posted by ChasingParadise (AUBURN, CA) May 16, 2012
Member since May 2012
Hallelujah! Story mode is not dead folks! If you have any experience with shooters, you'll know their stories and campaigns can be empty, confusing, and downright lame. Not the case with Max Payne 3. Rockstar uses a cinematic approach to create a pulse pumping and edgy story that raises the bar for video games. And fear not, gameplay is just as strong. The mechanic Max Payne is known for, Bullet Time, is ridiculously awesome. Slowing down time while firing at enemies AND flying through the air makes you feel like a force to be reckoned with. Graphics are gorgeous. Every level is polished (except one or two) and filled with tiny details that make them come alive. Voice acting is great, music is too but could use a little variety. The ending was cliche, but a small mishap easy to forgive. Max Payne's multiplayer has been hyped up, but didn't meet my expectations. It consists of the usual load outs, perks (called Bursts), and character modifications (which are more in depth than most shooters). Most notable is the ability to use Bullet Time, which is really cool, but don't expect to be mowing down bad guys like in story mode - its not nearly as useful. Graphics are slightly worse compared to the story. There are normal modes with a few juicy ones mixed in, such as Payne Killer (a rehash of Juggernaut except you become Max Payne or his friend Passos when you kill them) and my favorite, Gang Wars, which involves five "episodes" of two warring gangs duking it out by accomplishing objectives. From what I've seen, each map has a different story for Gang Wars and objectives are tweaked to keep it fresh. There are a few other cool bonuses Rockstar has created to spice up the shooter genre, but you can find out yourself. All in all, you may disagree with me on multiplayer, but one things for sure, Max Payne's story mode will blow you away.