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Max Payne 3?

Category: , By Adam
Not sure how/when this was announced but a good friend of mine Sam Jeffery alerted me to the existance of this splashpage that rockstar put up. Looks like rumours are actually true this time and that a third Max Payne game is on the way.

The first Max Payne came out in 2001 for the PC, starring a NYC cop hardened by the deaths of his family and hunting and gunning down those responsible for it. As generic and gritty as a noir film could deliver, it was also one of the first games to provide the player with slow motion bullet-time gameplay, allowing for slow jumps through the air while launching bullets and explosives every which way. It also told its intermediate story (which was shockingly extensive for a shooter) through graphic novel-style comics narrated by decently talented voice actors.

Max Payne 2 followed and delivered more of the same but better. The story twisted and turned into a noir type love story this time, with all the characters of the last returning somehow.

Now the third one... I'm not sure what to think of. The splashpage contains an old, grizzled Max Payne. With a beard. And wrinkles??

I just finished playing Metal Gear Solid 4 (which, coincidentally, I might do a video review of for the class, that or LittleBigPlanet) which reminds me a lot of what Max Payne might be; a torn up veteran called back into action for this reason or another, and has to undergo ridiculous circumstances in the fight but the force of his old grizzled will is what keeps him pushing his frail broken body all the way through to the end. I wouldn't mind another game like that (MGS4 certainly kept me hooked emotionally until the finish) but is this sort of story/theme getting tired? ...Well maybe that's the wrong question, it's tired all right but are YOU tired of it, or rather, are people tired of it, despite how much it happens.

Either way, Max Payne 3 is going to hit the 360 and the Ps3 and probably the PC too this winter.

2 comments so far.

  1. Nick March 24, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    I thought Max Payne was 3D Realms IP?

  2. Adam March 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM
    3D realms produced the series, but it was actually developed by remedy for the first two iterations. Some division of rockstar will be developing the third.

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