It does need a good heist game, however, and that's exactly what Sony Online Entertainment and OVERKILL Software's PAYDAY: The Heist is aiming to be.
"Hollywood heist movies are, quite simply put, awesome," former GRIN gaffer Bo Andersson explained on the PlayStation Blog. PAYDAY: The Heist is a PlayStation Network title that transforms you into a hardened criminal and tasks you with the challenge of launching "a spectacular crime spree through six high-stake heists, including banks robberies, prisoner extractions and armored car hijackings". The game's playable alone with AI associates, or online in co-operative multiplayer.
"Dynamic environments, adaptive enemy behavior, shifting entry points, FBI agents repelling down on ropes through the skylights, SWAT teams crashing through the windows and special units crawling through the ventilation shafts makes each play-through of every heist a unique fight," added Bo. "Players choose a specialty assault, sharpshooter or support to earn weapons and equipment that fit their preferred form of violence. Meet all your objectives and gain experience to unlock trip mines, silenced pistols, machine guns and much, much more."
It sounds a lot like Left 4 Dead, but with banks instead of zombies. We actually think this sounds kind of cool. The biggest problem with downloadable first-person shooters is that the gunplay never quite lives up to the quality of proper big budget alternatives. If OVERKILL can nail the action, while maintaining a unique atmosphere, PAYDAY might be worth a look. There's a trailer over at IGN.com right now.