Bought Max Payne 3 and here my two cents:
The story and the narrative alone make it worth the purchase, but the gameplay, not so much. I loved Max Payne 1, the MP2 was okay, but MP3... damn this game is frustrating.
Been playing the game on normal and you gonna swallow pills like smarties, because the gunplay mechanic is a royal pain in the ♥♥♥.
In MP3 you can carry a 2 handed weapon, but every time there is a cutscene (and there is a lot of them) Max always switch to his pistol and after 98.5% of the cutscenes, there is a gun battle with many enemies rushing you and you are forced to take some damage because you gotta switch back to your ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 2H weapon who is more appropriate for X gunbattle...
Enemies are all expert marksmans, if there is an empty space of 1 square centimeter, from over a bar counter, two tables and chairs and the ramp of the staircase you are climbing, you gotta believe me, this bullet will find his way in your face, taking 3/4 of your life and forcing to take your quite rare bottles of pills... and the fight barely started! It will be like that during the whole game.
The cover system is atrocious, just another easy way to get you killed. If you're crouched behind something and wanna make a roll to push foward and take cover again behind something low, at the end of his roll, Max will stand tall on his feet like an imbecile, taking damage and forcing to once again heal yourself because of a poorly implented mechanic.
Compared to MP1, even on normal, the enemies can absorb a lot of damage unless it's a headshot. So don't bother with body shots, bulletproof vest or not.
The shoulder cam is also another problem, another cheap way of getting you killed, as there's no key to switch the camera from a shoulder to another, making indoor fights especially frustrating (but in fact, even when you're outside and use the corner of a wall as cover, you're getting ♥♥♥♥ed by the shoulder camera).
And finally beware of every corner and door frame in this game, even if you cleared the whole room, a guy with a shotgun will pop-up and kill you or take 3/4 of your life. If it's a open area, as soon as you're done clearing an area and make two steps, another wave of enemies will show up.
Oh and I almost forgot, Rockstar DRM is a pain in the ♥♥♥, forcing you to login in their ♥♥♥♥ty Rockstar community whatever before even reaching the main menu...what the hell?
So yeah like I said, the narrative and story are great, glad I paid 3 bucks for it.