Payday 2 – Five Tips for a Successful Heist

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With the recent sale of up to 80% off of Payday 2 on steam, there’s no doubt that this great offer has brought in many new players to the Payday series. In Payday, those who plow through alone wind up becoming a liability if they are taken down, the key is working together as a solid team. Here are five tips for those of you looking to find or form a crew and succeed in even the most insanely difficult of heists.

1. Communication.

Communication is essential when cooperating with a crew, if you don’t, you might end up misunderstanding, unable to warn your team about the fuzz or even being left behind. If you have a headset, use it, it might make the difference and you might end up making new friends that can potentially evolve into a tight knit crew of professionals. Alternatively, the text chat feature is equally as useful. You can also request a teammate follow you by looking at them and pressing ‘F’. These features are good for conveying information: A timer on the drill, the location of a guard, the plan, all these little heads up touches of info are really useful to know when the heat is on and the pressure is applied… communicate.

2. Vary your Loudouts.

I know you’ve been saving up for that awesome assault rifle and you really want to give it a run for your money, but what is everybody else taking on the job? Crew Setup Always check the ‘Crew Setup’ menu before readying up to see if there is a variety of equipment and range of weapons being brought in. If you’re hitting a small jewellery store, not everybody needs a large assault rifle, get a guy to bring a shotgun for the close range firepower and threat aspect. If your crew are packing extra ammo bags, be the guy to bring a doctor bag. Whether your approach is Stealth/Loud is also a huge decision factor. If you’re taking the stealthy approach, take a lighter vest for concealment and a weapon that is equipped with a suppressor. If a teammate owns a saw, bring it, it can drastically cut down your time in and out which is always a great help. Discuss with the team, plan accordingly and proceed.

3. Know your Role.

Few scores ever go smoothly, especially when you and your crew aren’t clear on who’s doing what. If you want to know you can count on a person to do something, assign everybody a job to do. There are a mix of roles a crew member can take and the more familiar you are with doing it, the more your team can count on you. Example: Person A takes the drill, stays close to it, guards it, bags the money. Person B deals with crowd control, moving the hostages, making sure everybody is intimidated and nobody tries to escape or be a hero. Person C can deal with entry/exit points, guarding the back door, keeping an eye out to see if cops try to flank and breach an entry point (always great to check the map to overlook how many there are). Finally, Person D protects covers the crew, eyes on the streets while the others transports the bags, checks perimeters and keeps everybody safe and together. These are just a few examples of roles to distribute to evenly spread out the team’s work and keep everybody alive, try it out and see how well you can cooperate.

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4. Know your Entry/Exit points.

As The Dentist says, “Planning is everything.” I’ve brought it up here in many points due to the reoccurring experience of having an impatient player type, “Go.” or “Start.” in the chat. That’s usually the same short tempered player who blames you for the failure of the mission that they couldn’t be bothered to prepare for in the first place. It’s as simple as looking over the map layout, study it, learn it, it might come in handy. If you initially planned to go out the front but a pack of SWAT teams are storming in, knowing that there’s that side fire escape could make all the difference.

5. Do not hesitate. Not for a second.

RooftopYou either go in full-heartedly or you don’t do it at all. Pulling off a successful heist takes experience, knowledge and commitment. Once you’ve identified a threat, eliminate it, do not give the target time to get one over on you, they won’t hesitate, neither should you. You don’t let anything stand in your way. Your life is more valuable than your potential score, you take what you can and get out of there. When I play Payday 2, I occasionally hear the voice of De Niro’s character Neil McCauley, a famous quote from the movie Heat.

“Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”

It essentially reminds me that if things get too intense, leave the rest behind, don’t get greedy, it’s not worth the potential failure of the operation. If a teammate is down in the next room, go help right away, if its crowded, take cover, call for backup and do whatever it takes to get them back on their feet. Do not hesitate, and most importantly, have fun!

Why We Love the ‘Heist’ Genre

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It’s been said time and time again but it’s true, we as gamers love to play the bad guy. In terms of a movie premise, you could say that as the bad guy, you win every fight except the last one, maybe it’s so fun that we don’t care what happens at the end of it all? Maybe it’s just that we’re tagging along for the thrill of the ride?

Of course, as in all negative media attention, video games that highlight the robbery genre have been accused of glorifying a life of crime, but I prefer to think of it as an escape or release. Several games that take on this theme of criminal activity seem to borrow heavily from classic Hollywood motion pictures of the past, a perfect example of this would be the Grand Theft Auto V‘s ‘Blitz’ Heist which depicts heavy influence and shares similarities to Michael Mann’s Heat (1995) that are just uncanny. Although both highly exhilarating and enjoyable to observe, the difference with video games is that we as a player have the opportunity to take control of something that is so out there and (hopefully) completely out of our comfort zone.

Many of the cinematic aspects to these heist movies seem to also translate well in video game experiences. Take Kane & Lynch: Dead Men for example, although the game suffered from clunky controls, it displayed a dark story with intricate characters, none of which were simply black and white but more a blend of shaded grey that revealed deeper layers into their background as you progressed through the game. There’s always one moment in a game that stays with you through your life and for me it was the Retomoto Tower rappel. The descent, tense composition of music and explosive breach all come together to deliver this beautifully intense memorable moment. Further on in the mission when you push through the streets of Tokyo with cops all around you, once again, it made me feel as though I was playing the iconic bank robbery scene from Heat. Movies like Heat, The Town, Bonnie & Clyde, Point Break, Inside Man and Reservoir Dogs, all these movies center around the theme of Robbery in some form or another and the ‘Heist’ element, in my opinion, has now evolved over the years from a sub-genre to a standalone genre in itself.

It’s not just the high risk adrenaline pumping experience that keeps us coming back for more, it’s also the perks that come along with it. Payday: The Heist and Payday 2 are excellent illustrations of how preparation and planning serve a purpose to your overall outcome on a heist. There is something awfully satisfying about getting together with a crew and plotting your moves step by step. Whether it be choosing an entry/escape point, dealing with security measures or deciding which gear to bring along, everything is about exploiting the rules and the situation. Gamers love to break the rules, no matter what the circumstance is, if there are rules and laws out there, chances are we as players want to exploit them purely for the purpose of releasing our imagination away from the real world or even sometimes it’s simply a form of stress relief. Dealing with crowd control, becoming a demolition/technical expert in safe cracking, the getaway driver, all those notorious roles that we see time and time again in the movies, we get a chance to take responsibility for these ourselves when we play a game of this genre and it in all honesty, it feels pretty exciting!

With GTA Online recently releasing their Heists mode, there’s no doubt or question that owners of the game will dive straight into this content without hesitation. As well they should, it was one of the highlighted selling points from the initial trailer and if you do play regularly with friends online, games like this are a perfect way of banding together and successfully completing a series of cooperative obstacles.

It’s a challenge, and we as the player want to tackle and conquer it. The world of high risk, high gain, although dark, lawless and filled with consequence, it’s an appealing fantasy world with a potential large sum reward as an outcome.