replayability. Voice chat cannot be bound to a key. It's either you have a mic in, and broadcast whenever you make noise, or you dont have a mic in at all.
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  2. Mar 18, 2012
    10
    This game doesn't get enough credit in my opinion. It's a solid FPS shooter with objective based items to complete in order to finish theThis game doesn't get enough credit in my opinion. It's a solid FPS shooter with objective based items to complete in order to finish the round. The voice acting is good and the style of play is a heck of a lot of fun. The community also seems pretty cool. If I had anything to gripe about, I'd like to see more missions, as it only comes with six. Occasionally Amazon will run it for $5.00 - $7.49. Purchase the game download and activate your CD key using Steam. You will still get all your Steam achievements. Good way to save money on such a great game. I give it a 9.5. Two thumbs way up! Expand
  3. May 28, 2013
    9
    Payday is an amazingly fun game. I like how simple, independent games like these always manage to get me to sink many more hours into it thanPayday is an amazingly fun game. I like how simple, independent games like these always manage to get me to sink many more hours into it than any of the higher budget titles that are out.
    Unlike most shooters out, Payday forces you to play realistically. Your goal is not to rack up a body count, but to perform a heist. When a Rambo tries to run into the open, and play the bad-ass, they end up getting horribly raped, arrested, and then left behind as his teammates progress through the stage. The game just has a really intense feel as you yell at civilians to drop to the floor and shoot out surveillance cameras in preparation for police arrival.
    I have seen quite a few complaints about the AI being 'too sentry,' but imo, it is very realistic. The task force units feel professional and trained as I would expect any officer charging into a bank heist, or general hostage situation, would be. However, they are quite careless about shooting around civilians and you will often find yourself feeling like you are trying to save innocents from a reckless police riot.
    Overall, this game is soo good I bought it twice. Once for PS3, and once for PC. The only reason I do not give this game a perfect score is because, regardless of how good it is, it could have been better. I would like to have seen more content in the game, and could come up with a huge list of easily implemented ideas that would have heavily deepened the game-play. Also, this game does not hold your hand. It took me too long to figure out how to access and change my progression tree. Many game features you may only discover through playing with others, such as hostage negotiations.
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  4. Nov 25, 2016
    8
    It's a gem. Really difficult in early levels though. Even with skilled players, the AI spawn rate can be relentless. It requires grinding toIt's a gem. Really difficult in early levels though. Even with skilled players, the AI spawn rate can be relentless. It requires grinding to get all the weapons and upgrades, and they do kind of nickle and dime you for more maps (5 maps vanilla), but you can still have an absurd amount of fun without the DLC. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2011
    8
    With the release of Payday: The Heist, Overkill steals the spotlight (and everything not nailed down) from more than one anticipated game thisWith the release of Payday: The Heist, Overkill steals the spotlight (and everything not nailed down) from more than one anticipated game this year. In Overkill, you play as one of four professional criminals (Dallas, Wolf, Hoxton, Chains) through several fast action heists, raids, and cleanup operations that will test your teams cooperation as you're swarmed by SWAT and whatever tricks they have for you. While at first glance, mission selection seems limited, each one is completely different, and even if you've played through it 100 times, there is NO guarantee of even completing the first objective. Some people have complained about the lack of visible timers on objectives ("How long until that saw cuts through, there's F***ING SWAT EVERYWHERE!"), but I think it really adds to the experience, especially when the saws and drills jam and the fires burn out. It really makes you hope your teammates arent pinned or lazy, otherwise, you'll end up having to run through hell and every kind of special unit in the map to fix it. Game-wise, it works somewhat similarly to Left 4 Dead. If you run out of health, you enter "bleedout" which means you're on the ground and can only use your pistol until someone helps you up. If no one does before the timer runs out, you're "in custody". This is where Payday really shines in innovation. With the "hostage" system, you can take civilians, or even police if done right, as hostages. After a set time has passed, your teammates can trade one of their hostages for you. Be warned, though, you have to make the change manually, a.k.a. actually go to the selected hostage. So if it's a hostage you caught at the beginning of the heist, you may be nowhere near him/her when the trade is authorized. Just a warning. As for customization, you can't change any of the robbers appearances; Overkill said they didn't implement that feature to "create a sense of identity in the robbers". Translation: We were too lazy to put customization in. However, as you complete heists, you can unlock weapons, perks, and special equipment from one of three trees: assault, sharpshooter, and support. Each time you "level up" or gain another reputation level, the tree you're currently focusing on (changeable at any time during the heist) also gains a level. You'll see as you play with higher level teammates that their playstyles are significantly different. Some may use the M308 and the Locomotive 12Ga.,which plays significantly different than one using the M308 and the Mark 11, and these are just weapon choices. You can have your own perks, like increased damage resistance, extra ammo or supplies, increased accuracy, faster reload, etc. Since its release, and the passing of "First Week Syndrome", most of the bugs are fixed, but there still are some glaring ones. More than once, the cops have stopped in their tracks and will just wait there, not doing anything, even if you shoot them. This is hardly a copy of L4D, or any other game out there, and there is a learning curve that it seems those who rated this game poorly just lack the mental ability to learn. As for the rest of us, I say it's a good game, and for $20, it's (I'm gonne say it) a steal. Pick it up now, and you won't be disappointed. Expand
  6. Dec 14, 2011
    7
    This is a fun but casual co-op game, basacally you start on a map and have to complete several objectives and survive waves of lawThis is a fun but casual co-op game, basacally you start on a map and have to complete several objectives and survive waves of law enforcement, theres no real story or plot, and there shouldnt be one, you can play this game for hours, or just quickly play a game or 2 before going tro work, this game does however need more content, the few available maps are not quite enough to stay intresting for too long and replayabillity would be higher if there was more. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2013
    0
    Think of "Left 4 Dead", but with cops and robbers instead and about a million times harder. I don't know why the developers thought it'd be aThink of "Left 4 Dead", but with cops and robbers instead and about a million times harder. I don't know why the developers thought it'd be a good idea to make the game so fricking hard, but I won't be spending money on the second one. Expand

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