Written by Snivyius on July 03, 2016 @ 2:31 pm
While i can understand why those who were massive fans of the original Max Payne games by Remedy with the very different settings, direction, music and a lot of other elements that made those games fantastic in their own way (and are still great games anyway that have aged superbly for the time in their own right) and while i can see people not enjoying MP3 as a Max Payne game, i will make this clear: This is still a fantastic game and honestly in terms of quality i think honestly surpasses the originals.
While next to everything in this game was different from the originals such as again the visuals, the music and so-on i found next to all of the new things and the old tricks still in to be absolutely incredibly well done to make one of the most well crafted and satisfying third person shooters ever.
The settings while different at least were absolutely gorgeously visually designed with tons of detail everywhere around and all coming together to create a beautiful looking game, which i honestly found to work with the contrast of the video filters. The music once again while different was incredibly catchy and fit beautifully with the environments you were in never feeling out of place (Just listen to some of these especially "Panama" and "Tears" two of my favorites
The Gameplay was just THE best of the MP series with some of the tightest shooting ever with all the guns feeling like they had weight to them and fun to mess around with and the bullet time was the coolest to pull off with Max's more weighty control as the visual effects with a bullet time stunt.
If there was a issue with MP3 it would probably have to be the story. Not that it was anything awful, it had its moments (most of them in the flashback bits the best parts to replay easily, due to me being such a big fan of the originals) and the writing was solid overall especially with Max's narrations (which never failed to crack me up) being spoken incredibly well by James McCaffrey along with the voice acting in general being great, but considering that the game before truly delved into Max's psyche about him blaming himself for his wifes death and him breaking down to a point where he would go after Mona a criminal who he wouldve brought to justice if still basically sane so he could fill his hollow existence with the death of those he loved and knew, MP3's story does feel 'bland' in comparison especially for a series with such interesting plots and characters, although i personally enjoy plots that focus on the characters turmoils and how the character deals with them without other plot points going on like in 1 so i enjoyed it for what it was with the great setups them-self.But the end was pretty good and satisfying rounding off Max's arch well.
But outside of the story everything else checks out to make a fantastic game and even though there is a chance that you might not end up liking it if you are a truly dedicated fan of the originals and the styles that were there, its still worth a shot either way. A incredibly fun, well made shooter by Rockstar and a great way to finish a trilogy and story that i have replayed many times before i bought it on steam (which is the BEST way to play it).
Story Rating: 8
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 9
Sound Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 9
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