Conclusion: Killer Instinct is by and large a more than satisfying return for a fighting series that's been left on the shelf for far too long. As a modern fighting game, it manages to hold its own against more seasoned stablemates, thanks to its accessibility and hidden depths. Killer Instinct is a superb fighting game that's currently lacking in content. Please sir, can we have some more?
Excerpt: Max Payne 3 is about 90% awesome. 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. At its absolute best, particularly in its second half, MP3 is cinematic in a way that most games don’t know how to aspire to, putting you center stage in a build-your-own John Woo movie.
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.
Excerpt: Much like when a well-known film series gets a new director, there’s always a little risk involved when a familiar game franchise switches from its original developer to new blood. While this may result in a fresh take that spins the series off into interesting directions, more often than not something goes missing in the transition, losing what made the series special in the first place. In the case of Max Payne 3, both hold true.
Conclusion: Max Payne is back with style. The story is well crafted and the gameplay oozes with polish. The graphics are some of the best on console to date. The soundtrack from HEALTH is great. The voice acting is fantastic. The multiplayer may not feel like it has much legs but what we buy a Max Payne for is the cinematic story and solid single-player experience and that’s what is here.
Summary: With savage gunplay and an absorbing personal story, Max Payne 3 is an exhilarating shooter that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go.
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
Excerpt: They call it emergent gameplay. This idea that there is only the game, and what you do with it is up to you. We call it a sandbox. It can be anything from a real, open-world, freeform game with player-defined goals like Sim City or Crusader Kings 2 , or a scripted, player-driven experience like Deus Ex or the promised freedoms of Splinter Cell Blacklist and Watch Dogs where the goals are set but the methods used to achieve them are up to you.
Pros: Fast-paced, Faithful to the original, Yet with a new take
Conclusion: Max Payne 3 is a worthy addition to the Max Payne saga, with Rockstar keeping the spirit of the first two games alive despite some changes. Max Payne has always been an interesting franchise, to say the least. Remedy Entertainment crafted two very unique, memorable games, both in terms of their slow-motion bullet-time gameplay and the dark, film noir story they told.
Pros: Bullet-time gameplay still separates Max Payne series from crowd, Preserves spirit of first two games, with Rockstar-level polishEuphoria engine looks great during firefights
Cons: Some unnatural physics and rough spikes in difficulty, Single player gameplay often feels repetitive, with too little story