After two successful games in the Max Payne series, developer Remedy Games gave away this titanic franchise to Rockstar games, a company known for even bigger franchises such as Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. But as always when a game gets in new hands, fans are concerned. Is the new Max Payne living up its predecessors? We try to find out through this review.
When I heard that Max Payne 3 was taken over by Rockstar games, I was not concerned at all. Looking through the history of the studio, Rockstar has produced one of the finest games of our time, and some how it felt that Max Payne belonged to the studio.
I wasn’t surprised to find Max Payne with the same quality Rockstar has put in games like Grand Theft Auto. This is not just a visually better sequel; it actually improves and perfects the unique gameplay the series is known for.
The story of the game follows the now old and tired Max who is forced to move to Brazil and become a bodyguard. But since Max has so many friends, trouble always comes knocking his door. I was completely drawn in with the story the game has to offer, all bundled with exceptional visuals. The game takes place in a new tropical setting with the same shooting mechanics we have loved from the series.
Max Payne 3 brings some very cool new weapons to the table. This time around players get to explore around the city a bit more compared to its predecessors. For the first time in a Max Payne game, players will now be able to use heavy weapons such as rocket launchers. Max is able to take with him 3 weapons of choice and the player can always equip two small weapons in either hands.
For the hardcore fans of the series, Rockstar has brought back the all time favorite Shoot Dodge and Bullet Time mechanics that made the first two games known for. As you beat foes, you constantly earn adrenaline points which can then be used to conduct either of these abilities.
The only problems I faced with the game was occasional crashes, but I did some research and found out that Rockstar is working on a patch fix that will get rid of all the issues the PC version of the game suffers. Looking past these issues, Max Payne 3 is an excellent game and a definite pickup for action game lovers.