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...
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.
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.
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.
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
Excerpt: Everything about it is well-made - music, graphics, environments, characters, most of the plot, dialogue, models, gunplay, controls - but there are a few strange decisions that bring the entire package down. Max Payne 3 is about 90% awesome.
Conclusion: This game is almost unrivaled in its realistic third person action and does an amazing job of continuing the Max Payne fiction. With the return of the iconic voice over and nonstop action It’s nice to see Rockstar continuing to push the bounds of its franchises and Max Payne 3 is yet another example...
Summary: Like it or not, times change. When Max Payne last appeared in a game in 2003, he blasted his way through countless enemies with reckless abandon, aided by his signature ability to slow time and deal graceful death.
Pros: Tight, terrific gunplay intensified by bullet time and hard-hitting violence, Great writing, voice acting, and cutscene presentation, Detailed environments that get destroyed in spectacular fashion, Impactful sound design, Fun, chaotic multiplayer
Cons: Max's shootdodge maneuver is sometimes frustratingly ineffective