PayDay 2 Gave Me A Bank-Robber's Panic Attack
Posted on Monday, August 12 @ 21:07:19 PST by Daniel Bischoff
PayDay 2 is out tonight at midnight for many gamers as it's a downloadable title and probably best played on Steam where it'll find a long life from start to Summer Sale 2014. Despite that, to find that bone-chilling, anxiety-afflicted bank-robber's panic attack, you'll have to play the game a lot. Thanks to its Crime.net menu system, certain scenarios will appear rarely and jumping on them, regardless of difficulty is a must. I played one of these "uncommon" scenarios today before writing my review.
On lower levels, players will frequently encounter a simple bank heist. You'll probably have played it a few times through within your first hours as it's a fun and simple way to introduce players to PayDay 2's systems. Casing the bank isn't too hard. There's a fence you can cut through if you're anxious. You can run around back and open a number of doors too. You could walk through the front door and squander a few thousand dollars on needless hostage deaths too.
It's gripping. Playing a game ties you to others and thankfully people are genuinely friendly with each other in game. Please don't let this become another butt-hole of humanity like some other multiplayer-centric PC games.
Of course, PayDay 2 is so gripping, that a botched job can feel brutally humbling. Falling dead and hoping your partners pick you up practically insists you type "Sorry" in the chat window or mutter thanks over the mic when they inevitably do pick you up. In one of Crime.net's "uncommon" missions, I felt that sick feeling in my stomach, as if I was opening the bank vault to find Batman.
"Shit!" I thought. It was one part nervous fear, one part stress-induced elation, like laughing after surviving harm, but just barely. Empty box, empty box. Finally I struck gold and then another from my partner. Two more from him, and I was the one left under-producing. One more bag and I had the distance to run it too, if the loot ever came up.
You'll have to find out how it all turns out for yourself though. Our review of PayDay 2 is up now and you can download from Steam or get it for Xbox 360 and PS3 at midnight.
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