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Scheduled release date:

Q2 2010

Publisher:

Rockstar

Developer:

Rockstar Vancouver

Number Of Players:

1-16

Genre:

Action

Let's all give it up to Rockstar and Max Payne, because the truth is, there is not one game that is more responsible for the massive change of direction that action genre has received than Max Payne. Essentially pioneering the art of gun-fu in modern day shooters, Max Payne created numerous gameplay techniques that have become staples of nearly every action shooter, bullet-time being one of them. After a six year absence, Rockstar finally revealed the third game in the series back in June 2009. And much to the surprise of many, Max Payne 3 looked almost nothing like a Max Payne game...

Gone are the dim and drab settings of New York City, replaced with the lush and beautiful setup of Brazil's Sao Paulo. Gone is a leather jacket wearing mad man on the hunt for vengeance for his wife's murder; replaced by a madder man who's now sporting a beard, a bald head, considerable weight gain, and an all new job in the private sector for a wealthy family he is hired to protect. Max Payne 3's story takes place 12 years following the events of the last game, and will center around a double-crossed Max, triggering the mad man inside to burst.

Rockstar's Sam Houser has stated that for the third game, Max's personality has "drifted from bad to worse." Yikes. With that in mind, we can expect to see Max's painkiller addiction to carry over to the third title, as they will continue to act as his healing system within the gameplay. Much like other action games these, such as Uncharted, Rockstar will be implementing a bit more realism to the mechanics of Max Payne 3. One such implementation is a balance of weaponry, allowing Max to carry only two weapons at once: a handgun and a larger rifle or automatic of some sort (including shotguns, and such). But never fear, if you drop a larger weapon, that enables you to simultaneously dual-wield two handguns in a blazing glory.  

When not using weapons, Max can take cover in a variety of ways, one of which of using a human body as a shield. Furthermore, Rockstar has stated that there will be an all new cover system in the game, but that it won't be an integral aspect, unlike many other action shooters out there. To us, that means Max Payne 3 is going to be so full of non-stop action that you'd rather storm through your enemies, as opposed to stalling and playing it safe. Furthermore, because things like crates and other objects will be destructible, you can only use cover for so long. Lastly, if Max is at the end of his life bar, he can gain a shot of adrenaline and immediate rejuvenation if he manages to kill the opponent who's depleted his life before the opponent can kill Max.

A visual style similar to the graphic novel approach of the first two games will be used in order to link the story together from act to act. But aside from that one similarity, Max Payne 3 looks entirely different from the franchise, and in this day and age where moody and drab settings are all too common, it's a nice change of pace to see Max end up in locale with lush qualities to it.

Rockstar has said that Max Payne 3 will arrive anywhere between March-June 2010, and most certainly no later than July 2010. So it isn't that far off.

10/14/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (24 posts)

MadKatBebop
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 2:38:14 PM
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Yeah more Max Payne! I just think it looks odd how they made him look like Bruce Willis from Live free or die hard.

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 2:39:14 PM
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Now THIS is awesome! Everybody likes MaxPayne, and the fact he became 150% cooler and manlier because he now sports a beard (149%) and is bald (1%) i gonnamake this game sell like hotcakes!
Just one question though, Arnold. Is thiis game a multiplat or exclusive to PS3/Xbox360??

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 4:44:05 PM

I think it's multiplat.

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 9:30:47 PM

Max Kimbo

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 2:55:20 PM
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i think i'm going to miss the old max payne

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DGo8
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 2:58:29 PM
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I heard it will be Multi-Plat WolfCrimson.

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Xbox_Killer
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 3:30:10 PM
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I will never forgive Rockstar.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 3:33:09 PM
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Funnily enough seems rather simular to Uncharted.........

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robinhood2010
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 5:35:57 PM

So I wasn't the only one who thought that.

Cover system? Check.
Bright colours? Check.
Only two weapons? Check.

Not saying this is bad, as I love Uncharted. But Max Payne was different. Not so sure on the beard and baldness either.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 3:37:02 PM
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This had better rule. I miss Max Payne.

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fatelementality
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 4:37:07 PM

Amen. Sorry I haven't posted much lately. Have been reading though. Demon's Souls.....nuff said. @Jawknee & LimitedVertigo: As much as u guys post, how the hell do you have any time to play games? :) J/K. Peace out. DIE DRAGON.......DIE!!!!!!!!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 4:45:37 PM
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Well, I was put off by the massive change but I like the idea of Max finally going off the deep end and I will be getting this for sure. I will miss the noir factor but I'm looking forward to holding up baddies to take bullets for me. Max Payne lives!

And c'mon, that movie wasn't THAT bad.

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Kangasfwa
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 1:24:54 AM

Try and find the game informer cover story on their website. Rockstar commented during the preview that a noir setting isn't just a darkly lit New York, 'it's looking at the world in a bleak way.' And as Arnold pointed out, there are lots of darkly lit cities these days. Anyway, Rockstar seems to want to try to tell a noir story in a new environment.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 6:16:42 PM
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I remain dubious.

Rockstar can convince me, though. After all, this is the same team that made Bully, I believe.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 9:11:10 PM

yes it is, no Bully 2 is a crime.

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isaya85
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 8:31:40 PM
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Sadly I think this is the end of the franchise we know as Max Payne IMHO I don't like it when they change things

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 9:32:35 PM
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Call me nuts.....but that is Bruce Willis ripoff

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___________
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 12:07:41 AM

and the problem is?

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Snaaaake
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 12:45:41 AM

There's no problem here.
I just miss the old Max Payne you know.....
Wearing the black coat like he did.
And this time it doesn't look like he is gonna be a womanizer with that look.

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___________
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 8:20:08 AM

LMAO
yea, though its hard to pick up with bullets flying at ya.
fair enough.
i really could not care less what he looks like, as long as the game plays the same im happy.
i just dont understand the ruckus people have been causing because max is now bald and fat.
R* may be no remedy but there no slouches either.
they will do max right, i have infinite faith in them.

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___________
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 12:10:16 AM
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i need this now!
there is no where near enough cop/ detective styled games being made.
we have a million and one of almost every genre but no where near enough platformers and cop styled games.
loved the first 2, loved stranglehold and cant wait for this.
besides splinter cell conviction, the delay of this hurt the most this year.
but meh, ive been saying ever since they announced the date that it wont be out this year.
see i am telepathic!

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Imagi
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 1:46:20 AM
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Am sure Rockstar know what they are doing, but I will miss the old max and the emotional baggage that fueled the angst he carried around on his shoulders. Shame we never got chance to say goodbye to the old Max.

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OriginalSin
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ 3:14:16 AM
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As a couple of you guys have already stated: It seems they are taking a lot from Uncharted. Nothing wrong with but I'm just saying that it's actually cool to see how Uncharted has set the new bar...and set it really high.

This means that we will be getting very high quality 3rd person games. It'll be what we seem to expect from the developers.

Ha... and on the flipside if the pull this off really well and it is multiplat then at the the Xbox clan can finally get the idea of what it's like to play a quality game like that. No offense to Gears but next to Uncharted 2 it seems a bit dated now.

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cadpig
Saturday, October 17, 2009 @ 3:26:59 PM
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No, it's not cool that Max Payne is becoming an uncharted clone.
Still on the fence with this one. I would feel a lot better if i knew that Sam Lake was writing it.

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