I had played the original Max Payne back on PC a long time ago. I was curious as to how Rockstar was going to handle their release of the series. Max Payne 3 follows the story of naturally, Max Payne who is now a private-security-for-hire guy. The story plays out in a series of flashbacks to different locations and times in Max’s life. It starts with him being the private security of the Branco family, a rich family based in South America. He’s tasked with keeping the son and daughter among others protected with the help of a friend, Raul Passos. As with most things in Max’s life, he slips and is forced to clean up the messes. The locations vary from the inside of a burning building to a boat chase to a police station. There are a few other locations as well as the story weaves along. Bullet time is back which allows you to dive in a certain direction and temporarily slow time to be able to fill your enemies full of lead.
I thought the story was intriguing enough to keep me interested as I played. There were a few times where I had encountered bugs. Once such area I had walked into, the cutscene didn’t trigger and as I further progressed I ended up falling through the floor and locking up the game. It came down to just entering areas and opening doors slowly to allow the scenes to trigger. It was a fun game and I finished it in around 12 hours. I didn’t try any of the multiplayer since I was just renting it but it’s a fun romp. The soundtrack was also pretty good, gritty and it fit well with each area of the game.