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.
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: Max Payne 3 is a brilliant game that tells an interesting and disturbing tale of a troubled action star. Rockstar kept a lot of what makes Max Payne great intact, but its new additions do cripple some of the series signature maneuvers. The golden guns seem like a waste and the removal of Max Payne´s darker exterior elements, in favor of an interior darkness full of cutscenes may turn off some fans.
Summary: It’s been nearly a decade since Max Payne, the grief stricken, pill popping, steely voiced, noir-infused NYPD detective graced the console of gamers around the world and much has changed on both sides of the screen: gaming technology has advanced tremendously, for Max himself, the days of New York City streets are long gone, replaced by the chaotic world of South America, and one question is on the mind of longtime fans: why the hell does Max have a full beard and a bald...
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that Max Payne has really been gone since 2003. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne didn’t set the world on fire by any means, but the series garnered enough of a cult following thanks to its flashy mechanics and endearing style to make the lack of any follow-up (besides the awful Marky Mark movie) a tad strange. “Max Payne’s long journey through the night will continue,” we were promised.
Excerpt: Introduction : Well guys from the off this game is slick, real effort has been made to make this game ooze A grade quality. The little thing's like when the character's talk and certain words pop up on the screen like a hidden message, through to the quit game option where you're propersitioned with a moral choice, this game is about as cool as it get's.
Conclusion: Once you have your loadouts chosen you enter into a choice of lobbies, with options including deathmatch, team deathmatch, Payne Killer and Gang Wars. Payne Killer is a great mode where you have basically six against two - six thugs versus Payne and Passos, with whoever gets the most damage against Payne or Passos becomes them once they die. It’s a frenetically-paced mode for sure.
Excerpt: Max Payne is a man of many vices. He smokes, swears, is an alcoholic and is addicted to pain killers. In spite of this, he is generally a nice guy just trying to find his place in the world despite repeated setbacks and some pretty awful luck. Unfortunately for Max Payne, bad luck isn’t a new thing for him and has pretty much followed him around throughout the whole life.
Conclusion: Max Payne 3 is an enjoyable shooter all the way. It may not be the lengthiest action game in the world, but it's not short either. Also, no matter what you might think about this franchise in general, nothing can change the fact that Rockstar remains one heck of a visual storyteller. The writing isn't superb, but the visual style and the art direction are immaculate.
Pros: We like the character of Max Payne, congrats to Rockstar for delivering a game with a unique and spectacular atmosphere, great visual effects, brilliant audio and that goes for both the soundtrack and voice acting, it's still an entertaining shooter;
Cons: All the shooting and bullettime shenanigans gets tiring after a while, often feels like a GTA game without the free-roam component.