posted by Kiteanagefiend (SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL) May 30, 2012
Member since May 2012
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
I rented this game thinking it was going to be amazing, in actuality, it was only sub-par. The controls are pretty aggravating, and the cover control is terrible in comparison with uncharted 3, and gow3. You get killed within 2-3 shots on normal mode, not to mention the limited supply of pain killers, and the poorly placed explosives. Story kept me "somewhat" going, but by chapter 7, the repetitive shooting against 10+ clones of thugs, really dragged my attention down. Overall 6 maybe a 7 out of 10. Controls, and repetitive gameplay really influenced my decision.
gamers (58%) found this review helpful
Max Payne 3 is an unusual game; its major selling features are its unique characters, great voice acting, and the overall style (both visually and in its tone) but the key component missing in this grand mixture Rockstar was concocting was a good story. the story is bland and the "twist" is cliche and obvious from the beginning. i felt the games real strengths lie in Max himself. his dialogue is great and a few of the other main characters also have room to shine but there is no true motivations as to why characters do what they do, Max included
If these were the only flaws, which i imagine to big quite large for a game focused on narrative, then the game could have still been considered a success; unfortunately, these flaws are only the underlying problem i have with Max Payne 3.
My main gripe about the game is the gameplay. i experiences numerous bugs including enemies spawning under the map and shooting me and system crashes. the third person view also messes with the combat. Max naturally has the advantage with enemies to his right but when forced into areas where the only cover is on Max's right side the player must show half their body before being able to get off a shot. the cover system in this game leaves much to be desired with an inability to move while aiming above cover. one of my biggest problems was sniping with any weapon with a scope. when aiming, my left analogue stick was used to move both my character and to control where i was looking, making any weapon with sights inoperable
Max Payne seems to have had an identity problem from its conception. the game tries to play like a movie/ book but doesnt have a good or unique story to tell and tries to be a shooter while being unable to implement decent or, in some cases, functioning mechanics and controls. Max Payne is a pretty game that is more fun to watch then it is to play but falls short, in terms of entertainment value, when compared to a good movie
This is a good game. Awesome graphics, great gameplay mechanics etc... However if you hadnt played the previous max payne games you will be a bit lost. As for me the campaigne was just too linear for me. The multiplayer is this games greatest asset.