Game: Max Payne 3
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
System: [PC], PS3, XBOX360
7.5/10 The transition from a comical presentation to action cutscenes takes away the max payne affect. It still looks good, and have it's own vibe, but just not what a die-hard max payne fan would prefer.
8.5/10 The graphics are really pretty, though they lack the dark tone of the previous Max Payne games. The lighting, shadows, bloom, etc all look pretty good. The fire looks inadequate though, along with vehicles shown in the game. The game also utilizes DX 10 & 11, and has a handful of option to customize as desired. The game is well-optimized for PC too, even at maxed-out graphics, it ran smoothly on my i5 with a HD6850. I also tried it on a dual-core, and it ran fairly good on it aswell.
7.5/10 Thankfully, the original Max Payne theme music is again played in this one too in the main menu. The rest of the in-game musics are nothing remarkable, but are decent & suitable with the game's overall tone.
7.5/10 'Max Payne goes to Sao Paulo to get rid of his payne, but things don't go as expected...' Yeah, that's the basic plot. The story isn't much attaching, neither are the characters. You play most of the game trying to protect & rescue members of a rich family. Not much interesting of a plot, really.
8/10 The gameplay is similar to it's predecessors. The whole shoot-em-all thing is pretty much the same, along with the bullet-time mechanics. New features would include cover mechanics, bullet-shot physics, the ability to dual-wield different weapons, etc.
New collectable items may include Golden Guns, which are many, and of which various parts are scattered throughout the different chapters, and after collecting all parts of a gun, it will replace the regular one with the golden one... Another new collectable item is Clues, which are also scattered around the chapters, they can be anything from notes, PCs, blood-stains, or other objects.
8/10 As with almost all shooter games, the game lasts only a few days at most. But it is still quite a bit longer than the average shooter game. Even after finishing the game, you have 2 unlockable harder difficulty modes to play with (if you want to), other than that you have the Arcade mode to play with, which has quite a few challenges for you. And then there's the multiplayer too, but you need to buy the game for that...
Is it a bad game? No way! Infact it is a pretty good game. It's just that it doesn't really feel like Max Payne. Infact if you change the game's & protagonist's name to anything else, it would make much more sense, and it wouldn't dissapoint anyone anymore. Cause this game doesn't really have much of a connection with past Max Payne games. Not only is the presentation different, you don't even get to see any of the previous games characters in it. Heck, it doesn't even have the sexy Mona Sax in it...
As a 3rd-person shooter: 8/10 (or 7.8 as rated up there). As a Max Payne sequel: 6/10