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Max Payne 3

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

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  As Exhilarating as it is Frustrating

| | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468)

Whilst playing Max Payne 3 my opinion on the game changed almost minute to minute. One second I would find myself enjoying the action packed, if rather one note, gameplay the next I would be closing to turning off the game through pure frustration.

Anyone that has played any of the previous titles in the series won't really find any gameplay surprises here and the bullet-time mechanic, while no longer as original as it was when the first game was released over a decade ago, can certainly still be great fun when you are able to get things right. The gunplay is also pretty solid but questionable design choices often make it seem as though the game is going out of its way to prevent the player enjoying themselves. Every so often the player will be handed back control following a cut scene to find themselves under heavy fire, if you don't get your bearings quick enough you're dead. A number of other sections will also see you killed pretty quickly if you go in all guns blazing leading to a frustrating amount of trial and error. On these occasions the game can become a generic, and rather average, cover based shooter forcing the player to pick of enemies one at a time. Try to imagine a slightly inferior imitation of Modern Warfare 2's campaign (including the favela) and you're not far off. Vest wearing bad guys that seem to be able to take three or four bullets to the chest and yet still continue to fire back at you only add further to the frustration. Having to repeat a section because you are killed by an enemy you assumed was already dead is not fun. Another of the games problems is that the gameplay doesn't evolve at all from start to finish. I wasn't expecting the freedom of an open world game but some choice in how to tackle certain missions would have been nice. Why could the bullet time mechanic not be used to help keep the player unnoticed by enemies for example?

In terms of its characters and storyline this third outing is certainly aiming for a more serious tone. To be perfectly honest however this is another aspect of the game that doesn't really work. Many of the cut-scenes are longer than necessary and simply end up intruding on the gameplay. Listening to Mr Payne spout increasing forced 'film noir' type metaphors is almost laughable on occasions and by the end of the game I wasn't really paying much attention to what was going on.

Thanks to some fantastically cinematic set pieces there is plenty of enjoyment to be had here but if this series is to attract me back for any sequels the developers need to get back to the drawing board and offer a bit more variety next time around.

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  As Exhilarating as it is Frustrating

| | See all drlowdon's reviews (468)

Whilst playing Max Payne 3 my opinion on the game changed almost minute to minute. One second I would find myself enjoying the action packed, if rather one note, gameplay the next I would be closing to turning off the game through pure frustration.

Anyone that has played any of the previous titles in the series won't really find any gameplay surprises here and the bullet-time mechanic, while no longer as original as it was when the first game was released over a decade ago, can certainly still be great fun when you are able to get things right. The gunplay is also pretty solid but questionable design choices often make it seem as though the game is going out of its way to prevent the player enjoying themselves. Every so often the player will be handed back control following a cut scene to find themselves under heavy fire, if you don't get your bearings quick enough you're dead. A number of other sections will also see you killed pretty quickly if you go in all guns blazing leading to a frustrating amount of trial and error. On these occasions the game can become a generic, and rather average, cover based shooter forcing the player to pick of enemies one at a time. Try to imagine a slightly inferior imitation of Modern Warfare 2's campaign (including the favela) and you're not far off. Vest wearing bad guys that seem to be able to take three or four bullets to the chest and yet still continue to fire back at you only add further to the frustration. Having to repeat a section because you are killed by an enemy you assumed was already dead is not fun. Another of the games problems is that the gameplay doesn't evolve at all from start to finish. I wasn't expecting the freedom of an open world game but some choice in how to tackle certain missions would have been nice. Why could the bullet time mechanic not be used to help keep the player unnoticed by enemies for example?

In terms of its characters and storyline this third outing is certainly aiming for a more serious tone. To be perfectly honest however this is another aspect of the game that doesn't really work. Many of the cut-scenes are longer than necessary and simply end up intruding on the gameplay. Listening to Mr Payne spout increasing forced 'film noir' type metaphors is almost laughable on occasions and by the end of the game I wasn't really paying much attention to what was going on.

Thanks to some fantastically cinematic set pieces there is plenty of enjoyment to be had here but if this series is to attract me back for any sequels the developers need to get back to the drawing board and offer a bit more variety next time around.

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  Awful

| | See all danthor's reviews (6)

Steer clear of this game, unless you enjoy dying every two seconds and generally being frustrated. Max Payne is WEAK. He takes 3 to 4 bullets to die, yet enemies take between 30-50 unless you're jammy enough to get a headshot (aiming is painfully slow and jerky to control), painkillers are very few and far between. Even on normal mode. Gameplay is weak, story is weaker. Most game companies put effort in to pad games out with plenty of missions and sub missions but Rockstar have done the opposite with Max Payne 3, they've padded out this short game with difficulty. I wouldn't pay 10 pence for this game. Avoid like the plague. Never buying Rockstar games again if this is an example of the "quality" they're excreting these days.

  Chaos and cool story

| | See all kinghellblood's reviews (1)

Role Playing shoot em of course some people forget you can not compare call of duties games to this different type of shooters thosw 12 year old kids know limited ammount with great clan clean leaderboards and bullet time multiplayer is competive and full of action Brazil and New Jersey feature from mutil storey building,Favela,New Jersey Bar,stadium and even airport and dodgy strip clubs i am in a clan on ther TLOP The League Of Payne if anyone wants a trial its very small for now looking to expand

  ENJOYABLE GAME

| | See all Ryanmogg98's reviews (14)

This game is worth a buy.
The Story mode is great but perhaps not long enough.
The graphics are phenomenal as always from rockstar.
Its also quite a funny game, some of the cut scenes are hilarious.

However it does have a downfall. The Multiplayer is awful. Reminds me of playing a bad version of rainbow vegas. Bad spawing, poor weapons, rubbish maps.

So if your buying this game for online play not worth it.
But If you are buying it to play a good storyline then do.

  boring, very boring

| | See all harkking's reviews (2)

How anyone can give this a 5 star rating I don't know....After the way too long cut scenes, you shoot a load of baddies....and then repeat...that's it , that's the game.....But it's all about the story ...right....????.Well,who cares,life is too short to sit through all the endless cut scenes, with stupid blurred vision...... max likes a drink apparently ..... And then there is the appalling multi-player..now that is really rubbish...if anyone is still playing that in 6 months i'll be amazed....

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  Quentin Tarantino meets Michael Bay on steroids

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Note: this review is based on the single-player campaign only.

Rockstar has gain notoriety for its open world games such as the GTA series and Red Dead Redemption. Max Payne 3 is a different kind of sport, a progressive storyline with a conventional sequence of missions (or chapters) and a pre-determined path.

The cinematic nature of the experience may feel overly scripted as the action is often inter-mediated with cut-scenes with variable lengths - from short contextual scenes to long narrative sequences. This is as close as you'll get to playing a movie. Don't let that discourage you, though. There's plenty of action to keep you on your toes and the many chapters often culminate in epic Hollywood style stunts that are as over the top as they are fun to play through. Max Payne 3 is the video game equivalent to Quentin Tarantino meets Michael Bay. On steroids.

This is also Rockstar's most polished work to date. Max's movement is smooth and organic, interacting perfectly with the surrounding environment. The conceptual design is also quite extraordinary. The game trully shines when you enter the "favela" for the first time. That journey alone, which plays a central role in the game's storyline, is something every action gamer should experience - and basically "worth the price of admission" for itself.

The great thing about Max Payne 3 is that it's not just about traveling through corridors or streets shooting at things. This is a game where "things happen". In one moment you're venturing through the narrow alleyways of the slums, trying to survive a street gang attack, in the next you're deep in the midst of large scale open war, avoiding a military police raid while still attempting to figure out what is really going on and how you've got yourself into that mess in the first place.

Max Payne 3 is a surprisingly good game with a mature storyline that holds no punches, containing ultra violent Tarantino style action that is as fun as it is rewarding to play. If you love action games with a solid story this is a game you really shouldn't miss.

  MAXimum entertainment!!

| | See all Vern69's reviews (34)

Graphics (10/10) - Stunning detail with particular focus on cut scenes during story chapters. Detailed character faces and background images such as environment.

Gameplay (9/10) - 14 intense chapters to make your way through at your own pace. Collectibles on the way such as golden gun parts and clues. Easy to use aim lock system and bullet time feature that is a well included feature.

Overall (9.5/10) - A must own for any shooter/action and adventure gamer out there. Compelling story line with twists and turns throughout. Bring on Max Payne 4!! :D

  Absolutely stunning!

| | See all OriginalPossum's reviews (7)

The problem is with the bad reviews on this game is that there is not one intelligently, lengthy written piece on it from those people. It's ridiculous reasons like "I play a lot of COD and comparing this game to that, they need to look at the competition". And, "I played it twice and never looked at it again". Absolutely ridiculous!

This game is phenominally stunning. The gun battles and physics are some of the best I've ever seen. The death animations are just unreal. A lot of people complain of the cut scenes. Yes there are a lot of them but this is not just a COD replica with fast unrealistic action. It's a cleverly paced story that unwinds amidst mayhem.

Admittedly yeah the multiplayer is lacking a bit and sometimes a little laggy, however I have spent so many hours playing that also. I am now on my second playthrough on the hardest difficulty.

Anyway, incredible game.

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  Something different

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Don't be discouraged from buying this game as people say it has to many cut scenes. They are a needed for the story to progress. The single player is challenging at all difficulties although the game will help after so many deaths.

The multiplayer is great change from other run and gun shooters out. Although taking the same concept as COD: Black Ops in how you get you new guns and unlock them. It can be frustrating with connection problems at times, but when there aren't any is a really challenging online experience.