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Friday, March 16, 2012

(Game Review) Max Payne 3

Max Payne, the titular main character, has had a hard life since we left him eight years before. He has drifted along on pills and booze, and runs into an old friend from the force, Raul Passos, who invites him to come do private security in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As New York is no longer hospitable to him, Max agrees, and finds himself working private security for wealthy Rodrigo Branco, his beautiful wife, and two younger brothers.

We were dropped into the chapter where Rodrigo’s wife has just been kidnapped with a ransom of $3 million. The brothers were debating how to handle the situation in a cut scene. For fans of the original, the graphic novel-style cutscenes have been updated. They are fully rendered movies, but still retain the graphic novel flavor with kinetic text to emphasize important phrases and occasional comic-styled panels breaking up the action. The game also flirts with splashes of color that make the whole world a little more surreal, again eliciting a feeling of illustration.

’Cinematic’ is often used to describe games with great cutscenes, but our approach applies to the entire game,” a Rockstar rep said.

Players still have almost two months to wait until May 15, when Max Payne 3 hits Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The PC version will come a little later.

Here is the video review:


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