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FTN reviews Max Payne 3

May 23rd, 2012 by Nathan Doogan 1 Comment

Max Payne 3: Single Player Review

I wasn’t a big fan of the first two Max Payne games, But Max Payne 3 is a solid step up and is fun and exciting to play. It’s a game that shows how the word ‘cinematic’ can be double-edged, but still scrapes through to be one of my best action games this year so far.

The storyline and style is great. Where most games these days seem to do a story about special forces or terrorists, here’s an honest-to-goodness thriller with a flawed hero (Max is an alcoholic and distinctly past his prime), with a great setting (Brazil’s Sao Paolo) and a story you will love and become immersed in. We find Payne working as a private security job for one of Brazil’s richest families, And it’s not long before armed thugs turn up and kidnap his client’s wife. Max is then sent on a rescue mission.
Max Payne 3 plays similar to the last 2 games, though this time round you can choose between two options of auto aim and free aim. Pressing X ( Xbox 360) or square (PS3) now puts you into cover. When in cover I tend to use slowmo to pick off enemies from far off  or you could go in guns blazing (on the difficult setting I wouldn’t recommend this though). Nothing is better than using slowmo and dropping 5 enemies at one time while doing a slowmo dive XD, but Max will be prone and unable to move for a short time, so think carefully about where and when you use it, especially in the later stages of the game.
Bullets and wounds seem to have a real impact, and Max also feels a little sluggish at some points due to that fact that his character is middle-aged and tired. The enemies can be accurate and you can’t take many bullets, so be sure to use a lot of cover and slowmo, If you end up dying several times in the the game, the game will give you a painkiller to help you out.
The game does have something called Last Man Standing, where you get a second chance if you can take your killer out in slowmo as you fall. Sometimes it can get frustrating putting multiple bullets into an enemy in T-Shirt, only to see him get back up again.
Some checkpoints can be far apart which can make the game very frustrating at points .
The sound is great in the game, the guns and the voice acting is top notch, especially by James McCaffrey, the voice of Max Payne.
I would highly recommend this game if you like action 3rd person shooters with a great story.

4.5 out of 5 Nerds
Nathan Doogan
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  • Anonymous

    After watching Max Payne 3 played by a co-worker of mine from Dish, the first thing I noticed when he started was that basically, the gunfights are great. This is a game about having cool gunfights in slow motion, and the gunfights are a) mostly in slow motion and b) really cool. So it succeeds at its key feature. When I got home last night I did have to add it to my Blockbuster@Home queue. Mostly I use Blockbuster to rent video games, but sometimes for movies too. Not only does Max Payne 3 deliver a solid, faster paced single player campaign than the previous installment, but the Multi-Player is some of the most addictive I’ve seen in quite some time.

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