Max Payne 3

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For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out.

Featuring cutting edge shooting mechanics for precision gunplay, advanced new Bullet Time® and Shootdodge™ effects, full integration of Natural Motion’s Euphoria Character Behavior system for lifelike movement and a dark and twisted story, Max Payne 3 is a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience from Rockstar Games.

In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 will also be the first entry in the series to introduce a thorough and engrossing multiplayer experience. Max Payne 3 multiplayer brings the same cinematic feel, fluid gunplay and sense of movement of the single-player game into the realm of online multiplayer. Using the fiction and signature gameplay elements of the Max Payne universe, Max Payne 3 features a wide range of new and traditional multiplayer modes that play on the themes of paranoia, betrayal and heroism, all delivered with the same epic visual style of the single player game.

A feature debuting in Max Payne 3 and carrying over to Grand Theft Auto V and future appropriate titles is Crews, which go beyond traditional online clans by allowing players to join large public Crews or simply create a private Crew that members can customize. In this way, Crews help players keep the fight alive from match to match - and even across titles - through the Rockstar Games Social Club, which will keep track of Crew stats, including Feuds.

Key Features:

  • Developed by Rockstar Games for a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience.

  • Advanced Bullet Time® and Shootdodge™ and Final Kill-cam mechanics for stylish shooting action Cutting edge aiming, targeting and animation processes for precise, fluid gunplay.

  • A dark, twisted story chronicling the return of Max Payne, one of the most iconic characters in videogames.

  • Tight integration between Natural Motion’s Euphoria Character Behavior System and a brand new iteration of the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) for lifelike movement and a new level of environmental awareness.

  • A wide range of weapons rendered in incredible detail: hammers cock back, shells eject from the chamber and each bullet is individually modeled from the split second it’s fired to the moment of impact.

  • Advanced particle physics and destructible environments set the stage for dramatic and chaotic gun fights.

  • New to the series, a compelling and addictive multiplayer experience to match the dark and relentless atmosphere of the single-player game

“The PC version of Rockstar's latest version of Max Payne scored a few points higher than its console brethren, allowing it to narrowly edge out Mass Effect 3for the title of best computer game of 2012 so far.”

Customer reviews


Life is too short for bad fan fiction

PersusNine | June 20, 2014 | See all PersusNine's reviews »

Max Payne 3 really serves to emphasise the genius of Sam Lake and Remedy.

"But Sam Lake didn't write this instalment and Remedy didn't make it!" you say, "It was written by Dan Houser, Rupert Humphries and Michael Unsworth, and made by Rockstar Vancouver!"

"Exactly." I reply.

This feels like bad Max Payne fan fiction. The shooting is a bit wrong. The writing is a bit wrong. Everything is just a bit wrong. For example, the clever little asides that Max made during the first two games are now replaced by the most ham fisted of player guidance. Nothing is polished and as it should be. The game is better on easy where Max Payne's classic shoot-dodging becomes a viable strategy again and progress is faster because there are fewer enemies but it is never right.

Like others I've had my share of problems with the the horrible Social Club DRM. It never actually locked me out but there is a problem with a disappearing pop-up that I need to re-signin to make reappear and until I do then I'm locked out. Pretty rubbish.

My breaking point was when I switched down to easy difficulty and played for two or three hours before taking a break. When I went back the game loaded me into the point where I'd switched from my no fun medium difficulty game. I'd only been playing for the story so the prospect of doing it again was totally unappealing. So yeah, not a very good game, no manual save option because it is a shitty console port and the autosave is apparently unreliable or broken. Nope. Life is too short. I've played the first two Max Payne games multiple times but this one, I'm not even going to finish once.


Epic max payne!

lynxil | May 7, 2014 | See all lynxil's reviews »

I'm a huge fan of the Max Payne franchise, I loved the whole dark and gritty feeling, so I was really excited about this game, and I wasn't disappointed at all, I finished it twice because I loved it so much! and now, I've decided to write a review about it and share my thoughts about this great game!

Story So, if you don't have a clue about who is Max Payne... you ought to be ashamed! I'll just start from this game, so, after the last game, Max left the police force and settled in a New Jersey, where he was just drinking himself to death and been haunted by the loss of his family, one day, while he was drinking a friend finds him in the bar, and offers him a job, to protect a well known family in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, he accepts the job, and leaves USA to protect the family. And from here the story twists and turns...

Graphics The graphics are amazing imo, really good, they've thought of everything (Rockstar), even the smallest details, the animations are crazy good, the effects of the bullet-time is sweet!... I've nothing to add, really the graphics are sweet!

Gameplay Max Payne is a third-person shooter, and the first Max Payne where the first to introduce the Bullet-Time feature, and so, it's also in this game, and they've taken the game to the next level, I mean it, everything, you can jump to each side while the effect is on, you can move from cover to cover, you can blind-fire, and there's also a slow-motion effect when you kill dudes (like Fallout 3, Skyrim etc)... everything you look in a third-person shooter, Max Payne 3 got! and my favourite one is that when you prone you actually roll over and the player turns 360 degrees to maintain his sight on target, I found that really nice and making me feel like they've thought of everything in the game. now, I heard from people that actually didn't like the game because of the long cut-scenes, I really don't understand this, cause the game itself is story driven and the cut-scenes are a must! the story it self is amazing, and the cut-scenes are just like a movie, Rockstar knows how to make this kinda games, from GTA to Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire and Max Payne. I loved the gameplay, it's full of action and fun!

Conclusion I LOVE THIS GAME! The game is well built! they've put thought of every small detail, and just made it perfect! The gameplay is fun and full of action! and I just couldn't get enough of it! the single player is long and delivers a movie-like story, with twists and turns, it took me about 13 hours or so to complete the game, The graphics are amazing! had no bugs at all, the game worked fluently with no lags at all, and I had GTS 8800 320MB GPU, which wasn't the best at the time I played it. I can really go on and on praising this game, and I really think the game deserves it, Rockstar made an excellent game, they maintained the feeling of the original games and just made it even better! If you didn't play this game at all, put it in the top of your list, and if you already played it and stopped, give it another go! for me, I'm waiting for the next Max Payne to come out, I really hope they're making one :)

Taken from my Steam reviews page Feel free to ask question about the game there and check out the in-game screenshots


Top notch 3rd person action, and one hell of a main character

Balrock168 | April 23, 2014 | See all Balrock168's reviews »

First of all to the gameplay, it's kept simple and nothing is revolutionized in terms of 3rd person action, but they achieved the combat to be fun, challenging (especially at higher difficulties, a trait I miss in many other games) and it has a nice flow to it.

But where are you fighting? No worries, the area's you shoot up have enough diversity to not make you feel like you shoot up the same place over and over.

Collectables (pieces of golden guns) should have been removed imo, as they are not only there during the normal gameplay but also during some cutscenes, making them look utterly ridicolous. My take on it is that they simply don't fit in a game like this.

The Story is a decent thriller set in Sao Paulo, but what really makes this game memorable is Max as a main character. You don't play a Supersoldier #9 out to save the world nor the knight in shining plate armor. You can actually follow his reasoning why he's doing the things he's doing,

In Short Max Payne 3 is a decent story with a really great main character bedded in a solid 3rd person shooter.

(Note Multiplayer was not taken into account for rating, this review is for the singleplayer only )


Back in style!

sivaprasanna | April 8, 2014 | See all sivaprasanna's reviews »

I'm simply out of words to explain this epic. I, myself, have thought many times that Rockstar Games is only good at developing open world video games but man, they have shattered all my thoughts with their all new Max Payne. The new Max is awesome, charming and all but when it comes to business, he is a freaking killer machine. Hit him once. Oh boy, that will be your last day on earth.

Pros: 1. Story is top notch. 2. Max Payne's iconic bullet time mechanism. 3. A completely revamped weapon wheel makes it easier to select your favorite weapons. 4. Stunning visuals. 5. Greatly optimized to run in all types of hardware.

Cons: 1. When you do shoot dodge, Max takes forever to get up.

I found it a little bit hard to aim with my mouse but with a controller you're good to go.


Not bad if you can get it cheap

AsmodeusSabrael | March 18, 2014 | See all AsmodeusSabrael's reviews »

Not bad kinda nice seeing Max back at it again and so emo, yet the gameplay itself is pretty much the same as before, tho more action in my opinion.

Graphically could be better yet at the same time better than before, plenty of graphical options to optimize yet still not perfect because the clothing textures are meh. Close ups when hiding in cover show bad textures too. But overall graphically not too bad.

Story is straight to it, very linear and not too many places to really get your completionist fix. Yes there are hidden "collectables" yet that's not too satisfying.

If you are a casual gamer and like to be in and out of gameplay then this is fine. It's replay value is meh, multiplayer is meh, finding matches is slightly dead and boring yet if u like it, then u have many rankings to go up to to unlock more avatars. Story gets repetitive because it's pretty much, small cinematic, then shoot some baddies. Most look the same yet the physics of shooting debris is a nice touch. Get it cheap and it's not bad, pay more than 10 and you might not be happy.