I managed to get through Max Payne and its sequel through liberal use of the PC version’s quick save feature. It’s not that I needed it, but the compelling need to get to the next story beat as quickly as possible was far greater than my need to soak in the accompanying glory that came with every bullet time dive. I loved the film noir aesthetic and story and just had to know what happened to Max next.
I guess that’s why I’m still…confused over Max Payne 3. I think given a modern slant on the shooting, the gameplay will still hold up, and I’d love to see where the character has gone in these intervening years (aside from Burger King and the local Big & Tall). However, I see very little noir. Some of the screenshots purport something dark and grim, but I don’t see the same flair as before. This trailer (apparently made from all in-game footage) exemplifies my concerns.
For instance, why is everything so tropical? I’m fine with Payne moving his New York self to Brazil, but why lose the 50s black and white gangster appeal? Though I try to avoid reading them for sanity’s sake, one YouTube comment in particular stuck out: “Payne & Lynch 3: Gears of Warfare.”
Toss in some of The Cartel and you’ve got it. Max Payne 3 is set to release March 2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
via Rockstar Games