I beat the original Max Payne on PS2. Skipped the sequel due to life getting in the way, and decided to pick up the third entry today to see what it had to offer.
I remember the original game having a great story. Max was an interesting character with all of his flaws, and his fall from grace was interesting. The story was gritty and immersive. The bullet-time weapon mechanics were solid as well.
Max Payne 3 has the same solid bullet-time events of the first.
This game is incredibly watered down:
- Four hours in I have yet to care about Max, the family he works for, or his partner. The story is incredibly boring.
- The game is challenging at times, but if you keep dying it will automatically decrease the difficulty by giving you extra health and ammo each time you spawn. I don't remember this happening in the first game.
It could be nostalgia, but I feel that this game is a cash grab with the Max Payne title. The only redeeming quality is bullet-time events, 5/10.