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Max Payne 3 - Xbox 360
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was a good game, and there's a lot to like about it, but overall I just didn't love it. The graphics here are pretty amazing, especially if you remember the previous Max Payne games. The bullet time third person gun-play can be insanely fun, but I really don't think it's enough to sell the entire game. I love that every slow jump is controlled by you, leading to either hilarious failures or glorious successes when you kill everyone in your jump. However, the fact that there really aren't any ways to modify the bullet-time jumps, leads to them eventually being very repetitive and boring. I would love different jumps, like maybe a slide, or something else to add a different flavor to the combat. Also, this game relies a lot more on cover based shooting if you want to survive, but it is a little different from the normal Gears of War style. I must say that the AI is pretty intelligent. However it becomes annoying when they stay hidden and invulnerable behind cover for very long periods of time, yet you will be shot/killed many times when you're shooting from cover or even hiding behind it. My other biggest problem with the combat is that it feels a little wooden at times, and Max is like an old man getting up and moving around (when not in bullet-time). After a dive, you are completely screwed if any of your enemies are alive while you slowly come to your feet. Related to this, if you are "killed" when you have painkillers you will automatically enter bullet-time with a chance to kill the person who shot you. There are multiple problems here, where sometimes the enemy can't be shot where they are, but the biggest problem is that if you succeed no matter where you were before you wake up lying on the ground. With how long Max takes to get up combined with the fact that you cannot go right into cover, you have to stand up fully before you regain control, I usually took so much damage that I was right again in danger of dying. It was also incredibly annoying with how much damage the enemies can take, as over and over I would unload into them and turn to continue the fight and then be killed by the guys I thought I'd finished. Sometimes the characters would fall down and get back up, but most of the time they would just absorb multiple bursts from an assault rifle and not flinch.

Now on to other parts of the game. The campaign is relatively long, but it is completely linear with no possible variation (and no reason to replay it) with multiple jumps along the timeline. It was kind of nice to have different versions of Max, but since they didn't control any differently they just made the story more convoluted. I think I would have liked to play the game missions in order, it wouldn't have improved the story itself at all, but I think it could have helped a little bit. The story is idiotic, there's a gigantic plot hole I won't spoil as it's supposed to be the big twist, but it really makes the whole set up of the story incomprehensible. I also wish Max wasn't such a bitchy whiner in this game, he's always bashing himself without realizing all of the bad ass things he'd done (I mean I killed thousands of paramilitary forces/gangsters/dirty police while flying through the air!). I think the biggest problem with the story is that there's no higher purpose for what you're aiming to do. There are parts where it's kind of a rescue the princess deal, but the princess isn't likeable and will always die anyway. Then there's a bit of revenge is best served cold storyline, but the villains are all interchangeable and the game never gave you a chance to like the people you're avenging. I just didn't care about the story other than wanting to kill everyone (which they prevented you from doing in the very end, even though the guy dies off camera in the epilogue).

For the multiplayer, I tried it but personally I just didn't really like it. It just felt too wooden and the best parts of the single player game have to be mostly eliminated to play against/with others. Other people might find a lot of hours of fun here, but for me I played it for a night and was done with it.

So overall, I enjoyed the game but by the end I was just left disappointed by what it offered. This isn't a bad game, but I don't think I would readily highly recommend it to anyone.

Edit: I increased my rating to 4 stars because I did enjoy the game, and I haven't liked some of the other games I've played lately.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
I remember visiting ign almost daily in 2008, waiting for news on the release of Max Payne 3, and when I saw that it would be released in winter of 2008 I was ecstatic. Winter of 2008 came, and nada. It had been delayed, and since since, Max Payne 3 has been delayed more times than I can count, but finally! It is here. This game is great, plain and simple. Bullet time is back and more epic than ever. Seeing that final bullet completely rip apart your enemy in a bloody gorey fashion is sickly satisfying. The controls are a little tricky at first, but you should get the hang of it after an hour of play or so. You might have to refer to your booklet a few times, but you can do it!

The gameplay is much more fluid than previous titles obviously. Now when you dive and your close to a wall or an open door, you make contact with it, you just don't simply float around it. Like in real life, you die with just a few shots, and head shots in this one mean instant death, and that's including you, so you can't always just run and gun. You have to take cover and strategize. As for weapons management, you have a wheel that you can bring up in game with 4 slots. 2 for handguns, one for a larger weapon such as a shotgun, and the other slot is for dual wielding the two handguns. The graphics are beautiful, an easy 9/10. Everything is finely detailed. This game also has absolutely excellent sound. The guns actually sound like REAL guns, go figure. The voice acting is some of the best I've heard in a video game ever, and did I mention you get to kill guidos? YES! You can now kill your very own Jersey Shore look alikes in what I believe is chapter 4. This game is worthy for purchase solely on that premise. The only negative thing I can really think of is really subjective to the player. This is a heavy cut scene game, and they disguise the loading times. I'd much rather watch that as opposed to a black loading screen.

As for the multiplayer, it's effing addicting. I was expecting something a bit meh to be honest. Team deathmatch is a blast. You can level up, purchase weapons and accessories that aid you in combat, such a vest, helmets that reduce damage taken etc. I highly recommend you pick this up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THE SHORT REVIEW:

Max Payne 3 is quite easily the best of the series so far and sets the bar very high for any other third person shooters released here on out with both the single player and multiplayer elements of the game.

THE SLIGHTLY MORE DETAILED REVIEW:

Setting the story in Brazil was a great move on the part of the designers. After two games set in and around New York City, MP3 trades in those old duds for a livelier, more robust world that sucks you in right from the beginning with its colorful palette and insanely detailed reproductions of favelas and the overall Brazilian cityscape. Even though the choice to set this in Brazil was met with raised eyebrows by many gamers including myself when it was initially announced, Rockstar proves that this was a gamble that was totally worth taking the risk on.

Max works his way through an incredibly bleak tale of failure, betrayal and ultimately, redemption. I liked the arc of the story very much and it definitely surprised me on several occasions, especially during the moments where I thought I knew what was coming and was completely shocked by what ended up happening. Seriously, there were moments where the insanity unfolding before my eyes left me wide eyed and slack jawed with shock. Kind of glad to see that MP3 has moved away from the first two games in the series storywise and didn't try to shoehorn characters or plot elements from the originals. There's hardly any looking back, save for some flashback moments that explain just what happened to get Max Payne heading over to Brazil in the first place. All we need to know is that Max is totally screwed up and still trying to get over the terrible events from before with the help of plenty of painkillers and booze. One thing about the way the story is told is that it reminded me a lot of a couple of films, namely Tony Scott's "Man on Fire" and "Domino" and also the amazing "City of God" directed by Fernando Meirelles. When you start the game, you may be a little distracted by the crazy subtitles and the video glitching you see happening quite often but after a while, you accept it as part of the medium and as another way to get you involved in Payne's story.

The graphics are gorgeous and everything looks fantastic. Make no mistake, games don't get much more visceral than this. It's pretty violent and really, you've never seen people get shot up in a game the way that they do here. Bullet time is present once again to slow things down and there really aren't too many experiences more satisfying than emptying your weapon into some idiot's face and body while he jiggles around in slow motion and blood spatters everywhere like a Peckinpah or Woo film. A friend of mine watching me play asked me if those moments ever get old and I'll tell you the same thing I told him.

"HELL NO!"

The sound is also wonderful, utilizing the surround speakers (if you use those) to full effect, immersing you in gunfire, screams and explosions throughout the game. The character animation deserves special mention as it's some of the most detailed I've ever seen in a video game. Max looks and feels like a man his age and while he controls a tad slower than his younger self, he controls pitch perfect. As usual, Rockstar delivers a title with an incredible amount of polish and it shows. There's hardly a hitch between any two actions that Max can perform and it creates an incredible seamless experience that translates over to the cut scenes as well. The action will stop for a second while the story plays out and when the cut scene is over, it'll finish in a way where you're right back in it with no pause in flow. If you've played Mass Effect 3, it kind of does the same thing but there's a slight pause right before you're able to play again. MP3 has no such break and technically, it's very impressive and something you really don't see. In terms of difficulty, you can expect to die quite a bit but it's always fair deaths and never frustrating, even if you have to repeat a scene several times because they keep taking you out.

The soundtrack provided by the band HEALTH is good enough that I downloaded it last night (Max Payne 3 Official Soundtrack). MP3 is already intense; the music makes it even more so.

The nice surprise with this title is that the multiplayer component is off the wall. This is the game that Stranglehold wishes it could have been. It plays just about the same as the main game but it's so polished and so deep and so much fun to play that I would recommend the game on the basis of the multiplayer alone. The competition is fierce and in a room full of 15 other people, it's a combined performance of mayhem, violence and "Did I really just do that?" moments. And to think that this is a taste of what we're going to be getting with Grand Theft Auto V... I can't wait!

RECOMMENDED?
Oh, most certainly. This may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you're a fan of Rockstar games like the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Redemption or games from other studios like Mercenaries, you'll go bananas over this. This game takes everything the first two did and amps everything up to the highest levels. It's polished to a shine and simply one of the most fun games I've ever purchased. This is without a doubt my favorite game of the moment.
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on April 3, 2015
Max Payne 3 really captures the player's attention with every action packed level, including in game commentary from a washed up, alcoholic, out of shape, and whining ex new York cop... Lol with all that in mind , it is actually a really fun game. I absolutely loved it honestly.
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on December 7, 2012
I'm going to give Max Payne a four star score,the game is short but sweet. It took me two weeks to finish the title. It's full of action and gore from start to finish. This game is definitively for those that have an itchy trigger,and like a well done narrative storyline.
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on June 14, 2013
Rockstar wins again with this title. Gritty characters, grittier storyline, and superb gameplay. The only regret I have is that it eventually ended. Well done!

Looking forward to seeing elements of this games development in the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V.
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on June 16, 2013
1 word will describe the way I feel about this game: Wow!
This is an exciting game from the Max Payne franchise. You won't need to play the previous games to like this one, for this game stands on it's own.

Top-notch, 3rd person, gun battling action.
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on October 13, 2012
I liked the story the multi player was a bit confusing at first im not use the third person but its fun i didnt replay it at all...i probably will but so many good games coming out too that i think this will be forgotten quickly which is to bad its a a great story!
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on April 4, 2013
I have had the luxury of playing all of the Max Payne games and to me I think this is the best one. The storyline is unique and layered with amazing themes and characters. The character development in this game is insane.

Give it a shot!
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on September 23, 2014
Don't get me wrong, I threw my controller a lot and yelled obscenities. But that's what made it great, its challenging but not like dark souls where you rage quit. Its not something you'll just stroll through, or at least that was my experience.
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