Rockstar Games brings back Max Payne with Max Payne 3
Ever since Grand Theft Auto 4, Rockstar Games has placed a heavy emphasis on immersion, well written plot and generally making their games feel like movies. Last year, they released LA Noire to a very positive reaction and on May 15th that trend will continue with Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 takes 8 years (pretty close to real life) after the events of Max Payne 2. Max has certainly seen better days – his cop contacts are gone and replaced by few extra pounds on the upper body. One day, when drowning his sorrows and popping pain killers at a local bar, Max ends up killing a crew of hoodlums and one of them turns out to be the son of a very influential crime lord. Max has to get out of New York City very quickly and gets a bodyguard job in Sao Paulo with the help of his old academy buddy Raul Passos. When the boss’s wife gets kidnapped, it’s time for Max to kill more bad guys.
One of the selling points of Max Payne has always been it’s dark, noir-inspired storyline. Even though sunny Sao Paulo is nowhere near as dark as New York City, it’s still one of the most crime-heavy cities in the world, so the noir theme is still very present. The storytelling should be as strong as ever, with absolutely no loading times between cutscenes and gameplay, allowing for smooth seamless transition.
Despite gaining a few Big Macs worth of fat, Max still moves as smoothly and quickly as he did 10 years ago. The bullet time is virtually unaltered as there is still one option to just slow down time and another for slow motion jumps. A cover system is present this time around, but health is still regained only through pain killers. This makes the shootouts look very realistic without letting the player easily regenerate their health.
It’s great to see Rockstar Games bring back an older franchise like Max Payne. With the serious, immersive and movie-like direction that Rockstar has been taking their games, Max Payne 3 is a great idea and should provide for a very fun summer after its release on May 15th. Rockstar’s summer release is always a blockbuster and there should be no exception with Max Payne 3.