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5.0 out of 5 stars
An Overview, 21 May 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
First off, if you liked Max Payne 1 and 2, chances are you will lap this up. As other reviewers have mentioned, I too grew up playing this series and having now just finished the story mode, it makes me really want to go back and play through the whole trilogy.
Max is back and his own brand of depression is incredibly funny, the writing and voice acting are in perfect harmony. Considering Hugh Jackman won an award for his turn as Wolverine for the game of the film, James McCaffrey should be getting an Oscar nod for this. I laughed a lot through the game, so much so that at one point I thought 'they should make a film of Max Pay...oh wait :('.
The physics they're plugging on this game are immense. While I agree with one reviewer's opinion that Max moves very much in the way of Rockstar's other male leads in their games, this isn't a bad thing and the AI characters move very naturally, particularly in how their bodies react to being shot. At the same time, you don't feel like you're seeing the same animation for the kind of shot you deliver; it all depends on the situation and bullet trajectory/force etc, which is great.
The story, in my opinion, is great. The whole world of Max Payne has always been a strange mix of gritty realism, pain, humour, chaos and ridiculousness, and this is no different in that respect. I was dubious of the action moving to Brazil, but it feels natural and becomes a welcome change of scenery. With this change though, they've opted for cutscenes to do a lot of the storytelling as opposed to the old 'comic book' style, for want of a better description. This was odd at first but I soon loved it and the way it blended into the action. Like many have said, the whole experience is like playing through a great film. In that way, it was a bit similar to Metal Gear Solid 4. I disagree with the detractors though, I don't think there are too many cutscenes and in no way is it 5 minutes of cutscenes then shoot a few guys, next cutscene, etc. Don't let the people saying this put you off. When you load the game, it recaps by way of a comic covering the last things that happened to refresh your memory - a nice nod to the old storytelling method.
There's a lot of value in the game:
- Story mode on lots of difficulties (I found their normal setting to present a challenge on many occasions)
- Arcade: score attack
- Arcade: time attack
- Collectables (golden guns and clues through story mode - I actually cared about finding these, have that Naughty Dog!)
- Grinds (stats to achieve and trophies/achievements to earn - Rockstar really make you earn these so provide good longevity)
An absolute thrill ride, can't recommend it enough.