Posts Tagged ‘Overkill’

It’s Payday… [2: The Bomb Heist Trailer]

The Bomb (might be in a pig)

I’m watching The Bomb Heist trailer for Payday 2. Mostly it feels like a cross between a German car advert and an episode of The Killing – it has that same washed out colour palette and deliberate measured dialogue.

It’s a live action thingummy starring Babylon 5’s Mira Furlan which introduces the new DLC. There’s a heist (The Bomb), a new crew member (Dragan) and you meet your new contact, The Butcher.

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Today Is The (Pay)day (2): Launch Trailer Within

I wonder if it's just this part of the world that's frozen, or if it's the whole world? What I'm saying is: somewhere out there is a poo hanging in mid air. Ew.
Payday 2, Overkill’s co-operative heist ’em up, eventually had to come out with its hands up, and they’ve decided today is that day. They’ve chosen to let us know with a launch trailer, and actually released it on launch day. That’s a rarity for the games industry. It is one of those frozen moment type deals, where the action of a heist has been stopped in the most cinematically pleasing way and the camera zooms around to take it all in: bullets are caught in the air like bubbles in ice, blood spurts from wounds like the red branches from a meat tree, police dropping like Del Boy* at a bar when someone has paused a DVD of “TV’s 100 Greatest Del Boys Falling Through The Bar”. It is embedded below.
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Re-Route Masters: Payday 2’s Dynamic Maps


What promise of gaming’s future has failed to materialise for you? What was the most exciting feature that’s only been half thought out, or tried once and then abandoned? For me, it’s multiplayer shooters levels with dynamic elements. Left 4 Dead 2 was supposed to feel like you were crawling over different routes depending on the difficulty selection, but what it amounted to was the player being squeezed a few steps in one direction or another. Will Payday 2 be the first game to successfully pull it off? I have the beta, but I’ve not had enough time with it to find out. However, the new trailer claims your decisions will affect one playthrough to the next, perhaps even selecting a different map for to play on. If that happens, I’ll be one fun lovin’ criminal.
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Hands On With Payday 2


You’d think robbing an art gallery would be fairly straightforward, especially if there are four robbers working together to pull off the job. But when one of those robbers sets off a noisy hand dryer in the bathroom, and another one falls through the skylight, knocking himself out on the hardwood floor beneath, you should probably take some time to reflect. Just not now. Because right now there is a helicopter shooting at you.

Yes, I played Payday 2. Here are some thoughts.
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Shhhhh: Payday 2 Probably Just Stole Your Wallet

Don't shoot until you see the whites of their horrifying weirdgross clown masks and OK just shoot whenever please

And you didn’t even notice. That’s how cold, calculating, and quiet it is. It rushed your home and left no witnesses. Your coat rack? Lying in a pool of its own fabrics. Your pet goldfish? Sleeping with the fishes. Other fishes. Dead ones. And you? Next. Hah, just kidding. I have no idea why someone’s stalking through your home, but it’s not Payday 2‘s fault. The heist-’em-up’s new trailer is disarmingly quiet, though. Admittedly, it’s all pre-scripted, but the big takeaway seems to be that this one’s going for methodical stealth over the first’s Left 4 Dead with cops approach.  Also, clown masks. They’re reeeeeally unsettling, pretty much no matter what. It’s all after the break.

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Payday 2: Mo’ Money, Less Problems (Hopefully)

I haven’t played the original Payday, so I asked the current guests at RPS manor to provide an opinion for me. “It was good, but cruelly tough,” claimed Craig Pearson, Scottishly. “It really is Left 4 Dead,” he added, Welshly.

Said Adam: “”
Said John: “”
Said Cara: “”

Therefore my opinion of Payday is that it was good, but cruelly tough. It really was Left 4 Dead. And there’s to be a sequel later this year, with the now Starbreeze-owned Overkill once again on dev duties.
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Playday: Payday’s Official Unofficial L4D1 Map Out Now

Yes, um, I believe I would like to request a different doctor. No, I know I'm in a coma and this shouldn't be possible. But these guys are *really* wigging me out.

We are suddenly talking about Left 4 Dead a lot again. Could this be a sign of more substantial things to come? I doubt it, but it’s fun to hope for things – so long as you never stop hoping and are incapable of sorrow. Regardless, Payday: The Heist’s much-vaunted reproduction of Left 4 Dead’s Mercy Hospital is here to cure whatever ails you – assuming, of course, that you are made physically ill by the idea that Payday might eventually cease releasing DLC. Go download it! Or read details. These are your only options.

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