Payday: The Heist (2011)

by Christopher
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Payday: The Heist is an action-packed first-person shooter that challenges players to execute daring heists. With its focus on cooperative gameplay and strategic planning, it offers a thrilling experience unlike any other.


Dive into the thrilling world of high-stakes robbery with Payday: The Heist, a groundbreaking first-person shooter that revolutionized cooperative play.


The game’s narrative revolves around four robbers – Dallas, Hoxton, Chains, and Wolf. Their first heist takes place at the First World Bank, where they enter a vault using thermite hidden inside a photocopier and steal a large amount of money. A post-game message congratulates the group, telling them that they are “set for life”, but recommends more heists, including robbing drug junkies in an abandoned apartment complex and ambushing a prisoner transport in heavy rain weather, simply for the enjoyment of the players.

In “Payday: The Heist”, players use a variety of firearms to complete objectives, usually centered around stealing a certain object, person, or a particular amount of money. The game plays from the first-person perspective, but offers a few twists on the standard FPS formula. Killing civilians is punished, instead players may take a limited number as hostages. Should any player get taken into custody (after taking enough damage and not being “revived” in time, or getting downed too many times) during the heist, one of their teammates may release a hostage, allowing a trade to take place which allows a single player to be released.

With six action-packed heists to complete at launch, players embark on a spectacular crime tour of heists, including shooting their way through a downtown bank vault robbery, trading hostages in an armored car hijacking and even a moonlit infiltration of a high-security headquarters.

Overkill Software released two DLC packs for the game; the first one is the Wolfpack DLC, which was released on August 1 on the European PlayStation Store and on August 7 for the North American PlayStation Store and PC. The new content included a new Technician skill tree that gave players access to the AK, the GL40 and the Stryk pistol as well as adding in a deployable sentry gun.


The game features four iconic characters – Dallas, Hoxton, Chains, and Wolf – each with their own skills and backstories.


With a mix of intense shooting action, strategic planning, and cooperative gameplay, Payday: The Heist offers a unique blend that keeps players engaged through every mission.


Payday: The Heist stands as a milestone in cooperative gaming, offering players an unforgettable experience of pulling off the perfect heist.

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