Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox RRP: $ 89 ( re­viewed on PS3) Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

EVER seen a bank heist in a movie and won­dered how they did it? If so, this video game se­ries is for you. While Pay­day 2 can be played alone, it’s de­signed to be en­joyed by you and three friends. And like any co- op­er­a­tive game, it’s only fun when ev­ery­one works to­gether.

With a care­fully thought- out strat­egy and flaw­less team­work, the heists go well and ev­ery­one gets rich.

On the other hand, when there’s a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ev­ery­one is trig­ger happy, you’re look­ing at serv­ing time be­hind bars.

Strat­egy and plan­ning are key to get­ting the best ex­pe­ri­ence that Pay­day 2 has to of­fer, to­gether with high- adren­a­line gun fights and on- the- go de­ci­sion- mak­ing.

Visu­ally, the game is hit and miss, but the game­play helps counter these flaws.

The four- player on­line co- op­er­a­tive mode is both re­ward­ing and ad­dic­tive.

Us­ing the game’s Crime Net menu, you can pair up with other would- be thugs and se­lect avail­able jobs to carry out to­gether.

And in ev­ery new game you play, guards, safes, and cam­era po­si­tions are ran­domised, which keeps things in­ter­est­ing.

I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one who wants to get a group of friends to­gether, throw on some clown masks and see just how far they get with­out be­ing caught – all in the name of en­ter­tain­ment, of course.

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