I'm a little late to review this, but better late then never.
So, as many of you know, Max Payne 3 is a third person shooter. The main twist to the whole series is it's bullet time feature. Which is amazing. It feels fantastic to kill five+ guys in one bullet time, all head shots. You feel better about yourself. But, let's get down to the review.
Max Payne 3 takes place 9 years after the events of Max Payne 2. In the third game, Max is still heavily traumatized by his painful past. Currently, Max is heavily drinking and on excessive painkillers. He feels sorry for himself.
To get his mind off of all that, Max get's a job as a bodyguard for a rich family. However, gangs in Sao Paolo target this family, and Max must protect them. Two daughters of the father, Rodrigo Branco, is kidnapped and Max must find them and rescue them.
Now, we're done with the description. Let's get to the ratings. I'd say that the story is great and the writing is brilliant, however I PERSONALLY didn't feel the characters were fantastic. Even Max himself. I feel Max is the same character through out, drunk, depressed, and sometimes happy. I love seeing characters change through out a story, which I didn't see here.
I never really got too engaged with Passos. I just saw him as a guy who helps me with missions. Sad, I know... but that's how I felt.
This game looks beautiful. It's not the textures, shadow quality, or DX11 that impresses me. It's the greatly colored environments and facial animations that really grab me about the graphics.
So far, I have not noticed any pop-in textures at all. They all appear perfectly when you suddenly turn around. Basically, the opposite of RAGE... my lord.
The gameplay in this game is perfect, seriously. As I said before, bullet time feels amazing. The guns feel great. The shotguns feel like shotguns, pistols feel like pistols, etc.
I'd say my only complaint about the gameplay is the bullet time "recovery time" as I call it. When you go into bullet time and, let's say, run into a wall, you fall over and it takes a few precious seconds to get back up. I have died COUNTLESS times from that. But it's seriously only a minor complaint.
I never got bored with the combat, and I feel like I won't for a while.
A new feature in Max Payne 3 that weren't in the other games is it's ARCADE mode. Basically, it takes snip-its from the story mode and the challenge is to complete these snip-its in either a required amount of time, or you need to gather as much score points as you can depending on what mode you choose.
One complaint about it, though. I feel like the Arcade levels are super unbalanced. I had super difficulty with the stadium level whatever it's called, but in the next one in the bar, I did it in one shot. So my only thing about that is it's unbalanced nature at times.
Yet again a new feature of Max Payne 3 that weren't in the other games, is multiplayer. No shock here, just about any game now-a-days has multiplayer. Even though I haven't been deeply affected by the multiplayer, I've had some good fun with it.
There are some very mundane modes. Deathmatch, Team deathmatch, those sorts of game types. But then there is a mode like Gang Wars, which is where you go through a "story" of sorts, going through 5 stages of a match. These 5 stages contain different objectives. Like planting/defusing a bomb, killing everyone, good stuff.
So my verdict is I'd say, a 9/10. I think this game is awesome despite some minor flaws, and it's well worth $60. I look forward to playing the single player of this game a few times over and over.
If you have not picked up Max Payne 3, I highly suggest you do.