Metacritic (PC): 87/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 86/100
Metacritic (PS): 87/100
Release: May 2012
Reviewed on: PS3

Max Payne 3

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Good: Strong gunplay – Compelling atmosphere and story – Good amount of content
Bad: Limited freedom
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Max Payne 3 is a third person shooter that delivers a story packed full of action 9 years after the release of May Payne 2. In addition to the impressive campaign you’ve got a few additional modes that give you even more hours of gameplay for your dollar.


In this adventure players will control Max Payne a detective now vigilante who is haunted by the loss of his wife and daughter. It’s taken him down a dark road filled with drugs and alcohol that he can’t shake while working a private security job in the middle of Brazil. Fans of the original Max Payne games will find it’s been a few years of a downward spiral for their beloved main character since they last took control of Max.

The game focuses on the kidnapping of the woman Max was meant to protect as he hunts her down and kills anybody in the way of his objective. It’s a very cut scene heavy orientated experience making it a mixture of gaming and film that will pull you into a realistic and immersive world.

Setting aside you’ll find a solid third person shooter approach to gameplay that Rockstar is known for. Every element of the game is simply packed full of detail to ensure you feel tied to the game world. Relying on the cover mechanic you’ll want to move from cover to cover as you take out the endless enemies that are stacked up against you.

Everyone’s favourite bullet time also makes a return to the franchise that lets time slow down as you fire off your bullets, allowing you to see every single shot leave your gun and aim them carefully.


Players can also use a last stand mechanic should they receive fatal damage to give them an extra breathe of life if they can take out an enemy. It’s a system you’ll quickly become familiar with as you will die often in Max Payne 3.

In addition to a campaign that will take you around 13 hours to finish players will find some extra arcade modes to provide extra hours of gameplay and a great multiplayer packed with features to take the number even higher.


  • The long awaited next release in the Max Payne franchise.
  • A strong story tells the struggles of Max.
  • Bullet time and last stand add extra mechanics to your standard shooter.
  • Well-designed multiplayer and extra modes in addition to single player.
  • Beautifully detailed settings to enjoy.

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Max Payne 3, 8.1 out of 10 based on 10 ratings
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