Summary: Nearly a decade has passed since Max Payne last brought his brand of violent street justice to a dark and unjust world, and videogames have changed dramatically in this time. And Max has changed with it, under the new direction of Rockstar Vancouver who are contributing the first game in the series not created by originating studio Remedy.
Excerpt: With almost a decade since his last spotting in Max Payne 2, I was beginning to think that the hardboiled ex-cop everyone knows and loves was dead. But he's back now, a little older, but not much wiser. Rest assured, he's still the Charlie Sheen of video game heroes, boozing and popping pills, and brilliantly flailing through life in a drug-induced haze. Add in lots of guns, and you pretty much have Max's world down pat.
Conclusion: Max Payne is the good person. He may be broken and bitter and praying for a way out of his miserable life, but he still does what needs to be done to save the innocent and protect the helpless. The loss of his family devastated him beyond belief but when there is a job to be done; as unpleasant and suicidal as it may be, he will get the job done. If you have never played Max Payne or, let alone this game, the experience alone is one for the generation.
Conclusion: Max Payne 3 is a sign that Rockstar is able to create good games outside of the core Grand Theft Auto franchise and that a dedicated team can easily bring an old character and a set of mechanics into the present without sacrificing what made them special in the first instance, to serve the cause of modernity.
Pros: + Slow motion shooting, + Max Payne does not disappoint as a character, + Interesting multiplayer implementation
Cons: - A bit too much social and political commentary, - Some badly designed combat spaces
Excerpt: For those that just cannot get enough of Max Payne 3 which will more likely receive the Game of the Year Award from not just Impulse Gamer but several gaming publications, Rockstar have released their latest DLC for this game. This DLC is the Local Justice add-on that includes three new multiplayer maps, a new power-up and even a new weapon which is quite affordably priced.
Excerpt: There’s a fantastic moment halfway through Max Payne 3. The titular hero has reached his boiling point, shaved his head, and gone underground into Sao Paolo’s gritty favelas. Things are looking down. A local gang has robbed him of guns, watch, and even his sunglasses. He’s been kicked into a ditch full of trash and sewage.
Pros: Gunplay that's updated and well-executed, Outstanding presentation and setpieces, Fun multiplayer designed to keep you engaged
Cons: Checkpoint system warps pacing in later stages, Sometimes, mechanics work against you, Plot may feel predictable to some
Summary: If you have read my previous reviews, you are aware of my disdain for heavily narrative driven PC games and direct console ports. On first glance, I was ready to dismiss Max Payne 3 as just another pedestrian conversion but even from the first few minutes of gameplay, I knew I was going to be proven wrong.
Excerpt: In the past few days I've killed a lot of people. I killed them in the favelas of Sao Paulo. I killed them in a flashback New York graveyard. I killed them on a posh boat. I shot some in the head. I shot some in the legs. I even nipped a few in the arm again and again with a rifle - until they snuffed it from sheer arm abuse. Oh, and these two other guys? I dropped a bus on them, and then blew it up.
Conclusion: Max Payne 3 annonce un retour réussi de la franchise. Le passage entre les mains de Remedy à celle de Rockstar se fait sans encombres et l'éditeur a su traiter avec respect et fidélité la série. Les fans retrouveront donc un héros dans ces plus mauvais jours, mais terriblement aussi doué de la gâchette. Avec son action enlevée et immersive, ces cinématiques toujours captivantes, Rockstar nous propose une aventure hors du commun.
Pros: Une réalisation très réussie notamment dans la mise en scène, Séquence de gunfights très percutantes, Une VO efficace, Des cinématiques captivantes, Un multijoueurs inattendu, Le niveau de difficulté
Cons: L'IA des ennemis en solo, L'affichage trop petit des sous-titres, Une omniprésence de cinématiques qui peut déplaire