Reviews by DrDean
A new standard for third-person shootersDrDean | March 2, 2013 | Review of Max Payne 3
Hell, this is a must play for fans of shooting games period. This is the best game I've played in years. The production value is astounding, and it's my pick for best looking game of 2012; tied with Hitman: Absolution. It is also very optimized.
Max Payne is my favorite game series. Some people will argue that this isn't a Max Payne game. To a degree, that is partially true. The best way to describe this is that it's a Rockstar game first, and a Max Payne game second. That is by no means an insult to it being a Max Payne game. I am a true fan of the series, I absolutely love Remedy, the graphic novel style, and noir writing of the first two games. Rockstar did the best you could possibly do with a sequel by a different developer and with the idea of taking the series into a new direction. It's still a Max Payne game, but it's a Rockstar Max Payne game. It continues with the Max Payne storyline perfectly well, with absolutely perfect gameplay. I can safely say that this game has set a new standard for third-person shooters. Rockstar said that they wanted this game to be a third-person shooter with the control of a first-person shooter, and by golly they perfected that with flying colors. Everything feels dynamic and alive from the sweat on Max that perspirates throughout the level, to the weight displacement when Max has a rifle in one hand and a pistol in the other. I absolutely love this game.
This would be a perfect game if it weren't for the multiplayer. I've put well over 60 hours into the multiplayer alone at this point. The multiplayer isn't bad, but it's not taken care of. At this point in time, it can be difficult to find matches other than Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch (which is a shame, because Payne Killer is likely my favorite gamemode but I haven't been able to play it in months). It can also be incredibly difficult for new players to rank up. This is mostly to do with unbalanced weapons, and generally anybody left playing Max Payne 3 multiplayer is ridiculously good. However, I would highly recommend you pick up the Deathmatch Made in Heaven DLC or the Rockstar Pass, if it's cheap enough, so you can enjoy the co-op. It can be played alone, but is obviously exponentially more fun with a friend.