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GF Rating
7.8

6010 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Max payne 3 review

posted by rajah316 (CHELSEA, MA) May 31, 2012

Member since May 2012

Game was not bad could of been better Game was
way to short
and the whole game is not in ENGLISH
so i recamend only if you understand braziln/spanish
i had no clue what they was talking about like the Whole Game

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GF Rating
7

Good

Solid Title

posted by ChuckInKC (CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO) May 29, 2012

Member since May 2012

The Good: The music is great. The production value is up there with other AAA titles. The story is pretty decent as well.

The Bad: As with most TPS, the infinite armies of baddies can get a bit exhausting. Some of the deaths are cheap. The health system seems a bit dated compared to other similar titles.

The Meh: Max's personality and overuse of bad metaphors becomes annoying after a few hours.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Restored my faith in Rockstar

posted by jalapeno (FAIRFAX, VA) May 26, 2012

Member since Jan 2009

Rockstar and I have had a rough couple of years. GTAIV was bland, Red Dead Redemption had interesting concepts but was glitchy and had a contrived story, and then LA Noire was barely memorable and suffered from the same plot no-no's as Red Dead. Now I haven't played the other Max Payne games to compare this one to, but I can say that this game is exemplary at making a mature, thoughtful action game.

The plot unfolds very stylistically... visually it may not have the most realistic graphics on the market, but it knows how to impress using what it had. It took some aesthetic risks, but they definitely worked. The writing, despite the occasional cheesy one-offs, frequently drops lines that stick with you, and emphasizes them by embedding the words into the cutscenes. The pacing is absolutely phenomenal--looking back, it really does play like you're moving from action setpiece to action setpiece--but within the confines of the gameplay, Max's narration of the environment keeps you in the story rather than too much inside your own head. And...

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER... They don't kill Max Payne. That was my biggest fear going into this, since Rockstar is known to do it (LA Noire, Red Dead). But, they didn't, and I think they're better for it. It made the resolution all-too-fast and hardly resolute at all, but at least they kept him breathing.

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All that being said, I think it's a marvelous game. In my mind, it should join the ranks of Portal 2 and Shadows of the Damned as excellent examples of storytelling in modern action games.

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