When Rockstar first announced Max Payne 3, fans were outraged and fearful
. A bald, bearded, fat Max Payne in the slums of Brazil? Serving as a bodyguard for the rich? What nonsense is this?
Those fears were completely justified.
Max Payne 3 is Max Payne In Name Only
. At best, it's Rockstar's attempt at a video game version of Man on Fire
. The cast is completely made up of petty, vain, Grand Theft Auto
style caricatures who die horribly. Max himself is little more than a Man Child
awash in his own Wangst
who lacks any of the self-awareness or morals he had in the last two games, nor does he look or sound anything like how he did before. That's bad enough coming off of Max Payne 2's story, which was close to True Art
as video games go, but unskippable cutscenes make it utterly insufferable. The gameplay also suffers from not knowing if it wants to be a cover shooter or remain true to the laughably outdated
gunfighting styled after The Matrix
, and ends up unfocused and overly difficult
. The soundtrack dumps the Awesome Music
of the second game for grating
electronic stuff and the graphics and animation are just okay, but don't hold a candle to the groundbreaking graphics of the second game. I'd probably hold them in slightly better regard if it wasn't for the constant Interface Screw
the game throws at you.
Rockstar claims that Max Payne 3 was developed with input by Remedy, but there's no sign of Remedy's Signature Style
to be found here so I'm convinced they were lying
. Max Payne 3 is easily among the worst games made in the past 5 years
and an insult to Sam Lake's nigh-peerless writing. Rockstar didn't even have the guts
to give Max the tragic death in the snow he deserved! Fans of 3 should be ashamed for defending this garbage and its appalling to see most of the tropes on the page be for 3 instead of 2 or even 1.
If you want the real Max Payne 3, play Remedy's Alan Wake
. It even contains the true ending of Max Payne as an Easter Egg