Max is finally back in Rockstar's Max Payne 3
, but quite a number of questions come with his return. A different development studio is behind this, as Rockstar Vancouver has taken over where Remedy left off. Going in, I was honestly a little concerned about how Rockstar, which has such an identifiable style of its own, would adapt the established identity of Max Payne
into what they know how to do best.
The demo showed off an early scene where Max and his partner have to shoot their way through a pool hall. The bullet time mechanic was fully realized and fun to use. The developer who was walking me through the demo recommended using bullet time to go over a pool table, thus taking the guy on the other side head on, but I jumped too soon and landed short. No problem though, as I was able to get up and keep shooting… until I was almost dead. The game then popped me to ‘Last Man Standing’ mode where time slowed down and the camera took you right to the guy who nearly killed you. You have that instant to kill or be killed and, believe me, I needed it.
The developer also confirmed that the game will be linear and will have at least one collectible element in the form of golden guns
. The traditional story-telling method of the Max Payne
series also returns, so those of you who have balked at the title due to the change in developer may want to breathe a sigh of relief – it really looks as though they nailed it. I can’t speak as to the impact of multiplayer, however, as it was not on display. They also confirmed that there will be a Rockstar Pass with this one, but they claimed to be too early in the development of that stuff to be able to comment on specifics.Max Payne 3
will be released May 15th in North America and May 18th elsewhere. Head here
to see everything we've covered about the game thus far.