Max Payne 3, redefines the franchise
- Written by biXen
Max Payne 3 is an videogame and the third title in the Max Payne franchise set to be published by Rockstar Games for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Development is done by Rockstar Studios. This is the first game in the series not to be developed by Finnish game studio Remedy Entertainment. The lead writer of Max Payne 3 is Dan Houser, who was also the writer of Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption.
Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.
The game, originally scheduled for release in winter 2009, was pushed back several times to “benefit from more development time”. On September 14th 2011, the game re-emerged with a debut trailer and several new screenshots. The screenshots revealed the game changed drastically after the initial announcement screenshots possibly due complaints by fans over the new course of the game. Max sported a full head of hair and was now also shown in levels that were set in New York. However, the main part of the game would still take place in Brazil. Rockstar conducted many research to ensure that the vibe, culture, police, weapons and every element of Sao Paulo, Brazil is as authentic as possible. James McCaffrey returns not only as the voice of Max Payne, but will also return in a full acting role through motion capture.
Max Payne 3 is a third-person shooter in which the player assumes the role of its titular character, Max Payne. Max Payne 3 will feature Max’s signature Bullet-time, a mode which slows time down allowing players to aim with higher accuracy and enjoy the intense gunplay action. The game will also feature over-the-shoulder aiming and cover mechanics. However, these will just serve as garnish to the game’s classical run-and-gun sequences, which the franchise is notable for. A “Last Man Standing” mechanic, which gives Max a reprieve from death for a small period if he has one painkiller on him. If the player is able to kill the enemy that delivered the wounding shot with bullets he’ll recover enough health to soldier on.
Max Payne 3 retains the shoot-dodge mechanic from previous games. Max will also be able to stay grounded after a dive, which enables him to shoot 360 degrees around. Health can only be restored by painkillers, Max Payne’s take on Med-kits.
New to the series are cinematic action movements, interactive cut-scenes which will transition seamlessly into continuing gameplay. More over there will be no leading screens across gameplay and cut-scenes.
Max Payne 3 is powered by Rockstar’s own RAGE engine (Rockstar Advanced Gaming Engine) and Euphoria’s physics engine. Shooting and killing enemies will look much more realistic than in any preceding Rockstar games.
The game's online multiplayer (a first in the series) features maps and modes that dynamically change within a match, as well as reward, ranking and clan systems.
Max Payne 3 will let players form private crews with friends, or join public crews. Players can be a member of up to five at the same time, and completing tasks as a crew will gain XP points for the player. Among the crew features promised are persistent Feuds, that see the player scrapping with opposing gangs who've killed someone on the team. Social Club integration connect play across multiple titles, starting with Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto V. By playing both games multiplayer "crews" that the player set up in one will be carried over to the other.
Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3
Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ - i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ - FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
2GB - 16GB
NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM - Radeon HD 7970 3GB VRAM
100% Direct X 9.0 compatible – Direct X 9.0 compatible supporting Dolby Digital Live
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