Top positive review
Promising, From A Non-Fan
on 1 July 2012
I've never played the other 2 Max Payne games before, so I went into this completely blind. I didn't know the vast majority of the story, but it's straightforward to follow and it's a good fun game to complete. There are no puzzles as such, it's wall to wall shooting and therefore can get tired and repetitive, so it's best played in 30 minute to 1 hour intervals. However I found myself drawn into the story and sometimes played for 3 hours at a time. The shooting mechanics are solid, and are basically identical to Red Dead Redemption, with a very similar cover system too. What sets this game out is the unrelenting bleakness of both the environments and character himself, a drug addled drunk, completely addicted to both. He's hard to warm to but he's utterly compelling, and by the halfway point of the game I liked him a lot, he's a great anti-hero. The storyline has multiple tiers, with some double crossing, and some surprise revelations, I'd also say a flimsy villain too. Judging by the build-up to the endgame, you'd think there'd be a satisfying payoff in terms of who the villain is but I found it rather weak and underdeveloped which is rare for a Rockstar game. But personally I think their priorities lay elsewhere right now..
The multiplayer is also a good addition to the series, I personally don't like it that much and don't see the value it adds to the storyline, it's just an excuse to shoot up a load of players in urban environments in my opinion, but it's harmless fun. I would recommend this but just be aware it's a straightforward 3rd person shooter. I'd give it 3.5/5 if I could but 4 is acceptable.