Posted: April 26
Max Payne 3 confuses me. On the one hand it retains 'the shoot first ask questions later' feel of old school fps games, marries them with some ridiculous (but admittedly cool) set pieces and together manages to produce an extremely fun bullet riddled campaign of destructive justice. Pretty much what defines Max Payne to be honest. It true Rockstar fashion, the cinematic presentation is excellent, as is the score.
On the other hand, the game suffers from some terrible design ideas like last stand (basically leaves you a sitting duck on the floor being shot at from multiple directions), clunky controls, incredibly cramped environments, over reliance on closet mobs that literally spawn out of thin air, annoying monologue by Max about everything.. (and I mean EVERYTHING) and some of the worst follow NPC's in recent history. The story isn't particularly well written, characterization is average at best and the (thankfully) few 'boss' encounters are average at best; frustrating at worst.
So why would I recommend this game then? Because it is FUN. Also, explosions everywhere. Really, for $5, it's totally worth it.
P.S. You are going to have to deal with Rockstar Social Club so prepare yourself.