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By Garrett Green On 6 Jun, 2012 At 06:14 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarMax Payne has not led an easy life. He lost his wife and daughter, was framed for killing them, moved on to a new love interest only to lose her too, and has killed hundreds of gang members and dirty cops trying to blow Max’s brains out for one reason or another. And did I mention the alcoholism and addiction to painkillers? Yes Max has lived a rough life to put it mildly, unfortunately for him but great for us, his life doesn’t get any better in Max Payne 3. Corrupt military forces, human trafficking, gritty story telling and slow motion kills pave to the way for a great action packed adventure.

Max Payne 3 is a very cinematic game from the slow motion death cams to the flickering camera and chromatic distortions. When looking at it, it feels a lot like the film Man on Fire, A LOT like it. This may urk some people, I know at first it felt out of place for me. But the more I played, the more it felt like an intricate part of the presentation. The death cams are surprisingly fun and never get old. Every time you clear an area, the game will let you know the last bad guy is down by entering the kill cam mode. You can slow down the bullet in this mode and really milk the shot and keep on shooting to turn your enemy into a bloody mess in slow motion.

In many ways this game is vastly different from it’s predecessors. What was once the dark dirty streets of New York is now the tropical and dangerous São Paulo. From the bright and sunny streets and office buildings, to the neon lights and house music of the club, to the dank stadium areas, the environments in Max Payne 3 are gorgeous and the variety really adds another layer that was missing from previous Max Payne titles. Max Payne himself isn’t too shabby either. His character model looks superb and subtle touches to how he moves really adds realism to him. Something as simple as tucking the two handed gun under his arm to reload his side arm is a nice touch. However, no matter if you are duel wielding or holding a rifle, Max always feels the need to switch to his side arm when you enter a cinematic screen. A little annoying when, in many cases, you are attacked by a huge group when you come out of the cinematic.

I suppose I should discuss the actual gameplay in this video game review. Not to worry, the gunplay and bullet time dodges is polished to a very high degree. Enemies respond to being shot surprising well rather than a few stock reactions and this plays into the strategy of defeating certain enemies. Later on in the game, enemies will don body armor and helmets making them bullet sponges if you don’t aim for the right body parts. Of course aiming for the head is the optimal choice but aiming for something like the leg will slow them down enough for you to get off a good shot to knock off their helmets so you can go for a kill shot. The dodging mechanic is well done as well, maybe to well done. If you are not paying attention to which direction you dodge in, you could end up jumping into a wall or desk or something which could stun Max and leave him open to fatal attacks. It makes you carefully way staying in cover, which can be shot away over time, or jumping out in the open in slow motion to kill your targets. Chose wrong and it could mean death.

Max Payne is no joke when it comes to difficulty. This game can be very unforgiving at times so expect to die many times in the later levels. For those who enjoy a challenge like myself, this is right up your alley. Every time you beat the game it unlock harder and more challenging modes.  If that sounds too frustrating for you, play the game on the easy levels. While I can go on and on about how great this game is, it does have it flaws. A few times during cinematics, the soundtrack would drop out and then try to catch up to what’s happening on screen. This resulted in Max’s dialogue not matching his actions. Once the dialogue even talked over a later dialogue, which was very distracting. However this rarely happened to me. Few times the game did hiccup too dropping the frame rate but other than that I didn’t run into any problems. There isn’t a lot of exploring to do as the level designs are pretty linier but there are some collectables and easter eggs to find.

Lastly I must talk about what I’m sure many gamers were wondering about, the multiplayer. Very new to the Max Payne franchise, multiplayer comes with a variety of modes that you unlock the more you play. It annoys me when only a few modes are available in a multiplayer but it is very easy to unlock which was a good thing. Surprisingly, the game mechanics from the single player transfer well to the multiplayer, even the bullet time.  A player needs to kill opponents to build up a meter to use bullet time. When activated, everyone in the area will slow down. Bullet time does not last long so knowing when to use it is key, it could mean the difference between scoring a triple kill, or leaving yourself laying on the ground exposed to a shower a bullets.

Max Payne 3 is a superb title and worth every penny. While not perfect, it is extremely close to it. Gritty story telling and tight game controls mesh flawlessly together to give the player a complete and rewarding experience. The game can be very difficult at times and have a few bugs here and there but overall it’s great. Anyone who has not played this game should run out and get it, it’s definitely worth the buy. Max Payne 3 is available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

By otakuman5000 On 16 May, 2012 At 02:32 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, Previews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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After two years of delays, a Game informer cover story, a this infamous teaser trailer ax has came back out of hiding with third installment of Rock-star games critically acclaimed and pioneering 3rd person action shooter, Max Payne 3.
Dealing with the Demons of his past, and following the events of the past games (Spoiler warning)His family has been laid to waste, and his loss of love interest in the second, Max has completely left the NYPD, US, and the world he once knew. Max is now a gun for hire. Max is hired for a job to protect a business man and his wife from being kidnapped or killed.
Max is back with his signature bullet time technique, an arsenal of deadly weapons, and combat maneuvers to go after the bad guys, and get the job done.
Rockstar is also working to bring the high octane action from the single player to the online. They have also brought back their developer diary series.
They Explain how they got Bullet time into the game; how they made the game different and accessible for players who are vets of the series and newbies alike; the design of the game from sounds to cinematic; and of course the weapons.
They also talk about the multiplayer modes Payne Killer, Gang Wars, and Death-match. You can even form a crew, and own the leader boards, with the ability to carry them over into GTA V. They even ramped up the Rockstar Social club website. It has deep stat track across all Rockstar Games and Gaming Networks such as PSN, XBL/GFWL, Facebook, and Twitter. It has deep game tracking (If you ever have hooked up any of your accounts previously then your in for a treat), total game time, k/d ratios, in game medals, achievements/Trophies and more.
Rockstar is going for the gold, riding of the success of GTA IV and Red-Dead Redemption for the muitli-player. They’re going to offer all the mutiplayer content for $30. Which would be cheaper to buy, instead of buying all of them separate with the Max Payne 3 Rock Star pass.
And here is the release schedule straight from rockstargames.com

June 2012
• Local Justice Map Pack

Summer 2012
• Disorganized Crime Map Pack
• Deathmatch Made In Heaven Mode Pack
• Hostage Negotiation Map Pack
• New York Minute Co-Op Pack

Fall 2012
• Painful Memories Map Pack
• Trickle Down Economics Map Pack

If you preordered the special edition you will get the New York Minute DLC pack featuring multiplayer characters from max Payne one and two.
more info on that here

Even you are still having some doubts on the multi-player gameplay, check the dev series for those below.

Major League gaming has even put the game into their pro circuit. This game must be that awesome if it’s already on the card for gamers to compete in. Not even GTA or Red dead were able to do this, and this is Rockstar’s 1st game on the circuit.
Max Payne must have even been into comics or Marvel must have been into Max Payne, because Max Payne has a prequel comic, After the fall

The comic is being written by Stan Houser (GTA co-creator and writer for the Max Payne games) and some famed Marvel artist’s. It will fill the gaps between Max Payne 2 and 3, as well as give in-site on Max Payne’s childhood. The 1st issue is available here to read
Max Payne is even having a soundtrack with LA band Health and it is also available today
That’s not all. If you love hip hop and Max Payne, our sister site koalition.com and resident Dj Mr. Kenndy has dropped a bomb for your listing ears.
Max Payne 3 the mixtape

That’s it! everything you need to know. for future announcements and developments with the game check back here for more coverage for Max Payne 3, E3 coverage, Anime Con and Comic Con coverage, podcast and more all right here on Real Otaku Gamer.