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Practiced Bravado: Max Payne 3, Trailer 1

Max Payne 3: Club Tropicana

How long we have waited for another date with a boy named Max. Hardly fair to call him a boy any more, of course – he’s thick of waist, hirsute of chin and, after a time, shaved of head. The New York City cop has moved to Brazil, times are hard and his body is soft. Of course, he still has his best friends by his side – his best friends being an assortment of military-grade weaponry.

This is Max Payne 3, and this is its first-ever trailer – composed entirely of in-engine footage, apparently.

Different, eh? The same in a way, but… different, definitely. Dark, yet also lighter than before. More like other action games in a way, but countering that with a highly unusual-looking and, hopefully, acting hero. I really don’t know what to make of it, yet, but while I can’t entirely find the iconic Payniness in there I am all for moving the setting and style on instead of repeating the past. Establishing that the game is the character rather than the film noire trappings – and that the character can change.

Man he looks fat, though.

It’s due March 2012. Here’s the official description.

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 São 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.

Welcome back, old boy. But those demons? Yeah, they’re not going anywhere, are they? Not if you want another sequel and some DLC, anyway. Demons are your thing, Max.

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