Originally Posted by djb5f
oh boy, I just ordered this through a Lightning Deal on Amazon and after reading this thread, now I am having second doubts!
This is up there among my own GOTY candidates. Don't believe the naysayers. Give it a few hours to sink in. I was skeptical at first, but by the second half, I was totally sold.
I'm a huge fan of the prior Max Payne games, and this latest is both faithful to the old games and smart in its innovations. Best third-person shooter of the year. One of the tightest stories with excellent voice acting. Sharp mechanics. Beautiful environments. Many games have tried to imitate a Michael Mann movie, but only Max Payne 3 gets the tone and attitude right. It's got some quirks and finicky controls, but just keep an open mind.
My only major gripe is that if you're looking to replay the game or play the New York Minute challenges, you have to sit through the cutscenes and can't easily skip them. Also, I'd recommend not starting on Hard difficulty. Using the free aim (on Hard and higher) is tough on consoles, and is geared much more toward PC gamers (kb/m users). This is a challenging game, even on normal. This is a much more demanding and strategic shooter than most. Definitely not a "run and gun" game. It takes patience and strategic planning.
But other than that, this is a very solid game with one of the best game soundtracks
in a very long time. And much like RDR's use of a song when you cross into Mexico, Max Payne 3 uses one particular song late in the game that makes the scene one of the most memorable in any game this generation. So cool.
Not a game for everyone, but if it grabs you, it won't let go.