PAYDAY: The Heist – the game that stole E3

July 22, 2011

PAYDAY: The Heist – the game that stole E3 PAYDAY: The Heist is a game that garnered a lot of buzz at E3. The game came out of nowhere and grabbed a lot of attention. PC Gamer called this the game that “stole the show.”

The game is described as “an action-filled first person shooter for the PlayStation Network that lets you take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists.”

As pointed out by the PlayStation Blog, many sites called PAYDAY “Left 4 Dead with Banks,” as it supports four player co-op. The developers of the game, OVERKILL answered some questions on the blog recently.

According to creative director, Simon Viklund, gamers will have to take a strategic approach to the game if they want to make it out alive. He stated:

The more information you can gather before letting the cat out of the bag, the better. In order to actually start the bank robbery you need to put your mask on and draw your weapon – and within a certain time from that point, the police will show up. So you’ll be “ahead of the game,” so to speak, if you have already scouted the place and know where the guards and cameras are, and where the bank manager – who you need to find – is located.

According to Viklund, PAYDAY has endless replayability as gamers can take various routes to achieve their objectives. The NPCs and their tactics will change accordingly.

Certain people you need to locate are always found in different places, a bag of C4 dropped from a helicopter sometimes lands on the roof, sometimes in the back alley, etc. There’s a heist we call “Slaughterhouse” in which you shoot at an armored car to make it stop. Depending on when you manage to stop the armored car, its final position will differ – and that greatly effects how the rest of the scenario plays out! Another element that adds to the replayability is the statistics that measure your success during a heist: How many civilians did you kill? How fast did you complete the heist? You can decide to try to do a “clean hit” and complete the level without killing any civilians, or simply polish your completion time.

The game offers three main classes: Assault, sharpshooter and support. However, according to Viklund you aren’t limited to any one class because as you level up the upgrade tree there are various branches that become unlocked. You will have the ability to mix and match what you have unlocked creating custom classes.

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Check out the full interview on the official PlayStation Blog. PAYDAY: The Heist will release on the PS3 PSN/PC and will be published by Sony Online Entertainment.

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