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Max Payne 3 reviews go live, scores point to big buy

Monday, 14th May 2012 10:47 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Watch the mountains, boy. Rockstar’s lifted the embargo on reviews for Max Payne 3 ahead of the shooter’s US release tomorrow and European launch on Friday for PS3 and 360. The PC version won’t pop out until May 29 in the US and June 1 in Europe. Already, scores are pointing to a must buy.

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  1. K-V-C

    aw cant wait :) !!!!!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Edo

    I expect a 9ish overall.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    WTF、ティs位sおうtあlレアdy?アンdヂあb路イイイとお?FUCK!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    9/10

    10/10

    11/10

    20/10

    10000000000/10

    I expect something like that anyway.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    It’s clearly going to get amazing scores. I preordered it yesterday from Steam and got the first two for free… I’m on chapter 4 of part 1 and it’s already amazing. I’m a sucker for the Sin City narrating as well which makes it even more epic.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. KAP

    @5

    Better late then never hey Yosh ;-D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. daytripper

    hopefully its great

    http://h13.abload.de/img/insidenlmax2t8isk.gif

    #7 2 years ago
  8. WFMMK

    I’m playing it right now, it’s so much fun. The cutscenes are very unique but distracting some times.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. daytripper

    @8 non spoiler impressions, gameplay? visuals? multiplayer?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @5 Wow, for the first time? Nice one.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. daytripper

    Max Payne’s voice is awesome, making the narrating even more interesting.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. back_up

    PC pirates not getting the game hahahahaha
    xbot 360 version has 2 disc plus RROD
    PS3 is clear winner

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Yoshi

    Damn right *high five @6 & 10* :D

    It’s a lot harder than I expected it to be, you’ve got to make sure to manually save once in a while ;D

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 Yeah, I guess the best and weirdest part of Max Payne is the ability to kinda be more than the sum of its parts.

    It’s incredibly easy to understand, there’s nothing complex about it, but if you aren’t picking your shots and hitting your mark, then it gets pretty tricky, pretty fast.

    Especially in the later missions, when the painkillers are somewhat harder to come by.

    It’s the same with the cutscenes, they’re short and the plot is fairly straight forward, but I still love those characters. I’d watch that movie if they hadn’t already made it, and it sucked.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. uomoartificiale

    IGN review (9/10) is up: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/05/14/max-payne-3-review

    #15 2 years ago
  16. n3a

    Polygon review is up:
    http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/5/14/3018219/max-payne-3-review

    9/10

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Edo

    CVG 8/10 http://www.computerandvideogames.com/347292/reviews/max-payne-3-review-slick-bloody-beautiful-but-not-without-its-flaws-review/?page=3#top_banner apparently the single-player portion is too long(go figure)
    OPM 8/10 http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/review/max-payne-3-ps3-review/2/ .

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    Gametrailers.com 7.6/10

    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/review-max-payne-3/730060?

    A lot of crying about the difficulty and a lot of praise for the multiplayer.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. KAP

    DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT WATCH GAMETRAILERS VIDEO REVIEW!!!

    Contains spoilers, and now…… I’m pissed!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. AHA-Lambda

    wtf at the GT review? O__o

    #20 2 years ago
  21. TheBlackHole

    the IGN review reads like a 7.5, maybe a reluctant 8.

    I get the feeling this game is being reviewed by R* fans that are ever so slightly disappointed.

    Still interested though.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Moonwalker1982

    I am not gonna watch that GT review, but crying about difficulty means that the game is very challenging?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    I’m actually surprised that GT gave it 7.5

    #23 2 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @22: To me it looks like you won’t have any problem if you played the previous titles. And don’t watch the review, it has some spoiler material. That’s GT for you, stupid as fuck those guys.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. back_up

    GT sucks

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DSB

    Rockstar reviews are a foregone conclusion.

    Still, it does look good. Like Red Dead good.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Edo

    @22 Apparently,you need to spend more time behind cover than shooting…that’s if you don’t wont do die very fast and start all over.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    I’m a huge fan of Red Dead Redemption. It is one of my favourite games of all time.

    So i will check this out. But the story sequences (videos) with absurd random words over the place is overdone and stupid.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Maximum Payne

    7.5 is really low for GT.
    They gave Starhawk 8.3 for fuck sake.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. KAP

    See, I’m someone who would claim GT is a really good site but this review I can’t forgive for, if they had to fork out $60 or £39.99 for there games that they review I’m sure they’d be more fucking careful

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Moonwalker1982

    @27

    I guess it’s just never good enough, the game is either too easy and reviews cry about it and now its maybe alittle more challenging and they cry again. It may sound real fanboy like, and in a way i am a Rockstar fanboy, but when they make a game i really don’t need reviews.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gekidami

    @22
    They actually say that some parts are apparently outright cheap and sometimes the gameplay just doesnt work, an example of cheapness being cut scenes auto taking you out of cover and giving you weapons you dont want, and an example of gameplay being that if you bullet time dive near cover, Max will awkwardly automatically get up in full view of the enemies and crouch behind it. they also say that later on in the game enemies are bullet sponges and the AI is really good.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Da Man

    I’m a huge fan of Gametrailers but I’m smart enough to have an objective view when it comes to artistic mediums (which is of course a subjective thing), and serious discussions. Their review sucks.. it just… sucks. So GT sucks, yes.

    I don’t care for reviews.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Moonwalker1982

    @ 32

    Ok thanks for that. What exactly are bullet sponges?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. KAP

    @31
    It’s ironic that they praise Demon Souls for being rock hard yet slate MP3 for it… Hypocrites or what.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    @34
    Enemies that take a shit load of bullets to die.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. YoungZer0

    @32: I know, i think the weapon-switching after the cutscene is just weird (I’d actually think it’s a bug), but complaining about the one second it takes Max to crouch after diving to cover? Nah, come on.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Moonwalker1982

    Hmmm ok well that is kinda stupid, but enough to give it such a low rating? I haven’t received my review copy yet, it’s alittle late but then, the european release is the 15th, so i guess that’s normal. But i’ll make sure to give it a fair rating.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    European release is the 18th, 15th is the US.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. The_Red

    @19
    Thanks for the warning. I usually watch their reviews for the footage (The actual reviews aren’t that great) but if it has spoilers then I’m out. Thanks again.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. daytripper

    Lots of positive reviews aswell some slight negative ones, day 1 regardless, really enjoyed the first two games and will probably enjoy this.

    I rarely take reviews as gospel as one of my disliked franchises gets tens every year, when it comes to trying it out I fail to see how. It’s how you yourself enjoy something at the end of the day.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Moonwalker1982

    @39

    Oops my bad. I never listen to reviews anyway, i let gameplay movies and a demo be the judge of that. But when it comes to Rockstar games, i just know i can expect quality. GTA IV and RDR were far from perfection, but plenty of reviews gave it just that…a perfect score.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Dark

    GT is best site for reviews , most of their reviews are fair
    but 7.6? i’m shocked indeed >_>

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Erthazus

    ^

    “GT is best site for reviews”

    LOLWUT?

    Every review of AAA title they give 9/10 all the time.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Noodlemanny

    @ Erthazus
    Yeah but its not just about the numeric ratings at the end, is it? I try to concentrate on what they actually say about it and figure out if the bits they liked I would like and whether or not the bits that annoyed them would annoy me and whether that would be a game spoiler. These are things you can’t get from a number.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Gekidami

    So i guess Max Payne 3 isnt a triple A game seeing as it didnt get a 9, right?

    #46 2 years ago
  47. absolutezero

    Is it time to bring out the “Best of Gametrailers” video again already?

    Oh well. http://youtu.be/TE7kXJe0PUs Still beautiful.

    Anyway I spent most of the time in the original games hiding behind door frames popping in and out until I knew I could pull off a perfect dive. So now that theres a cover system all that means is that I can selotape myself to walls instead of just standing next to them.

    Progress is amazing.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Dark

    @44
    true true , but compared to other sites , GT is the best!
    then again i always prefer for gamers to not trust review sites ..

    #48 2 years ago
  49. KAP

    @43
    I agree with him GT reviews are pretty fair at times but sometimes, just sometimes… They get a bit ahead of themselfs.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Da Man

    I don’t care for reviews. I just have the most comments on every article about them. I really don’t care.

    Stop. Must.. stop.. this… Must..

    #50 2 years ago
  51. YoungZer0

    @47: Right, i remember playing like that.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. bluffbluff03

    Gamepro: 92/100

    http://www.gamepro.de/playstation/spiele/ps3/max-payne-3/test/max_payne_3,44753,2567778.html

    #52 2 years ago
  53. XurrionHun

    Those stupid monkeys at GT never seize to amaze me with their moronic reviews. If this was an FPS it would get 9+ automatically. And am I the only one that got the strong feeling that they haven’t even played the first two games at all? I’m so tired of GT giving these bullshit reviews.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. DSB

    For my part I never get tired of seeing people who actually NEED a game to recieve a cetain score, and are absolutely outraged if it doesn’t read like everything else.

    Maybe you should start a collection so you could buy the score you wanted… Oh wait, that would ruin the entire idea of a review. Kinda like expecting people to have the exact same opinion about a game.

    Really, has Bobby Kotick managed to turn everyone into him?

    What about the quality of the review and the argument for that score?

    I guess you get the industry you deserve sometimes.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. daytripper

    @52 Well reading IGN’s review for example, regardless of score, the way it is written I thought to myself a lot of members on here could of done a better job at writing an actual review. It read like a waiting for a train conversation.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. albo88

    max Payne games have never been triple A well apart of max Payne 2 getting good score on PC version for all i rember

    so yeah chill out you fanboys don’t hate on GT

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Edo

    @46 Thanks for the link,that was hilarious :) .

    #57 2 years ago
  58. Anders

    Giant Bomb – 4/5:

    http://www.giantbomb.com/max-payne-3/61-23398/reviews/

    #58 2 years ago
  59. reask

    No Eurogamer review yet?
    I kinda like the Euro reviews for the most part.
    IGN I watch the review but take no notice of there score.

    I bought a few too many 9 or 10 games off there review,s to realise that they have very little credibility with there scoring IMHO.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Yoshi

    Lets me honest dudes and dudettes, the review system is unfortunately ruined by retarded reviews from retarded websites. It’s extremely hard to find a website that will give you a 100% non-biased, non-contradicting, no-bs review. Because the only way you can truly give a good review is if the reviewer can position themself outside of their own mind and look at it as it is, a game and nothing more. No personal feeling involved.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. DSB

    @60 I couldn’t disagree more. A critic should call is as he sees it, and let you know why in a way that’s clearly understood.

    A critic who agrees with everyone else is by nature irrelevant. He has no value to anyone. If people can read 50 other reviews with your exact opinion, and your exact focus, then obviously you’re not worth reading.

    I don’t see how you can ever get a better product by asking people to lie to themselves and deny everything they’re seeing and feeling. The point of a review should be the exact opposite, the truth as seen by the reviewer.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. loki

    preowned Xbox 360 or PS3 vershion for 25$ because PC port
    you make PC port, foget about my money

    #62 2 years ago
  63. AHA-Lambda

    MSN 7/10
    http://games.uk.msn.com/galleries/max-payne-3-review

    #63 2 years ago
  64. Yoshi

    @61, You mean agree? XD

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Erthazus

    If Edge gave it 7 then game is ok at best. I still want to buy it.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. Gekidami

    @60
    I’d say that the only thing thats ruined the review process is the fact very average games still manage to score 8 & 9′s because a 6 is see as a 2 and a 7 as a 5. Its no wonder people call foul when a great game gets an 8 because utter trash scores round about the same too.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. Anders

    @63 – Is the UK MSN site broken, or does it really look that horrible? White text on black background with red links here.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. DSB

    @64 Not unless you were being sarcastic :P

    The critics I want to read are the guys who have an opinion that isn’t shaped or affected, by however the internet is feeling. It’s not about catering to the majority, or pleasing anyone.

    It’s about playing a game, feeling it, and telling people what you feel, without making excuses for either yourself, or the game. Merely “guessing” what people might like on their behalf, makes a critic a hack and an amateur.

    I can guess for myself, I don’t need Mr Reviewer to do that for me. I need him to form an opinion and apply himself to the game, so I can reflect my own hopes and fears in his hopefully well written review.

    In journalism you always strive to be unbiased, but you’d do well to be aware that you never truly are. It’s really only in gaming that people want an agreement or “objectivity” (which really means telling them exactly what they expect) when it comes to reviews. I’ve never seen it anywhere else. In literature and movies, the biggest critics are the ones who stand out, not the ones who go along.

    And really, few games reviewers are able to make their mark. I have no idea who those countless 9/10′ers are, and I don’t care. But I’d be interested in knowing who Mr 5/10 is, in this case. He probably has something to say that I wouldn’t hear anywhere else.

    #68 2 years ago
  69. KAP

    After reading all these comments about scores and what constitutes as a worthy score its becoming obvious that a numbered score is so coming of age.

    I mean, you don’t state a numbered score when talking to a mate about a game you recently purchased do you, you clearly mention if its worth getting or not… or even renting.

    What really is the difference between an 7 a 7.5 or an 8?

    Fuck all in all honesty!

    #69 2 years ago
  70. sb319

    For everyone asking about Eurogamer, they are blacklisted by R* due to their awful, amateurish reviews, so they’ll just have to buy the game like everyone else on Friday and review it then.

    #70 2 years ago
  71. KAP

    @70

    Seriously?
    I remembered them from that dreadful review of Dead Space a few years back… That shitty site still around?! Wow

    #71 2 years ago
  72. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @70 Get it right. Eurogamer are blacklisted by a childish Rockstar because they ‘only’ gave RDR 8/10. I’d say that reflects far worse on Rockstar than Eurogamer. Also means the EG review is the only one you can trust as they’re not scared.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. DSB

    @72 I don’t know what it says for trust, but honestly, awarding the game a score that is only 20% away from utter perfection isn’t that brave.

    Brave would be if they thought it was 5/10 – Again, not saying that’s warranted, but 8/10 is still a stellar score, and when everybody else is occupying the top 25% of the scale, joining them can hardly be considered brave.

    Personally I think Eurogamer is pretty irrelevant, and home to some of the most terrible reviews I’ve ever read. I don’t know if Bramwell was editing through all of them, but he was doing a shit job of it if so.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/braid-review

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/r_gunstarfuture_gba

    Total garbage.

    #73 2 years ago
  74. polygem

    i don´t know. so many games, especially shooters, have been so mediocore lateley. i am not really complainign (ha-compainIGN -funny typo) there still are more great games than i can play, but with all these over the top big time marketing aaa titles…they seem to become more and more lazy assed designed. seems to be the case here too. i am not that impressed with the gameplay footage, esp. the multiplayer. i am playing sly cooper 3 hd atm. it´s great to play this again. i´m actually thinking about skipping max payne/ or buy later and get the sly, jak + daxter, upcoming ratchet and clank hd collections instead.

    #74 2 years ago
  75. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @73 You seem confused by the concept of reviews. There’s no such thing as a ‘right’ review it’s just an opinion. That’s what’s correct, not an opinion that’s been influenced by outside factors.

    I didn’t say 8/10 was a brave score, Rockstar spitting the dummy over it just makes them childish and cheapens the industry as a whole.

    #75 2 years ago
  76. sb319

    @72

    Well, Eurogamer has some decent contributors, but in my view the site as a whole is really unreliable and inconsistent. I would not blame ANY publisher who gets frustrated with them for their lack of professionalism.

    #76 2 years ago
  77. sb319

    #77 2 years ago
  78. DSB

    @75 That’s pretty much my whole point.

    It was the notion that it “Also means the EG review is the only one you can trust as they’re not scared.”

    I don’t see any proof of that, especially not based on that example.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. Fin

    I get annoyed when a reviewer’s opinion isn’t the same as my own.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. Christopher Jack

    @60, I agree with you for the most part but reviews are opinions & thus should be done from their own perspective, if someone has a problem with the genre or franchise, they shouldn’t be doing a review in the first place, however you don’t want to hear from a fan of the franchise either, either way- that’s when you hit extremes in reviews. So yes, a review should be non-biased, non-contradicting, no-bs but from someone’s own perspective, not what they think that others would think, otherwise you get mediocre games scoring 8s.

    I personally prefer the way movies are reviewed, critics are actually doing their jobs, being critical, great movies score like 7-8/10 while only true masterpieces ever get full marks.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. Yoshi

    @68 How can you disagree with me when you’re pretty much just rewording what I said? :P I’m saying reviewers shouldn’t be bs and should review the game for what they game is. If you get reviewers to add their personal opinions you unfortunately get the reviewer idiots over at IGN and GT. If a reviewer looks and plays the game from an outside view they’ll get the true view of the game.

    Think of it this way, if a 60year old has played 100games and he reviews a game he’ll compare it and compare it and compare it to other games. If a 10year old reviews a game and it’s his first game then he’ll review the game for what it truly is. (Granted they’re both into games :P because if they wouldn’t be then the reviews would be fulled of shit because the person would get their personal feelings into it by saying games are stupid :P)

    #81 2 years ago
  82. JonFE

    To those still wondering about EuroGamer’s review, it was published earlier today: 7/10

    #82 2 years ago
  83. CityCobra

    GamingXP.com: 90%

    Link:
    http://www.gamingxp.com/bericht-5621-rockstar_games-rockstar_games-ps3-max_payne_3.htm

    Max Payne is a great third person shooter that sets a high standard for all following action games.

    #83 2 years ago
  84. M. K.

    Too bad I swore to myself not to buy a Rockstar game ever again. Oh wait, it’s not :D

    #84 2 years ago
  85. gamer-le-derp

    @75
    Eurogamer reviews are all garbage. I mean how can they give RDR an 8/10 and give MW3 an 8/10 as well? Rockstar games have every right to blacklist eurogamer (I can’t find any article about this, the only one I find is about 2k blacklist eurogamer for duke nukem). GT is ok, some of their reviews are quite good but some are really terrible. The games uk msn is terrible. I mean who the hell reviewed did the person even have a brain. And did they even put any effort at all to write the review. I never really care about eurogamer since a lot of their reviews are garbage and terrible. Gt is alright but they messed up some of their reviews badly and I’ve never heard of games uk msn and I don’t care about them because they are garbage and terrible.

    Max Payne 3 is a AAA title as it got majority 9/10 scores. I consider 8/10 to be a good score that says a game is GREAT or AWESOME but of sourse some people may see differently. Again eurogamer sucks and their reviews are terrible. And R* have every right to blacklist them.

    #85 2 years ago
  86. gamer-le-derp

    YEAH!!! Rockstar ROCKS!!!!!!! Rockstar just made another AWESOME AAA title game.

    #86 2 years ago

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