Max Payne 3 Reviews (Xbox 360)

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GamingEvolution (Jul 19, 2012)
Max Payne is the good person. He may be broken and bitter and praying for a way out of his miserable life, but he still does what needs to be done to save the innocent and protect the helpless. The loss of his family devastated him beyond belief but when there is a job to be done; as unpleasant and suicidal as it may be, he will get the job done. If you have never played Max Payne or, let alone this game, the experience alone is one for the generation. It is an all around amazing game and everyone should definitely rent or own and play this title. Rockstar once again has impressed the gaming world again. If you do not believe me, go see for yourself.
Cheat Code Central (May 15, 2012)
However, if you're looking for a fast-paced, explosion-filled, Michael Bay-type experience, you're probably going to want to steer clear of Max Payne 3. Remember, this is a game where you slow things down. When you actually add them up, Max Payne 3 contains more played-out references than I'm typically comfortable endorsing. You've got a burned-out cop with a drinking problem who plays by his own rules, a highly funded crime syndicate bent on personal revenge, and a gameplay mechanic that's made its way into almost every video game and film over the last decade. Rockstar even added a last stand mode, à la Call of Duty, as if one overused mechanic weren't already enough. But clichés exist for a reason, and Max Payne uses them all flawlessly. In fact, I would almost say that anyone who's used one of these clichés up till now was just trying to be like Max Payne 3.
XboxAchievements (May 14, 2012)
A true cinematic gaming masterpiece, Max Payne 3 is not just another triumph for Rockstar, but it's also testament to what the developer can do when it turns its hand to linear storytelling. Max Payne 3 might be a stylistic shift for the series, but it's also a raw and brutal portrait of a man pushed to the edge that deserves a place alongside Rockstar's superlative open-world efforts. Get ready to enter a world of Payne.
Game Informer Magazine (May 14, 2012)
No matter what gameplay mode I chose, I had a great time playing Max Payne 3. The gameplay doesn’t explore new territory, but delivers a retro charm that fans of the series should appreciate. It’s a new day for Max Payne, and at the same time, a return to his glorious past.
90 (May 29, 2012)
The 10-12 hour journey will have players feeling a mixture of emotions as they follow Max through every blood laden area. Max Payne 3 has action that keeps things moving along and ramps up the challenge as player’s progress through the chapters. At the end of the day, Rockstar brought all of their signatures to Max Payne 3 and left fans with unforgettable lasting impression.
GameSpot (May 14, 2012)
But while the multiplayer is enjoyable, the single-player campaign is a knockout. There's incentive to return to the campaign and conquer it on higher difficulty levels, or to tackle the leaderboards in Arcade mode and in New York Minute mode, in which you race through levels, earning time for each kill. Times change and people change, too; Max Payne isn't the same man by the end of this game that he is at the beginning. It's fitting, then, that the gameplay has also evolved, that Max needs to proceed with a bit more caution than he did in his younger days. They say the more things change, the more they stay the same, and one thing remains true: you can still count on the Max Payne name to deliver some of the most stylish, distinctive, pulse-pounding shooting around.
UOL Jogos (May 21, 2012)
A Rockstar conseguiu fazer um jogo cinematográfico com doses cavalares de ação. Sim, soa tão clichê quanto novelas que têm uma cena de casamento no final, mas é a pura verdade. Existe um ótimo equilíbrio entre cenas animadas dramáticas e a parte de ação, feita para o jogador se esbaldar. A cidade de São Paulo pode não ser tão realista quanto os jogadores queriam, mas funciona para contar a história do jogo e é um lugar que você vai adorar conhecer. Até mesmo quem nunca jogou um game da série vai se interessar pela história desse segurança particular alcoólatra e viciado em remédios. Ainda assim, não deixa de ser um jogo e, como tal, diverte tanto por suas mecânicas trabalhadas e refinadas. Disparar com um fuzil em “Max Payne 3” não é só divertido, mas é emocionante e revigorante – e o mesmo pode ser dito sobre o multiplayer.
90 (Jun 19, 2012)
Max Payne 3 will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has been on a Max Payne outing in the past, but it also appeals to newcomers who will be dazzled by the production values of Rockstar. Whilst it sports an average multiplayer, Max Payne 3 is definitely a fantastic single-player experience.
90 (May 14, 2012)
Sans céder à la tendance du "reboot", Max Payne 3 est une vraie suite qui parvient à changer la donne en embarquant Max dans un voyage chaotique. Respectueux des codes de la franchise, ce troisième opus renoue avec son ambiance noire, son gameplay tendu dont le relatif classicisme est largement compensé par une histoire particulièrement mature et peu encline à la mièvrerie. Une évolution finalement cohérente de tonton Maxou.
90 (May 16, 2010)
Het verhaal is een beetje een lastig punt. Er is op zich niets mis. Er valt veel te ontdekken en te onthullen in het Braziliaanse wespennest. De link met het duistere verleden van Payne is er echter niet meer, terwijl dat de drijvende kracht was achter de eindeloze moordtocht van de titelheld in de eerste twee delen. Toch mag het de pret nauwelijks drukken. De game ziet er goed uit, speelt heerlijk, is uitdagend, geeft je steeds net genoeg middelen en heeft een afwisselend verhaal dat je naar prachtig ontworpen locaties stuurt. Gewoon een erg goede shooter dus.
86 (Jun 02, 2012)
In the end Max Payne 3 is just the same as over ten years ago, but also totally not. The gameplay is still as addictive, but the presentation has leaped forward and the story as well as the character have grown and become more adult. Bullet time of course doesn't have the same impact but does guarantee tons of stylish fun and bloodshed in the surroundings that you'll love to shoot to pieces. Add to that a lead character who's become an icon and you know the campaign is rock solid. The multiplayer disappointed a bit but that's not why you would buy this game.
games xtreme (Jun 01, 2012)
Max Payne 3 stands out as a great shooter and a worthy successor to the franchise, proving once again that Rockstar are the best at taking their ideas forwards in terms of solid single player mechanics and interesting multiplayer ones too. It is a game that any Max Payne fan needs to play and own. Be warned, it comes on 2 discs.
GamesCollection (May 25, 2012)
Max Payne 3 è un titolo dalla storia emozionante e dalla grafica affilata come un rasorio, ma ha prestato il fianco al alcuni difetti tecnici che a mio avvioso minano la giocabilità e naturalmente il giudizio complessivo. Ciò nonostante il titolo è godibilissimo e una volta padroneggiato l’originale sistema di sparatorie vi regalerà delle soddisfazioni non da tutti. Il comparto multiplayer aggiunge un sacco al titolo e in compagnia è decisamente divertente: a questo titolo non manca proprio niente, ma per essere un titolo Rockstar sappiamo che avrebbe potuto dare ancora di più.
XboxFrance (May 29, 2012)
On pouvait craindre qu’après dix ans passés à picoler et sa reprise par Rockstar, Max Payne 3 ne nous fasse le coup du come back de trop. Mais, tout comme Max est un trompe la mort qui déjoue tout les pronostics, le titre nous captive par sa maîtrise et son efficacité. Max Payne 3 transpire le souci du détail et le travail bien fait. Le titre est très ambitieux et ne déçoit pas malgré une jouabilité qui pourra en rebuter certains, habitués à plus de facilité et de souplesse. Les fusillades sont spectaculaires, le rythme de l’aventure ne faiblit pas et la réalisation générale est magnifique. Max Payne survit une fois de plus à ce qui s’apparentait à une mission suicide, même si aujourd’hui il n’est plus le seul shérif en ville capable de faire régner la loi dans la jungle des TPS. Incontournable tout simplement.
Gamesbeat (May 15, 2012)
A compelling kidnapping story quickly devolves into pointless mass murder, with the least interesting iteration of this franchise’s protagonist at the center. What’s the point of having extraordinary production values and cutting-edge presentation if you’re not presenting anything worthwhile? Luckily, Max Payne 3’s multiplayer is worth the price of entry alone, and the single-player Arcade challenges are great as well. Or vice versa, depending on your personal preference.
Max Payne 3 est un jeu captivant. Tout ici est réuni pour que viviez une campagne solo de façon intense. Le charisme de Max, sa noirceur, l'ambiance lourde, la mise en scène, les flash-back, les séances de gunfights, tout tend à immerger dans l'univers de la franchise. Et puis il y a un petit côté old-school qui participe au charme général du jeu, des cinématiques à foison qui dérangeront sans doute les amateurs d'action pure. Max Payne 3 est un titre construit qui ne laisse rien au hasard. Le retour de la franchise est une belle réussite et Rockstar vous entraîne encore une fois dans l'un de ses jeux dont l'éditeur a le secret.
Official XBox Magazine (May 14, 2012)
On the single-player side, supplemental campaign modes like the time-based New York Minute and flair-favoring Score Attack add ample replay value. Strip away the game’s various modes and issues, though, and Max Payne 3 is, at its core, a compelling action game in its very own sub-genre. More epic than the likes of Ninja Gaiden or Bayonetta and packed with more personality than most entire first-person shooters, Max Payne 3 is a unique brand of entertainment. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait almost a decade for another dose of it.
70 (May 19, 2012)
Max Payne 3 er ikke så meget et klassisk Rockstar-spil som det er en klassisk Rockstar-oplevelse. Meget uhørt for spilverdenen har Houser-brødrene og deres forfattere en evne til at vælge et tema eller en tidsperiode og placere det i de rigtige rammer og vitterligt koge essensen ud. Hvor det var USA's våbenkultur i Red Dead Redemption og mediernes dualisme i USA i Grand Theft Auto, består Max Payne 3 af den rette kulisse og den rigtige bøjning af Remedys sortsyn til at videreføre antihelten. Rockstar-historierne bliver sjældent så værdsat som spillenes marketingsvenlige gimmicks og mekanismer, men i Max Payne 3 er det den største styrke. Det øvrige svækkes nemlig af, at underholdningen sløjer af i anden halvdel, og at spillet er strakt 2-3 timer for langt i forhold til sin reelle tyngde og indhold.
70 (May 22, 2012)
Max Payne 3 heeft heel veel toffe features en mogelijkheden, maar ze komen gewoon niet goed uit de verf omdat de boel niet goed is uitgewerkt. Het spel vloeit niet als het ware en de slow-motion shootouts werken eigenlijk alleen wanneer deze gescript zijn en door het spel zelf wordt geïnitieerd. Beter had Rockstar de releasedate kunnen uitstellen en wat meer kunnen sleutelen aan de spelbalans. Ik zie wel dat er met liefde gewerkt is aan Max Payne 3 en ik zie ook zeker de potentie in de game. Hij wordt alleen niet waargemaakt. Qua cijfer neig ik naar een 6 vanwege de niet goed uitgewerkte gameplay, maar als ik naar het geheel kijk, vind ik een 6 eigenlijk te weinig. Max Payne 3 is namelijk ondanks alles wel een heel mooi spel waar actiefanaten zeker van kunnen genieten. Om deze reden geef ik Max Payne 3 dan ook een 7.
Edge (May 14, 2012)
Max Payne 3 might solve the problem of how you manage to reload when carrying more than one gun, but detailing alone can’t change the fact that this is a surprisingly conservative game from Rockstar. Its absorption of cover mechanics makes Payne feel more familiar than he should, but even then his signature tricks are over a decade old. This is a game about a world-weary killer doing the only thing he knows how to, and for all its spectacular action beats there’s something apt about Max’s fatigue.
70 (UK) (May 15, 2012)
What it has in abundance, though, is expensive-looking environments for Max to dive around in and then talk to himself, and that's just about enough to keep you going for as long as it takes to settle the score. All the same, you can't escape the feeling that Rockstar just isn't as good at a pure third-person shooter as it is with the open worlds of Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption, and in this linear context it's much harder to put up with its usual missteps in mechanics and difficulty. Max the man emerges with credit from Max Payne 3, then, but time hasn't been kind to the ropier elements of the game he stars in.
70 (May 17, 2012)
As polished a product as Rockstar has ever produced but the action and storytelling are rigidly one note, and neither is sustained for long enough.
70 (May 16, 2012)
Aber Max wurde in ein so enges Leveldesign-Korsett geschnürt, dass er keine Luft zur freien Erkundung hat. Er darf weder erzählerisch noch taktisch etwas beeinflussen, läuft wie ein Hund an der Leine und muss viele frustrierende Wiederholungen in einem teilweise unfairen Spieldesign ertragen. Und irgendwann nuschelt Max sogar so wie Sylvester Stallone. Vor allem im letzten Viertel, nach der sechsten oder siebten Welle immer gleicher Spezialeinheiten, hab ich mir gedacht: Killing is as easy, aber auch as boring as breathing. Ein stilistisches Meisterwerk mit Ecken und Kanten wird zur Action für die Masse mit klasse Motion und Capturing. Der Finalkampf ist übrigens ein überaus lang anhaltender Trial&Error-Schmerz im Arsch. Aber hey, sieht bis dahin geil aus, rumst satte dreizehn Stunden und hat einen Multiplayer mit zig Modi, Aufrüstungen & Freischaltbarem. Also das ideale Spiel für die Generation Call of Duty.
Blistered Thumbs (May 19, 2012)
Overall, this game is completely forgettable and not worth playing. There are countless third person shooters and many of them are more fun to play in single player or with a friend. If you must play this game, wait till it drops down to 30 bucks and the online gets fixed. Any game that has the amount of talent being poured into it that this one has (as shown by the 30 minute credits sequence) should be more than a “meh” experience. We didn’t need a third Max Payne game and this game sure as hell doesn’t prove otherwise.
Aftonbladet (May 24, 2012)
”Max Payne 3” är inte ett dåligt spel om du vill ha lite kompetent action i tredjepersonsperspektiv. Men ”Max Payne” är en karaktärsdriven spelserie, och som karaktär är han förvånansvärt ointressant i den här nytolkningen. Både han och den här serien förtjänade mer respekt än de fått av Rockstar.