Max Payne 3 PlayStation 3

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  1. May 17, 2012
    10
    The graphics and gameplay capabilities are simply top notch. The detailed gameplay plays fantastically because of of good controls and weapons. Visuals are far from being the most important thing, but its worth mentioning for a title that looks so beautiful. How about the story? Well, its got a great script and and the characters are well developed. This is another satisfactory game fromThe graphics and gameplay capabilities are simply top notch. The detailed gameplay plays fantastically because of of good controls and weapons. Visuals are far from being the most important thing, but its worth mentioning for a title that looks so beautiful. How about the story? Well, its got a great script and and the characters are well developed. This is another satisfactory game from Rockstar. Now that this has been released, can you guys start work on Bully 2? Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    8
    There is two sides to this game: The story and the gameplay. Looking strictly at the story, this is one of the best told stories out there. The whole Noir style of telling stories, when done right, is easily one of the best mediums to use in storytelling and it's done to perfection here. While Max Payne isn't a character you'll like, your able to associate with him and if your a veteran ofThere is two sides to this game: The story and the gameplay. Looking strictly at the story, this is one of the best told stories out there. The whole Noir style of telling stories, when done right, is easily one of the best mediums to use in storytelling and it's done to perfection here. While Max Payne isn't a character you'll like, your able to associate with him and if your a veteran of the series, you hope to see him find some solution to the endless pain he feels on a daily basis. It would help if you've played the other two games before this one as you'll be lost at certain parts of the story. However you dont HAVE to have had played the other two to enjoy this story. However, the gameplay leaves something to be desired. With all the innovations that the Gears franchise has brought to cover based shooters, Max Payne has set those types of shooters back a few years with this game. The game is made more difficult just by the controls and the gameplay itself. The gunplay itself is not very fun and the bullet time, at this point in time to series veterans, is nothing special and does get kinda old after awhile. It still is essential to completing the game but it's novelty will eventually wear you down to the point where you don't really even care how cool it is anymore. The PS3 version, the one I played, had a number of graphical bugs and glitches that definitely impacted how I enjoyed the game. There were tons of lag spikes, enemies running through walls and shooting through walls, and terrible sound glitches that caused me to miss out on whole sentences of dialogue,which was the biggest issue for me since the story is why you are able to sit through the subpar gameplay in the first place. I haven't played multiplayer and I won't. The shooting mechanics feel like they are stuck in 2004 and I can easily pick up and play Gears 3 or MW3 if I want to play a shooter online. To sum it up: If you play games for the story, then pick this game up right now. The story is very engaging and will keep you guessing (somewhat) till the end. However the gameplay and the glitches, at least on the PS3 version, will hinder your ability to enjoy this game to the fullest. But this game can be easily completed if you were to rent it for 5 days or so, which I would recommend over buying it at this point. You won't go wrong buying this game but there are better pure shooters out there today that don't have the AAA story to go along with them. Expand
  3. May 16, 2012
    10
    Everyone who is giving this bad reviews, you need to go back and think things through. I just finished the single player today, did the first few levels in New York Minute mode and played for a few hours in multiplayer. This is all around one of the finest games I have ever played. The production value in Max Payne 3 is off the charts. Rockstar always takes their time to give qualityEveryone who is giving this bad reviews, you need to go back and think things through. I just finished the single player today, did the first few levels in New York Minute mode and played for a few hours in multiplayer. This is all around one of the finest games I have ever played. The production value in Max Payne 3 is off the charts. Rockstar always takes their time to give quality products and this is no exception. The story isn't anything special but the script is probably the best I've come across. Max's dark humor is hysterical. "I now have a hole in my 2nd favorite drinking arm." Love it. To the people complaining about the blurring and distortions, it's the result of max being drunk and on painkillers all the time, how can you not understand that!? The graphics are unparalleled. I didn't find it repetitive like many people said and I enjoy the constant flow of cutscene, fight, cutscene because it proves that videogames can be a storytellers medium. The multiplayer is surprisingly deep and very very fun, sorry modern warfare 3, I've found another love. Basically I will be playing Max Payne 3 all summer. And so should you. Expand
  4. May 30, 2012
    8
    This is, indeed, a great game. But calling it "Rockstar's best" is a little bit too much... The gameplay is great, so is the storytelling but, in my honest opinion, it could be better; there are problems, for instance, with how they portray Brazil (trust me, things are not exactly how they say they are). I'm having a lot of fun with MP3 but I still prefer the good and old "GTA feel" thatThis is, indeed, a great game. But calling it "Rockstar's best" is a little bit too much... The gameplay is great, so is the storytelling but, in my honest opinion, it could be better; there are problems, for instance, with how they portray Brazil (trust me, things are not exactly how they say they are). I'm having a lot of fun with MP3 but I still prefer the good and old "GTA feel" that this game lacks. No worthy of its hype. A great game, yes; but nothing more than that. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2014
    8
    MP3 delivers great shootouts, probably the best I have ever played. The story is good and the setting is new and fresh. The game fells also like a AAA Action movie blockbuster, with the cutscenes and the bullet time events put in.
    However its to linear and beside shooting you are not doing much. I know its a shooter but every 2 steps you make you have to take 15 guys out. Thats to much.
    MP3 delivers great shootouts, probably the best I have ever played. The story is good and the setting is new and fresh. The game fells also like a AAA Action movie blockbuster, with the cutscenes and the bullet time events put in.
    However its to linear and beside shooting you are not doing much. I know its a shooter but every 2 steps you make you have to take 15 guys out. Thats to much.
    Still enjoyed it.
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  6. Nov 5, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There is no perfect game, but wow Rockstar have come close to making one. I created my account just to review this game, thats how much i love it. graphics/story 10+ story, enthralling and constantly surprising

    sound/music 11 i know its impossible but the sounds & voice work is just that good.

    gameplay 9 the gameplay is fantastic, its leaps and bounds above GTA IV which is a massive achievement. length wise i haven't finished yet but this is the only place i could take points away, vie heard its not an awfully long campaign. but if it needed to be sacrificed to focus on all the other amazing inclusions im happy with that, its also got great replay-ability

    multiplayer
    fun and entertaining in that they've created reasons and rewards for gameplay. COD levelling system helps too. Much better than the GTA IV multiplayer mode.

    Overall fantastic and can't complain with anything about the game. for the small price your getting a great story, an immersive interactive fluid story that keeps you on your toes.
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  7. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    My first review was crap so lets take 2. I believe Max Payne 3 is an amazing game. It brings a hero who while rich with what feels like real emotion and drive, shows you this hero is definitely not a role-model. He's down to earth and fills every wrong decision he's made with a drink, a pill and a bullet in another mans head. The game shows that Max is a **** Every shot feels brutal andMy first review was crap so lets take 2. I believe Max Payne 3 is an amazing game. It brings a hero who while rich with what feels like real emotion and drive, shows you this hero is definitely not a role-model. He's down to earth and fills every wrong decision he's made with a drink, a pill and a bullet in another mans head. The game shows that Max is a **** Every shot feels brutal and you feel Max's Pain. That is in the singleplayer mode. I personally believe more developers should make storys as this game makes its story, the complete opposite of a fairytale. Those who say that this isn't Max Payne have not played it. Seriously. It is Max Payne and I can promise you that. There is not a single part of the story and gameplay that made me think of any rockstar game. So we can put those rumors to the side.
    Multiplayer is amazing. Seriously easy to get into and plays smoothly. I recommend this game for every person. Max fan or not.
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  8. ERB
    Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Max Payne is back with more realistic and cool graphics and with bullet time improved.Max Payne 3 continues it's story in Brazil which he was hired as a personal body guard for a wealthy or rich family the "Branco family".Max Payne 3 has awesome actions cool bullet time and a memorable story.Now the single player campaign is good but wait till you see the multiplayer of this game becauseMax Payne is back with more realistic and cool graphics and with bullet time improved.Max Payne 3 continues it's story in Brazil which he was hired as a personal body guard for a wealthy or rich family the "Branco family".Max Payne 3 has awesome actions cool bullet time and a memorable story.Now the single player campaign is good but wait till you see the multiplayer of this game because the multiplayer is fun.You got to form crews join crews and more.Hell there is even a gang wars in this game which two gangs fight each other and find out who will be the stronger gang.And there is also this death match where everyone in the map will fight each other or kill each other and the one with the most kills is declared the winner.And also you can customize your character in multiplayer which is good.The character development in this game is good,the voice acting in this game is really good,and even the world of Max Payne 3 is beautiful.You can interact with some items here which is like in the other Max Payne games.Max Payne 3 is awesome which deserves a 10/10 from me and all of you fans or not fans of this game buy this game or download this game .It is worth your money and you will have fun in this game. Expand
  9. Sep 27, 2013
    8
    Max Payne 3 is a really violent game, the visuals are quite impressive, bullet time is the best thing about this game. Th first half of this game is slow and cant seem to find good pacing for the story, but during the second half is when this game really shines. This is a well thought out shooter that could have been a little better.
  10. May 11, 2015
    8
    Graphics: 8.5 Sound: 8.8 Gameplay: 8.0 Fun/Story: 8.0

    Solid and consistent game. Not perfect but a truly shooter, despite some repetitiveness. Loved the graphic filters.
  11. May 5, 2013
    10
    This was one of my GOTY contenders last year. It is just one of the most interesting and fun games i have ever played. I played this game straight through from beginning to end only stopping a few times. Just a beautiful piece of work. Max Payne is one of my favorite heros.
  12. Dec 16, 2012
    9
    I don't understand why some people are trashing this game. I have never played Max Payne 1 + 2 but I love 3. The graphics are gorgeous, the story is gritty, the controls are perfect, and most importantly..its fun. The bullet time mechanics work very well and the gunfights are challenging enough for hardcore players. The game does have some flaws, I personally noticed a drop in frame rateI don't understand why some people are trashing this game. I have never played Max Payne 1 + 2 but I love 3. The graphics are gorgeous, the story is gritty, the controls are perfect, and most importantly..its fun. The bullet time mechanics work very well and the gunfights are challenging enough for hardcore players. The game does have some flaws, I personally noticed a drop in frame rate at critical times and some enemies seem to bullet proof unless you are face to face with them. While these small complaints dont kill the fun they do at times cause aggravation. There are also times where Max's vocals don't match up with his lips moving and I personally don't care for some of the language (there is no reason to use G-Damn in any form of entertainment ) but that's my issue and I'm sure it won't bother the kids who think foul language is "grown up". In any event this game is great and I strongly recommend it to everyone who enjoys video games. I haven't tried multiplayer so my opinions are based on single player only. Expand
  13. Jun 7, 2012
    9
    Finally. After years of waiting Max Payne, the hard-boiled cop (well, now ex-cop) has returned to do what he does best - avenge the fallen ones, shooting bad guys on the run while in slo-mo. But is it the same type of a dark noir story as in the first two games? Well, not quite. You can certainly feel Rockstar's touch in this one, and it's both good and bad. This time the game takesFinally. After years of waiting Max Payne, the hard-boiled cop (well, now ex-cop) has returned to do what he does best - avenge the fallen ones, shooting bad guys on the run while in slo-mo. But is it the same type of a dark noir story as in the first two games? Well, not quite. You can certainly feel Rockstar's touch in this one, and it's both good and bad. This time the game takes inspiration not from the noir detective stories, but from Tony Scott's movies, especially "Man on Fire". So expect lots of yellow and constant distortion effects, which some people consider annoying (I don't mind them personally). As for an old Max Payne fan, another thing that contrasts with the previous games are the dialogues. They are more dirty with lots of swearing, with Max ocasionally dropping an F-bomb, which he has never done before. And though the dialogues sometimes try to resemble Sam Lake's metaphor-filled dark writings, the overall feel is different. One more thing that I was a bit disappointed with is that the story doesn't have almost any connection to the first games. I mean, almost all the old characters are dead, but still, what about Bravura? (Actually some more info on this will be in the comics, but why not in the game?) Now for the gameplay - it's core is the good ol' run and gun spiced up with the Bullet Time (TM) which lets you accurately shoot down baddies in a very stylish way. However, sometimes you are basically forced to use the cover system, as many enemies are too far away to run-and-kill, and besides even on Normal difficulty an open confrontaion can quickly result in your death. Multiplayer is challenging and fun, with a great Loadout system and clever implementation of the mentioned before Bullet Time. To sum up, it is a worthy sequel to the old classic, but it isn't the same without Remedy who made it all, so it looks more like a tribute to Max Payne. Nevertheless, an awesome game definitely worth picking up. Expand
  14. May 29, 2012
    9
    A great game - but it's not Max Payne. Max wore a suit - he was dapper in all circumstances. With a different set of immediate circumstances he could have been James Bond.
    He was cynical but not brutish, hurt but not vulgar. That isn't the Max Payne you get here. Some of the one liners are close - but still too much like "Arnie" and not enough like Oscar Wilde. As for his apprearance -
    A great game - but it's not Max Payne. Max wore a suit - he was dapper in all circumstances. With a different set of immediate circumstances he could have been James Bond.
    He was cynical but not brutish, hurt but not vulgar. That isn't the Max Payne you get here. Some of the one liners are close - but still too much like "Arnie" and not enough like Oscar Wilde. As for his apprearance - well he's an entirely different man "beard or no beard". Other than being male and having dark hair there is no real physical similarity.
    This is a Rockstar game with bullet time - and a very VERY good game. Scripted (like MP was of course) and with some very familiar gameplay elements. But I just guess I miss the old Max. 9/10 though, get it anyway!
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  15. Oct 31, 2012
    10
    This is truly a fantastic game. Max Payne 3 is a great shooter with an extremely fascinating script and storyline that totally succeeds in delivering a perfect noir tale! The pacing is just the right speed and I personally had no trouble playing this game nonstop for more than a couple of hours. The graphics, full of detail and constantly very colorful and at times and very beautiful
  16. Oct 29, 2012
    10
    All that i can say about this game is that it is exactly what I've come to expect from Rockstar. Play through single player once and a little multiplayer - very polished - addictive gameplay and awesome multiplayer. Must buy
  17. Aug 7, 2013
    10
    Great adventure and a very immersive storyline. I'm Portuguese so the language factor was a big thumbs up. Bullet time is amazing. The multiplayer is also very good. A masterpiece!!
  18. Oct 24, 2013
    8
    Max Payne 3 may feel like a bit of a rampage at times when going up against an unrealistic immense amount of armed thugs, but Max Payne 3 still carries the fun and dark elements from the previous 2 games which is key while not taking itself to seriously
  19. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    Max Payne 3 is the best linear third person shooter i have ever play, anyone that say this game suck is simply stupid, this game puts every other 3rd person shooter to shame (except uncharted)
  20. May 15, 2012
    8
    A string of ill chosen Portuguese paints the room blue as 45s are drawn, nerves are tested and Max Payne slips into his world of violence, redemption and vice as easily as he would an old slipper. Is this the Max Payne game I have been waiting for? All that and more. A fascinating character study on one of gaming's most under appreciated specimen. If the campaign does get your emotionsA string of ill chosen Portuguese paints the room blue as 45s are drawn, nerves are tested and Max Payne slips into his world of violence, redemption and vice as easily as he would an old slipper. Is this the Max Payne game I have been waiting for? All that and more. A fascinating character study on one of gaming's most under appreciated specimen. If the campaign does get your emotions running high then I don't know what will. Despite the sacrifice of freedom, usually a staple of any Rockstar title, this gem offers more than mindless indulgence; a chance to play a real cinematic master class. Oh, and there is a multiplayer in there too for those of us who are interested. Expand
  21. May 15, 2012
    10
    "I had a hole in my second favorite drinking arm" says Max at one point. Gotta love it...really I mean as you are running around and shooting and trying to protect your friend and save the girl....you get lots of laughs on top of it...how much better does it get really? I love this game...it has a certain minimalist simplicity...very appealing. Great story. Everything works. Nice sets and"I had a hole in my second favorite drinking arm" says Max at one point. Gotta love it...really I mean as you are running around and shooting and trying to protect your friend and save the girl....you get lots of laughs on top of it...how much better does it get really? I love this game...it has a certain minimalist simplicity...very appealing. Great story. Everything works. Nice sets and action pieces. Highly recommended. Expand
  22. May 17, 2012
    8
    I have never played a Max Payne game before, so I did not have expectations for this game. The story mode is fun and action packed with good voice acting. It feels like an old action movie. The gameplay controls takes a while to get used to though. The multiplayer is why I bought the game though. It is super fun, at least if you can get into a game. They need to fix the matchmaking andI have never played a Max Payne game before, so I did not have expectations for this game. The story mode is fun and action packed with good voice acting. It feels like an old action movie. The gameplay controls takes a while to get used to though. The multiplayer is why I bought the game though. It is super fun, at least if you can get into a game. They need to fix the matchmaking and more people need to buy this game for the multiplayer. Expand
  23. May 15, 2012
    10
    Wow, I wasn't really expecting an old school max payne, but this comes pretty dang close without actually stepping over any lines. I'm pretty happy with it thus far.
  24. Jun 20, 2012
    8
    This game of good games but I do not always look out for!!! Because they are not or do not have a very big change! The same story or the story of revenge! There should be open map!
  25. Nov 2, 2013
    8
    I was a huge fan of the first two Max Payne games. This game wasn't the overall slam dunk I had thought it would be. There are some things I absolutely loved and some I absolutely hated. First, we shall start with the positives. The environments are by far the best I have played in a game. It looks, feels real and alive. There were no shortcuts into making these environments. They are soI was a huge fan of the first two Max Payne games. This game wasn't the overall slam dunk I had thought it would be. There are some things I absolutely loved and some I absolutely hated. First, we shall start with the positives. The environments are by far the best I have played in a game. It looks, feels real and alive. There were no shortcuts into making these environments. They are so detailed that it was the first time I was stunned looking at the environments since Halo: Combat Evolved about ten years ago. Also, the writing is of course top notch. Sound fits the mood perfectly. Story is decent. Overall it is a pretty fun game. Now, the negatives. The first thing was the overall feel. It just didn't feel like Max Payne. I don't want to spoil the game, but there are a few chapters that nail the old Max Payne feel, while the rest almost get there, but it creates a feeling of a nostalgic hole of what Max Payne 3 could have been. I miss going to the secret 'underground' warehouses and run-down hotels in NY and basically flying around in bullet time spraying bullets everywhere. Next issue is the controls/gameplay. This Max Payne's bullet time is ruined with the cover system. The cover system basically makes it unnecessary to do the bullet time leaps (my favorite thing of the Max Payne games). Furthermore, controls and aiming just don't seem nearly as fluid as the previous two. While you could just keep bullet time leaping all over the place, it is impracticable when you can use the cover. Next, is the Noir storytelling of the games. This also just doesn't seem to cut it. There are not nearly as many of the storybook scenes, but instead we get an outrageous amount of (lengthy) cutscenes. This is a perfect example of how a game does not need cutscenes to be great. Lastly, The previous Max Payne's are far superior. Had this game not had the Max Payne title, it would be an easy 5 stars. I have not played the multiplayer nor do I really intend do. Expand
  26. Sep 6, 2014
    9
    This game was real revelation for me. I did not hear much about it and I just tried it. It got me. Max is a funny guy and Bullet Time is perfect game mechanism.
  27. Jul 12, 2013
    8
    Before I start reviewing the game I should point out that I haven't played any of the other Max Payne's so I can't compare but what I can say about this game is that it is great but not without flaws. Firstly the shooting mechanic, namely the dot reticule took me a couple of levels to get used to, I am just more used to a crosshair but when I got used to the dot reticule in this game laserBefore I start reviewing the game I should point out that I haven't played any of the other Max Payne's so I can't compare but what I can say about this game is that it is great but not without flaws. Firstly the shooting mechanic, namely the dot reticule took me a couple of levels to get used to, I am just more used to a crosshair but when I got used to the dot reticule in this game laser sights were added which I actually found they made me less accurate since your reticule disappears completely and you have to rely on where the laser hits the enemy which is hard at a long distance. Also shootdodge I found to be more cumbersome than useful. Leaping into the air action movie style looks cool but more often than not it got me killed since its usually wiser to just stay in cover. Bullettime on the other hand is very useful and is pretty much a must to complete some sections of the game. Another flaw though is that the story starts off slowly and is pretty boring for the first hour or two b ut perseverence will eventually pay off and after the slow start I really got interested in Max and grew to actually enjoy the cutscenes which I started off hating and warmed to Max's sarcastic sense of humour and running commentary. Another thing I loved was the action set-piece moments which often see max leaping into the air and surviving impossible odds against enemies. The graphics aren't too bad either and there is replayability due to new difficulties and some arcade challenge levels. This game is actually really good as it turns out as long as you can persevere for the first couple of hours. Expand
  28. May 23, 2012
    10
    As a huge fan of the original MP3 I was excited to see this coming out and after waiting so long I'm glad it's finally here. Right away I dove into story mode and was impressed by this really great movie like story and gameplay. I was excited to try multiplayer so I gave that a try and 5 hours later I really needed to turn it off and get to bed but I was hooked. There is so much going onAs a huge fan of the original MP3 I was excited to see this coming out and after waiting so long I'm glad it's finally here. Right away I dove into story mode and was impressed by this really great movie like story and gameplay. I was excited to try multiplayer so I gave that a try and 5 hours later I really needed to turn it off and get to bed but I was hooked. There is so much going on that I felt I didn't have enough time with my work week but I made time and cut back on my sleep. I have been so hooked on BF3 and Uncharted 3 that I didn't think I would need the extra time killer but I'm so glad I have this now. I can honestly say that I'm having more fun with this than any other multiplayer experience in a very long time. After being hooked on playing against others I had to try to get back into the story mode and I did and yes it keeps on getting better and now I have a very tough decision each night on what mode to play. I'm pretty selective these days on what I'm buying but this is a purchase that I love do much and really deserves Game of the Year. There is so much content and replay value I will never get bored of MP3 so I strongly recommend you give this a try and you will not be sorry at all. Way to go once again Rockstar! Expand
  29. May 15, 2012
    10
    Max Payne is always been one of my most favourite franchises and this sequel is the best of the picking, with slick visuals, great shootouts and SLOW MOTION. You will have a lot of fun and with absence of loading screens it brings a breath of fresh air to cinematic games. With about 12 hours single player and a ton of replayability as well as two arcade type modes you won't get bored onMax Payne is always been one of my most favourite franchises and this sequel is the best of the picking, with slick visuals, great shootouts and SLOW MOTION. You will have a lot of fun and with absence of loading screens it brings a breath of fresh air to cinematic games. With about 12 hours single player and a ton of replayability as well as two arcade type modes you won't get bored on your own. If you do then you have multi-player which is amazingly fun and challenging. There is not regenerative health in the single player and it is hard so if you are expecting a call of duty, look elsewhere. Expand
  30. Jun 27, 2013
    8
    Welcome back, Max Payne, you're even better than I remembered. I love the grit and edge to this game. I hope they continue on with the character and make more Max Payne games.
  31. Apr 19, 2014
    9
    This is one of the most enjoyable games I've played in a long time. Good graphics, lots of action, but also intriguing story. Thoroughly enjoying. Best Max Payne yet!!
  32. Jul 3, 2012
    9
    I see alot of people saying this is nota max payne game, which imo is as far from the truth as possible, this is a very dark violent game. People are just getting used to violence so its nothing new like the older games, this game is great, shooting feels great the bullet time makes some awesome scenes diving in shooting every 1, the story is intense and really keeps you moving foward, iI see alot of people saying this is nota max payne game, which imo is as far from the truth as possible, this is a very dark violent game. People are just getting used to violence so its nothing new like the older games, this game is great, shooting feels great the bullet time makes some awesome scenes diving in shooting every 1, the story is intense and really keeps you moving foward, i jus bought the game the other day, i wasnt really expecting much but i was blown awawy, kinda short story but excellent game, i havent even tried the multiplayer yet but again i love the story mode Expand
  33. May 26, 2012
    8
    Let's start with the more superficial stuff â
  34. May 25, 2012
    10
    I'm from Brazil, and the rich details on all levels and favelas is amazing. I don't live on favela, but i know places like that, and Rockstar did ONE MORE TIME a perfect job. Many lessons learned with Uncharted, but MP3 but the shooter on another high level.
  35. May 19, 2012
    8
    I'm about 3 chapters in and the story is great. I pill poppin' drunk Max Payne is on a new job in Brazil. With all the heat Max needs a drunk or two or three... I can't judge the multiplayer cause I never played it yet, but I don't think from what I seen of people playing it online it will be very popular for very long. Not as good as the story mode. The story mode offers a lot more replay value.
  36. Mar 26, 2015
    9
    Firstly, I recommend that you change the controls to type 4 and that invert L1/L2 and R1/R2 so that R1 is for firing.
    This way you will have the same controls as in most games like COD.
    I played at medium difficulty with partial aim assist. Both are default, I suggest you keep these settings. I really appreciated the story, the voice acting as well as the gameplay. I liked the
    Firstly, I recommend that you change the controls to type 4 and that invert L1/L2 and R1/R2 so that R1 is for firing.
    This way you will have the same controls as in most games like COD.
    I played at medium difficulty with partial aim assist. Both are default, I suggest you keep these settings.

    I really appreciated the story, the voice acting as well as the gameplay.
    I liked the attitude and the cynicism of Max Payne.
    It's the first time I play a Max Payne title.
    I was not expecting much from this game but I have been really pleased and it's in my top 10 PS3 game for sure !
    I expected an open world like most Rockstar Games but I preferred the way they did it : more action, less stroll.
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  37. Aug 13, 2012
    9
    I have to admit, I was quite excited about this game. I ordered it from the EB Games website and waited patiently for it to come in through the post. When I finally got it, I put the much-loved Yakuza 3 back on the shelf for a few days to soak in Max Payne 3. I mean, I was holding a new Rockstar game. I know some will argue that reviewers needlessly overhype games, but LA Noire wasn't madeI have to admit, I was quite excited about this game. I ordered it from the EB Games website and waited patiently for it to come in through the post. When I finally got it, I put the much-loved Yakuza 3 back on the shelf for a few days to soak in Max Payne 3. I mean, I was holding a new Rockstar game. I know some will argue that reviewers needlessly overhype games, but LA Noire wasn't made by Rockstar and Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto IV were brilliant games, so I thought this was going to be as good as them. This just proves that even people who do spend most of their free time examining and reviewing games (check out the link below) can be wrong. In the first ten minutes, I concluded that this was feeling a lot like a generic game as my hype levels plumetted from "holy **** Max Payne 3" to "oh, wow. Max Payne 3". This game, though by no means bad, feels like a lazy expansion on a dead series. Max Payne 2 was really the be all and end all of the series, being absolutely brilliant and even better than it's predecessor, and this feels like it was made to drag in the old fans of the series that were hungry for more while also trying to make a game for newcomers to the series. When I finally played this game, it felt like Hitman: Absolution before E3, where people (including me) were feeling cheated and wanted out old Hitman back. This game is a good game. Just not a great game. I am disappointed that Rockstar have not lived up to their usual standards, especially with one of their most loved franchises that has been awaited by the fans and newcomers alike since its announcement. All of the press releases by Rockstar and all of the pre-release hype didn't really come out, because everyone (well, most people) would have bought it and thought "well, is this it? Is this all Max Payne is?". I remember discussing it with a friend the day after. He was initially thrilled of the idea of me getting Max Payne 3, because he knew he would be able to come over and play it. After I explained it, however, he began to lose interest in the game entirely and began to doodle on his I-Phone as I explained the nature of the game. And, once you manage to get to the part in all the trailers about the fat, bald and drug-addicted Max Payne you are left feeling utterly shortchanged. I thought this was going to be a new and improved Max Payne that I would have learned to love. Instead, he feels like a complete rip-off of Lynch from the Kane and Lynch games. He has the same clothing, the same fatness, virtually no hair and a massive beard while also sporting a drug addiction (Lynch's was the pills that kept him from going on his minor psychotic rampages). And, along with this, the rest of the game feels like a rip off of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days. Once you get past the first part of the game, you have basically done everything in the game that there is to do. The controls in this game are clunky and imprecise, not exactly what you want for a third person action game, and the aiming system is either the annoying and imprecise lock on system or no proper aiming at all. The lock-on system means that you will be left aiming at the chests of all the goons in body armour. These goons will then move around as you clumsily try to lock in on the guy's head, completely eliminating the purpose of a lock on system to begin with, causing you to go into the Bullet-Time system, which wastes it, so you may as well have included an automatic head lock-on, Rockstar. And the bullet time jumping and shooting doesn't work at all as manual aiming is a completely pointless endeavour that will leave you completely infuriated as you go mindlessly across the battlefield looking for the enemies that blend into the background. This game, I must say, is actually quite hard on easy mode compared to most other games, so there is really no point using manual aim unless you like watching the infinite killcams zooming into your face as a healthy bullet flies through it just for you. But this game isn't wholly bad. It is quite a bit of fun as long as you can put up with living through the cutscenes and all of that. If you can do this, you will find this game incredibly enjoyable and really worth your time. Just learn to shoot correctly...

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  38. May 4, 2015
    9
    I realise this has got 3 years on it now but, i went back to play it as there is nothing on the ps4 i havent played worth playing atm. It was a great follow on to the older games anyone that says any different is a butt munch. Some were saying o theres to much shooting haha in a max payne game no less, thats pretty well what you signed on for when you started playing. Others saying itsI realise this has got 3 years on it now but, i went back to play it as there is nothing on the ps4 i havent played worth playing atm. It was a great follow on to the older games anyone that says any different is a butt munch. Some were saying o theres to much shooting haha in a max payne game no less, thats pretty well what you signed on for when you started playing. Others saying its just not like max payne sure hes older and isn't a cop anymore apart from that hes the same guy maybe these people just were looking for the same game to play again who knows. As for it being like a movie well there are a few cinematics but it just adds to the story really. A great older game. Expand
  39. Jul 18, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 destroys the first two and honestly may actually be one of the best video games I've played in quite a while. Max Payne 3 plays much like the past ones. You run around through the environment and shoot enemies while diving in slow-motion or engaging in bullet time just by standing. The first thing I feel I need to address is the game's presentation. This is a big game and MaxMax Payne 3 destroys the first two and honestly may actually be one of the best video games I've played in quite a while. Max Payne 3 plays much like the past ones. You run around through the environment and shoot enemies while diving in slow-motion or engaging in bullet time just by standing. The first thing I feel I need to address is the game's presentation. This is a big game and Max and Rockstar are both aware of that. It has an absolutely thrilling story that is tightly woven around each character. The characters are all really likeable even if a lot of them are traitors. These aren't just one dimensional bad guys that shoot at you for no reason. There is a reason you just have to wait a while and find out. My favorite character was Da Silva. He's a member of the Sao Paulo police force who Max ends up working with towards the end of the game. He's also brilliantly voiced, but then again so is everybody in this game. The whole scheme of things keeps getting bigger until the unbelievable finale. I also have no doubts that this is one of the best looking games of this generation so far. The attention to detail is amazing. Every single thing has been given complete attention to give you one of the most immersive linear game worlds you've ever been in. There is a multiplayer component and though I do enjoy it I feel that the controls for it are really clunky. It's a lot of fun anyways though. Really I only have two complaints with this game and they are kind of connected. If you play for long enough you'll notice that the game is relentlessly difficult on harder difficulties. The other complaint is the horrendous checkpoint system. I once had to shoot my way out of a room walk towards a door where five other enemies were kill them, go into another room where 3 more enemies were, then walk into a huge area with another 5 enemies, and then walk into a bar that was being held by 5 more enemies and then I finally hit a checkpoint. Not to mention there were no painkillers in between there besides the ones you end up spawning with after you die so much. Other than those minor flaws and the somewhat clunky multiplayer it is a fantastic game. Expand
  40. Mar 5, 2013
    8
    I was not expecting this, the last few years have made me exceptionally picky about shooters; you get tons of them and they hardly ever have anything worthwile to diferenciate them from the bunch. Played the first Max Payne and loved it, but after nearly ten years and dozens of shooters along the way I was hoping for another corridor shooter with no soul.......... boy was I wrong. Max isI was not expecting this, the last few years have made me exceptionally picky about shooters; you get tons of them and they hardly ever have anything worthwile to diferenciate them from the bunch. Played the first Max Payne and loved it, but after nearly ten years and dozens of shooters along the way I was hoping for another corridor shooter with no soul.......... boy was I wrong. Max is as charming as I remember him, he's now middle aged and little more than a sewer rat, but he has this Bruce Willish air to him and hearing his gritty narration and wisecracks is a highlight in the game. Graphics are top notch, enemy AI is pretty decent, Rockstar shows again that no one does bullet time as well as they do, and the atmosphere is also incredible. Solid 8 for this one. Expand
  41. May 15, 2012
    10
    Max payne 3 had some large shoes to fill with the hype as well as gameplay from the prior installments.
    It Delivers on both ends and then some.. I picked up the game at midnight and played for about 6 hours and woke up to about 6 more to complete the campaign but to be honest this is the kind of game which im in no hurry to finish it, not wanting the exp to end, yes it is that fun and
    Max payne 3 had some large shoes to fill with the hype as well as gameplay from the prior installments.
    It Delivers on both ends and then some.. I picked up the game at midnight and played for about 6 hours and woke up to about 6 more to complete the campaign but to be honest this is the kind of game which im in no hurry to finish it, not wanting the exp to end, yes it is that fun and pretty...Lets get to whats important.

    Gameplay is very good, although i dont feel like i have complete control of max as far as "sandbox" elements but i do feel like sometimes an open world can bring a lot of chores and further buzz killing the tempo , well thats not the case here its a glorious ride from the start to end without any dull moments and this is where the game shines, the tempo of the game is perfect. One gripe some have had were the cut scenes which i really thought were brilliantly done but it does feel like sometimes it does take max out of my control at very engaging moments in the game but its done to keep the player "involved" emotionally w/ the story and max and its almost mind boggling to watch how seemless the cutscenes transition to gameplay, being hard to tell which is which at times because the graphics are just that good also.. The controls are also done well, never did i feel i had to fight max to shoot or move except for rare moments when i slo mo dive into a table for example but other than that its bullet time is "honest" to the likes of the other max payne games and its still awesome how i can also slow mo the kill cam and continue to fire bullets while only seeing the "bad guys" body getting filled with holes, so awesome..

    The music/score is out of this world, is close to perfect in regards to the bgm following/matching whats going on in the game, when its getting chaotic the music does as well, heavy drums and beats. somber moments likewise but with more mellow , softer tones and i just cant say enough about the music. I am very impressed.. The graphics are top notch and so is the story, one can not argue this. I was amazed how good the story "peaked" and kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to check for every clue, listen to every word, laughed and felt sorrow, the story was written with care, sooo good..

    I have to get back to this game, lol.. Trust one thing, this is worth the investment..

    Many hours worth of campaign, arcade mode and a brilliant multiplayer which is packed with fresh ideas, fun, fun, fun.. This game will bring hours of enjoyment and eye candy, a game worthy of retail, i can not say this often enough but Max Payne 3 is packed with quality..

    I will edit this after im done feeding my gaming fix w/ max ,lol.. I promise you will enjoy the Max Payne 3 exp, every step of the way7...
    It is not perfect and there are not many games which deserve a perfect score.. This comes close, i would give a 9.5 if possible..
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  42. Jan 21, 2014
    8
    Max Payne it's quite an iconic series in video games, it always had a lot of a "unique essence to it" that no one could actually recreate, however the third installment in the series makes a lot of changes, some of them are welcomed, and some others, well... Not so much.
    The first complain that i have with the game it's that it destroys the outgoing journey for the player, you know
    Max Payne it's quite an iconic series in video games, it always had a lot of a "unique essence to it" that no one could actually recreate, however the third installment in the series makes a lot of changes, some of them are welcomed, and some others, well... Not so much.
    The first complain that i have with the game it's that it destroys the outgoing journey for the player, you know exactly which twists, and turns is the game going to have, it never truly steps away in trying to transport the player into a journey with as many memorable characters, as it did in the past entries to the franchise. I like to think it's because Rockstar was trying to develop the game with it's own personal experience, and "vibe", however the artistic integrity in a series like this is something that has to be noted, and even admired in one way, or another.
    The pursue to realism does not only affect the thematic, and overall style of the game, it angers me to say it but it also affects the gameplay, adding up a limit for the usual arsenal that you have learn to expect from the series, it's something that it's unforgivable to me as an already fan of the series.

    However the game excels at it's story telling, sharing us a much more darker twist, that does not only affect Max himself, but also the members of the Branco family (the entire thematic revolves around them).
    The game it's not telling the story about Max, but it's telling how Max reacts to the situation that the family it's experiencing, this just makes Max feel almost like his just in the game in order to fill a blank paper, that could've been filled by any angry, pessimistic, antagonist.

    It just never tries to even capture the substance from Max Payne, it just tries to ask for his opinion.
    Luckily it isn't such a bad opinion after all, Max throws the occasional joke here, and there, and eventually you begin to appreciate that his presence it's there.
    The game throws a huge amount of effort in making you feel like Max Payne, it tries to make you confused at first, but interested, and intrigued to find out what iconic event it's going to happen to the Branco family, and how Max it's going to have to deal with it. Not only that but the effects, from the cutscenes (which upset a lot of people from being annoying) are specifically placed there to evoque that kind of reaction, they want you to feel dazed, and not knowing exactly what's happening in a clear way, in my opinion it's an excellent way from Rockstar to adapt and understand how this new world that surrounds Max it's affecting him, same thing happens when Rockstar decided not to translate Portuguese, to english (they did it for the same reason).

    Overall the adventure, nor journey, that Max Payne 3 takes you to, it's not something forgettable by any means, but sadly it's just another empty chapter in Max's life that you could have passed and not even noticed, mostly if there's ever a follow up to what could've been, another remarkable entry, in an already incredible franchise.
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  43. Mar 29, 2013
    9
    Faithful to the original story line. Fantastic game to say the least. Racked up tons of hours and a ridiculous body count with this game. Outstanding scenery and level building make this game severely intense.
  44. Dec 22, 2012
    9
    It will disappoint veteran max payne fans, as it is a huge departure, but this huge departure and a new, exciting aesthetic, a new method of storytelling, and updates the gameplay so it is smoother than a syrup enema and sets the bar for third person shooters. I acknowledge that it
  45. Jun 8, 2012
    10
    top of the line graphics and physics, everything plays like a movie, some cutscenes can be annoying but def like the story and colorful characters, gunplay is awesome, single player maybe a lil short, but great, i'd rate this game a 8.5 or higher, some frustrating checkpoint restarts, and hit accuracy but very minimal,multi player is fun, deathmatch and other modes available,
  46. May 17, 2012
    8
    are there enough cut scenes in this game? I was starting to think it was directed by Hideo Kojima. that's all i have to say and am only writing this to make the 150 character limit
  47. Jun 2, 2012
    8
    Rockstar is typically known for producing engrossing story driven, polished titles with a a heavy focus on gameplay. The former is here in spades while the latter is lackluster and disappointingly non-ehistant. Did I have a great time with Max? Hell yes. However, I was left feeling as though I'd been doing the same things over and over again. Meet a squad of thugs, slaughter them inRockstar is typically known for producing engrossing story driven, polished titles with a a heavy focus on gameplay. The former is here in spades while the latter is lackluster and disappointingly non-ehistant. Did I have a great time with Max? Hell yes. However, I was left feeling as though I'd been doing the same things over and over again. Meet a squad of thugs, slaughter them in slo-mo, and repeat was what happened far too often. Despite being backed with some brilliant voice acting and a dark, thoughtful campaign, Max Payne had such promise but left me feeling as though I was entirely done with the game. Multilayer and arcade try, but feel awkward. If you could still rent games, this would be one of them. If you're in dire need of a brutally violent 3rd person shooter, then I'd suggest waiting for the price to drop. Thank god Rockstar has GTAV next up on their roster, easily the most anticipated game in the next while.. Expand
  48. Jul 16, 2012
    10
    I am going to rate this game solely on the campaign because the only reason why this game was purchased by me and made into a game was because of the AMAZING CAMPAIGN. All I can say is it was a HELL OF A RIDE! Not only was the gameplay amazing but the story kept me glued to the monitor. The campaign was CRAZY long and a straight shot through took me all day (10+ hrs on hard). I tried someI am going to rate this game solely on the campaign because the only reason why this game was purchased by me and made into a game was because of the AMAZING CAMPAIGN. All I can say is it was a HELL OF A RIDE! Not only was the gameplay amazing but the story kept me glued to the monitor. The campaign was CRAZY long and a straight shot through took me all day (10+ hrs on hard). I tried some of the multiplayer and let me tell you it ain't bad either. I cant wait to get back on! EASY 10 Expand
  49. Jun 30, 2012
    9
    I'll do this shortly: Max Payne 3 is an incredible game! Is it linear? Yep. Is the gameplay innovative? Nope. Has it good graphics? Hell yes, awesome graphics. Is the story good? IMO, nope. Why the hell is this game good then? Max Payne 3 is so good because it got GREAT narrative. Max has always a cynical tone and a strong personality. The cutscenes works together with Max' narration,I'll do this shortly: Max Payne 3 is an incredible game! Is it linear? Yep. Is the gameplay innovative? Nope. Has it good graphics? Hell yes, awesome graphics. Is the story good? IMO, nope. Why the hell is this game good then? Max Payne 3 is so good because it got GREAT narrative. Max has always a cynical tone and a strong personality. The cutscenes works together with Max' narration, building some sort of amazing interactive action movie. That proves that games are growing up and being closer to movies than ever. This is both good and bad, but it's not a matter to discuss here.
    The multiplayer is just like another third-person shooter but with the bullet-time and shootdodge. If you apreciate that kind of multiplayer, go for it.
    I'm a brazilian guy, and I can say that the amount of dirty words brazilian dudes speak is god damn high! In other words, pretty much the reality.
    In sum, Max Payne 3 is a mediocre game but with spetacular story-telling, what makes it more than worth picking up and giving a try.
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  50. Jun 10, 2012
    9
    This is an excellent game, and not having played previous Max Payne games it felt as though it wasn't required. The presentation of the game is top notch from the graphics and menu design. I love small touches like the constant changing background in the menu depending on where you are in the story and the loading screens which have snapshots of what's happened in the story. The storyThis is an excellent game, and not having played previous Max Payne games it felt as though it wasn't required. The presentation of the game is top notch from the graphics and menu design. I love small touches like the constant changing background in the menu depending on where you are in the story and the loading screens which have snapshots of what's happened in the story. The story itself is compelling and interesting which leads onto simple but satisfying gameplay. There isn't much wrong with this game. It could be said that the pacing of the game isn't perfect and there isn't quite as much variation as expected. But what the game does it does very well. The singleplayer lasts about 10 hours and it's a singleplayer you're going to wanna replay. Expand
  51. May 19, 2012
    9
    Well ... Rockstar came after a break of 8-9 years and still they did a comeback ...

    I can't say that R* done any kind of huge things in the game ... but its still something which u can't neglect .. they done some one of finest work and kept the tradition of Remedy Alive .. One of the mainstream is game nice story-line and outstanding work by McCaffery as Max , along with some live paced
    Well ... Rockstar came after a break of 8-9 years and still they did a comeback ...

    I can't say that R* done any kind of huge things in the game ... but its still something which u can't neglect .. they done some one of finest work and kept the tradition of Remedy Alive .. One of the mainstream is game nice story-line and outstanding work by McCaffery as Max , along with some live paced actions .... According to me i'll give 9/10 ... it is must try as it contain some must try content and especially Rockstar good debut as linearity ... which is well ... good
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  52. May 16, 2012
    9
    Man on Fire: The Video Game. That's really my assessment of Max Payne 3. It's like Denzel's classic movie but with Max Payne and a different kidnapped girl. All the beats are pretty much the same but the game kicks bareknuckle ass. I booted up the game and started playing on Hard difficulty. Having not played Max Payne in a while it took a while to adjust to the controls and the AI wasMan on Fire: The Video Game. That's really my assessment of Max Payne 3. It's like Denzel's classic movie but with Max Payne and a different kidnapped girl. All the beats are pretty much the same but the game kicks bareknuckle ass. I booted up the game and started playing on Hard difficulty. Having not played Max Payne in a while it took a while to adjust to the controls and the AI was pretty tough to beat at first on this difficulty so I felt frustrated and wasn't really into the game. But as this train gets chugging along man oh man does it NEVER STOP. And I mean it, the relentless pace of Max Payne 3 is without question insane. If there's not a cutscene going on then bet your ass there is a balls to the wall shootout or a ingeniously designed action set piece to dazzle your eyes and boggle your mind. It's like Rockstar is trying to channel there inner Naughty Dog with this effort. And for the most part they succeed. Where they fail, is in the graphics for me. And before you jump my bones, let me explain. Alot of the game is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. Particularly Max Payne's rendering himself and some of the locales (like when Max switches to that Hawaiin shirt and battles gangs in the slums....GORGEOUS. However, there are FAR TOO MANY framerate jumps and poor textures in this game. And some of the animations look just as bad as they did on GTA4. And that was made five years ago. And the nonstop shootouts CAN get just a tad repetitive although they are a blast to play. Aside from that, where Max Payne 3 really shines is in it's characterization and character development of it's lead hero. This is INCREDIBLY well done. You literally feel like you're in the mind of Max. You feel his pain, his frustration, his addiction, his regret, his inner demons and turmoul. You feel sorry for the guy. So when he kicks ass, you're rooting for him. That's one helluva accomplishment. The flashbacks are brilliantly done as well. All in all the game is seriously fun. The second best shooter I've played this Gen behind the Uncharted series and another GREAT game in the Rockstar library. These guys are just ALWYAS delivering the goods. Expand
  53. May 19, 2012
    8
    I ORIGINALLY GAVE THIS GAME A SCORE OF 3!
    I has the number one most helpful negative review, but after playin the multiplayer in this game which is INcREdiBlY ADDicTiVE!!!!! - I have to rewrite my review and raise the score.
    I will still agree that it does not feel like a max payne game, but that is obviously because it is not set in NY. When Rockstar does the NY/NJ levels then I think
    I ORIGINALLY GAVE THIS GAME A SCORE OF 3!
    I has the number one most helpful negative review, but after playin the multiplayer in this game which is INcREdiBlY ADDicTiVE!!!!! - I have to rewrite my review and raise the score.

    I will still agree that it does not feel like a max payne game, but that is obviously because it is not set in NY. When Rockstar does the NY/NJ levels then I think they do a fantastic job and it feels like a real Max Payne game. The rest of the Sourh American levels just do not do it for me, but whatever.

    THE REASON to buy this game is because of the multiplayer, which is very strange to say since all other rockstar multiplayer has SUCKED. They've finally hit the nail on the head, because Max Payne 3's multiplayer is the best thing I've played since MW2. I am so hooked on it that I cannot stop. It is challenging and completely awesome. I had ZERO interest in the next GTA because I was really let down by GTA IV, but after playing MP3 multiplayer I cannot wait for GTAV.

    It is NOT perfectly balanced (a good thing because different builds will work on different opponents and maps, unlike COD where it doesn't much matter what gun you use.)

    This blows uncharted 2/3 multiplayer away. Rockstar is a great company and they keep moving forward. I would argue that GTA IV should've had this multiplayer and Rockstar are the kings of milking it, but whatever... They delivered something amazing with MP3.

    Also, once you finally get to the NY levels then it really does feel like the new Max Payne we've been waiting for. In short this game is a must buy if you like a good game of competitive multiplayer, not so much if you want to see Max back in NY doing the same things he did in MP2.

    Overall, I'm very pleased that Rockstar has this franchise now.

    If anyone at Rockstar sees this, there is one major complaint.
    Please fix the seriously long waiting time to join a match. It is not uncommon to have to wait five or ten minutes for the multiplayer map to finally start. The waiting times are WAY too long. I have a T1 connection, it is the game, not me.

    Overall, I am going from giving this game a 3 to an 8 and that is almost entirely due to the multiplayer.
    Thanks Rockstar, good job.
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  54. Jun 23, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 is a great game, maybe the best of the saga. Adult, mature, hard. It is not perfect because there are bugs and freeze, and the voice acting is in English only. But great game.
  55. May 22, 2012
    9
    Rockstar have delivered the first full circle great game of the year. 2012 has been a bit of a disappointment thus far and largely due to reboots and sequels falling flat, but Rockstar brings the Payne and brings it hard. This is not exactly the Payne we remember but realistically it shouldn't be because much like the era of the originals, that part of Max and our lives is gone but canRockstar have delivered the first full circle great game of the year. 2012 has been a bit of a disappointment thus far and largely due to reboots and sequels falling flat, but Rockstar brings the Payne and brings it hard. This is not exactly the Payne we remember but realistically it shouldn't be because much like the era of the originals, that part of Max and our lives is gone but can never be forgotten. Max reminds us through his tortured narrations that the past clings to him much like our love for the first two installments of this series. Rockstar's fantastic talent in story telling allows those who are open minded to realize that this is Max ten years older, ten years deeper in his regret, and with about ten years worth of painkiller addiction in his blood. Taking place this time in sunny on the outside Sao Paulo Brazil, where Max is trying to start over, or at least gain a bit of personal self worth back. Leaving behind the snow, black sky, and LSD laced alleyways we all remember, Max just wants to work without having to care. He wants to get fat and drink himself to death, but as any Payne fan knows Max is a bit of a punch line when it comes to life. He begins with what should be an easy job, to protect a wealthy family with endless booze on hand. Simple enough, go to a few fancy places with the VIP's of the city, tolerate a bit of the life styles of the rich and famous and earn some easy money. Well the joke setting up the punch line enters in no time and with it a storm of violence, confusion, and a whole lot of bullets. Someone wants the family under Max's care dead it seems. At first it is as simple as thug kidnappings, ransom perhaps, but it seems early on that Max just may be thrown into another hell hole of nightmares and pain killers. There is more to it than anyone saw coming. That is all I will say about the plot because I do not wish to spoil anything at all. Max Payne 3 is a fantastic shooter showing that Rockstar cared what they were building and put tons of detail into the mechanics, everything from movement, to injuries, to blood spray are all impressive. This is the most linear creation under Rockstars name in years if not ever, but fear not, it works. They are masters of the open world proven time and time again, so the thought of a linear title is interesting. After all they did not single handily create the first two games. But if Grand Theft Auto is a playground for your story to develop, think of Max Payne 3 as a steel roller coaster, with sharp turns, drops, and twists, all from a single point of view. Also unlike the Grand Theft Auto games the story is driven at a fast pace and loaded to the brim with lengthy cut scenes. This game is not afraid to lower your weapon and give you some cinematic bang for your buck. It is heavily story driven from start to finish. The cut scenes are worth mentioning as well, as they differ from past installments. No longer do we watch a comic book noire style but instead watch full movement cinematics moving forward in a surreal and dream like nature. The hue will change, images will cross fade into each other, and often images become panels similar to comics. It may even take a bit to get used to, and will not be for everyone. This game is not without flaws but they are minor and never spoil the experience. Slight screen tearing in the sky, sometimes annoying cover system, strict checkpoints and occasional audio skips, but nothing game breaking. The story is not the most original thing we have ever seen but it is defiantly intriguing and worth finishing. Gone are the classic nightmares and sense of awkward eeriness that haunted the first two games but this is hardly a flaw, as the game does not wish to mimic the first two and as aforementioned is treating Max as well as the players ten years older. The game borrows inspiration from shooter classics such as Uncharted, and players will notice, but unlike Uncharted this is nothing but a shooter, there are no puzzles involved but there are collectable items that enhance the story. All in all a great game complete with a great and quite appropriate take on multilayer that works wonderfully with the games mechanics, setting and Max's signature bullet time which has never been better. It has been a long time wait, and aside from the game not being terribly long and possibly learning to swallow the fact this is Max in a new direction it was worth it. It may at times blend in with other shooters but it wont be long before you stumble on something separating it completely. Other shooters have a right to be jealous of Max Payne as it raises the bar in 3rd person shooter story telling and delivery. Its different but its unmistakably Max and unmistakably Rockstar. At the end of the day this is how Payne is suppose to feel. Expand
  56. Aug 7, 2012
    9
    This isn't anything mindblowingly new to fans of the Max Payne series, but in my opinion this is the best game of the series now. It's a game that while not an all time great or anything is still one of the better games of this generation. The 3rd person shooter's mechanics are very well done, and the story to the game is also interesting. Overall, it's a fun game without any major flaws.
  57. Aug 17, 2012
    9
    I think 9 out of 10 is the most adequate rating for Max Payne 3, gameplay and graphics are actually pretty good and the story wasn't bad either. The multiplayer carries two interesting features which are: load out weight and bullet time, they are both great. Additions like assignments, clues and golden guns will also make Max Payne 3 more lasting. The reason I didn't gave it a full scoreI think 9 out of 10 is the most adequate rating for Max Payne 3, gameplay and graphics are actually pretty good and the story wasn't bad either. The multiplayer carries two interesting features which are: load out weight and bullet time, they are both great. Additions like assignments, clues and golden guns will also make Max Payne 3 more lasting. The reason I didn't gave it a full score was the story more, some people won't find it true to Max Payne and other may call it repetitive. But still, this game worth buying Expand
  58. May 22, 2012
    9
    While it feels a bit weird at first, it's obviously a real Max Payne game, with a Max that's more depressed than ever. It's quite amazing what Rockstar has done with Max Payne 3, Max has indeed hit rock bottom with no other choice but to push forward and it shows really well. Compared to the other games he's alot more cynical, while in the previous games he felt more like a typical actionWhile it feels a bit weird at first, it's obviously a real Max Payne game, with a Max that's more depressed than ever. It's quite amazing what Rockstar has done with Max Payne 3, Max has indeed hit rock bottom with no other choice but to push forward and it shows really well. Compared to the other games he's alot more cynical, while in the previous games he felt more like a typical action hero, now you really feel that this would all be happening to a real person. Life has taken it's toll on ol' Max, but there's no denying he's still as badass as ever, Bullet Time is beautiful, so it's kind of a shame the cover based combat is so much more effective. Don't get me wrong, use Bullet Time right and you can clear out rooms of nasty bad guys but this game is still really hard so less skilled players might be forced into a really defensive gamestyle. Moving on, the style and music is top notch, at first I was a bit bothered by the "static" effects on the screen but it actually helped to put me in Max's shoes, to see the world the way he sees it. And that is followed by really awesome music that makes the experience that much sweeter. Overall, the singleplayer is Max Payne, actually, I kinda got the same feeling I got from Die Hard 4.0, it's new, fresh, still awesome and the weird feeling that the enemies should have known better than to start a fight with a protagonist with such a record... So, to the multiplayer! It's fun, addictive and has really fun game modes, while it can feel a bit off and be frustrating at times it's still a solid part of the package. I'd like to finish off by saying it ceartainly got the Rockstar quality to it, I felt it was a bit too hard making Max's famous acrobatic skills less useful but overall it was brilliant, I give it a 9/10. I played it on Ps3, it looked really nice with detailed environments and great graphics (+ animations). Expand
  59. May 13, 2013
    9
    It's an awesome game, no doubts about it. The epic slow motion dives and the story are really what defines this kind of genre. My only problem is the cutscene-shoot-cutscene-shoot scheme.
  60. May 22, 2012
    9
    just finished this game in this morning
    great game ad gameplay and story who can make me feel amazing with this game..

    many features has change ond this game from the prevoius version

    so this game really worth for play and own
  61. Oct 8, 2012
    9
    You can call me sucks but I think even though Max Payne 3 got some fascinating technologies to make gunfight feels very realistic but those realism really what makes the gunfight in the game a nightmare after another it's so realistic than I can feel myself playing my ass off but then AI just cheaply took me out with in few shots with their pinpoint accuracy it ridiculous,they also smartYou can call me sucks but I think even though Max Payne 3 got some fascinating technologies to make gunfight feels very realistic but those realism really what makes the gunfight in the game a nightmare after another it's so realistic than I can feel myself playing my ass off but then AI just cheaply took me out with in few shots with their pinpoint accuracy it ridiculous,they also smart too.
    Max Payne 3 is really the best example of how being too realistic can ruin the gameplay.
    But its realism is also means that every kill you made is so satisfying and every gunfight can give you that piss in your pants tension it gives you the unique experience that no other shooters can give! You could say that a serious skills are needed in order to complete anything harder than normal.
    Graphics can be rough in many areas due to its old age of RAGE engine but euphoria physics is awesome as ever.
    Sound is top notch even though I wish the weapons packs more punch than this.
    Story is you know pretty slick and Max Payne anti-hero attitude makes every cutscene a joy to watch and listen to..
    Multiplayer is every bit as good as the single player but feels a bit like a useless option since not so many people playing it.
    Despite its real life difficulty Max Payne 3 is a great 3rd person shooter that proves a single bullet can REALLY kill you.
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  62. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    I'm putting 10 because it closer to my score for the game (9.6). Max Payne 3 is one of the best TPS you can play this year; its look, its story, its sound, and its gameplay make it overall one of the best games Rockstar made of this generation (second only to GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption).
  63. Nov 27, 2012
    9
    Drawing from all the things that made the first two Max Payne games a hit, adding in more expansive locations, better graphics, and making Max an older, more war-torn version of his ragged self, Rockstar has brought the man who deals death back from the brink of it.

    The guns are awesome, the gameplay is linear, but still good; and the slow motion is as fun as ever. If you like shooters,
    Drawing from all the things that made the first two Max Payne games a hit, adding in more expansive locations, better graphics, and making Max an older, more war-torn version of his ragged self, Rockstar has brought the man who deals death back from the brink of it.

    The guns are awesome, the gameplay is linear, but still good; and the slow motion is as fun as ever. If you like shooters, or the previous M.P. games, you'll love this. 9/10,
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  64. May 17, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game I can say without exaggeration is a MUST OWN! It's story is interesting and never dull. The graphics are beautiful even for today's standards. The gameplay is fun, never boring. Even when it's just shootout after shootout, it is never boring. The story is dark and depressing, like Max Payne should be. Throughout the entire story, you can hear Max narrating every thought in his head, which really gives you a chance to see the story through his eyes. Just so you know, this is a very challenging game, even on easy. It's not impossible, just be ready to die a lot. No matter who you are, start on easy. For parents who are worried about this game, you should know that there is one scene with topless women, and a lot of bad language including, F, MF, C, GD, SOB, D, S. Just be ready to mute and skip stuff. In this climactic story, you never know what will happen. Plot twist after plot twist, and you will never guess who the man behind it all is. This is a game that you will play again, and again, and again, and again, and again. It also has pretty decent length to it as well. BUY IT!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Expand
  65. Jul 16, 2012
    9
    This is a really good followup game. Iv played all the Max Payne games and this stays true to the franchise, the grapics, game play and story are good and the decent multiplayer is just the icing on the cake. This game is a must buy if you like shooters and good storytelling
  66. Jun 26, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 is the best game I've played all year. The story is engaging and very well written. The soundtrack and voice acting is fantastic. The gameplay is better than ever. The multiplayer is deep and rewarding, with great customization and unlockables. Max Payne 3 may suffer from a few minor hiccups, but it stands firmly on it's own two feet and delivers on all fronts. Don't miss outMax Payne 3 is the best game I've played all year. The story is engaging and very well written. The soundtrack and voice acting is fantastic. The gameplay is better than ever. The multiplayer is deep and rewarding, with great customization and unlockables. Max Payne 3 may suffer from a few minor hiccups, but it stands firmly on it's own two feet and delivers on all fronts. Don't miss out on this beautiful game from one of the best developers in the industry. Expand
  67. May 16, 2012
    10
    Rockstar has delivered another epic game. Unlike some other titles out there this promises what it delivers! A lot effort has gone into the presentation of this title. It has great graphics, gameplay and AI.
    If your a Rockstar games fan then you will love this.
  68. Sep 6, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 is GRAPHIC!!!! I love it a little repetitive yes Lame no. This is a good game with good reasons to return to story mode for arcade and new york minute. What suprised me the most is how fun the multiplayer is I have a great time with it sure it is easy to get kills but staying alive is the fun part. Also tons of cool perks and items to keep you busy with it for quite a while.Max Payne 3 is GRAPHIC!!!! I love it a little repetitive yes Lame no. This is a good game with good reasons to return to story mode for arcade and new york minute. What suprised me the most is how fun the multiplayer is I have a great time with it sure it is easy to get kills but staying alive is the fun part. Also tons of cool perks and items to keep you busy with it for quite a while. Way better multi than RDR makes me want GTA5 even more. Stop hatin on Max or die in slow motion Bullet Time!!! Expand
  69. May 30, 2016
    10
    an amazing shooter it has everything you want for realistic gunplay and it feels very responsive. Its so much fun with over the top action that is visually impressive with good graphics for explosions and overall really. the story is also good and max payne is also very interesting character asking himself questions and bringing himself down. The multiplayer is also very fun as it feelsan amazing shooter it has everything you want for realistic gunplay and it feels very responsive. Its so much fun with over the top action that is visually impressive with good graphics for explosions and overall really. the story is also good and max payne is also very interesting character asking himself questions and bringing himself down. The multiplayer is also very fun as it feels like the story game but harder enemies the only thing would of been more and better maps. The only complaint was that the movement feels clunky and its boring when you have to run about for a bit but thats no enough to make it lose a point Expand
  70. May 24, 2012
    8
    For such a pretty game with awesome graphics, it would be kinda cool if you were given more to do than just shoot people over and over again. That's really all you do. Shoot people. Mostly brown people, but it's Brazil so whaddya gonna do. The themes of recovery and relapse are great, but Rockstar has still yet to truly breakthrough the great wall of cliches, which are offered in abundanceFor such a pretty game with awesome graphics, it would be kinda cool if you were given more to do than just shoot people over and over again. That's really all you do. Shoot people. Mostly brown people, but it's Brazil so whaddya gonna do. The themes of recovery and relapse are great, but Rockstar has still yet to truly breakthrough the great wall of cliches, which are offered in abundance especially during Max's groan-inducing soliloquies. "he's a hard boiled cop... On the edge. Mmm... Indeed. Especially if "the edge" is a tolerable cop drama on ABC. Max Payne 3's only real innovation is achieved through the inventive visual effects, which are constantly skidding into vibrant blurs of color, as if in a drunken haze, but these effects have no clear relation to Max's sobriety or, really, anything besides looking really cool. The rest of it has all been done before and better, most notably in Rockstar's own LA Noire' which gave u a lot to do in addition to just shooting people in the face. Max Payne 3 is nevertheless a well made title that at least gives you a lot of what it offers - shooting lots a people. Expand
  71. May 16, 2012
    8
    Having a ball playing, but something is wonky on the multi-player. I have ran into way to many instances where ill be point blank unloading into someone and watching the health bar drain. It reaches where no red is showing then all of a sudden stops dropping...the person doesn't die and all of a sudden you reload thinking wtf as your reloading just to see their health refill over aHaving a ball playing, but something is wonky on the multi-player. I have ran into way to many instances where ill be point blank unloading into someone and watching the health bar drain. It reaches where no red is showing then all of a sudden stops dropping...the person doesn't die and all of a sudden you reload thinking wtf as your reloading just to see their health refill over a matter of a second. I have looked and played with most all perks and there are none that would account for someone being at 0 health and then taking 5-10 more shots and not dieing. I have also noticed balistics being a bit out there..have target on someone showing red and start shooting. First few rounds hit then all of a sudden when they get near death miss miss miss. Always just before they die. At which point you run out of bullets and are reloading as they step out and kill you in 1/3 of the rounds you put into them. Be behind a barricade and shooting, you die with it showing the bullets that killed you hitting in places that there is no possible way they could have behind cover. Head shots don't always seem to register either as i have counted multiple times i have only had someones head showing with everything else behind cover, yet after 4 times hitting them they are still alive. Very fun game all the same, but i would love to know if its glitches or someone has figured out how to exploit the game as i'm starting to see it happen more and more. Expand
  72. Jul 22, 2012
    10
    i've never been a fan of max payne saga ( especially the second one) but it's surprisingly amazing, the main campaign delivers one of the most brutal and fun action of the year, and even better the multiplayer adds a terrific experience.
    entering other aspects the grahapics shows another succes of the euphoria engine with some great bullet effects and some nicely detail characters, some
    i've never been a fan of max payne saga ( especially the second one) but it's surprisingly amazing, the main campaign delivers one of the most brutal and fun action of the year, and even better the multiplayer adds a terrific experience.
    entering other aspects the grahapics shows another succes of the euphoria engine with some great bullet effects and some nicely detail characters, some gameplay mechanics show the special touch of this franchise but with a little rockstar feel to it.
    personally i love the game and enters my list of best games of the year so far.
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  73. Jun 17, 2012
    9
    Well guess what? it's been many years waiting for fans and critics to played this game and last year, the first trailer i see is what makes me look excited and also for Design and Technology trailer too.Now when i finish the game, unlike its predecessor a singleplayer story never contained in-game loading instead it continue with cut-scene, the graphic,gameplay and voice-acting looksWell guess what? it's been many years waiting for fans and critics to played this game and last year, the first trailer i see is what makes me look excited and also for Design and Technology trailer too.Now when i finish the game, unlike its predecessor a singleplayer story never contained in-game loading instead it continue with cut-scene, the graphic,gameplay and voice-acting looks topnotch and i really liked the story but some plot made me felt something that is completely loose and the cutscenes made me loose myself up and the bugs is frustating.The multiplayer have many modes you can played with two types of aim Free Aim and Soft Lock and Rookies and normal and also for singleplayer which had Soft Lock, Hard Lock and Free Aim.Shooting dodge and slow-mo gameplay is awesome and Euphoria helped this game alot too.If you want to play Third Person Shooter then here the most anticipated game of this year. Expand
  74. May 21, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 is just plain ol fun if ya ask me. I wasn't gonna buy this game.. Due to my lack of interest in Rockstar.. But I decided it was worth it after waiting all this time to atleast give it a shot. Multiplayer is extremely addictive and a whole lot of fun. I've already spent hours rising up in the ranks. Only thing it's missing is an end kill cam like in COD. It'd be nice to see theMax Payne 3 is just plain ol fun if ya ask me. I wasn't gonna buy this game.. Due to my lack of interest in Rockstar.. But I decided it was worth it after waiting all this time to atleast give it a shot. Multiplayer is extremely addictive and a whole lot of fun. I've already spent hours rising up in the ranks. Only thing it's missing is an end kill cam like in COD. It'd be nice to see the last person killed. Shooting mechanics are about the same as always. Story is good. Graphics are amazing with only a few glitches here and there. Excellent game. Expand
  75. May 17, 2012
    9
    made an account especially to review this game. I'm a long-time Max Payne fan and this game is simply amazing. I was somewhat worried when I saw the early screens of a bald/fat Max Payne but worry not, the game has a good mix of old Max Payne (through flashback sequences) and the modern-day Max Payne (which is not so bad, once you actually play the game). The writing is still top-notchmade an account especially to review this game. I'm a long-time Max Payne fan and this game is simply amazing. I was somewhat worried when I saw the early screens of a bald/fat Max Payne but worry not, the game has a good mix of old Max Payne (through flashback sequences) and the modern-day Max Payne (which is not so bad, once you actually play the game). The writing is still top-notch stuff, easily on par with the fantastic writing of MP1 and MP2. Max Payne still has his cynical sense of humor which will provide you with a satisfying chuckle in between firefights. There are clues, health pickups (no regenerating health, thank God!) and gun parts hidden in the levels which encourage exploration.

    By far the game's high-point is how damn satisfying the shooting feels. Rockstar's RAGE engine proved time and time again that it was the best physics engine and Max Payne 3 only reinforces that fact. The bodies recoil and fall so damn enjoyably. All of the guns feel power, unique and definitely have an "oomph" to them (my personal favorite is the desert eagle, by far the best representation of a .50 handgun in any video game). You really have to play it to understand fully.

    I played on Hard with free-aim and I found the game to actually be...challenging. That is a good thing. Unlike other games that have health regeneration and such, you have to manage your health and ammo here. There is no breezing through this game, your head has to be in the game or you will be put in your place. Call of Duty kids should stick to auto-aim modes and easier difficulties, even then the concept of having a finite amount of health might confuse and frighten them.

    By far the most surprising thing about Max Payne 3 is how good the multiplayer actually is. When I heard about this at first, I was a little worried. I was expecting a tacked-on, bare bonesand unneeded multilayer component to a good single player game...what I got was an extremely satisfying, well designed and very addictive facet to an already great game. I would have gladly paid 59.99 for this game without the multiplayer, this is just the cherry on top. You can form clans called "crews" and Rockstar has been playing matches against the public as they usually do.

    Now, I might be sounding like a paid advertiser but let me tell you that this game isn't flawless. Most notably, the $20 "multiplayer pass" that unlocks stuff that was locked at launch is unacceptable. I'm surprised that a respect company like Rockstar did something like this. Hopefully GTAV won't follow suit. My other pet peeve was that in the campaign mode, you are sometimes rushed through different sections. As I mentioned before, exploration is encouraged, but sometimes (during "chase" sequences), you get a mission failure for exploring an area for too long. You'd be looking for health pickups and ammo then get a sudden "you failed to chase the guy" type screen. Regardless, Max Payne 3 has definitely proven itself a worthy sequel to two of the most beloved action games of my childhood. Buy this game if you have any interest in a good story-driven shooter.
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  76. Oct 16, 2012
    8
    It is clear that Max Payne 3 has been used "the latest technology, innovative design, large mechanical and absorbing narrative and people to redefine the third-person shooters", do not think they redefined anything, but have become one of shooting games I've played most powerful in the entire generation.
  77. Sep 25, 2013
    8
    This game was ok but far from incredible. I did not like the whole being in South America for most of the game. Max should have stayed in the USA! and I did not like the story all that much.
  78. Jun 28, 2012
    9
    Fantastic game, with a dark and gritty tone. It is very well presented with great graphics, the gameplay being fantastic and the cut scenes capturing the gritty tone of the game.
    Rockstar games usually have mediocre shooting mechanics, but this changes in Max Payne 3, where the shooting mechanics are superb with the shoot-dodge and bullet time being even better than the previous Max Payne
    Fantastic game, with a dark and gritty tone. It is very well presented with great graphics, the gameplay being fantastic and the cut scenes capturing the gritty tone of the game.
    Rockstar games usually have mediocre shooting mechanics, but this changes in Max Payne 3, where the shooting mechanics are superb with the shoot-dodge and bullet time being even better than the previous Max Payne Titles.
    The story mode is great with a great story and great action segments with many different options available for difficulty and aiming. There is also level select when the game is finished which I liked as it allowed me to play my favorite parts of the game again and again and helped when looking for the clues and the golden guns.
    The multiplayer is what you would expect with standard gamemodes like team deathmatch etc. with my favourite game mode being gang wars. I also like how you can play the multiplayer with free aim with others, or with lock on with others, this is good as it means that others don't have and advantage over you and makes the game fair.
    The Rockstar gangs feature is great allowing you and some friends to create a gang/clan to play online with tracking your gangs stats, starting rivalries with other gangs and creating a logo for you gang which can be used on some clothing items in multiplayer.
    9/10. Rockstar sure know how to make good games.
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  79. Oct 17, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 is certainly not as good as Max Payne 2, but in terms of gameplay, the game definitely does better than the originals. While story isn't quite as dark (even though it still is), and shootdodge is not quite as effective. the addition of multiplayer is fantastic, and the overall feel of the game is a more matured Max. A must buy for any fan of slow motion, guns, dark story, andMax Payne 3 is certainly not as good as Max Payne 2, but in terms of gameplay, the game definitely does better than the originals. While story isn't quite as dark (even though it still is), and shootdodge is not quite as effective. the addition of multiplayer is fantastic, and the overall feel of the game is a more matured Max. A must buy for any fan of slow motion, guns, dark story, and third person shooters. Expand
  80. Sep 18, 2013
    8
    I never played any of the prior Max Payne games. Normally, I gravitate toward fantasy and sci-fi games. But Max Payne 3 got great reviews and was discounted on the PSN, so I figured I'd give it a try. And I'm really glad I did. The game is a noir third-person shooter about a down-on-his-luck ex-cop. At first, the noir vibe, the constant narration by the protagonist took some getting usedI never played any of the prior Max Payne games. Normally, I gravitate toward fantasy and sci-fi games. But Max Payne 3 got great reviews and was discounted on the PSN, so I figured I'd give it a try. And I'm really glad I did. The game is a noir third-person shooter about a down-on-his-luck ex-cop. At first, the noir vibe, the constant narration by the protagonist took some getting used to. By the time the second chapter rolled around, I was totally into the swing of it. Excellent voice acting and a compelling character pulled me through the story, which wasn't bad.

    Of course, this is a game, and what shines the most is the gameplay. It's got smooth cover mechanics and, once I got the hang of them, good shooting controls. Plus several options to enter bullet time and feel like a total badass. It was fun, well paced, and just about the right length.

    I recommend Max Payne to anyone that likes 3rd person shooters.
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  81. Jun 9, 2016
    10
    Best max payne title yet. One of the best action games of all time. Max payne 3 is a masterpiece. Must buy. Rockstar is probably the best game developer studio
  82. May 24, 2012
    9
    Wonderful game, gory and enjoyable. I'd never played anything in the series and didn't feel like I missed out on much as far as the story goes. A few too many cut scenes, and the shaky art style can get a little over done, but all in all this is a great game, bullet time is amazing, the story and action are well paced, the graphics are fantastic. The multiplayer is alright, definitely notWonderful game, gory and enjoyable. I'd never played anything in the series and didn't feel like I missed out on much as far as the story goes. A few too many cut scenes, and the shaky art style can get a little over done, but all in all this is a great game, bullet time is amazing, the story and action are well paced, the graphics are fantastic. The multiplayer is alright, definitely not the main sell. Not as good as Red Dead but WAY better than Noire. Will probably make an exception and run through this one a second time. Expand
  83. Dec 22, 2012
    9
    The story and the game play were superb. Graphics were top notch. Only knock is that it's another linear game. But it was a blast to play. A ton of heart-pumping moments and some neat surprises. Just really fun and extremely well made.
  84. Oct 30, 2012
    10
    the best game of the year oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  85. Oct 23, 2014
    8
    A really nice game, with the best combat system ever. The game has a nice story, characters, graphics and is a lot of fun to play. The only thing I didn't like is the multiplayer. Note that the game also has a few minor bugs, and long loading times.
  86. May 20, 2012
    10
    **** A! MP3 is an incredibly engaging 3rd person shooter with excellent physics, attention to detail & stellar presentation. The story clocks in at around 12-15 hours dependant on difficulty but if ur a completionist like myself ur talkin around 30+ hours of single player gameplayer (Hard difficulty, EVEN harder difficulty unlocked after 1st completion & then again in Time trial mode ^^.)**** A! MP3 is an incredibly engaging 3rd person shooter with excellent physics, attention to detail & stellar presentation. The story clocks in at around 12-15 hours dependant on difficulty but if ur a completionist like myself ur talkin around 30+ hours of single player gameplayer (Hard difficulty, EVEN harder difficulty unlocked after 1st completion & then again in Time trial mode ^^.) The Singleplayer will have you blowin brains out from dingy bars, nightclubs to a gang ridden part of Brazil & so forth. U can pick & wield guns at ur disposal (2 Uzi's, 2 revolvers etc or stand alone). Oh & theres multiplayer which is basically MP taken online, very addicting & accessible to rookies. Rockstar have once again proven to be masters of their craft. I buy nearly all the major release so I like to believe I can form a trusted opinion - GOTY so far. Expand
  87. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    I give this game a 10 because i rarely finish a game thinking without thinking 'They could of added that' or 'This coulda been different'. Incredible game from start to end. I like the merge of load screens with cut scenes and other developers should follow suit as you're not just staring at a bar filling up waiting for the next part, which loses you momentum. Kinda like, shooting - dramaI give this game a 10 because i rarely finish a game thinking without thinking 'They could of added that' or 'This coulda been different'. Incredible game from start to end. I like the merge of load screens with cut scenes and other developers should follow suit as you're not just staring at a bar filling up waiting for the next part, which loses you momentum. Kinda like, shooting - drama - drama - Shooting - -------Wait please----- Ok, now shoot again..Really is a great game in every way. The music that kicks in on the airport level is just too much! Really pulls you into it. Must buy. Expand
  88. Jan 12, 2014
    8
    Now, I never played any Max Payne game in the past, but this actually earned my support as a newcomer of the series! The gunfights, awesome; the graphics, impressive; the cinematics, very movie-like; the voice acting, superb; the story.... well, to be honest, it wasn´t very good, however it was at least entertaining to play through, and I cared a lot for Max Payne in this bloody quest inNow, I never played any Max Payne game in the past, but this actually earned my support as a newcomer of the series! The gunfights, awesome; the graphics, impressive; the cinematics, very movie-like; the voice acting, superb; the story.... well, to be honest, it wasn´t very good, however it was at least entertaining to play through, and I cared a lot for Max Payne in this bloody quest in Brazil. The multiplayer in this game was fun: some of the matches I took part of were very chaotic, everybody using were using bullet time to each other... like a lot of times. Overall, a damn good game. Expand
  89. Jul 14, 2012
    9
    Max Payne 3 is a great game. There is no other way of saying it. I found myself immersed into the incredible story it tells. I only have one problem with it. The shooting got a bit dull by the end. It's great fun, but towards the end I needed to take a break. Nothing new was added. It was all the same over and over again. I loved the game, but just had a few problems with having to playMax Payne 3 is a great game. There is no other way of saying it. I found myself immersed into the incredible story it tells. I only have one problem with it. The shooting got a bit dull by the end. It's great fun, but towards the end I needed to take a break. Nothing new was added. It was all the same over and over again. I loved the game, but just had a few problems with having to play almost the same way all the way through. The game's story is it's strong point. And you have a lot of "Oh my god" moments, so the whole experience was great and worth it! Expand
  90. Jun 9, 2012
    8
    the story line in this is superb, well paced and always keeps you guessing on whats coming next. The visual glitches can get annoying and distract you from the experience, but once you learn to look past them, it looks really nice (why did they even include them!?). The game play is awesome, as expected from rock star (or any other game publishers for that matter). However i have onethe story line in this is superb, well paced and always keeps you guessing on whats coming next. The visual glitches can get annoying and distract you from the experience, but once you learn to look past them, it looks really nice (why did they even include them!?). The game play is awesome, as expected from rock star (or any other game publishers for that matter). However i have one major gripe. In the single player you have an inability to throw grenades, yet enemies can throw them at you. Even worse is that when you go online, you suddenly have the ability to throw grenades!!!!!!! it seems small, but it really ticked me off. Any who, the online is some of the best i have played in years. It takes a while to get into, but once you do you feel right at home.
    Max Payne 3 is almost a masterpiece, but few minor misjudgments hold it back from being a masterpiece. However if you love film noir, the previous two games or action in general, you should definitely give it a go
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  91. May 30, 2012
    10
    This game is just so much fun, i do not know where to even start. The Campaign is very well paced and really really fun and inspired and you never really feel like you are out of the game for too long, it just feels like a simulated action movie. I really loved small touches such as Max holding the guns he was just using before in cutscenes and how he will think to himself if you getThis game is just so much fun, i do not know where to even start. The Campaign is very well paced and really really fun and inspired and you never really feel like you are out of the game for too long, it just feels like a simulated action movie. I really loved small touches such as Max holding the guns he was just using before in cutscenes and how he will think to himself if you get stuck. he says stuff like "is there a switch in that room?" and i just love how rockstar just gives you a little hand to hold on to, but you are not squeezing onto it for life. I loved the realness to the game and how if you hit a wall you will actually crumble against it and max will not hover against the wall like in past games. For Everyone that was worried, yes the storie is still very much noire despite the change of a nightime new york(which there is some) to the Sao Paulo in Brazil and beyond. The Multiplayer is really interesting but i do not see there being a community for a long time. It was still very fun. The only gripe i have is with the last man standing feature. If you have one painkiller left and your damage meter(no regen) fills up, you can go into slow mo and if you shoot him and kill him before you hit the ground, you can get up. Sometimes the camera would stuff up a little bit, and this got frustrating in some sections where i had to do it over and over and over and over again. This does not stop it from reaching a 10 though. A triumph for rockstar. Expand
  92. Mar 14, 2013
    10
    Max Payne 3 made a great comeback for the franchise and Max Payne comes back as hard as ever. One thing you will notice straight away is the superb graphic and the extreme details in the graphic. Max Payne 3 have of the BEST graphic I’ve seen with a TPS game. Max Payne 3 is a very cinematic game. And all the loading screens are replaced by cutscenes so you wouldn't be bored staring at aMax Payne 3 made a great comeback for the franchise and Max Payne comes back as hard as ever. One thing you will notice straight away is the superb graphic and the extreme details in the graphic. Max Payne 3 have of the BEST graphic I’ve seen with a TPS game. Max Payne 3 is a very cinematic game. And all the loading screens are replaced by cutscenes so you wouldn't be bored staring at a boring loading screen screen. The story is catchy and the single player campaign is tense and fun. Max Payne 3 also have one of the BEST dual wield mechanic and shooting mechanic for a TPS game. The AIs in MP3 are also one of the most realistic AIs I've seen in a game. The AIs are capable of gettin headshot of the player especially the elite soldier/cops. The AIs with shotguns can also get a one shot-kill of the player if the player gets too close. And don't forget the funs and grippy multiplayer complete with the bullet time mechanic and shoot dodge mechanic.There are the usual game modes such as death match team death match but one of the main game mode is the gang war which is a combination of different game modes including grabbing the bag, capturing the turf, one team tries to defend a turf while the other tries to capture the turf and when the turf is captured the capture team will move on to capture the next turf etc. There are also many different interesting and fun game modes in the gang war mode. This game mode really supports teamwork. Overall the Max Payne 3 is SUPERB game. The single player have a grippy and fun campaign. And the multiplayer is tense and very interesting. Max Payne 3 is a game shooter fans should NOT miss!!! Expand
  93. Sep 1, 2015
    8
    İt's moving like a movie,the pyhsics are really great in this game.İt's really hard and good.But i think that Bioshock İnfinite is lot better.İt is my advice.But you might buy this game and slo-mo is AWESOME!!!
  94. May 15, 2012
    10
    I've been waiting for years. Max Payne 3 is a fantastic game by Rockstar, the company that has been on quite a roll for the past few years. However, their shooting mechanics have never been that great. MP3 changes that, because the mechanics are excellent. Bullet Time and shoot-dodge both work the same way as before, but even better. MP3 has a solid story, great voice acting, prettyI've been waiting for years. Max Payne 3 is a fantastic game by Rockstar, the company that has been on quite a roll for the past few years. However, their shooting mechanics have never been that great. MP3 changes that, because the mechanics are excellent. Bullet Time and shoot-dodge both work the same way as before, but even better. MP3 has a solid story, great voice acting, pretty graphics, and amazing animations. Dual-wielding has never been better! It's not open world like RDR or GTA 4, nor will it win as many awards, but gameplay-wise, it's much ahead. Expand
  95. May 22, 2012
    9
    Max payne 3 is one of the best third person shooter's ever made! I can't think of a better way to say it than that =D Handed my ares to me more than once, but I loved the challenge. Great graphics, good story and awesome gameplay!! game developers should be taking notes from Rockstar, as far as gameplay goes.
  96. Jun 15, 2012
    9
    HE IS BACK! He is screwed like always, now in BRAZIL! VAI MORRER FILHA DA PUTA! SEU ARROMBADO! PERDEU O BUZÃO TIOZÃO?! A very well dubbed portuguese, and the most unforgettable gameplay action in the series.
  97. May 25, 2012
    8
    I give Max Payne 3 a 4/5. What a fantastic game. Story is amazing, gameplay is a lot of fun, and the multiplayer is beyond addictive. I had never played a max Payne game before but decided to pick it up because I am a huge fan of rockstar. Very glad I bought this game...wish I hadn't also bought Dragons Dogma. Collapse
  98. May 29, 2012
    8
    Max returns in this over the top action shooter. The combat is what stands out and makes this game so good. With a variety of weapons and animations to go with them, the game does not let down the the action. Intense cinamatics help drive the combat and story with gripping shot outs in a varity of environments. With a gripping story and above average graphics, this game delivers. TheMax returns in this over the top action shooter. The combat is what stands out and makes this game so good. With a variety of weapons and animations to go with them, the game does not let down the the action. Intense cinamatics help drive the combat and story with gripping shot outs in a varity of environments. With a gripping story and above average graphics, this game delivers. The comic style however has been replaced with what can only be called a rip off of Kane and Lynch. With that said, this game tosses in multilayer for the first time in the series, and delivers. Simaler to Uncharted's, it doesn't lack in the fun. Over all this game is a must have. Solid A. Expand
  99. May 15, 2012
    10
    Don't believe and negative reviews about Max Payne. Story and multiplayer is well made, controllers easy to use. Just because it's 3rd person doesn't mean it will play like uncharted 3 or other similar games.
  100. Mar 11, 2013
    9
    Where do I begin? This game, man. Its just terrific! I've followed Max's journey since Max Payne 1 back in the Remedy days. Rockstar has done almost everything perfect with this game. The story is really, really good. The action never fails, but the one thing or two things I'm kind of bugged about is the cutscenes that cant be skipped. First time, of course you watch all the cutscenes andWhere do I begin? This game, man. Its just terrific! I've followed Max's journey since Max Payne 1 back in the Remedy days. Rockstar has done almost everything perfect with this game. The story is really, really good. The action never fails, but the one thing or two things I'm kind of bugged about is the cutscenes that cant be skipped. First time, of course you watch all the cutscenes and dont mind it the first time around. But when you want to play it on a higher difficulty or find another gold part you have to watch the long cutscenes again, which is kind of annoying since you just want to get through it.

    The multiplayer is just f*cking great! I love it, I've spent alot of hours online playing team deathmatches which is in my opinion the best gamemode online.
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Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    90
    An engaging story, extremely satisfying shoot-outs phenomenal graphics turn Max Payne 3 undoubtedly into one of the best shooters of 2012. It's a shame that Rockstar doesn't seem to know where to place their checkpoints.
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    90
    Max Payne 3 brings back the depressed and trigger-happy former cop, in a new and surprisingly entertaining chapter of his life. Rockstar has brought the story to São Paulo, equipped Max with a few new tricks and made everything look a bit more polished and updated. The addition of a well-rounded multiplayer proves to be a stroke of genious that adds loads of extra hours of fun gameplay.
  3. Jun 22, 2012
    70
    Max Payne 3 is an excellent farewell, but ultimately it's not as relevant as it was in the past. It has nothing to teach to the "new" shooters.