REVIEW: Max Payne 3

Say what you will about Rockstar... You buy their games & you get what you pay for.

"Say what you will about Americans, but we understand capitalism. You buy yourself a product and you get what you pay for." That's the book-ends dialogue in Max Payne 3. How fitting... because after playing this game, I found myself thinking, "Say what you will about Rockstar, but they understand gamers. You buy their games and you get what you pay for."

I’ve never played any of the previous Max Payne games, but it didn’t take long for me to realize, Max has had a rough life. But for those familiar with any titles published or developed by Rockstar, this should come as no surprise. Like their other games, Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 is a dark & gritty tale that seems to capitalize on Murphy’s Law, which states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” Side Note: The game is very reminiscent of the movie, Man on Fire, including the camera effects and the premise (retired professional turned body guard).

Unlike the other Rockstar games I’ve played (the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption), I was surprised to find that Max Payne 3 isn’t an open world game, but rather a linear one. If you’ve played the Uncharted series, you’ll find yourself making comparisons to it the entire time. Like the Uncharted games, Max Payne 3 has set piece moments, varied locations, and a few companions met along the way. Max isn’t… charming like Nathan Drake, but in his own way, he’s just as much of a dare devil.

As great as the story is, the gameplay is the real rockstar in this newest title from Rockstar games. Bullet time is nothing new, but it’s been refined. As you play, you’ll practically hear the game telling you, “That’s right, Max Payne brought bullet time to video games.” No matter how many games you’ve played with bullet time as a feature, Max Payne 3 will leave you thinking, “This is how it’s done.” It’s a lot of fun. In fact, I’m willing to say that it just might be the best 3rd person shooter I’ve played (referring specifically to gameplay.)


I really enjoyed this game. If not for Mass Effect 3, it just might be my Game of the Year so far in 2012. The music was so compelling I bought the soundtrack, and the voice acting is some of the best I’ve heard (I’d personally put James MccAffrey as Max Payne up there with Mark Hamill as The Joker, David Hayter as Solid Snake, J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson, and Nolan North as Nathan Drake.) I can’t even afford to buy games right now, but I wanted to play this game so badly, I broke my “no renting” rule and rented it TWICE! Totally worth it.


Interested in this game? Checkout the trailers below:


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