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Max Payne 3

Developer / Publisher: Rockstar Games
29 May 2012
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A change in developers makes for an extreme change in priority. Max Payne 3 is so divorced from the last two that, honestly, it barely even works. The biting nu-noir aesthetic is swapped out for the Houser monologue ad nausem, with so many recursive and ironic takes on everyone around Max without the proper dissection of his own character, and a shooting system that can't decide whether it wants to maintain the Matrix-isms of old or go right into the cover shooting era. Amazing presentation carries it all, but I remember feeling so burned by the end.
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Unskippable cutscenes
Great gameplay, good music and a passable story tarnished by unskippable cutscenes with an overabundance of annoying effects, which kills replayablity and gives you a headache on par with max's hangover one.
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the physics system is so fucking cool, the small little details like holding your backup gun in your other hand (cause how would you put it on your back without a sling anyways?)

the gunplay feels fucking fantastic, the cover system is ok, the biggest gripe is UNSKIPPABLE CUTSCENES, so i'll probably never play through it again. but the story is actually entertaining, the first time you watch the cutscenes theyre fun, but like I said. GUNPLAY. the map design is decent-good too.

8/10
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Less talking, more shooting
There is so much potential in this one, but it was handled really poorly.

What the game does right is its shooting mechanics. It plays like one of the best controlling third person shooters out there, and the slow motion mechanic is just the cherry on top of the cake. Enemies react in a very gory and satisfactory manner to your gunshots, and they are fun to fight against due to the strong AI and high damage. The shooting is dynamic enough by making the player stick to cover but using slow motion to fly through the air. Its intense, stylish, and a lot of fun.

Unfortunatly, this fun is interspersed with some of the most intrusive and annoying cutscenes i have ever seen. Its to the point that the game will take control away from the player every hallway. And these are unskippable, greatly decreasing the replayability of the title. Not to mention that Max's self loathing and weird visual effects in them make them grating before long.

Max Payne 3 offers great gameplay, but is unfortunatly dragged down due to its insipid and dull story and intrusive cutscenes.
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One of the best 3rd person shooters of recent memory that happens to be constantly derailed by interminably long, boring and annoying (that strobe effect) cutscenes.
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goddamruskies Max Payne 3 2022-08-16T06:24:53Z
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3.5
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bgnd Max Payne 3 2022-08-14T14:52:23Z
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IdiotWhoLikesProg Max Payne 3 2022-08-11T06:03:09Z
2022-08-11T06:03:09Z
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burning_vigor Max Payne 3 2022-08-07T19:11:25Z
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2022-08-07T19:11:25Z
2.5
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Daniel_Franco Max Payne 3 2022-08-07T18:46:01Z
2022-08-07T18:46:01Z
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2022-08-07T15:10:36Z
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2022-08-05T20:49:49Z
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greeksotosuber Max Payne 3 2022-08-01T17:46:44Z
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LofiEnby Max Payne 3 2022-07-30T19:36:15Z
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GRx Max Payne 3 2022-07-28T13:26:28Z
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ESRB: M
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  • UnhallowedBlood 2021-10-02 06:57:19.491045+00
    The cutscenes can be annoying on this one, but thankfully the arcade modes cut out a lot of the longest scenes and make it much more replayable. One of the best shooters I've played without a doubt, and I had fun all the way through it.
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  • DaymanNightman 2021-10-04 08:53:06.811492+00
    this is what Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days thought it was
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  • dissonine 2021-11-11 09:16:43.015024+00
    I think the plot and cutscenes are fun and entertaining as hell smh
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  • MZAMZA 2022-01-05 18:59:35.535467+00
    Easily the best Max Payne honestly
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    • DerHausmeister 2022-01-08 18:40:13.282915+00
      Super hot take but i kind of respect that opinion. The unskippable cutscenes are annoying and the story is debatable but during gameplay it reaches insane heights. The gun play in combination with the physics is just god tier. I love how you can stun enemies for a few seconds by shooting them in the leg or something. It's very cinematic and gives replayability to every encounter. I kind of wonder why Rockstar wasn't able to catch that shooting-magic in later games.
    • alliterativeAlpinist 2022-01-17 16:12:46.626981+00
      Because Rockstar's philosophy when it comes to their sandbox games is "implement every gameplay system to a middling level to avoid clutter and cruft"

      It's understandable, but also frustrating when you know that Rockstar have - for example - all the makings for an open world racing game that could easily rival Forza Horizon in both depth and scope with the advantage of having a vast library of high quality borderline plagiates of real life cars at their disposal, but they choose to do nothing with that possibility
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  • RomanDogBird 2022-03-26 06:28:54.19915+00
    like Herman meets Darth Vader
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  • VariousThings 2022-04-02 01:10:42.670172+00
    The scoring system in the score attack mode always frustrated me. To get the highest scores, it's not enough to be precise with individual shots; instead you have to repeatedly hit enemies' bodies with multiple shots from automatic weapons, without missing any of them.

    You either play cautiously, making sure you don't miss any shots, and accept that this isn't going to get you high scores. Or you go for broke with full auto fire, and take the risk that it'll take many attempts before you'll be lucky enough with your spray patterns that you land a high number of hits without any misses.

    It's not a very balanced sort of risk/reward system, IMO.
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  • feargm 2022-05-29 18:15:53.590294+00
    happy 10th.
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  • cosmicjoke_astronomer 2022-06-09 01:18:37.818402+00
    "There it was, the soundtrack to my life, and, for a few seconds, came harmony, finally."
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