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
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: 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: Max Payne 3 is an action lover’s wet dream that also happens to employ some of the slickest direction and transitional trickery this side of a David Fincher box set. Lock and load. It’s bullet time...time.
Pros: Unrivaled combat fluidity, Slick, cinematic presentation, Brutal and expertly directed story
Cons: Odd use of quick-time events, Golden guns feature kills pacing
Summary: Max Payne is one of the best videogame characters of all-time, and Max Payne 3 is one the best shooters.
Pros: Unique storytelling from Rockstar with startling production values, A believable lead character that draws you right into the action, Exciting, challenging shoot-outs across some gloriously detailed environments
Cons: Bullet-time is sometimes a hindrance rather than a help due to questionable hit detection