Playing co-op with PAYDAY:
is a blast. The
improves when you’re playing with friends as opposed to the
dumb AI of your computer controlled teammates. Now you’re not
the only one responsible for objectives and your crew can take part and
more intelligently watch your back. Coordinating defenses or attacks
against special police types amongst human players really elevates the
fun and enjoyment of the game. Plus, you can get the ignoble shame of
leading the pack in the number of times you were downed in every single
scenario just like I did.
Don't taze me, bro!
The usual gameplay negatives still apply here with items constantly
needing restarting and hordes of cops pouring out of every single door,
window, rooftop, or helicopter. The only other negative for multiplayer
is while PAYDAY: The Heist
has voice chat, the game doesn't provide a
push-to-talk mode. I find this a negative as that hearing my friends burp or
slurp soda not conducive to being immersed in being a bad-ass criminal.
Still, the game is a hoot with a full crew of buds to watch your back.
While I have described a lot of negatives for PAYDAY:
game does give you six scenarios with multiple difficulty levels for
$19.99. If you’re planning on playing only single player, I
would definitely lower the value, but for playing co-op, it’s
a pretty good value. You and your friends will definitely get your
money’s worth out of this game.
Hostages can be useful...if
you can get to them.
Lasting Appeal70OkayPAYDAY: The Heist
is a game that has okay lasting appeal. As long as
you’re playing co-op with some friends, this is a game that
you’ll come back from time to time. Playing as a bank-robbing
criminal is just too fun to pass up. For single players, this
game’s lasting appeal is much lower. You could eventually
overcome the lackluster AI of the computer controlled teammates with
lots of upgrades, but you’ll have to put in a lot of time to
Pros and Cons
- Multiplayer co-op is a blast
- Does an excellent job of
conveying the criminal enterprise of bank
- Tension stays constant
throughout the scenarios
- Single player is heavily flawed
- Really bad presentation of
core mechanics such as upgrades
- Lack of ability to move
It's all part of the plan.
ConclusionPAYDAY: The Heist
is a game that has an amazing concept but
doesn’t fully deliver on them. The core of the game is solid
and the game could use some tweaking and polishing. Playing single
player can be an exercise in frustration, but playing co-op is a hell
of a lot of fun. If you have friends who want to join you in some
criminal enterprise, then it’s definitely worth checking out.
I enjoy playing the game and there’s a good foundation here.
If they can improve the AI of the computer controlled teammates and
allow them to help with objectives, allow hostages to be moved, and
perhaps streamline some objectives, then PAYDAY:
could be a
- Game Name: PAYDAY: The Heist
- Review Date: October 25th, 2011