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Have You Played… Max Payne 3?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

The farther time drifts away from the release of Max Payne 3 [official site] the more I appreciate what Rockstar tried to do with it. I hated the idea when it was announced. “Max in Brazil? BALD?!? WITH A BEARD?!?!?!” I don’t think I’ve ever been so angry at a beard before. Games do funny things to the old noggin sponge, don’t they? Read the rest of this entry »

Rockstar Minimizes Max Payne 3’s DLC

He died the way he lived: breakdancing, apparently.

[Scene: a darkened alleyway. MAX PAYNE struggles to stand, clearly dazed and more-than-slightly drunk.] Ugh, what happened? How did it get his bad? One moment, I was riding high in Brazil and taking the nearest highway exit onto easy street. And the next…? My sales had gone south, and I’d swerved into the seedy gutter of an industry where three million shipped units is barely even good for a pack of cigarettes and a cheap bottle of booze. And now I’m practically bleeding DLC, digging my way out of one grave and right into another. Hah,  I guess the joke’s on me – like a seagull with two fully cooked turkeys for wings flying against the crashing waves of inevitability. You know what I mean?

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Oho: Max Payne 3 Cheaters Forced To Play Against Other

Admittedly, the world would probably be a better place if police were capable of wall hacking.
Apparently, the ability to slow the passage of time – perhaps mankind’s most potent enemy of all – wasn’t enough for some Max Payne 3 players. They needed more an edge. An upper hand. A fool-proof means of killing you and your fun. So, of course, they added the requisite loadout of cheats and hacks to their arsenals, and now honest players are getting quite Mad Max over Max Payne. Happily, however, Rockstar has proposed a rather unique solution.

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Max Payne 3 PC Launch Trailer Focuses On Max’s Pain

Thank goodness, though, that I have this lush, full head of hair. Gosh, without it, I don't even know what I'd do.
Max Payne 3 is coming to PC today! (Jim’s review should turn up next week.) If your consolebox-owning friends are incredibly dedicated to taunting you, they may have already beaten it somewhere in the realm of 22.4 times by now – assuming they’re playing in shifts. But I don’t imagine the image they have irreparably seared into their retinas looks anywhere near this nice. Rockstar’s assembled a new trailer “entirely from in-game PC footage,” and it does, in fact, look fairly snazzy. Admittedly, it’s nothing mind-blowing, and the trailer itself is oddly stilted and awkward given Rockstar’s usual eye for style, but still: good game, better on PC. All is right in the world.

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Stop Making Scenes: Against Cinema In Games

A game

‘Cinematic’ should rightfully be a dirty word when discussing games and yet Max Payne 3’s marketing wears it proudly, like a sweat-stained vest or an inappropriately jaunty tie. A cutscene is cinematic, every detail and angle just so, no room for accident or deviation, but to aspire to a ‘cinematic’ experience during play is to ignore so much of what makes experiences within a game unique to the form. We run, gun and react in worlds that rely, for the enjoyment they bring, on the accidental and the curious as much as they require adherence to a plan. Here’s to the unexpected, the unplanned and the unforgettable.

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Max Payne 3’s Launch Trailer Is A Week Early

Maybe the launch trailer arrived before the game because Max Payne 3, like it’s titular bearded/cleanshaven renegade cop/angry vest, is currently diving toward its release date in slow motion. It really wants to be on your hard drive, honest it does, but it wants to arrive in style and preferably while shooting sixteen guns simultaneously into every other game you have installed in order to make room for itself. Whatever the case, the video should be filed under ‘portentous’ and ‘containing admirable discussions of the nature of healing and time’.

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Rockstar Reboots Social Club, Free Max Payne Comic

Ahem.
To support the much-hyped launch of Max Payne 3, and attendant multiplayer facets, the clever bees of Rockstar have reworked their Social Club functionality, overhauling the whole thing for Max players. They report that their new outing will include “custom personal Social Club user profiles, an all-new Friends system with public and direct messaging, the ability to link in and login with your Facebook and Twitter accounts, Newswire activity and reply notifications.” And other stuff too, including the ability to be able to register your Max Payne 3 clan, should you wish to do such a thing. Rather more immediate gratification can be found in the free Marvel-produced comic, which details more backstory, and allows me to post amusing out-of-context leader images.

Of Jumping And Guns: Rockstar Outlines Max Payne DLC

I bet he wears that watch entirely so that he can make bullet time jokes. I know I would.

Yes, there are multiple implications in that headline. You may read into them how ever you please. See, if you take a moment to consider the current state of your life and the world around you, you’ll probably come to a shocking realization: Max Payne 3’s gun-calloused caress has yet to gleefully clasp hands with your itchy trigger finger. You are painfully aware of your Payne-less-ness. And yet, Rockstar’s already seen fit to announce multiplayer DLC. For basically the entire year. Beginning with the Local Justice map pack in June, bullet-time (and, you know, bullets) will fly with seven packs in possibly less than as many months.

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Good News, Bad News: Max Payne 3 Trailer, System Reqs

Oh goodness, why did I decide to practice my gun-fu in this errant banana peel factory?

Normally, those of us imbued with the strange power to manipulate RPS’ frontpage into whatever form we see fit (usually PC gaming articles, but sometimes, a giraffe!) don’t go all starry-eyed over system requirements. Nowadays, all the nitty gritty bits and bobs generally add up to “Yes, it will run decently on a mid-range PC or better; no, it will not run on a toaster, abacus, or cloud that looks like a PC if you squint.” Max Payne 3, however, is kind of a special exception, seeing as it’s demanding a 35GB space on your hard drive. I’ve met MMOs that made less of a craterous impact on my hard drive. But, to take the edge off that slow-mo download, here’s a possibly even slower-mo trailer. Damn it, Max, how can I stay mad at that ruggedly handsome, perma-grimacing face?

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It’s (Bullet) Time For Another Max Payne 3 Trailer

No matter how he lands, it's gonna be painful. Mostly because he appears to be 20 feet in the air.
Oh to be a bullet. To exist in a momentary, frequently black-and-white world free of complications or petty concerns. Point A to point B. That’d be my entire lightning-quick existence, but I’d get to savor ever slow-mo second – probably while shouting “wheeeeeeeeeeeee!” Max Payne 3, at least, offers a glimpse into this hot leaden utopia, but at what cost? Pretty much none, as it turns out. The gore-spattered kill cam, especially, looks like a barrel of kitten giggles – which is to say, it’s a mix between Fallout 3’s VATS meets Arkham City’s end-of-brawl slobber-knockers, except you have full control over speed. Those are the things I think of when kittens giggle. Is that weird? Anyway, the excruciatingly painful wonderful trailer is after the break.
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Max Payne 3’s Multiplayer In (Slow) Motion


Hello, you. The unseasonably warm afternoons seem to be making the hivemind sleepy. Personally I’ve been in a trance for the best part of an hour, just staring off into the blue skies overhead. Mmm. Is that jazz playing from an open window? But then everything suddenly came back into focus and I realised there were videos to be blogged. And we all like to see imaginary men getting shot – Hell, some of us depend on it for our sanity. Yes, not a day goes by where RPS doesn’t provide your manshoot fix. Here it is. Again, and it’s Max Payne 3 multiplayer. How could that possibly work? Apparently by only making players in your line of sight enter bullet time. Which is a neat way to solve it. You’ll have sort of bullet time “bubbles” going off across the level when people choose to use it, I suppose. Anyway, the video explains it, so go take a look. Slooooowllllyyyyy.
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Your Guide To All The Max Payne 3 Rumours

For months now, the internet has been buzzing with speculation about what secrets forthcoming man-shooting game Max Payne 3 might contain. So very many questions are left to be answered by this third part of the epic, twisting saga of shooting a lot of men in the face in slow motion, and we’ve had to wait long, agonising years to discover how it all ends. With Max Payne 3’s release just months away, RPS has rounded up all the rumours, speculation and script leaks to bring you the definitive guide to Max’s fate. Spoilers await.
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Hands On: Max Payne 3

Shoulder pain? Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Alright, so Max Payne 3 has a cover system, we’ve established that. But stay calm, it’s going to be alright. I played the fancy high resolution PC build for an hour across multiple fights with multiple enemies and didn’t duck once. Can we all settle down quietly now?

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Grumpy In Hi-Res: First Max Payne 3 PC Screenshots

Just your typical action hero game character.

Time to get your grisled look on. The first ever screenshots of the PC version of Max Payne have appeared. They number three, and Rockstar boasts the PC version will feature,

“gloriously increased resolution and graphical detail in both the epic story and the explosive multiplayer modes.”

See them below.

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Max Payne 3: Trailer 2: Hartlepool Nil

That's basically my Matrix residual self image.
The second Max Payne 3 trailer has been thrust out from the seething fronds of the internet like… nope, I can’t finish that coherently. But let’s be honest, it wasn’t really angsty Payne’s monologues that did it, it was the guns, the pills, and the hundreds of dead gangsters sailing slowly through the air.

Watch more of that stuff happening, below.
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Sleep Talking: Alan Wake Interview

Writers are invariably the real heroes

Earlier this week I spoke with Oskari Häkkinen, head of franchise development at Remedy, about the PC release of Alan Wake. We talked about the importance of PC gaming to the Remedy team, drawing inspiration from popular culture and whether Alan’s further adventures will be following close behind.

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Ooh! A Max Payne 3 Release Date And Trailer

Renowned photographer Johnny Fraps died taking this shot
Max Payne 3: Bullet Gargles finally has a PC release date. I thought I’d be cool and mark the June 1st release on my calendar by shooting at the date, marking the special occasion with a bullet hole, but then I realised it’s out on the 29th of May in North America. I tried to flip the calendar over with another bullet, but things got out of hand. If they want to follow my gunspree release schedule, Rockstar will just have to release it on June 12th, The Corner of My Monitor, My Foot, and Next Door’s Housekeeper. While I bandage up and shop online for a new identity, distract yourselves with the new trailer they released.
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