It’s been tough for Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that will forever not be cured. I like how Rockstar have taken a broken, doesn’t give a damn what happens, into a bald bearded man who looks like Bruce Willis in the Die Hard films.
Max Payne 3 is a hollywood action blockbuster and you can easily place Max among the elites of action heroes. He’s not a cop no more, so here comes the Payne.
The game starts off in a luxurious penthouse party with Max narrating looking at the beauty of Sao Paulo. Cycling through the main heads of the game on which you will get to know later on, it does start very slow at first and a bit dull. Once the shit hits the fan, all hell breaks loose, and Max goes saves the day. As you can see, I haven’t gone blazing with a full in-depth “what happened” as the game is heavily story driven just like the past two games, well Max Payne 2 at least, but yeah, Max Payne 3 is massively story driven.
It’s a great rollercoaster ride through Sao Paulo and you will be going through twists & turns, so the ride never gets dull one bit. You will encounter quite a few cut scenes to watch, but they aren’t off-putting, as the action is 10/10 stuff all the way through. At times you will slightly get annoyed from the stop, start, stop, start (rinse & repeat), yet, it’s very refreshing when you fire half a dozen of bullets into a guy in slow motion.
As anyone would say when talking about Max Payne. It’s the dive which first originated from John Woo’s Hard boiled starring Chow Yun Fat. The dance between man & gun is definitely an influential idea for the Max Payne series, and Max Payne 3 up’s the ante a little, as the dive doesn’t have the thrill as it use to have. Ok, again, at times the dive is fantastic when you pull one-off on an unexpected thug and land a few smacks to the face, but that’s it. The set-pieces which Max Payne 3 has up his sleeves is where the best action is. The use of cover breaks the mould which we have all come to recognise which made Max Payne what it is today.
I played the game on hard difficulty and it wasn’t that tough to be honest. If you run out and don’t use cover and thinking that diving about the place will help, then you are wrong. The game on this difficulty just doesn’t run on that same kind of level compared to the past games which you could have done easily. Max Payne 3 forces you to go in cover a lot more often to take your time and pick you’re shots more carefully than before. Sure, Red Dead Redemption had this and it worked and it does work for Max Payne, but we all love to dive over tables and going absolute berserk with our guns till they are no more. To me the pace slows down a hell of a lot, but playing it on hard, it’s a life saver it really is. Painkillers is what replenish your health, so look out for those as you will be needing a lot of them if you do play on the harder difficulties.
There is a few weapons along the way, but they aren’t massively fascinating. Dual pistols are where it’s all at. I love blowing things up in slow mo with dual pistols taking out loads of people in the mean time. Having shotguns, SMG’s or assault rifles do have their buck for pound, but they don’t have the same zest as the pistols in my opinion.
Throughout the singleplayer you will come across clues, so the old dog is still in play, and golden weapon parts as the collectibles. If you fully find all the golden parts for all the guns, you will have the golden gun skin for multiplayer and singleplayer purposes, which is jazzy.
Finally the multiplayer. It works, it’s fun and damn right annoying for respawn points. Rockstar need to fix the respawn’s as you can easily get killed from enemy players when you respawn back into the match. Another issue of the multiplayer is the slow mo. Any slow motion going off for diving or bullet dodge, then expect to feel the wrath of the gods when it happens. The overpowered mechanic is a game breaker at times, yet once you do yourself it’s all gravy and nothing becomes of it, but it is frustrating.
You have your typical game modes such as deathmatch, team deathmatch. You have modes called Gang Wars, which will have objectives for you to complete. Both teams will need to succeed in them in either attacking or defending or planting the bomb etc. Payne Killer is a good mode to play. Two players will be Max Payne or Passos. Killing those players will make you become that character, and its vital if those two players work as a team. They are powerful and loaded with good weapons and painkillers. The idea is to stay alive and amass a lot of kills to get a load of points.
You can either select free aim or soft lock, which is self-explanatory. There is a hardcore mode which makes things a lot more interesting and the use of crews is a great little feature to have to keep the multiplayer community spirit alive. You can also edit your characters and do perks, improve weapon classes and unlocking weapon attachments and the whole bamboozle.
Overall Max Payne 3 is a very good to play and well worth the dosh. You will have a great time as it does offer great gameplay, story and you will feel proud to the effort that has gone into this game. The presentation is very slick and eye candy to the max. The sound quality and voice talent is superb as always with a Rockstar game, and it definitely has that Rockstar flair which is unique from the rest.
You’ll have a Payne of a time.