Now I didn't want to put this in the GTA Thread because this isn't exactly a discussion thread. It's more of me guiding all of you fellow Viners through the different heists and what I believe to be the best way to complete them. Since this game revolves around different Heists and they are gonna be your major source of income in the game, I feel that what I've learned in my Playthrough so far, should be shared with you guys.
Now I just finished my first heist. And I replayed that mission multiple times just to explore several different ways of completing it. And after analyzing all the different paths, choices and actions, this is what I've deduced to be the best way to complete the first Heist...or at least the most profitable.
1. Choose your Path wisely
Now every heist begins first with a planning section with you/Michael planning out the heist with the other major mastermind of the game. I'm not gonna reveal his name for the sake of Spoilers but if you've played the game you'll know who I'm talking about.
Now generally, there will be two different ways to complete a particular heist; playing it smart and going all stealthy or go in guns blazin'. While both choices are viable, I feel that the smarter/stealthier approach is much better, at least from a monetary point-of-view. Going stealthy allows for less casualties which leads to less heat and more time to complete the objective.
The stealthy approach always has more rewards so I would definitely go for the stealthy approach to all the different heists in the game.
2. Choose your Crew wisely
You have the choice to select your crew before going about the various heists. Now, it is mentioned in the game that more experienced crew members will ask for a bigger cut while less experienced crew members will ask for a much smaller cut. So you must be thinking that "Hey! I want a bigger share of the profit so I don't need experienced crew members. I will be doing most of the work anyway". Do not, I repeat...Do not fall into this trap.
The more experienced the crew members, the better they will perform in the field. Sure, they will ask for a bigger share but they will also be successful in hauling a large amount of money, escaping from the cops and making sure the heist goes smoothly even when the poop hits the fan. On the other hand, less experienced crew members will fail to deliver and sometimes get killed so you end up making far less money. So in reality, the better the crew members, the more overall money you will make and the more smoothly the heist will progress.
The game also tells you that by using the same crew in different heists, you can upgrade their stats/skills. So, you may be thinking that you would start off with less experienced crew members and they would become better gradually. Instead of that, think about it like this. If you start of with the best crew members, they would gradually become even better and at the same time their cut will remain the same. So, as you partake in bigger and bigger heists, your income increases significantly. Remember, you have to spend money to earn money.
That brings me to my last tip for today, use the same crew throughout the game. They will become better and better with each heist and you would rather want to work with the same people throughout than with strangers you know nothing about. And like I've said, your crew members get upgraded with each heist so they will be better than any new people anyway.
I will be updating this guide as I progress through the game. Enjoy!