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Submitted by mliparota 1008d ago | article

Backlog Quest: 'Max Payne 3'

StickSkills launches a new feature in which staffers revisit games they've let fall by the wayside for one reason or another and give their "second impression" thoughts on whether it was worth revisiting - or even worth playing in the first place. The first up is Max Payne 3, Rockstar's early-2012 third-person shooter. (Max Payne 3 , PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Kamikaze8  +   1008d ago
The online was stellar, wish it lasted longer. The soft lock playlist kind of killed all hope for us no aim assist folks.
mliparota  +   1008d ago
I agree - I only dabbled when it first hit and didn't really touch it when I dove back into it for this, but I really enjoyed what little I did play.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1008d ago
I didn't pick this game up for a while because I fell for the fan backlash. To be honest I was kinda part of the fan backlash when I discovered the game was gonna be set in a warm climate and Max was gonna be bald and beardy and while I still admit this really isn't a Max Payne game in the same way the first two were I think it was a fantastic game in its own right. Stylistically I consider it a sort of film adaptation of the comic book character was that Max Payne in 1 and 2.

The main thing that put me off was the complaint of how they had turned Max Payne's original bullet time gameplay into another samey third person cover shooter. People were claiming that they never even got to use the famous John Woo dive and just spent most of the time picking enemies off from cover.

When I actually played it I felt that they had perfectly refined the shooting so that I got to use the slo-mo John Woo dive at all the perfect moments, like being pinned behind cover by the final three enemies in the room and diving out to shoot them all down as they ran in to finish me off or having almost no health left and being ambushed by a single enemy but diving backwards and capping him before he could fire his first shot. I thought this was a huge improvement over the gameplay of the first two which, if we're honest, consisted mostly of diving and shooting, standing back up then immediately diving and shooting and just repeating that process until everybody was dead.
ifritAlkhemyst  +   1008d ago
I never got the fan backlash. People that complained about it being too bright obviously had no knowledge of the history of noir.

As far as the gameplay, I thought the level design was stellar and really complimented the gameplay. Cover was always there if you needed it and was a great addition, you could dive from cover, land on your back, and roll back into cover.
DemonSlayer420  +   1008d ago
Max Payne 3 is amazing, one of the best 3rd person shooters this generation. It's like a bad ass action movie where you are playing as the one man against the world. It's super gritty and violent, and has a pretty solid story. I have played through it 3 times since I purchased it day one. Rockstar has made fantastic games this generation.

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