Payday: The Heist is a four-player online cooperative shooter developed by Overkill Software on the Diesel Engine and is a downloadable title published by Sony Online Entertainment for the PC and PSN. Payday features six different scenarios in which the players must cooperate in order to complete the given objectives, with settings ranging from a bank, to a prison, to a corporate office building. All of the scenarios are independent of each other and can be played in any order, and there is no overarching narrative. The game was released for the PS3 on October 18th, 2011 and for the PC on October 20th. The game garnered enough praise and attention to inherit a sequel simply titled Payday 2 which was released in 2013.
Players can choose to play as either an assault, sharpshooter, or support class. Each class can be leveled up over the course of play, and as new levels are reached, new weapons, items, and abilities become accessible. Abilities affected by the leveling system include healing, ammunition dispersal, and binding hostages. Respawns are determined by the number of hostages the player is willing to trade. Objective locations and path requirements vary from session to session, and some optional objectives become available at times that, while not required, can speed up the players' progress in the mission when completed.
Over the course of a mission, the police will come in waves and the AI will adapt based on the player's performance. Police officers utilize a variety of armaments, including smoke bombs and tasers, and some wear heavy armor, requiring more firepower in order to successfully take them down.
There are four different playable characters:
There are six different levels, or "Heists," as the game calls them:
First World Bank
"Everyone likes to make a spectacular entrance and this is going to be one for the books, two cans of thermite should be enough to make our own personal VIP entrance into the First World Bank vault. After that it's just getting out with the cash..."
"Someone once said there's no such thing as a sure thing, but this job looks easy, get in, get the briefcase, get out. Your trusted wheelman Matt will be waiting for you in the alley and as long as you get to the van there is no way you can fail. Is there?"
"Deep inside the projects, a fortified building. Inside the fortified building, a meth lab. In the meth lab, a panic room bolted to the floor. Inside the panic room, a fortune in cash. Getting into the building is easy, but how are you going to get inside the panic room? If you can't get in, how are you going to leave with the money? Simple. Steal the whole room."
"Some very polite eastern friends have asked us to extract the son of a local businessman from a prison transport. The plan is simple, under cover of darkness, we hit the convoy when they cross the Green Bridge. We stop all traffic, then grab our man. We put him in a Fulton skyhook and make him vanish into thin air..."
"The 22nd floor of the Garnet Group skyscraper holds $20 million in diamonds, owned by Mr. Nathan Garnet. The top three floors all have high tech security systems and trigger happy guards. Luckily for us, there's also some 'celebration' in progress. If we can get to all the alarm boxes without being detected, the vault will open and we will relieve Mr. Garnet of his wealth without firing a single shot."
"We've got inside information on an upcoming gold transport. Only trouble is, the gold travels with a motorcade full of murky water mercenaries. An exploding car on the highway will force them to use the secondary route, giving us an ambush opportunity. We've got a shipping container waiting and some heavy smoke will keep the eye in the sky from figuring out where the gold goes."
On August 7th, 2012, DLC titled "Wolfpack" was released for the game. In addition to adding new trophies & a raised level cap, it features:
- 2 New Levels: Two new heists to play, called "Undercover" and "Counterfeit." An added bonus is that as long as the host player has purchased the DLC, any other players can play in it with them, even if they have not purchased the DLC themselves.
- New Weapons: Including an auto handgun, new assault rifle, a grenade launcher, and a deployable sentry gun.
- New Character: "The Technician," who has a new skill set and equipment, including the sentry-gun and tool kit.
PC System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
- Processor: P4 3 GHz or Athlon FX-53
- Memory: 1 GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA 8800 or ATI x1900
- OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
- Processor: Core 2 Duo or Athlon x2
- Memory: 2 GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA 260 or ATI 4850