posted by Sterling_Archer (LAS VEGAS, NV) May 19, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
I'll start off by saying that I really enjoyed this game. This game was everything I expected. I truly missed Max's commentary as he walked through one death trap to the next to discover the truth. Though in a bright and sunny place the dark tone of the game is present is Max’s world. You feel Max’s pain as he drinks himself into forgetting his tormented past and lack of future. The mood in which Max Payne 3 presents overwhelms you and you instantly feel part of the story. For Feel I give 10/10
Now to the story, Max Payne 3 has a great story line. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, making you never want to put down your controller. However, though the story is good and a decent length, the story is also shallow. Though there are some twists and turns, the story is more of an action movie than an intense drama. For Story I give 8/10
Gameplay is the next stop. Max Payne 3 takes from the classic Max Payne and adds to it. A cover system is now in place and they added motion shooting as well. The big hit of the Max Payne franchise however is the Bullet Time. Bullet Time is present and strong in Max Payne 3, a little too strong. Though everyone loves slowing down time and shooting an enemy as you fly through the air, it loses its luster as you do it for the 100th time in an hour. Going out of bullet time in Max Payne 3 is nearly an immediate death, which in my opinion takes greatly from the overall game, often making the game feel slow and very repetitive. For Gameplay I give 7/10
Last is the Multiplayer. I don’t have much to say about it, however I do know I did not enjoy it the few hours I did put into it. I found it not as strong as the Single Player and unneeded in an otherwise strong game. For Multiplayer I give 6/10
posted by GoodAdvise (WHEAT RIDGE, CO) May 17, 2012
Member since Jun 2007
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
I've only played the story to chapter 6 and i can tell ya that it's an OK game but not a 10. Seems like there's 10 min of cut scenes for every 15 min of gameplay. Wash/Rinse/Repeat
So i'm on chapter 6 and so far it's been a Linear affair. Point A to Point B. Which isin't bad,but would be alot better if it were an open-world game like GTA or RDR. The "Bullet Time" got old to me pretty quick. I don't really use it cause you don't have to if ya don't want to. What makes Bullet Time awkward is the controller layouts. No option to custom configure the controller layout. Ya gotta pick one of the preset configurations.
The cover system is clunky at best. Ya get stuck alot when trying to run around in the limited enviornment.
The constant loading while long cut scenes play that you can't skip till it's done loading which is almost the end of the cut scene anyway. Nicely done cut scenes i can say, but i'm in it for the gameplay. If i wanna see a movie i'll rent a movie. I like my games to be focused on gameplay not cut scenes that i can't skip.
When it comes to gameplay,it has it's moments of fun,but it's like a really long,3rd person COD campaign. With a bad controller layout. Just seems like your doing the same thing over and over again in different enviornments. Get from point A to Point B without dying,finding stuff along the way like gun parts,painkillers,get killed and ya start over from the last checkpoint. They mix it up like COD too. Shooting from a helicopter in one mission,sniping from somewhere in another,ect.
Other than those things it's a nice looking,fun at times,game but that's about it. These 10 ratings,TO ME,,aren't justified. RDR and GTAIV are closer to 10's than this game.. I think it's a 8 tops. I give a 7 (good game).
Starhawk is a better 3rd person shooter than this game. Uncharted 3 is also a better 3rd person shooter as well.
Lasting Appeal: 8/10
The most memorable things about this game are its "bullet time" mechanic, and its story. The bullet time is a bit gimmickey, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. When playing on hard mode it is absolutely essential. In that way it almost becomes a strategic game. Overall it is a mediocre attempt which almost accidentatlly becomes fun. The story is also decent. The way it is told (noire style) with blurry cutscenes and constant frame splits can be annoying, but if you get used to them you may like what they're trying to say.
Definetly worth a rental at least. I personally would not buy it.
Overall: An average but redeeming game worth 10-12 hours of your time. 8/10