Dormant for ten years, the Max Payne franchise seemingly bowed out with a sunset finale. Max Payne 3 was the peak of third-person shooters.
Might very well be my favorite 3rd person shooter.
How they haven’t remastered this yet is criminal
The only contemporary Rockstar game not to be ported in some way
The one thing it's missing is skippable cutscenes. I'd play it all the time if it had them. Gunplay and physics are so satisfying. Real shame Rockstar didn't take this formula and adapt it for their other games. Just imagine if GTAV and RDR2 had these mechanics. Diving into a saloon with two revolvers, taking out everyone before I hit the ground. That would've been amazing.
Played on pc recently and I was able to skip cutscenes
@Dandizzle: Whaaaaaa? Is that with a new update? Guess I know what I'm playing forever now.
Really? It wasn’t even the peak of the franchise, let alone 3rd person shooters.
Thank you! I have not played the 3rd one, but I remember when it came out that people were not even remotely close to loving Max Payne 3 as much as they loved Max Payne 2, and that is why I never played it. I already knew, when I heard that Finnish developer Remedy was not going to do Max Payne 3, that the game will not be on level with Max Payne 2. MP1 is a classic but feels sluggish when played today, Max Payne 2 still holds to this day!
Yeah it was honestly a pretty average experience. I played through Max Payne 3 and finished it, I barely even remember it except for slow mo while sliding down a skyscraper and sliding on some food carts but that's it. Not very memorable. Max Payne the original on the other hand, I remember quite a bit, the comic book style story telling (including the bj), the story about the family (trying not to spoil it), the mindf5ck at the end, and heck I even remember the Kung Fu mod for it. Max Payne is a classic, Max Payne 3 is forgettable.
@barom I couldn’t agree more on what you said about the first game. I really loved the dream sequences in both MP1 and MP2. I was just a kid when the games came out, but I found the backstory about the family and the dark parts to be what made the game amazing. Great soundtrack and the atmosphere in the game.
Starhawk and Warhawk was better 3rd person shooters than that no over bloated story just pure shooting madness and team fun. I would pay full price for a remaster of ether or both of them he’ll even just a small graphic cleaning and new servers would do for me 🥺 Btw I’m not saying that this game was bad in any way just that I had more fun in those shooters than this game
Yup, hands down the best third person shooter to exist. Shame we haven’t got a sequel or even a remake of the first two
Man I wish this game was backwards compatible on xbox
Isn’t it the only one to not be ported from their catalog?
Yeah. Pretty much all rockstar games are there except for max payne 3
Seriously - the bullet time slow motion in those games was incredible. Im shocked we havent seen similar implementations in games since then
All this time has passed and in last generation with all those so called remasters why no max payne remaster collection even now we still have not heard anything related to max payne people like myself would love a max payne collection for xbox series x & playstation 5 4k60 hdr alot of people would buy it come on R*
Rockstar doesnt really do remasters do they?
Sometimes La Noire,GTA San Andres,GTA5 you can now say that game been remastered twice really for last generation and again for this generation
I keep my ps3 hooked up for Max Payne 3, Marvel vs Capcom 2, and Wolverine.
Me too 😂 With Wanted Weapons of Fate, Blood Stone and The Bourne Conspiracy And Stranglehold, but it’s Stranglehold compared to this..
Maybe before, but I feel like the last of us part two has truly insane combat. I don't even like the story much or the direction it took, but the gunplay was the best I've ever seen ever. I want the factions mode to see how they branch out and showcase more of that combat.
See, I can definitely respect that you didn't care for the story or direction it took. I personally really enjoyed it, even if the pacing was a bit odd at times. It's annoying when people try to say the game is trash because they didn't like the story. When clearly everything else is just so polished and incredibly detailed. The gameplay is just so damn fun especially on harder difficulties. I will say though, that Max Payne 3 still has the best shooting mechanics of any game. There's just a certain feel that your shots have that puts so much impact to them. And seeing exactly where each bullet is entering/exiting was just insane for the time it came out.
I remember Hard Boiled coming out and slow motion bullet time being the new thing. Then Max Payne came out and perfectly transferred it into video game form, only for Strangehold to ironically copy Remedy in return for the game sequel. Anyone else feel old gen gaming nostalgia just can't be beat?
I agree old gen gaming nostalgia is hard to beat. I think it is even more compelling now to go back and play old games because games nowadays are not as fun. I have been playing metroid zero mission and some ps1 games recently and it has been a nice change compared to current gen.
Couldn't agree more, my friend. Playing old SNES and PS1 classics, and the odd N64 title, brings back happy memories. Modern games can be exceptional, there's so many great, epic games nowadays. But they are more like experiences. The old way of gaming is mostly a thing of the past now.
It was a good game, but to say it was the pinnacle of the 3rd person, is a bit of an overstatement. You would pull the trigger and all the bad guys go practically stationary, making for easy kills. Rinse and repeat. It was fun but I personally consider Gears of War and Splinter cell games a better example of the top of the heap 3rd person games. Especially the A.I. in the gears series.
Never got to finish it, I might now thanks to this article cause it reminded me I have it installed on Steam lol :D
I agree. ; )
Uhm what? MP3 was boring hand holding tunnel shooter. Small cramped maps with 1-2 rooms of enemies and then a cutscene - rinse and repeat until you finish the game. Everything was better in MP2 except the graphics for obvious reasons.
That kind of game is greatly missed right now. Open is good, but linear is not a style made from restrictions, it is also a chance to create a puzzle within your world.
Yeah I agree entirely with this and I'm genuinely surprised the vast majority of comments here agree with the article headline. I hated Max Payne 3, for all the same reasons The Order 1886 annoyed me.
Sounds like something a 16yr would say
So whats your opinion on Uncharted?
Nah gears of war 2 was the peak fir me at least
Yeah, then Vanquish appeared.
lol Vanquish was okay... nothing groundbreaking. I beat it when it was given free to gamers.
Yes. Yes it was. Fun, engaging, well designed, amazing to look at and most importantly: customisable. I have replayed this game maybe 300 times all the way through. I even have an old ps3 hooked up alongside my ps5 just to play the game when I need to. There has been nothing to compete with the brilliance of MP3 across the last two generations. I doubt we’ll see one this gen either.
It's just a shame that the unskippable cutscenes make replaying it so frustrating
There were way too many moments in this game where the control was taken away from you as the player. There were unnecessary cutscenes for doing things like climbing ladders and walking through doors. I also thought the "crosshair" was way too small. I could barely see where I was aiming sometimes. Those were my main issues with the game. The shooting mechanics were top notch though
A Trilogy for Next Gen with new animations, just in the base of Mafia 1 defenitive Edition would be welcome.
Man if they did a super-pack remaster of GTA IV, Max Payne 3, MC:LA Red Dead 1 I'd play them to death. That generation of R* games was absolutely stellar -- and they came out in quite short timeframe from one another. Rockstar has become so molasses-like with releases in the last 10 years, and have really centralised their releases (assumedly to allow their online offerings to stretch out for years). I think it would be a great move for them to start indulging in other games outside of GTA/RDR again.
It was a good game, just wasn't very Max Payne for me It was like Rockstar were developing a new IP set in Brazil, got the Max Payne IP and decided to turn what they had into it The flashback levels were the only time it felt like I was playing a sequel
In some ways it did feel like a tech development game with the Max Payne IP layered on top of it. The weapon system in RDR2 seems to be an outgrowth of MP3. I can understand trying a new location, having outgrown the dark noir in New York setting, but it did feel out of place in Brazil. And the story was overly depressing IMO.
Disagree, "Anthem" is the peak of third person shooters.
Max Payne could keep having sequels and I wouldn't be mad.
Bruh, tell me why i never played Max Payne 3? I loved 1 and 2 but never got around to 3
Spec Ops The Line as well IMO
One of my all time favorite games. I am still playing this game on the X360, and I am baffled why the game has not been added to the Series consoles and X1X back compat 4K enhanced list.
Didn't much care for the setting. I liked Max when he was a hard-boiled NYPD detective. Edit: In NYC
I really liked that game.
For me it was the best in the trilogy.
It was a good game though. Underrated in my opinion.
When Max is bald he looks like Walter White out of Breaking Bad 😂
Maybe but I hate the way I feel when I'm done with violent games like R* , NR etc... , it has never been satisfying at all when I move from them , it always felt with hatred when I do it , I despise this attitude from violent games that I mentioned and few others like the gateway.
The game moved you out of New York that the first two games were in but my favourite levels were the ones where you flashed back New York again. Might be my most replayed third person shooter the graphics are still pretty good to this day
I'd argue Vanquish was.
Well, definitely yes and no. It's amazing on the first playthrough, but the game literally takes control from you every 30 seconds with unskippable cutscenes. Still the best shooting anyone has ever done, but damn it doesn't let you play half the time.
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