IGN: Max Payne 3 review

IGN Writes: 'The gameplay is simple yet satisfying, but it’s entirely in the service of a strongly-authored narrative. Players aren’t at the liberty to roam, to explore, or to shake things up. Some might find this too controlling, but in return for your freedom, you’re rewarded with a mature genre piece which is also a finely-realised character study. Action games continue to inch the dial towards 11, sometimes at the expense of their narrative integrity. Max Payne 3, however, has the conviction to reign in the action, imbue it with purpose - the spectacle still sparkles but it also makes sense. '

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Pacman3212258d ago

Good score, from the 2 reviews that I've read, the main point is that the game is great, but not the best.

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realiks2258d ago

It did not get a 10/10 because lacked one thing from GTA--Freedom to move.
But it's ok since it's Max Payne (a whole other genre).

ginsunuva2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

Just because that was one of the complaints doesn't mean it would have been 10/10 without it.

Plus, no one expects MP3 to have a GTA sandbox just because it's from one of Rockstar's 9 sub-developers. There's no single R* that made RDR, Mp3 and GTA, altogether.
Reviewers said it had no open-endedness as in how to approach each situation. You pretty much have to go all guns blazing in a narrow path the whole game.

-Mezzo-2258d ago

Awesome score, my copy should be here anytime now. So Excited.

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StraightPath2258d ago

Gametrailers gave it a 7.6, EDGE have it a 7.

Pushagree2258d ago

Edge gives 90% of mainstream games a 7.

NeXXXuS2258d ago

7 is still a good score. it means that it's playable and enjoyable and worth it for at least a playthrough.

Eamon2258d ago

In Edge's score system, a 7 is actually a decent score.

ReservoirDog3162258d ago

Haha, you're crazy.

Get my copy from amazon tomorrow but the real question is.....does Captain Baseball Bat Boy and tv shows like Lords and Ladies return?

MaxXAttaxX2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

What does GTAIV have to do with it?
You can't take reviews as fact. Some games are over-scored or under-scored.

Pacman3212257d ago

Because both games were by Rockstar.
I can comprehend that reviews are just opinions, I was just merely summarizing what I had read.
Cleary this didn't go well with N4G, hence the disagrees.

b163o12257d ago

LMAO, PACMAN321 no disrespect, but they destroyed you on this one. I actually agree with you thou, GTA4 was over hyped after the euphoria of a new GTA, people started to see It's short comings....


jjdoyle2258d ago

At least it's doing better than poor Duke Nukem! Here's to hoping gamers feel the same as the critiques on this one!

MaxXAttaxX2257d ago

Just because both games are by Rockstar doesn't mean they should be compared the same way.
They're different games, different genres.

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chaldo2258d ago

Its getting a lot of 9's. Too me, its the best lol. Nice job rockstar games!

A-Glorious-Dawn2258d ago

Yeah I was wondering, IGN give out a lot of 9's..

But this is Rockstar and I personally have never had a bad game from them....

Sev2258d ago

While I agree that Max Payne 3 is probably a 9, all these 9s that IGN gives out left and right water down the meaning of a 9.

A 9 is a must-buy amazing title. They seem to give 9s to just "good" games.

MattyG2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

You obviously never owned State of Emergency. Oh god, it was so bad.

NastyLeftHook02258d ago

good score, cant wait to try out the multiplayer! see you on psn.

JellyJelly2258d ago

I'm also hyped for the multiplayer. No idea why you are getting disagrees. I mean according to IGN's review Rockstar in no way compromised the single player story for the mp.

RedHotChiliPepaSpray2257d ago

"see you on psn" - 20 disagrees for that? lol

360GamerFG2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

These people gave a 77 metacritic scoring game a 9/10, I don't value their opinion anymore.
Edit: yes i do go on to metacritic. Alot. I read alot of reviews to make my decisions, games are expensive and I cannot afford to buy horrible games trying to make up my own mind.
Thats how I ended up with flops like spiderman 3 and dbz raging blast 2, making up my own mind even though reviews told me to stay away.

NastyLeftHook02258d ago go to metacritic? wow...

ElementX2258d ago

Metacritic is useful if you want to see a bunch of reviews in one place with links to the full article

xPhearR3dx2258d ago

The game has an 87 on Meta right now. That's pretty close to 90 aka 9/10......

Alcohog2258d ago

IGN Review logic: 9, 8.5,8.5,8.5,8= 9/10

cpayne932258d ago

"These people" you realize that a review is done by one person right? I mean, it's not like they get the whole freakin staff to decide on a score by a game, it is decided by one guy, who will have opinions you and other people may or may not agree on.

You can't just look at a score for a game like this because the single player brought it down. It's like resistance 3, it had an awesome single player, but the multiplayer was nothing special, so it brought down the score. But I bought it for the single player, so it's a 9/10 for me.

When I buy starhawk, I'll be buying it for the multiplayer. The mediocre single player won't bother me too much because the game has fantastic multiplayer. Sometimes, I would rather have a game specialize on one part of the game instead of just being good at both.

DigitalAnalog2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

You do realize that system can be abused. I can simply have 3 different reviewers, each with their own personal disdain of a certain game (or worse) console and let them review it to the best of their "opinions". Vice-Versa.

P_Bomb2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

Meta-score isn't the only aggregate, and averages vary between them (eg. compare Rotten Tomatoes' 93% "The Avengers" avg with Metacritic's 69%).

In the end, that 77% meta mystery game is just an average of metacritic's own weighted sites (why did 1up get dropped?) and re-interpreted scores (eg. the letter scale) by staff at metacritic who we don't even know.

That average more likely than not, is also part of a community of 70-80 sites most people probably, honestly don't read. There are bad reviews that impact the meta-score just as much as good ones. Nature of the beast. To insinuate that anything higher than its meta-score however is a review that can't be trusted, is something even the staunchest critics like Jim Sterling would find major, major fault with.

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LOGICWINS2258d ago

Daniel Krupa is a good reviewer. I'd like to see him review more games...but taking off a point for lack of freedom? Hel-LOOOO, thats the point. It's supposed to be a linear experience.

Either way, Day 1.

chaldo2258d ago

Then think of it as a 10 my friend. :) cant wait may 29. Gametrailers gave it a 7.8 which is not surprising lol they suck

LOGICWINS2258d ago (Edited 2258d ago )

Nah, Gametrailers are usually on point with their reviews. And their reviews are extremely in depth. Way more in the depth than IGN reviews at least. I'll be watching it soon, but opinions are opinions.

Personally, I think deducting points for not having enough freedom in a linear/story driven game is like deducting points from a third person shooter for not having bullet time. It's a developer design choice.

Just like you can't expect every third person shooter to have the SAME features, you can't expect a story driven game to have much freedom. But Krupa DOES mention that the linearity is a trade off for the excellent focused story.

So, its basically a 10 really.

dubt722258d ago

@chaldo may 29? Is that the release date where you live? I thought this was a worlwide release this week...

chaldo2258d ago


PC Release lol