Of course, pulling off the perfect heist is easier said than done, and because random elements are introduced every time you load a level, it's impossible to learn a level and go through the motions, unlike most stealth games. For example, I saw the jewelry shop two times. Each time, the players went through the back alley, attempting to get in undetected. The first time around, there was just one guard and a camera watching over the back entrance. The second time around, there were two guards, ensuring our immediate detection. Oops. Even the location of the diamond changed between the two playthroughs of the same level. In the second playthrough, where we had already been detected, we could not find the diamond in the safe that housed it in our first attempt. With cops quickly surrounding the store, it quickly devolved into a massive shoot-out. Hey, you can't always be a master thief, right? From my brief look at Payday 2, it's clear that most missions won't go as smoothly as you expect, especially as the many random elements throw wrenches into your plans. But, that makes Payday 2 all the more enticing. Finding three other like-minded players, each equipped with complementary abilities, and executing the perfect score should be a thrill. And when things inevitably fall apart, the shooting of Payday 2 looks to be quite a bit of fun as well. Payday 2 will be available this summer on PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Games on Demand.
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