posted by p_robberts (EAST WENATCHEE, WA) Jul 17, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
I'll start by saying that I was a huge fan of the first two games and remember them being a huge amount of fun. Enter Max Payne 3 years after I played the last installment and I was just excited from the onset like I remember being when the others were new. Max is still a tough SOB with nothing but bad luck and dry commentary that I'd come to expect. The scenery is as gritty as I expected. The voice acting is some of the best I've heard in gaming and the story is pretty good. It kept me going from the start to the end.
Given all my praise, then how can I only rate MP3 a 5/10? In short I just didn't come away from the game feeling like I accomplished anything important or had any fun. After it was all said and done I felt relieved to finally be done with it so that I could send the game back. Truth be told I felt like I had to force myself to complete the game and by the end I was upset everytime a new chapter started up instead of the end credits.
I don't know what magic was lost here, but for the prior games I played through them multiple times to enjoy more bullet time combat alone. Don't get me wrong, I do realize that Max is getting old by this stage in the story, but they took character continuity more serious than maintaining fun gameplay. Something just isn't right with bullet time in this installment and I didn't feel like I was in a John Woo movie this time around.
I sure hope that the next MP is a prequal or someone takes his place, because Max, like Roger Murtaugh, is "getting too old for this ".
posted by skennedy25 (PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL) May 18, 2012
Member since Jul 2004
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
The graphics are ok, not great.. The cutscenes are where the good graphics are, not the game play. The load times are horrible and I dislike that you can't skip the cutscenes.. I also disslike the fact that they give you collectables and gun pieces to look for, but the minute you wander around looking for them, you get a level failed and have to retry. Maybe it was just certain parts of the missions, but it started pissing me off.
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