The lights are on
Alright, let's get this puppy cracked.
Of course by the various descriptions, Payday: The Heist is a game where you and 4 other people (or AI Bots, if you choose) go and perform movie-like based Heists. It's not a bad concept, but it's not someone who wants a story to make them shed a tear. In fact, there really is no story. The characters aren't exactly Shakespeare material and most people will often refer to them as "That guy with the United States colors clown mask!" but after playing a bit, I actually remembered their names.
As stated above, story is ***. There is no story. The only story element that could even remotely spew from the game is the ones you share with your friends. You're just one of the four robbers, killing anything Government related and sparing civilians, while doing one of the dynamic missions, such as robbing a bank or stealing a vault full of diamonds. The four characters are fairly simple, each have their own distinct backgrounds and voices. The four characters are called Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf, and Chains. Their ties to each other are unknown, other than the fact they do robberies. There is someone else named Bain, who acts as the guide, leader, and planner of these heists. I often refer Bain to "The Voice in the Sky", mostly because the player never actually sees the man, but only hears him relaying messages to you, such as hints and tips.
Graphically, it's not entirely horrendous, but it's no standard, top of the line. The environments are extremely pixelated, the backgrounds could use a little more touching up other than looking like a cardboard background from some low budget movie. Another thing to note that distance, it's even worst, since thing tend to just pop out of nowhere and get in focus when the player approaches. Even on an HD t.v., it's not exactly appealing.
Gameplay wise, it's rather fun. I personally find it enjoyable gunning down cops, swat, FBI, and even Special Units while tying down civilians and completing objectives such as placing drills on a lock or a saw on flooring to detach a safe from the floor above. The game is especially at it's prime when you have a solid team geared with mics and have the game on the highest difficulty. You'll often find yourself yelling at the screen running "GO GO GO" or "SHOOT THE TASER, HE GOT ME!" Playing with AIs is okay, but it's simply not the same experience, but the AIs are pretty impressive. They'll even revive you given the chance, but not as viable as an actual human player.
Replaybility is pretty moderate. The enemy AI tends to change nearly every round, so 9 times out of 10, it feels like an entire match, but other times you can predict what will happen and what kind of units you can expect and prepare properly, but it's often refreshing.
All in all, it's only 20 bucks, and it's not that mediocre. It's sort of like playing an updated version of Counter Strike but cops and robbers. Hope you all find this useful.
A very good review. I like how you get your points across quickly, and don't beat around the bush much.
Good review indeed.