After I posted my first impressions of the Max Payne 3 trailer, citing the game’s terrible graphics and lack of “Max Payne” atmosphere, quite a few higher-res textured images of Max Payne 3 that DO convey the “Max Payne” atmosphere have found their way on the net, and it looks like it’s shaping up quite nicely.

As many of you know from the post I made about Max Payne 3 on June 10th, 2009, I welcomed the new setting of São Paulo, Max’s new look and the new direction the franchise was heading… And I still do. I’m not worried about change, and you guys shouldn’t, either. Especially when Rockstar Games is at the helm.

For those who believe Rockstar has butchered their favourite character, in favour of some generic action hero clone, check out this collection of screens I compiled from Max Payne 3, and tell me that ain’t Max Payne…

I still believe that Rockstar needs to sort out its own rendition of the Max Payne theme we all know so well, as the piano and cello iterations are associated with the first two video-games, so we need something to associate with the third instalment, and I still dislike the writing of Max’s dialogue and the overall atmosphere from the trailer, but trailers quite often don’t reflect the product they’re promoting, even though that’s what they’re supposed to do. I understand that, though, and I’m giving it a chance.

As we get closer to the release date of Max Payne 3, more and more media will be released, and it looks like it’s only going to get better. I think I can speak for all of us, however, when I say we want to see some IN-GAME footage, as that’s going to seal the deal. Rockstar Games are showcasing Max Payne 3 at the New York Comic Con NOW, until October 16th, so if you’re in the area, check it out!

Fergle “Larry David” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

5 Responses to “Was Rockstar Games listening?…”

  • Michael:

    This new Max Payne game from Rockstars looks like trash.. and typical Rockstar Games, the atmosphere is pretty much gone from what we can see in the trailer.. this is no epic story game anymore :(

  • I don’t understand how you could say that it has “bad graphics”, they look great. I have no fears that this will turn out to be a brilliant game.

  • nicholas mills:

    i got to see the MP3 demo this weekend at NYCC and let me tell you rockstar is doing a good job. not a great job, but a good one. the theme they have is their own version no chello and violin or piano, something different but still the same theme. the gameplay is the smae old max payne we know and love only with a few new things (cover mechanics, weapon weel for choosing weapons, dual wield a shotgun a pistol) and the cover mechanic is not needed you can still run and gun and dodge just like old max payne, my only gripe with what ive seen so far is that the dialouge at some points is good and some is bad

  • This Max payne looks so much BETTER than that bald guy :D

  • Tim:

    The screenshots in my opinion only, do not look all that bad. I just hope that Rockstar does not mess this up as I feel that alot of Max Payne fans have been let down for a very long time. We have been waiting patiently for the new game, only to have the release date pushed back. Fox’s movie version, DO NOT GET ME STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been a fan of this series and this style of video game for many years. The film noir, the one liners, the actual subject matter of the plot, the lighting, the artwork, the background all must work together as one to create something that we the public; the true fans of Max Payne will enjoy and will want to play and replay over and over for many years to come. Something that Fox, in my opinion only, completely disregarded on their version of the movie. I want to personally thank you Fergle for what you are doing to keep Max Payne what it was intended to be. The way Sam Lake envisionded it. I have been following this since you started it. I hope you one day finish it. I know it will be in the true spirit of Max Payne. Sincerely Tim

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