I have been a fan of the franchise since the first Max Payne, but I did not really like the 2nd one and the Movie was good not great to me. I have to say I get caught up playing this game, not quite like the first one but pretty darn close. I play it on Normal with the Auto Lock off and it gets challenged enough for me at times and sometimes darn right hard!I wish they would pay you for the jobs done so you can personalize the weapons you carry but that's just me! I recommend a rent and most likely a buy if you liked the first one!!
The bullet time innovation of the first Max Payne was done very well. It was a fun mechanic that gave you different ways to attack. That same mechanic still works today. The cover mechanic combined with the bullet time gameplay is another good combination of tactics. As new as the game is, it still feels like Payne! Complete with painkillers. Its a dark, gritty game that has great and tight controls. Graphics and presentation are beautiful. Only problem I actually have with this game is the unreal amount of deaths I continue to run into. After I died a lot I took an inventory of how many times I died. I got to the (spoiler alert) abandoned hotel and I died 134 times. Way too many. However, Rockstar may have wanted that because I continued playing! The game is that good. I can't wait to check out the multi-player and see where it goes!