one of the greats attractions of video games It is the possibility of escaping into roles that we ourselves would not see well in reality. Being a mugger or thief is a great example and the Payday franchise has been the standard bearer for this “Ocean’s Eleven with masks” for over a decade. Now, 10 years after the previous game, it comes Payday 3 para PS5, Xbox Series X|S y PC.
Although Dallas, Wolf and company had retreated after those blows, a mysterious shadowy force has attacked them and stolen everything they had. Now, they have to start from scratch with only a few weapons and gadgets, so they have to embark on several heists again to increase their bank account… And take revenge on whoever played this trick on them.
The analysis of Payday 3 in Hobby Consolas:
Payday 3 gameplay and gameplay
As was the case in the originals, The game has a double aspect of infiltration and action. Our goal is to organize a group with four band membersso that, in the mission they play, they first recognize the terrain and then go around the security of the premises (a bank, a museum or a nightclub, for example) until get to the loot in question.
Afterwards, it will play reach an extraction point and complete the blowOf course, but along the way we will encounter closed doors, security cameras, guards or even laser traps.
We control one of the four members and the rest can either be controlled by the CPU or by other players over the Internet. A couple of new members have been introduced to the gang, but ultimately it doesn’t matter who you choose, because it doesn’t affect the gameplay.
The scenes where the action takes place have free access areaswhere the guards and cameras don’t react to us unless we do something illegal; guarded areas, where if they see us, they will escort us to the exit; and restricted areaswhere they will stop us and the alarms will go off if they hunt us.
If the latter happens or, simply if we consider that it is time to do it, We will put on our “robber clown” mask and the action phase will begin: The security guards and police will begin to arrive and, if our resistance continues, we will even have SWATs hunting us.
In these cases, we can free hostages that we have apprehended before to buy some timebut we will have to take cover and use our weapons: one simpler like a pistol, another heavier like an assault rifle, and an overkill typelike a grenade launcher, to which we will have to gain access.
In most missions, the game tells us that we can use the approach we want: We can infiltrate and carry out a white-collar robbery or go rough and get into a shootout. In the first case, it will take longer and we must be more cautious, while in the second case, our lives are in more danger.
Besides, The very development of the mission may change if the alarms go off. In the first level, for example, we will have to deactivate the security little by little if we opt for stealth, while with the alarm going, we will have to use thermite and drill the ground to reach the vault while resisting waves of policemen
In the infiltration aspect, we can place mini cameras to scan the territory, steal access cards to enter special rooms or hack mobile phones to obtain QR codes that open doors.
In general, the rhythm has been defined better than in previous gameswhich helps to make us feel “inside” these blows, but it is also true that some facets break realism a bit. For example, if we are without the mask on, we can break the closure of a window to open it, but we cannot enter through it. For that, you have to put on the mask. Because?
It is also shocking that, in guarded areas, lNPCs do not react to us Even if we crouch, only the guards will do it. Doesn’t anyone find it shocking to see a man sneaking into the offices of a bank?
In the same way, once we unlock a door that was locked tight, we can leave it open and the guard will be so excited if he sees it, even if it is the anteroom to a vault with thousands of dollars. It’s a shame, because The game is very realistic and immersive in some elements, but is contradictory in others.
In that sense, although it is appreciated that all the shots can be played only with bots if we do not have colleagues at that time, be clear that The experience is much more flexible and satisfying with online multiplayer. Of course, the problem is finding games right now…
If you play with bots, they will do nothing while we do all the work and, if a guard handcuffs us and we ask them for help, the stupid ones will put on their masks and enter the area with their rifles at the ready.
However, In multiplayer the sensations can be much more fun. One can try to lure out a guard while another unlocks the door he was guarding, for example, while a third overrides the security cameras.
In that sense, It is important to accumulate experience with blows to earn the so-called Infamy Pointswhich can serve to improve our healing ability, our speed or even to gain new skills such as the possibility of overriding the cameras.
We can also Use the virtual money earned to buy new skins, outfits or accessories, which don’t help the gameplay, but they make us more cool. In any case, little by little, we can become better “chorisos” to give another approach to each blow. And dozens of different weapons are also waiting for us to buy.
All this becomes crucial, because, although we receive some instructions and prompts on the screen about the next step to take, many times we have to investigate on our own until we find the key. Therefore, it is likely that you will have to repeat the levels more than once until you get to know them and become more efficient when it comes to appropriating other people’s things.
Is Payday 3 difficult?
The game includes 4 difficulty levels for each job and, even in the lowest one (called Normal), rookies are going to sweat ink on the first occasions, especially if they want to opt for stealth. It is a game that gives a few tenths of a second of reaction to hide us, but has little “mercy” with the clumsy.
Logically, things are much better if you have human companions instead of bots, because you will have much more room for maneuver to distract the guards or execute several tasks in parallel.
On higher difficulties, you will have less ammunition, cameras cannot be destroyed, and there will even be special police, so it is recommended only when you have gotten the point of the game right. If not, you could despair…
How long is Payday 3
For now, we have eight jobs available (we can play them in any order we want), each lasting about 20 minutesalthough that duration can change a lot depending on the skills unlocked or the percentage of stealth we use. Only one of them is based on pure and simple actionwhile the rest allows us to choose, depending on the circumstances.
Furthermore, these levels have a certain percentage of replayability, since The development is very different depending on whether we use brute force or not.. Additionally, some elements, such as the switches that must be pressed, have a random component.
Apart from this, Changing the difficulty or playing with bots or other human players also makes the experience vary greatly.. Finally, we have the skills and the numerous cosmetic elements that we can unlock, so we also have room for entertainment there.
Overall, the “essential” of the game, the playability, is not going to give us too many hours right now, but since it is an approach oriented to gaming as a service, it is to be expected that many more “little jobs” will arrive in the future.
Price and available platforms
Payday 3 se lanza para PS5, Xbox Series X|S y PC. In the case of PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, you can get the Day One Edition por 39,99 euros, which is not bad at all. There is also a Collector’s Edition for 129.99 euroswhich includes the base game, a collector’s skin, a deck of cards, stickers, a club member card, and the gold season pass.
In digital, there is also a Silver Edition for 69.99 euroswhich includes some digital cosmetic items and the Silver Pass (6-month season pass). The Gold Edition costs 89.99 euros and includes more cosmetic items and a 12-month season pass. Surprisingly, these prices are identical on PC. It’s time to dig deep into your pocket…
I have committed a crime
With everything we have seen, you can be clear that The general approach of the game is very attractive. Exploring little by little to discover security gaps, sneaking into inaccessible places or finding the key that will lead us to hundreds of thousands of dollars causes an irresistible morbidity.
And the truth is that both the design of the scenarios as the main focus of this delivery on delimiting the areas Depending on their degree of security, they make it more comfortable and interesting to move forward.
Even so, we have many problems, which were already in the second installment and here in Starbreeze (creators of the second part or of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay) have not resolved.
For a start, The graphics section seems entrenched in the PS3-360 generation, with very bland, inexpressive and repetitive character models. Worse still, they maintain an incomprehensible clipping and it is possible to pass through them if we get close to them. What a bad feeling it is!
We have played on PS5 and we are left with that feeling, but it seems that at least in the PC version there is more convincing lighting.
Besides, NPCs, including guards, move very erraticallyincluding suddenly taking steps backwards or getting stuck.
Their AI when it comes to detecting us is nothing to write home about either. As we have said, they are not surprised by open “crucial” doors and some guards have the peripheral vision of a brick, since we can be right next to them and they will not notice, while on other occasions they will detect us dozens of meters away. distance.
The voices are in English, with texts in Spanish and, while these are merely compliant, music does put us in the mood very well with tense and stealthy melodies at the beginning and much more powerful when we take the guns out for a walk.
On the whole, Payday 3 has a lot of potentialboth in its game proposal and in the future extra content that expands that catalog of, for now, enough 8 hits.
However, a good part of its promises are ruined due to some very blatant technical defects For these times there are already some inconsistencies in the setting that can be shocking for many players.
Even so, if you are into stealth and have ever dreamed of being El Vaquilla, with Payday 3 you have an interesting opportunity to put yourself in the shoes (or the mask) of some guys with few scruples, but a lot of money to earn.