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Max Payne 3 - Xbox 360
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VINE VOICEon May 19, 2015
I, like most games I buy these days, got this for dirt cheap.
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And for that price, it's awesome. It's a linear, 2-disc, action-oriented, movie-style-quality-storyline shoot-em-up game.
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Ages ago, I tried the first Max Payne game, and I hated it. I never played the second one. I had forgotten about it until I saw this come up for cheap here. For the price I paid, it's awesome. Good graphics, fun to get through the levels, quick reload if you die, it's really good.
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Once you win it, well, you're done. There's no replay here. Give it to a friend. The story gets complex, and I lose sight of what I'm doing and why, but it doesn't matter. Just shoot guys and get to the next level. It's fun. The "bullet time" is very "Stranglehold" and "Matrix"-esque. But a nice touch. Graphics are great. It's a fun game. Give it a try!!
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on August 18, 2013
Max Payne 3 offers the kind of sarcasm that can only come from a drunken killing machine who's addicted to depressants. Although the game is heavy on story and repetitive on action, it still manages to be entertaining, but the amount of cutscenes and lack of boss battles will alienate a lot of people.

Story: 8/10
The story is well told and well acted through a plethora of cutscenes that span more than a decade of Max Payne's life. The story is engaging, very grim, darkly humorous, and compelling. But the sheer amount of breaks in the action for unskippable cutscenes really make you feel like you're watching a movie rather than playing a game. If you just want to jump into a level and kill bad guys, you're going to need a lot of patience. The story is also disturbing and many people may not have the stomach for it.

Gameplay: 8/10
It's a shooting gallery with a lot of features to polish the gameplay. Max primarily guns down low life bad guys with guns. He can do this from behind cover or in bullet time, where it's much easier to take out the bad guys with a clean headshot. From cover, Max can duck and shoot, blind fire, and quickly move to other cover. A few shots to the body will down most enemies, a lot more shots to the body will down bad guys in body armor, and a head shot takes care of just about everything. Max can also enter his trademarked bullet time mode, which slows the action and allows the Player to take aim and quickly dispatch enemies. Max can also initiate bullet time from a diving roll, where he jumps into the air, time slows, and he guns everyone down. There's an assortment of weapons from hand guns, dual wielding, sub machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, and the occasional explosives. The AI is pretty good and will duck and shoot and occasionally charge and flank. One nice feature deals with Max's Pain Killers. If your health reaches zero and you have some in your inventory, you get a chance to save yourself. Max falls to his back and if you can kill the guy who is shooting you in a few seconds, you recover. If you cannot shoot him, you die. Unfortunately, sometimes, due to camera or animation issues, it is impossible to shoot the guy in time.

Sound: 8/10
The voice acting is great and a large portion of the story takes place in Brazil. Many of the actors were recorded in Brazil, so it's authentic. The soundtrack is moody and grim, which fits the tone of the game. There are also some action tracks to highlight the action.

Replay Value: 5/10
The campaign has 4 difficulty levels, but it is so deliberately paced, I can't imagine anyone wanting to play the 12 hour campaign more than once. There is a level select, so you can go back and get achievements. There is also an arcade mode with a very complex scoring system which rewards risk taking, aggression, and defense. You can compete on leaderboards for bragging rights. Max Payne also has Multiplayer with a character advancement system.

Maturity: M+
This is for adults. The game features porn, drugs, gore, very disturbing scenes, glorified violence, language, and a bleak outlook on life. Having a kid play this is a very bad idea... unless he's already in Juvie... then he will like it.

Overall: 8/10
At times it feels like you brought an airsoft gun to the movies to watch some Hollywood Blockbuster and you're firing at the screen during the action scenes. Despite the grim atmosphere, the ton of cutscenes, and the repetitive gameplay, Max Payne 3 is still a memorable experience. It's fun and it will have you cringing and laughing at some of Max's one liners. For the price, it's worth playing.

Buy this game if you like really dark stories like Breaking Bad, Sin City, Oldboy, or Dexter.
Buy this game if you like the series and the shooting mechanics of the other games.
Rent this game if you have 10-14 hours to finish the campaign.
Avoid this game if you don't like really dark games or stories.
Avoid this game if you need a variety of gameplay.
Avoid this game if you need skippable cutscenes.

If you liked Max Payne 3 for its gunplay but want a more open ended experience, you should definitely play Red Dead Redemption or Far Cry 3.
If you liked Max Payne 3 for its adult themes, check out the Darkness 2 or GTA.
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on August 19, 2013
Once again, we have a new age game that tries to be too realistic and succeeds on that front, however, fails to be fun. That's the problem I have with 90% of new games, they try to be as realistic as possible and that's it. They also worry too much about the story and in game cutscenes that break up the gameplay. You'll be fighting enemies and then the next thing you know, it's a cutscene. This game must have 200 cutscenes, all of which are taking away from the actual gameplay. I don't want to watch a freaking movie, I want to play a game. I thought the first two games did a great job telling the story while still allowing you to play the game. The only games I've seen this gen that were compelling enough to have this many cutscenes was bioshock and the new last of us game which is nothing short of amazing. Another thing I hate about this game is its difficulty. I'm not one to complain about difficulty usually because I love hard games that challenge me, but this one was way to hard even on the medium setting. I don't understand why they did this, but the ai in this game seems to never miss and max can only take a few bullets before he's dead. Idk, maybe I'm not very good, but I beat almost every game I play on hard and this one was tough on medium, so I honestly don't think I would even try hard mode. Now, with that said, I will tell you the two most underrated games in history. The punisher for the ps2 and original xbox is still the greatest third person shooter I've ever played and I can't see anything being better in the future because no developers give a crap anymore about fun. Except for Nintendo that is, but they don't make 3rd or 1st person shooters. The other one is zombiu. It's the greatest zombie game ever and it has great replay value just like the punisher because it has great gameplay and it's scary. Neither one of these games focus on story, the gameplay tells the story and that's how a game should be. You people can do what you want, but if this is the future of games then I'm out, and I'll continue to play the classics from my ps2, ps1, and n64. I'll also continue to play my wiiu because Nintendo obviously feels the same way I do about this. I'll also play the last of us again sometime because it really is amazing.
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on January 3, 2013
Max Payne is hauntingly scarred by the past. Gone are the mobsters, noir, police and various professional killers from the preceding games, swapped for war lords, alcohol, more painkillers and a last attempt at redemption that makes this the most fun, bloody and personal game yet.

Max has left all his ghosts behind him in New York, finding shelter in Brazil alongside meds & booze. He no longer goes undercover or hunts down leads, serving as a private security for a wealthy family. Amongst various kidnap attempts and close deaths, Max hits rock bottom, putting it all on the line to right the wrongs, delivering some of his most private & possibly suicidal commentary yet, even dawning a hair & beard combo similar to rapper Rick Ross. The iconic series storyboards only appear during loading, replaced by cut scenes that are continually delivered in between action.

The third person zooms in for a more over the shoulder style, including a nice close up of Max's bloody and bullet infested corpse if he takes too much damage. Still swallowing a hefty amount of painkillers to relive harm Max can now duck, hide or take cover within the environment, which is very destructive and overwhelming with detail. The A.I. puts up a hard fight, bullet time; another iconic element is more effective, allowing for better aiming and convention. The debuting multiplayer doesn't pattern itself after other titles, throwing players into gangs with addition points earned in task completing and rivalry with opposing players. One will find it hard to choose which mode (single or multiplayer) to start with but both are quite acceptable and worth some serious game time.

The people, building interiors and outdoors look beautiful, very comprehensive. The seamlessly play orientated cut scenes are powered by the graphics with everything opening with a single loading screen. The sound is great, providing more firing guns and explosions effects then a Michael Bay film. Controls are standard though the right stick used for aiming could be tad faster but that might possibly be Max's old age. Replay value is rich here, included in multiply levels of difficulty, arcade challenges, multiplayer and various scattered collectables in the main story.

Max Payne 3 is undoubtedly the best in the trilogy. Not only bringing everything from the original game full circle it shows the rise and fall of seemingly self pitted but not lost human being. Game play hasn't changed much, if at all but it hides an assuming, lengthy adventure, matched with fun & challenge multiplayer. Simply put newcomers and veterans will find something to throw hours away with this worthwhile purchase.

Last Words: A, easily the best entry and a standout title on any platform.
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on December 3, 2012
shipped fast, good game. I suggest renting for a night or so, and try multiplayer because if you like it you need to get the special one, $20 more but has $50 rockstar pass for unlocking all the multiplayer. I regret not getting the deluxe or special one. Anyways you pay for a long campaign. I tend to dive a lot, and you have unlimited diving so its pretty cool. The aim is small but can be changed, and the font is small if you are far from the tv(rockstar games fonts are small).

Bottem line- great buy, better than $60 at target. I choose amazon almost everytime, if I can wait
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on October 31, 2017
This game is really fun to play! I was very sucked into this game almost playing it everyday during the summer! Bullet Time makes the game very interesting! Would recommend!
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on July 23, 2013
I have to say I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this game.

I purchased this game on sale soon after it came put and after listening to some sour reviews I shelved this game. Now that its the dregs of summer I have unearthed this gem.

I must first state that I never had too much of a relationship with the first few max Payne games but this one is amazing. I don't know if nostalgia scared people away from this one or not.

This game has the feel of a summer action blockbuster. The storyline isn't groundbreaking but it is engaging.

The play style can be repetitive at times but for me it was still fun. There are also many guns to choose from which should keep your interest.

The graphics are amazing the game is so bright and colorful it really adds to the excitement.

The controls are fluid and definitely easy to use.

I think you will enjoy this game if you are looking for a fun slightly different shooter or if you are like me and you are a sucker for bullet time.
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on February 19, 2013
I'm an fan of the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2 so I was pretty excited when a third installment was announced. This one didn't disappoint. Taking place years after the events of the second game, Max is now a body guard to a very wealthy family based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Max is not as sharp as he used to be, tremendous amounts of physical and mental trauma had taken it's toll. He has turned haggard and spends his spare time washing down pills with whiskey. Max's downward spiral and steady paycheck are disrupted however when the kidnapping of his boss's wife sets off a chain of very bloody events which sets him against drug gangs, armed vigilantes, and a very corrupt branch of the Sao Paulo police.

As far as I'm concerned, Max Payne has always been a single player experience but the multilayer was very fun and enjoyable. Though it still doesn't put up much of a fight against other multiplayer heavy hitters like Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty. If that's all you care about then you may want to skip over Max Payne or wait for it's price to drop a bit. The single-player on the other hand is great. While it is essentially only a shooting gallery with not much else to offer, this is not a bad thing because the game is designed pretty well.

The voice acting is top-notch with James McCaffrey reprising his role as Max again. Visually the game looks great and the action plenty with a good soundtrack that meshes perfectly when the bullets start flying. Enemies are tough too, especially on the harder difficulties. These guys aren't pushovers they'll do what they can to make you bleed. Bullet-time makes a return and is a key part of the game play as you will probably use it as often as possible. Another neat touch is that the player is rewarded with a pretty satisfying slow-mo kill cam after every major gun fight.
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on November 30, 2012
I played and thoroughly enjoyed Max Payne 2. Remedy did a fantastic job, and I was disappointed that the fall of Max Payne went mostly unnoticed. Thankfully, Rockstar noticed, and if the second game was Max's fall, than the third starts with him at rock bottom. Max Payne 3 revels in its status as Noir, and that aspect defines every aspect of its presentation. Color shifts, dynamic camera work, voice overs, and bullet time are all dripping in hard boiled coating and it is wonderful. The atmosphere is constant and pervasive, doing as much story telling as the spot on voice acting. From the wealthy,decadent clubs and yachts to the filthy and hopeless streets, the level design never fails to impress. Thankfully, the gameplay is even better.

What you point at, Max can shoot. You would be surprised how many games fumble on that basic concept, but Max Payne takes it a step further. Bullet time and shoot dodge combine to make a combat engine that, when done correctly, is not just fast,fun, and efficient; it can be downright beautiful. There is a fully functional cover system, that you will most definitely need, but this is not a cover based shooter. Kick down a door, run into a room, activate bullet time, and head shot the first three closets bad guys. When the other five men with guns react, shoot dodge behind the nearest cover, taking out another two as you go. Not letting grass grow under their feet, the enemy AI will be on you in an instance. As they leave cover to flank you, surprise them buy jumping onto the desk you're hiding behind, and shoot dodge forward, diving through the air taking one guy out. You look for the other guy, but he managed to get behind you. You practically pirouette while still in mid air, doing a full one eighty and pump him full of lead before hitting the ground and sliding across the floor, still on your back, guns raised and ready for the next wave of bad guys that come flooding through the door. Thankfully, you didn't waste precious time getting up. Still prone on your back, you unload on the door, taking several of them out, sending the rest into cover, giving you valuable time to do the same. The scenario I just described was not one of the games many fantastic scripted events; that is every encounter.

There are many scripted events, none of which I will spoil, that give the game a summer blockbuster feel that never gets old. The characters you are close to, you will grow attached to. The enemies are ruthless and you will come to hate them. The story is strong but nothing revolutionary. There are golden gun parts to find, grinds ( or stunts) to perform, and every level is different. There are only a couple of problems.

Firstly, Max Payne has never been an easy game, but Max Payne 3, at times, can be downright brutal. Granted, I did play on hard my first time through, but there are still two difficulty levels above that! Casual gamers, or those not great at shooters, be warned; this game is absolutely unforgiving. The second problem ties directly into the first. You will die in this game, many, many times. A part of dying is waiting for the considerable load times, and having to watch the many, wonderfully done cutscenes over, and over, and over again. There is an option to skip some of them, but by the time the game has loaded enough to do so, they will be practically over. Max Payne is not a short game, but the frequent deaths couple with the soul draining load times and cutscenes will make it feel much longer, and for many, will deter repeat playthroughs.

I have not played the multiplayer myself, but have heard good things. if I ever have occasion to dip my toe in, I will update this review.

Bottom line, Max Payne is the most polished, challenging, rewarding, third person shooter out today, and you owe it to yourself to experience it. A definite buy.
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on January 25, 2013
I am a newcomer to the Max Payne series and really just a casual gamer. I am not one of those people that spends 4 hours locked away in my room playing video games. I seek out and research a game long before I decide to play it and just like my favorite movies and books, I will often play them over and over again.

The graphics alone were absolutely insane. Such realism makes all of my other games look like kid's play! This is what originally drew me in, but then I started to play and understand the character. Max is a tightly-wound ball of emotional pain, though he isn't showing it to anyone outside of his seedy apartment where he is drowning himself in alcohol and painkillers. By the end of the game, you have seen the evolution from an anguished, defeated man to someone who has decided to pull away from a painful past.

Gameplay is certainly challenging and entertaining. There is plenty of shooting and slow-mo kills in extreme detail where each kill bullet's entry is shown exactly where it lands on the body. I will say that there is not a ton of variety as far as what you are doing in the game (aka shooting, shooting and shooting) but what you do is done so beautifully you almost don't even notice it.

Finally, the music is absolutely awesome. In fact, I actually bought the soundtrack by Health after finishing the game! A song called "Tears" is the epitomy of the atmosphere and story of Max Payne 3. It is a song that is haunting and hard to shake.

I was sad when this game was over and really hope there is another addition to the series. If it can live up to the cinematic beauty of Max Payne 3, then it will be superbly satisfying.
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