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Payday: The Heist is a co-operative first person shooter where players join a team of four career criminals and have to execute heists. The game consists of six different heists that can be played either in singleplayer with bots or online with real players. The locations of the levels vary, from a bank to a prison to a office complex. In each heist the team has a number of objectives that has to be completed. For example for in bank level the players has to drill open a gate, erase security footage and use thermite to melt a hole into the vault. When all objectives have been completed the team has to escape before time runs out. At the same time the team has to battle the police that attacks in waves. These waves doesn't end so the team has to keep moving. Ammo is scarce so players has to think about how to use it efficiently. The law enforcers get more powerful with time, from simple guards and policemen to FBI agents and heavily armed "bulldozers". When a player goes down he can be revived by a team mate. Civilians can be used as hostages and then traded for a team member that has gone down permanently.

The player can level up his character by reaching a high reputation. The reputation goes up as the player earns cash. Cash is earned not only by picking up cash wads but also by completing objectives and challenges. For each level up the player gets full health and ammo and a new item. This can be a weapon, a piece of equipment, a perk, or an upgrade to an existing item. The reward is chosen before the level up by picking one of three upgrade branches. These are assault, support and sharpshooter. There are 48 upgrades for each branch plus a final one that is only available when all branches have been maxed out. The player can change branch at any time. It's also possible to mix items from different branches.


Payday: The Heist Windows Level selection
Payday: The Heist Windows The orange shine shows next objective
Payday: The Heist Windows Starting out outside the bank
Payday: The Heist Windows The game's four characters

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Payday: The Heist Screenshot
Payday: The Heist Screenshot
Payday: The Heist Screenshot

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Critic Reviews Windows Nov 02, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Oct 31, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Windows Oct 21, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Dec 22, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Destructoid Windows Oct 21, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 25, 2011 75 out of 100 75
Ten Ton Hammer Windows Oct 25, 2011 70 out of 100 70
Cheat Happens Windows Nov 12, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Calm Down Tom PlayStation 3 Nov 08, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Windows Nov 08, 2011 6 out of 10 60


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