Ohhh, glory shall be the word of the day, for the first Max Payne 3 trailer has arrived to the public. Is it awesome? Yes. Is it like old times? Even better. Obviously, Rockstar Games has been mum on certain details, as is usually their habit, but this first trailer of Max Payne 3 does a spectacular job of teasing the right amount of new elements, while at the same time reassuring the old ones. The trailer also gives a release window of March 2012.

Max Payne 3 sees the return of the titular hero in video games and marks his first appearance on the current generation of consoles. Was the wait worth it? It appears so. After all, if there’s an announcement for the trailer, there’s going to be something great about it. Max has seen a lot of development issues throughout the years, including mismanagement of the product, but it finally looks like the game is coming along smoothly since jumping back on the right track.

The trailer reflects the early confirmed Max Payne 3 story and gameplay details and illustrate those items in action. Once again, ex-Detective Max Payne now finds himself staring at the bottom of a bottle and has left the NYPD to become a personal security specialist for a wealthy family in San Paolo, Brazil. His motivations to get his crap back in order get triggered when the wife of his client is kidnapped and Max pulls out all the stops to get her back. Insert 5000+ bullets. Take a look at the trailer.


First off, it’s great to see that the wonderfully haunting theme song from Max Payne 2 by Kärtsy Hatakka is still being employed. Like previous Max Payne games, the third iteration will also be driven by Max’s inner monologue, detailing his reactions and thoughts to each peculiar situation he finds himself in, complimenting the game’s cinematics.

The gameplay looks as strong as it ever was, with the delivery of rounds down range presented in the most cinematic way possible. Bullet-time and bullet cam of course return, adding stylistic flair to each individual gun fight. New to the game will be a kind of melee combat system that allows Max to combine a quick strike of his weapon and integrate that into firing shots. The cinematic action will be running an upgraded version of the Euphoria engine Rockstar has been employing lately.

Max Payne 3 looks fantastic. There is some worry among the industry regarding its success however, most notably that the game must sell around 4 million copies to recoup losses during the title’s development. The most important thing is that it’s finally coming in 6 months.

Max Payne 3 will be releasing in March 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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