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  • Summary: In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 is the first entry in the series to introduce a thorough multiplayer experience. In a unique twist, Max Payne 3 multiplayer delivers an experience that dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match.In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 is the first entry in the series to introduce a thorough multiplayer experience. In a unique twist, Max Payne 3 multiplayer delivers an experience that dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match. Along with traditional multiplayer modes, Max Payne 3 also includes a deep reward and leveling system, persistent clans and multiple strategic load-out options. Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
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  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    May 30, 2012
    100
    A beautifully told, smartly paced, and relentlessly addictive shooter. [July 2012, p.70]
  2. May 21, 2012
    94
    The checkpoints aren't that well-placed, which may lead to some frustration along the way... that's the only complaint we have. What we actually want to say is that Max Payne 3 is a fantastic shooter with an unseen filmic flair that even holds up nicely in comparison with Uncharted 3. And that's saying A LOT.
  3. May 14, 2012
    90
    The gameplay is simple yet satisfying, but it's entirely in the service of a strongly-authored narrative. Players aren't at the liberty to roam, to explore, or to shake things up. Some might find this too controlling, but in return for your freedom, you're rewarded with a mature genre piece which is also a finely-realised character study.
  4. May 16, 2012
    90
    Max Payne 3 is a rip-roaring success on many levels. It relentlessly hammers at your emotions and nerves and keeps you perched on the edge of your seat. The borderline unfair difficulty towards the end of the campaign, noticeable issues with the shootdodge, and a couple minor glitches notwithstanding, this is one hell of an experience.
  5. 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.
  6. May 21, 2012
    85
    Max Payne 3 is not as revolutionary as the original, still this third-person shooter is one of the best games of 2012 so far. With it's phenomenal animations, suberb shoot-outs and it's breathtaking singleplayer it's a must have for shooterfans. Apart from a couple asperities as annoying checkpoints and a lack of variety, there is little to complain about Max Payne 3.
  7. May 16, 2012
    70
    If you label a game Max Payne you should put Max Payne in it. I loved Max, because he had style and character – like a good whiskey. But this tastes like a colorful cocktail and plays like an explosive military shooter with Latinas in their stringtangas dancing to the bullet-staccato. Nonetheless you'll get solid entertainment with cynical comments, convincing digital actors and the occasional bullet in the head.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 245
  1. 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 colorfultop 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, Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2019
    10
    Sure, narrative isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be, so many things writers didn't bother to explain but this game has one of the bestSure, narrative isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be, so many things writers didn't bother to explain but this game has one of the best atmospheres I've ever encountered in any art form, from dark winter night in NY to dangerous streets of Sao Paulo, beautiful stage design and music by HEALTH makes it an incredible journey filled with still depressive, yet badass monologues from Max himself and simply put: there's no other game that could match the masterpiece that is shooting mechanics in this game. Expand
  3. 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.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, 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
  4. Nov 4, 2012
    9
    A gritty, full bloodied reincarnation of one of Rockstars most hailed characters. Max Payne returns in this 3rd installment with finely tunedA gritty, full bloodied reincarnation of one of Rockstars most hailed characters. Max Payne returns in this 3rd installment with finely tuned gameplay, an interesting storyline, some great graphics, and a decent multiplayer component. Definitely worth the buy! Expand
  5. 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 unloadingHaving 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
  6. 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 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
  7. Jul 29, 2014
    0
    Esse jogo é péssimo. Ele se resume a 3 coisas. Andar pra frente, atirar em um grupo de inimigos e assistir cutscenes
    Não há liberdade alguma,
    Esse jogo é péssimo. Ele se resume a 3 coisas. Andar pra frente, atirar em um grupo de inimigos e assistir cutscenes
    Não há liberdade alguma, mapas completamente lineares, sem variedade de objetivos/missões, sem variedade de inimigos, não há nada para se explorar o jogo, nem quebra-cabeças, nem passagens secretas nada!
    Extremamente repetitivo, 2 minutos de tiroteio seguidos de 5 minutos de cutscenes até o fim do jogo.
    Isso não significa que ele seja fácil, ele tem muitos níveis de dificuldades podendo ficar bem difícil. Mas ele é repetitivo e tedioso de mais.
    Os únicos pontos positivos seriam a história, os gráficos... Mas se for para comprar um jogo que só tem histórias e gráficos compensa mais assistir um filme ou ler um livro
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