Max Payne 3 is the long awaited sequel to the franchise this time published by Rockstar games and is the first game in the series not to be developed by Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment. Also the game has not been written by series creator Sam Lake which may unsettle hardcore Payne fans.
The game has been written by Dan Houser who has worked on both the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption games. Fans will be pleased to hear that Max Payne 3 will retain its famous “bullet-time” mode making it easy to see those incoming bullets. According to Rockstar’s Sam Houser, it is their intention on starting a new chapter of Max Payne’s life with the game. “This is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever.” Since the last game, the press release states Max has left New York City behind and has “drifted from bad to worse.” The press release then goes on to say Max has been double-crossed in this new city and he is searching for the truth and a way out. The game will be set in São Paulo, Brazil, where Payne is working in the private security sector for a wealthy local family and set eight years after the events of the second game.
Max Payne now works in executive protection for the wealthy Rodrigo Branco in the hopes of escaping the memories of his troubled past. When a street gang kidnaps Rodrigo’s wife, Max is pulled into a conspiracy of shadowy, warring factions threading every aspect of São Paulo society in a deadly web that threatens to engulf everyone and everything around him. Rockstar have worked on the physics behind the game so that Max interacts with his surroundings more appropriately in game play action.
Rockstar also boasts that through utilisation of the graphics engine Euphoria, killing enemies will be more realistic than any game Rockstar have produced. Additional new features to game play include interactive cut scenes during game play that will allow Max to kill enemies in one striking blow. There is a Multiplayer experience that will see teams go up against each other to gain XP for gamers who prefer to play against others. Max Payne 3 is set to hit the shelves in May of this year and despite not being produced by the original creators’ looks to be a great addition to the Max Payne franchise.