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.
Excerpt: Things change, and we have to accept that. Max Payne has moved from the endless falling snow in more ways than one, leaving behind his Nordic developers and residing instead in a universe dominated by sandbox adventures, hot coffee controversy and table tennis.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
Excerpt: It has been nearly a decade since the last entry in the Max Payne series. To put that into perspective, when Max Payne 2 was released, Facebook had not yet launched, it would be a couple years before Twitter existed, and people still used AOL as an online service without shame.