Max Payne 3 (2012)

Video Game  -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  15 May 2012 (USA)
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Nine years after the events of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003), Max finds himself living a degenerative lifestyle, addicted to painkillers and alcohol in the city of Sao Paulo, ... See full summary »

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Raul Passos (voice)
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Rodrigo Branco (voice)
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Fabiana Branco (voice) (as Benedita Aires Pereira)
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Armando Becker (voice) (as Bira Castro)
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Nine years after the events of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003), Max finds himself living a degenerative lifestyle, addicted to painkillers and alcohol in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, while trying to forget the past that haunts him. Employed by real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, Max works in private security, protecting the wealthy Branco family. But as things go wrong and Rodrigo's wife Fabiana is kidnapped, Max is forced into a deadly new conflict, while relying on the abilities he attained from the experiences of the past he left behind. Written by Malthe Frøkjær-Rubbås

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Before its release, Rockstar announced via twitter that by writing fan tweets to Rockstar's Max Payne 3 page, fans would have a chance to get their facial likeness included in the Max Payne 3 multi-player mode. See more »

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Max Payne: [after shot Tony De Marco in the chest, narrating] I don't know why I did it, I guess I never liked seeing girls get hit, but from that moment, I was dead in that town.
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A big step down!
10 August 2014 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

I love the first 2 Max Payne games, they are without doubt my favourite games of all time. When I heard there was going to be a Max Payne 3 I thought "Okay, sounds interesting. Remedy's not involved but I'm sure they'll give out something worthwhile" and even the location change, I thought it was an odd location but I thought a good story would pull through even with Max looking like the lovechild of Agent 47 and Obidiah Stane... No.

The plot is that Max is asked to protect a family in Brazil because... Why the hell not? (To be fair the body count in both the previous games might go up to the 1000's) and they get captured but you stop them. Only for one chapter later for them to get captured... Is this Max Payne or "Max Payne in Super Mario Bros."? Seriously, these people are captured more often than Princess Peach. So Max rescues all but one and the rest of the game is pretty much you running around trying to save this person.

Okay, so my biggest problems with this is the story. The characters of the Bronco family might have been likable characters or at least worth a damn to run around leaping around corridors shooting people... The big problem is nobody and I mean NOBODY is interesting enough aside from Max. Nobody is given any development aside from what you played in the last 2 games. I mean people like Mona Sax and Vladimir Lem generated some form of interest to them (and even likability), Here - Nope.

The continuity is literally all over the place. Let me explain why, at the end of Max Payne 2 Max is in a US Senator's mansion and he is shot by the main antagonist. Max picks up his gun because in the chaos he loses it and decides to kill him and when that finally happens he hears his love interest say her last words as cops raid the place. Now he got off the hook for killing the people in the first game because of a deal he made with "The Inner Circle" of which the US Senator was a part of, and guess what - THEY'RE ALL DEAD! So naturally killing hundreds of Russian mobsters and having his fingerprints on a gun that killed a US Senator would have him either in jail or fleeing the country... TOTALLY FORGOTTEN IN THIS GAME! No, literally, Max not only talked his way out of the whole "gun on the US Senator" thing but also got rid of the Russian mafia... Anyone else think we missed a much better Max Payne game in-between the ending of the second one and when he got his job offer in the flashback levels? Because if I saw "Max Payne 2.5" basically chronicling that, I'd play it.

Oh, how there's more for me to harp on. There are no nightmare sequences in this game. That to some people was one of the best things in those games, it showed what Max is really going through. Here? Although he's worse off than before - gone! Hey, if you wanted to change so much and displace people like me - Reboot it!... I am literally suggesting to turn over a new leaf with this series because the story of the first game has a lot of potential (although if the Mark Whalberg movie taught us anything, that can also backfire) and if they did that, while it wouldn't be as good - They wouldn't be screwing the continuity sideways and it would be good to actually see these memorable characters again.

Okay, I've gotten angry for three paragraphs (and the worst part is I've only played half of this game... and it causes me to go ranting like this) so what is there to like? Because so many people are giving this high scores. Well, I like the gameplay. The added cover system really works and the whole "Last Man Standing" thing when Max enters bullet-time to shoot the guy who would have fired the shot that killed him is a nice touch, I mean it's essentially making it easier but then again you die in this game quite a bit as well. I might complain about the segments where you shoot enemies in bullet-time while doing something ridiculous like leaping over a car, holding onto a falling water tower or on a boat catapulting through the air but then again this is the same video game series where a guy single handedly shoots up hundreds of mobsters, takes hundreds painkillers without once over-dosing and leaps through corridors while doing it all in a matter of four days (I say four because, three days for Max Payne 1, 1 night for Max Payne 2) so I really didn't mind it.

If you want to play this game with the intention of maybe connecting to a video game series you know and love, this isn't it. However if you have no knowledge of the previous games (or at least the bare minimum) then this will be a fun ride. It doesn't really offer that much in terms of story but if your sole intention for buying this game is to leap around corridors and shoot everyone like you're in the Bestheda game WET without the acrobatic stuff then you will get your moneys worth.


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