Note: Readers in the UK can get this game for cheaps/free by buying/photographing this months edition of PC Gamer magazine. There is another code in there for DOTA2 beta invite too.
Payday has been out for about a year now, and is probably a game you’ve heard of, but never tried playing or felt interested in looking into. I was the same, until I activated my copy of the game and started my first heist.
The game premise can be simplifed down to something along the lines of…
Get in -> Get the money -> Get the fuck out
However, ‘get the money’ is usually easier said than done, being protected by vault doors, keycodes, buildings and so on.
Gameplay feels like a very objective focused Left 4 Dead, those who have tried gas grab mode (or whatever its called) will have the best idea of what to expect here, the difference of course being that instead of fighting off waves of undead, you fight off gunmen, and instead of special infected you have special forces (SWAT, Shields, Snipers, CoD Juggernauts).
Its fun and frantic, fighting off police assaulting the building whilst juggling health, ammo, teammates, objectives and trying your best to keep hostages detained, all the while drum and bass is pounding your desk (if you’re playing with the volume up like I was anyway)
Music sample from the ‘panic room’ level – where you blow a hole in the top of a building and have a helicopter airlift their safe out
Music sample from ‘Diamonds’ – pictured below, where you rob a vault for diamonds
If you have 3 friends and are looking for co-op style games similar to L4D, Payday is a pretty fun and surprisingly difficult excursion. Defo worth it if you ever see it on sale, and possibly worth it as long as you have a dedicated group up for a challenge.