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Trigger Happiness in Slow-mo,
This review is from: Max Payne 3 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I have only played Max Payne 1 and around the time it was a pretty cool game with the bullet-time effects. I enjoyed it a lot but not enough to get the sequel Max Payne 2 when it came out so eventually I lost interest in this series due to games like Halo and Gears of War.
Now its summer 2012 and there isn't much games to really play and Max Payne 3 has been out for a bit. I heard great things about it from several video-game review sites like IGN and Joystiq so, I decide to pick it up and after beating the lengthy campaign I can easily admit that this is by far the BEST game I have played so far for the year 2012. The other shooter that I have played at the same time was Ghost Recon Future Soldier and that game has left me with a hit-or-miss feel to it. But man, Max Payne 3 is so hard to put down.
A lot of gamers out there have no patience and could care less about the story that the game portrays, there are a lot of long cutscenes in this game and they serve only to make the story even more amazing. I'm personally tired of just picking up a game with a half-assed story and beat it in under 6 hours like most shooters, mainly call of duty or battlefield. That's because those games are made more for multiplayer. This is one of those amazing games where they put events or cutscenes in every mission to show whats happening and to dwell deeper into the story. It's not just a mindless shooter where you go from point A to point B just killing and killing, they explain the objectives in this game and why you have to go to point A and point B. There's always a good cutscene detailing the events thats occuring. The game is long enough as it is, so don't listen to the reviewers who go, "oh all you do is watch cutscenes, and barely play." This game is mostly based on its amazing narrative and story to drive the player to continue. It gives you a reason to play and its really hard to put down. It helps you really enjoy being Max Payne since he's such an awesome character.
As far as gameplay goes, its awesome. The weapons are somewhat limited and most of the time I felt like a pistol was my best friend but thats fine. You can do bullet-dodge or just make everything slow-mo as you shoot down thugs. At first I thought the reticule was gonna bother me since its just a dot and most games have a circle. In this game it has to be a dot because each bullet you fire shows where it lands on the enemy. The bullets leave holes in the enemies and you can see it in great detail. It makes you really feel like you're popping holes in your enemies.
The main problem for me is that when you snipe, apparently you use the left stick to control the view which is SUPER weird since all shooters use the right stick. It destroyed my accuracy but luckily there's not a lot of sniping missions.
Last comment I wanna make about this game is that it really deviates from the original Max Payne feel. Instead of being some dark noir type game it just feels different, way different from Max Payne 1. It has a very GTA atmosphere, the combat too. It made me feel like I was in a GTA inspired Max Payne game which wasn't bad. The flashbacks in this game go back to the old Max Payne feel where you're surrounded by thugs and buildings.
Overall a must play game in my opinion. Also its made by Rockstar, when have they really made a crap game. GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games of all time that I have played.