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2.0 out of 5 stars More hype than substance, June 3, 2012
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This review is from: Max Payne 3 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Unless you are a diehard Max Payne fan, do yourself a favor and rent first.

When I first started playing this game I was in awe. From the minute you start playing you are introduced to the slow motion gunplay, diving around shooting, etc. Walk into a room of badies, jump behind cover while shooting, clear the room of badies and move on to the next room. Unfortunately it became clear very quickly that this was all the game has to offer. Literally...the whole game is clear room after room of bad guys, sit throught a 10 minute cut scene(which can not be skipped) and start clearing out the next set of rooms...repeat this process for about 8 hours and you have the Max Payne 3 single player "experience" in a nutshell. You have what is basically an arcade shooting gallery game.

Next is the story. I dont have much to say about the story other than it is a predictable, cliche filled, borefest(not to be critical). In short, the story was just terrible. Max Payne plays the part of personal body guard for a rich family in Brazil....yes Brazil. The whole thing just doesnt feel like a Max Payne story.

Now about this multiplayer. I was only able to put a couple hours into the multiplayer before I had to just "walk away". The best way to describe it is a poor man's GTA IV multiplayer. Picture GTA IV with no vehicles on very small maps and take away the fun game types. That is Max Payne's multiplayer right there.

With the failed multiplayer, this game is left with no replay value at all other than playing through the single player on different difficulty levels. Maybe 10-12 years ago this would be acceptable for a big name game...but nowadays it just simply is not worth $60.

In conclusion, Max Payne 3 makes for a very solid weekend rental type of game for a short arcade shooting experience. However, unless you are a hardcore Max Payne fan, you will want to avoid buying into the hype and purchasing this game.
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2012 4:45:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2012 4:42:12 AM PDT
Sorry, but I have to add a comment as I strongly disagree with you on almost every count.
The issues you mentioned describe virtually every single game in the 3rd person / first person shooter genre.
Walk from area to area shooting every bad guy that moves. Thats exactly what you do in Gears of War, Bioshock, Crysis, Resistance and all the other great and highly rated shooters out there.
If you were looking for more interaction - you're probably looking at the wrong genre.
Max Payne 3 is not another Red Dead Redemption or GTA - and its not trying to be. Its a shooter.

Also your comments on the story leave me shaking my head in puzzlement. Borefest? Really? Can you name 1 TPS or FPS game with a more detailed story? Honestly I cant think of one.
The number of twists and turns at every corner in this game are crazy. Without going into spoiler territory - I mean just look at how Max was setup - who the enemy was etc. Have you even considered the sheer number of named/voiced characters with distinct personalities in the game? Theres over 30 of them - most video games normally settle for 4 or 5 max. (no pun intended)

You didn't mention the stellar graphics, exclllent soundtrack and voice work - sheer diversity of locations (seriously - have you played any other game set in Brazil?), incredible destructive environments, bullet camera, or the game length (longer than Max 1 & 2 together)

I could go on, but I think I've said enough.
If you dont like the game, fair enough, your opinion is as valid as anyone elses.
I just disagree with the statements you made about it, and think you were expecting something this game is not.
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