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Max Payne 3 and the conflict at the heart of Rockstar's game design

Max Payne is another developer's IP, and one which Rockstar sought to imprint its own personality upon. But Max already has his own personality, one constructed from wry cynicism, verbose monologues, and overwrought similes. The snow-lined streets, grotty tenements and endless nights of Noo Yoik Siddy are as much a part of his character as his tragic back-story and superhuman reflexes. Moreover, as a game Max Payne is the antithesis of everything Rockstar had built up to that point - a fast and furious action shooter that runs almost entirely on a highly specific style, whose substance only appears when time slows to a gelatinous crawl.

To mess with any of these elements more than slightly would seem like madness. Yet Rockstar has the capacity to brute-force a solution few other game developers. What results from this is a curious hybrid, one where Remedy's noir-pastiche is merged with Rockstar's fire-and-fury approach to design. And unlike the company's other games, there are no rolling hills or urban sprawls for Rockstar to hide behind. Max Payne 3 shows us Rockstar, warts and all.

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ArchangelMike187d ago

Max Payne 3 is one of my all time favourite PS3 games. I hope they make a remaster of it for PS4.

roadkillers186d ago

Agree'd. They need to fix those long loading screens though.

-Foxtrot187d ago

Max Payne 3 was a well made, crafted game but it wasn't a good Max Payne game.

Only time it felt like it's self was in the Flashback levels of New York.

veicht187d ago

I can't say I agree with this. While it wasn't as visually dark as 1 and 2 I feel like it fits in perfectly fine with the other two games. I feel like the story being told was a perfect fit for the series and the way it was told was great imo (though I can appreciate if some preferred the comic book style transitions). Personally I'd like another entry in the series from rockstar (though I wouldn't complain if it somehow ended up back with remedy).

_-EDMIX-_187d ago

Although at first I really wish it was similar to the original Max Payne games I still gave it a chance and bought it at launch and actually turned out very surprised that it is very much like the Neo Noir that exist.

It was still the theme of Max Payne but just in a different setting it actually had all the regular Concepts.

Although I love the New York scene, I actually love The Story gameplay in other elements in Max Payne more than just a city ..

I mean I would like to believe that Max Payne is more than just the actual City.

PhantomTommy187d ago

It's weird, I should despise Max Payne 3. I can't stand lengthy, un-skippable cutscenes and I think taking the control away from the player is about the worst thing a game can do -- if any other game pulled the shit MP3 does, I'd likely just turn it off. I dunno, the shooting just feels so weighty and the physics are still a joy to behold. Has a fantastic sense of pace too despite the cutscenes.

I always think of Max Payne as a series rather than the individual games. I think they all really compliment each other. If you want a pure shooter, go for the first game, if you want killer sound and visuals, go for 3 and then 2 is something in between. Taken as a whole, I think it's one of the strongest trilogies out there.

OB1Biker187d ago

Nowadays a lot of people despise linear 'corridor' shooters and cinematic heavy games. MP3 made it all work in great style. I absolutely loved the game.

Sciurus_vulgaris187d ago (Edited 187d ago )

Max Payne 3 was very good game. It to felt like a modernized Max Payne title. Some dislike the game due to its general lack of a film noir New York setting. Also I think Max Payne 3 is the most violent game I have ever played. I’ve played lots of violent gory games, Dead Space, Gears of War, Spec Ops:The Line, Ninja Gaiden 2, and COD: WAW and I found some of the kills in Max Payne 3 shocking!

The_Sage187d ago

You should play Manhunt.

GamesMaster1982187d ago

Loved this game and the awesome brutality of the slow mo kills. Really hope for a number 4 or a remake of the first.

Eiffel187d ago (Edited 187d ago )

Honestly can't see where they'd go with another one. Third one ended like a send off. With Max finally at peace and retired. Which I wouldn't mind personally if so. Some character stories need an end.

Last_Boss187d ago

One of my favorite franchises. I have an incredible story that could mix all the Great things about his world.

SlapHappyJesus187d ago

To be fair, they did say they didn't purchase the ip with just one game in mind.

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