PayDay 2 Videos

Video games often aim to take you away from the real world, but sometimes developers include something that breaks the fantasy and reminds you that there is life outside the monitor. From the humorous to the incredibly touching, I take a look at a few examples of games that bring you back to reality.

STICK 'EM UP, THIS IS A ROBBERY! That's probably what I should have shouted upon entering my most recent heist target, the Benevolent Bank - it would have been the sensible option. Instead, I threw a grenade at my feet and accidentally downed myself before the tellers even had the chance to trigger the alarm. With a performance like that, I should probably stick to virtual heisting in future.

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I thought I was bored of shooting things in the face, but then I played Payday 2, a first person shooter where it's not just about planting bullets in bad guys. There's a quite dazzling world of possibility, actually, all set in the relatively humdrum world of the modern crime heist. Hooray, basically.

Payday: The Heist was a super-promising multiplayer shooter that took the co-op gunplay of Left4Dead and squeezed it into a contemporary, more natural world. Payday 2's hoping to deliver fully on that promise, and every time I've seen it I'm more and more convinced that Overkill really are going to bring home the goods this time round.