Marty Sliva writes: The fact that I happily pressed on through some of the game's frustrations is a testament to just how enthralled I was by the rest of MP3. I would gladly endure the occasional bout of annoyance to experience more of Rockstar's impeccable presentation and superb storytelling. Likewise, the high-bar set by the multiplayer makes it easy to forget any of the dissatisfaction that stemmed from shooting gallery bits of the main campaign. And although the gunplay may still have its roots planted firmly in the past, the way Max Payne 3 showcases its world is undeniably forward thinking. It's a bit strange to gain so much pleasure from Max's suffering, but I guess that's the true essence behind Rockstar's magic.