Max Payne 3, not Max Payn3…

Cast your memories back to 2001.

I was still in secondary school but this marked a very important moment for me – it was the first time I ever built my own computer, a computer that was all mine! Back then this was a big deal, but what was an even bigger deal were the games I received on that Christmas Day, one of which was Max Payne. Amongst the others, this was definitely the most memorable.

How many times did you play through this level?

Two years later we got Max Payne 2, subtitled The Fall of Max Payne, released to reasonable critical acclaim similar to that of its predecessor, although far more widespread in its influence. Despite this, Take 2 Interactive cited that sales of MP2 were not meeting their projected target and development of a third Max Payne was consequently put on the back burner.

Until now. Eight years later we received word that Max Payne 3 is under development. Rockstar’s Sam Houser tells us:

“This is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever.”

Max has apparently left NY and his tragic past behind, heading to Sao Paulo, where he works in the private security sector for a wealthy family. The game is set twelve years after the events of Max Payne 2 and James McCaffrey is returning to voice and motion capture duties for Payne once again. Sounds to me like Max Payne meets Man On Fire. Either way, if this game can invoke the same feelings I had for the previous two, then I know it will do well. I don’t think there is much room for error with Rockstar, known for their massive Grand Theft Auto series.

One thing is for sure: It’s going to be better than the movie…

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