I really enjoyed Max Payne 1 and 2 back in the day, but I really can't understand the praise that this game is garnering. The narrative elements of the previous games were very strong, but Max Payne 3 is really disappointing for me. I'm noticing a very big Michael Mann influence on the this game, and it's desperate to be Collateral or Heat, but it's not even Miami Vice good in the story department. It's disappointing because I think this is something that Rockstar have done a great job at in recent games, particularly with LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption. The hard boiled voiceover doesn't really work outside of a noirish setting either.
From a gameplay perspective, it's solid, but there are so many sections that could have been interactive that are represented by (purposefully) glitchy, overly-stylized cutscenes. The nightclub level is a good case in point. It could have had some tension and fluidity if you were in control as you followed your clients through the club before things kicked off. But you are dropped in the middle of the gunfight, which lasts a couple of seconds, before there's another interruption to the gameplay via a needless expositional cutscene and so on. I'm sure this was a deliberate design choice, but I find the game so stop-start that I don't really ever feel like I'm playing the game for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I feel like the writers are a little too keen to hear their dialogue as often as possible and that the game suffers as a result.
Visually, it's decent, but definitely a level below other 3rd person games such as Uncharted, Gears etc. The stiff-limbed mocap really detracts during the cutscenes as well.
I think that if this was an open world game, with lots of opportunity for exploration and freedom of choice then you could forgive some aspects of the game not being as polished as they should be, but this is a focused, linear experience that should be more streamlined and impressive. I kind of wonder what Remedy make of the game.
Last edited by Nick Carver; 06-23-2012 at 09:53 PM..