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Posted May 20, 2012
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I was excited when I first heard about Max Payne 3 being in development, because I remember having played the 1st and 2nd games back on Ps2, and I love most of what Rockstar Games puts out on average. I remember thinking how it was about time that they brought Max Payne back, and at the very least tied it off in a trilogy, though I'm sure if it's popular enough they'll make another one down the road, which it seems to me that overall it's been a success.
After first seeing some screenshots of the game as it was still in production and then eventually some videos, it looked really good, but I wasn't expecting I'd enjoy it as much as I have. The graphcis & cinematics are more beautiful than I thought I had remembered seeing in video & such. The voice work is overall pretty good, most especially Max's of course. I was glad they were able to bring the original voice actor back in, because it just wouldn't have been the same without him, and the narrative is classic Max although even more descriptive and awesome than the original games...love it. The story seems to be pretty solid, and I like that now they've taken the story in a different direction. Max is older now, living in a new place, and finds himself in a completely different type of mess than the prior games. I do like the flashback scenes too, when Max first meets his now partner in private security, Passo and trying to escape the mob.
Gameplay is a lot of fun. I love the return of bullet time (it wouldn't be Max Payne without it), and the addition of shooting from cover and shooting prone are awesome additions, and often times very helpful. Different situations work best from behind cover, while other times it's better to dive and shoot, especially with the bullet time so you can easily take down several opponents before landing and speed picks back up. Plus, it's very nice to be able to turn while you're in the air or on the ground to shoot other enemies in a pinch. That was sometimes a problem in the original 2 games, because after you dived and landed, if there were enemies behind you, you would have to wait for max to get back up and then turn around, all the while they're shooting you full of holes. Not the case in 3, as you can easily flip around and shoot enemies from whatever direction they're shooting at you from. It's quite helpful. 2 thumbs up to the exciting, intense gameplay in Max Payne 3.
Overall, I would have to say that this game is well done, as if I had any doubt in my mind, being that Rockstar made it...I figured it would be good, but I hadn't realized it would be quite as good as it has been so far. This review does not contain much feedback on the online multiplayer, as I have not played much of it. I am typically more of a solo player and tend to prefer story modes mostly, but I have been venturing out of my box a little lately though and trying my hand at a little online play. I have a friend in Texas who I have played a little bit of the death match with online and it was pretty enjoyable...playing online, I typically tend to prefer playing with friends, whether just with friends or with friends and others. I don't know if it's just a comfort thing or the fact that I can't stand some of the b.s. from various players online, but that's just my personal preference. I do very much enjoy coop though, and eventually my friend and I will probably try that out. What I have tried of the death match in Max Payne 3 though, it