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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
I'm sick of how "DLC" is gradually changing from "downloadable content" to "disc locked content." I'm sick of the lame excuses justifying how Day 1 DLC can legitimately exist without it being something removed or otherwise omitted from the original product ahead of time. The type of DLC I will support with money is brand new content created AFTER the original game is finished, similar to the expansion packs of yesteryear.

The Wolf Pack DLC for PAYDAY The Heist [Download] is precisely that type of DLC.

Two entirely new heists are added. That may not sound like much--"only two?" you may be thinking--but the original game shipped with six heists, with each heist being rather complicated and varied with each playthrough. So another way to think of it is "33% more levels." It could've been three new heists and thus 50% more levels, but the quite excellent and highly anticipated Left 4 Dead tie-in "No Mercy" heist was made available FREE of charge. In addition, an entirely new set of upgrades is included as part of the brand-new "Technician" path.

(Payday doesn't have "classes" so much as "perks"; as you gain levels you earn perks from the upgrade tree you have selected such that switching to another tree retains all perks acquired thus far.)

Progressing along the Technician path will enable access to four new weapons: one new Primary (AK assault rifle), one new Secondary (GL40 grenade launcher), one new Pistol (STRYK machine pistol), and a Sentry Gun that occupies your Deployable slot. The level cap has been increased to compensate for all the added perks Technician can give you (47 more if I count right).

Call of Duty sure as heck wouldn't give you 2 new maps and 4 new weapons for $10, to say nothing of the one new map for free. Another thing Payday does that most games don't is let all the players who don't own the DLC still be able to play the newly added maps. That's right: you only need to own the DLC if you want to host the new levels yourself. Otherwise, you can still join and play with everybody else. You just won't have access to the Technician perks.

As is the trademark for this game, the newly added heists aren't easy and require a lot of real-time coordination to succeed in (following extensive trial and error). "Undercover" adds a new mechanic of setting up barriers to provide additional cover. "Counterfeit" is set in my native Florida, and you can tell this game wasn't made by Americans because no houses in Florida have basements. The swiftness and severity of the police response to known criminals being robbed is pretty accurate though. :)

Overkill Software is not a huge company. It's probably only about 20 or 30 guys. They don't have money for multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns. The success of Payday relies heavily on word-of-mouth, so the $10 I spent on the Wolf Pack is not only to support the continued release of *proper* DLC, it's to support the developers for their efforts. (Even though I do wish those efforts would eventually expand on the in-game explanations of how basic mechanics work.) If you already own the base game and are undecided on the Wolf Pack, or if Steam sales have made you hesitant to purchase things that aren't at least 75% off, consider that these are "the little guys" along with how much you're getting and what other companies would charge for the same thing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
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Payday is super-good, and this expands it with a new additional unlock tree.
However, if you aren't anywhere near level 100 yet in Payday and usually join public online games, you don't really need this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
the content added by this dlc adds to the game in about every way i can imagine. top notch work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
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PAYDAY was already a great team-based heist game, and with this DLC it gets even better, so much content for such a little price.
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on February 11, 2014
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Game is fine but the Second one is 10 times better than the first one I would recommend playing first one to hang of the game and then try the second one.
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on June 24, 2013
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The two extra heist maps included in this DLC are quite interesting concepts. The scenes and characters involved are especially good. All in all, they make for very fun heists that breathe some fresh air into the somewhat limited number of heists in the base game. The new heist/map included called Counterfeit is one of my most favorites and one of the most popular maps in the PAYDAY gaming community.

The new weaponry and gear includes an AK-47, GL-40 grenade launcher, Stryk (full auto) pistol, an automated sentry gun deployable, a toolkit (helps with completing some objectives faster), and a bonus that gives your teammates extra ammo called Big Game Hunter. The AK, GL-40, and Big Game Hunter bonus are by some of the most powerful and useful customization options in the game (widely popular among veteran players). They will help you accomplish heists and achievements on advanced difficulties.

With PAYDAY 2 near it's release date, now is a good time to brush up on your intense co-op objective based shooter gameplay. Time to don your mask and get paid!
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on February 24, 2013
What a refreshing twist in this game albeit there have been other games whereas the "BAD GUYS" where the protagonists. However, this is really done very well. I could go on and on about how the game delivers in only a few maps unlimited play formats and plans. Yes there are a few rock solid parts of the game like the safe and the c4 in the hall for instance that are in the Bank Robbery Map all the time but the way you get to them is/or can be as creative as you like to go.

Let's see some more like this Overkill!

I would love to give support to a game that doesn't charge me $50 or $60 to look at it and yet deliver hohum work. Pay Day could do the opposite all day I think the cult following also provides for a solid base of word of mouth advertising which made this game what it is exposure wise.

Thanx much,

WC
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on February 12, 2013
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While it does not really add that much, it is not that expensive so if you like Pay Day it is worth it.
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on February 8, 2013
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Adding new maps and weapons, this is a must have for anyone that plays Payday. Expanding the REP cap to 193, this DLC will keep you heisting for hours.
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on February 5, 2013
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Cant say much but the included parts I have played upped the ante of the game significantly. Hours and hours of game play.
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