Max Payne 3’s got great gunplay

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I’ve been unconvinced by Max Payne 3 – and the regular, recurrent delays haven’t quite inspired confidence. The fact that’s it being done by Rockstar Vancouver – who’ve done little of note beyond the admittedly fantastic  and most certainly worthy of a sequel Bully:  Canis Canem Edit – only adds to my worries.

They have, however, been allayed somewhat thanks to this new trailer showing off the game’s all-important gunplay mechanics…which look pretty fantastic. There’s a strong emphasis on realistic character animation and context-sensitive hits, bringing a few first-person aiming sensibilities to a third person shooter. That dark, gritty Noir style seems to still be missing, but there’s no denying that the crucial gunplay captures the spirit of Remedy’s originals. 

Also, dual-wielding with a shotgun in one hand, and a pistol in the other? Yeah….sign me up.

Max Payne 3 is headed for consoles in May, with a PC release scheduled for June this year.

Last Updated: January 19, 2012

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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