It is a very linear experience. The story has gotten rave reviews and I just don't see why. It's typical and very cliche. The only skill required to do well in the game is to be able to aim and fire quickly enough to stay alive when you're out of slow-mo time. You go from one group of bad guys to the next and never do anything more versatile than shoot'em'up. I know I should have expected this latter turn-out, however I kept up hoping it would be more like the first game than it turned out to be.
I will say that the AI is pretty spot-on. They will not let you just stay behind cover. The bad guys' persistent hounding forces you to stay running and gunning through the entire game. Also the shooting mechanics and gameplay are super tight. This is imperative seeing as how that's all the game is, shoot shoot and shoot some more.
Perhaps the problem for me is just that I've played to many better, more versatile, multi-faceted, games since any Max Payne like effort as been enticing enough to give a try.
If you play a lot of games like Skyrim, Arkham City, or even COD, Max Payne 3 may prove to be a bit too one-dimensional.
Definitely worth the rental, definitely not worth retail pricing.