FIRST 10 MINUTES | X360, PS3, PC Friday, May 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Our videos of Max Payne 3

Our videos of Max Payne 3

As promised, here are a bunch of videos of Max Payne 3 captured with a retail version of the game. Though the tiny crosshair does not always make it easy to aim (more than once we found ourselves looking for it on the screen), playing this third installment in the franchise is a lot of fun. Max is still Max, which means he comes with some serious baggage and he kills a lot of bad guys. There is a slight change in terms of atmosphere but the story is as dark as ever. A very good action game in the end, but we were surprised to see so many cutscenes, as we're not sure the hardcore fans will enjoy having to sit and watch quite regularly, instead of simply playing.

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Commented on 2012-05-18 01:41:00
Action game of the year. Well done Rockstar.
Commented on 2012-05-18 03:23:34
meh... story is pretty shit so far, up to the bit were he gets bald head, game mechanics are great though am loving the action, r* never seem drop the ball in this area
Commented on 2012-05-18 03:25:29
dam ease up on bloom n the blurr rockstar
Commented on 2012-05-18 05:15:43
I was actually a bit surprised playing it. I expected it to be great but I mean this game gave me chills at some points. I really am enjoying it. I plan on buying it for the PC even though i have completed majority of the game from renting it, it is definitely worth the 60 dollars.
Commented on 2012-05-18 06:42:19
From what I've seen of later in the game, it's impossible to just "run and gun" and shoot-dodge, it's essential to use cover. And the enemies get more bullet spongy. That's pretty sad.

Will wait for PC version if aiming's fixed.
Commented on 2012-05-18 08:11:05
Very nice. Max Payne - Max Gain
Commented on 2012-05-18 15:29:58
This game is phenomenal. Broke down and got it for 360 instead of waiting for the PC like I was planning, and this is easily the best action game released this generation. Do yourself a favor, if you like cappin' foos, then Max Payne 3 is gonna be mana for your soul. In just about every way imaginable, Max Payne 3 is exactly the kinds of games you look for near the end of a generation once development for that gen has matured. If you crave action even in the slightest, then MP3 is not to be missed. I'm really surprised that Gamersyde has not written an official review for this one. But I guess with them prepping to be at E3 in a couple of weeks, there is precious little time for them to dedicate to reviews at the moment.
Commented on 2012-05-18 17:12:54
getting this from love film tomorrow, looking forward to playing it even if havnt loved what i've seen of it so far. i dont get why the game has scan-lines all over the place tho, not fond of that effect at all. kane and lynch did the whole digi effect way better, even if it was a shite game. oh well, not like i've lost anything if it's shit.
Commented on 2012-05-18 18:13:32
Ordered it, being delivered in a couple of days. Looking forward to it!
Commented on 2012-05-18 18:39:04
Easily the best action game this generation?

LOL, i disagree.
Commented on 2012-05-18 18:42:53
I'm having major trouble aiming and shooting in this game. I think I will get the PC version instead.
Commented on 2012-05-18 18:45:23
I've already made the movie DRIVE comparison when it came to the score, but it also works for the game on a whole. Dan Houser knows how to write, the story isn't that deep but the characters, the direction is so nuanced and detailed . It's the kind of thing that you'll either really love and appreciate or not.
Commented on 2012-05-18 18:57:35 In reply to vansant
Posted by vansant
It's the kind of thing that you'll either really love and appreciate or not.
There does seem to be a bit of a 'love or hate it' kind of vibe about this game. A lot of people have said the gameplay isn't very good but the story/narrative is great, while others have said exactly the opposite. Some have said one of the greatest action games in years, others are massively disappointed with it.

I guess I'll find out in a few days where I fall on the spectrum but, when something is a selective taste, more often than not I end up loving it.
Commented on 2012-05-18 19:17:18
This is flawed by stupid design choices. First there are WAY too Many cutscenes That interrupt THE gameplay. It's like every time you open a door a cutscene starts with annoying filters (I miss the comic style very much). Then there is the balance issue. It isn't an easy game by any means, which is good, but the difficulty almost forces you to take cover if you want to reach the next checkpoint. It's like the world of Max Payne gets turned around. Where bullet time should help you in difficult situations, it becomes more and more your biggest threat, certainly in the latter chapters where the enemies become bullet sponges. Bullet time is useless at that point. And that is where the game becomes a standard TPS with cover being the main mechanic.
I'm sure this will be different on PC because of the faster and more precise aiming (at least if they made a good port). So at this point i'm going to stop playing the game and wait for the pc version.
Commented on 2012-05-21 02:20:16
ended up going through the whole game despite wanting to save the ending for when I buy the PC version, and I have to say I have mixed feelings. one side of me was really into this game, and felt that this game was a ton of fun, but the other side of me has me feeling like rockstar didn't care to stick closely to the original style of the game. this game didn't feel like a max payne game, especially near the end. that disappointed me, but i feel like this game is good on its own and definitely should be checked out. I still plan on buying it for PC, as it was good fun. shame though the direction they took with the cut scenes, felt too much like GTA IV but with a filter.
Commented on 2012-05-21 03:05:19
I'm also torn on this game. I'm reaching the end, and when the game is good it is phenomenal. The cutscenes really are annoying though. Also, the cover mechanic does become a necessary evil toward the end, and especially on higher difficulty.

Typically on games like this, I enjoy them much more with the difficulty cranked up, and using only free aim (all the aim assists turned off). This made GTA IV infinitely more enjoyable for me. I quickly found that doing this in MP3 makes the game nearly unplayable due to the difficulty. I like hard games, but it's like the game was designed to be played with all the assists on easy difficulty, and everything was cranked WAY up from there. Unfortunately, the only way for me to avoid controller breaking frustration was to play it on medium with a few of the assists on.
Commented on 2012-05-21 19:41:18
Christ, the person playing in some of these videos is freaking HORRIBLE. Seems like they have it on easy with free-aim on. Because especially in the stadium level, just walking towards enemies while looking down the sights would get you killed instantly on medium or hard mode.
Commented on 2012-05-21 19:47:17 In reply to keltickennedy
Yeah well the "person" was actually playing in medium mode with free aim, mind you. But I mean, you should definitely open your own website, capture your own videos quick enough to make sure some people can complain about your style of play. Maybe then you could show us how great a player you are and you can actually start bragging. :)

Or you could choose to be grateful and undertanding because we are actually taking the time to capture so many videos so they can be released on time, which also means sometimes we don't have that much time to practise, let alone, retry until the seuqences we show are played fantastically well. Now I should also remind that none of us is getting paid for what we are doing for you guys so don't bother telling me it's our job.
Commented on 2012-05-21 21:00:56 In reply to Driftwood
Driftwood, don't pay any mind to the numb skulls. I don't know what is with our society today but it seems so many peoples default emotion is negative.
Commented on 2012-05-21 21:05:35 In reply to vansant
I know, I've had a bad day, and well, I snapped. ^^
Commented on 2012-05-21 21:06:40 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
I know, I've had a bad day, and well, I snapped. ^^
You should snap more often. It's entertaining....
Commented on 2012-05-21 21:07:45 In reply to KORNdog
I do my best not to. Or else there won't be anbody left to watch our videos and complain about them. ;)
Commented on 2012-05-21 23:14:56 In reply to Driftwood
you guys do a awsome job, this is by far my favorite game site. Clean, classy and simple.
Commented on 2012-05-22 08:16:59
yes id like to add too that this is my favorite website to go to for video game news. i got a new computer recently and lost all my gaming website bookmarks and haven't had the time to really add anymore, but this one was definitely the first and pretty much only one i saved. very simple layout with great news. u guys do a good job.
Commented on 2012-05-22 11:02:12 In reply to vansant
Posted by vansant
Driftwood, don't pay any mind to the numb skulls. I don't know what is with our society today but it seems so many peoples default emotion is negative.
Probably the best quote I have read this year. Unfortunate but true.

Can't comment on the game, looks good but I will only play it later on this year. New house, new car, same old wife :) Life is good.

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