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GTA V

Make GTA V's Michael look just like Max Payne


Role-playing mayhem
Sep 21
// Brett Makedonski
You may have heard that a little game by the name of Grand Theft Auto V released this week. If you're one of the souls that helped contribute to its more than $1B in sales, you may have noticed that Michael looks an awfu...
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PS Plus

PS Plus: Dokuro for free, Max Payne 3 for eight bucks


PixelJunk Monsters also discounted
Jul 30
// Jordan Devore
This week's addition to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is Dokuro, a PlayStation Vita puzzler-platformer from Game Arts. It's got skeletons and an art style reminiscent of children's books -- and it's regularly ...
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See how GTA V's combat is similar to Max Payne 3


A little side by side comparison
Jul 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
YouTube user datarace1 took some of the gameplay footage from the last Grand Theft Auto V video and compared the combat mechanics against Max Payne 3. There's a lot of similarities, which isn't really surprising as there's a lot of elements from past Rockstar games all implemented in different ways here. Ultimately, this is good news for those that never liked GTA's combat in the past.
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Max Payne Mac

Bringing the Payne! Max Payne 3 now graces Mac


'They had their body armor...I had mine'
Jun 21
// Jason Cabral
One of my favorite games of last year was the exceptionally-crafted Max Payne 3. From its dark and moody story to the pulse-pounding action moments, it all combined to create one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences from ...
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10 games bundled with all their DLC discounted on PSN


Assassin's Creed III, Persona 4: Arena, Metal Gear Rising and more
May 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The PlayStation Store is rolling out a new sales promotion that's packing ten different games with ALL of their downloadable content offerings. The Ultimate Edition bundles are all being offered at 65% off, with PlayStation P...
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Take-Two

Take-Two's year led by Borderlands and NBA sales


Despite a net loss, Take-Two improved over 2012
May 13
// Brett Makedonski
Take-Two held its quarterly earnings call today to report on the end of its fourth-quarter and fiscal year. The company finished the year at a loss, but there were many bright spots to be optimistic about. Of particular note,...
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Max Payne 3

Greenmangaming offers dirt cheap Max Payne 3


A bargain on par with Max's angst
Feb 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
Max Payne has hit rock bottom. Now, so has the price for his latest game! Greenmangaming is offering a 48 hour sale on the PC version of Max Payne 3 which ought to turn a few heads. Using a coupon code (GMG20-P4DLK-...
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Max Payne 3

Impressions: Max Payne 3's Deathmatch Made in Heaven DLC


More content is great, but not if people aren't playing
Jan 31
// Joshua Derocher
Rockstar has released the newest -- and last -- downloadable content pack for Max Payne 3, Deathmatch Made in Heaven. The DLC contains a new co-op mode, weapons, items, three additional multiplayer modes, and a single-pl...
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Max Payne 3 DLC

Max Payne 3's 'Deathmatch Made in Heaven' out tomorrow


Max is all out of DLC to give
Jan 21
// Harry Monogenis
Deathmatch Made in Heaven, Max Payne 3's final piece of downloadable content, will launch tomorrow in North America -- marking the fulfillment of the DLC schedule that Rockstar laid out several months ago. As w...
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Max Payne 3

Health details how they made the Max Payne 3 soundtrack


One of the best soundtracks of 2012!
Jan 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Creators Project sat down with band Health to talk about how they made the woderful score to Max Payne 3. The band details what they did to create the score, including watching early video captures Rockstar would send th...
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Max Payne 3 patch addresses multiplayer issues


Fixes invisible players and cover
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
Fresh off the announcement of the Painful Memories DLC, Rockstar has just pushed a patch that will fix a number of multiplayer issues with the game; most notably the fact that some people would get stuck in cover, or turn inv...
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Max Payne 3 'Painful Memories' DLC out December 4


New pack of multiplayer stages takes Max back to his roots
Nov 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
Rockstar has announced the release date of the next batch of content for Max Payne 3, a new multiplayer pack called, Painful Memories. Included in the pack are four multiplayer maps, "Marty's Bar," "Canal De Panamá," "...
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Max Payne 3's 'Hostage Negotiation' pack teased some more


A release date seems to have been negotiated
Oct 18
// Harry Monogenis
Originally scheduled to launch in September, Rockstar had Max Payne 3's Hostage Negotiation Pack pushed back to sometime "later this fall." Sure, some of us were a bit upset but I was too distracted with the free we...
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Promoted Blog: How Max Payne saved me from myself


"All I ever did in life was sit in my room, alone, downing entire bottles of liquor on my own, for no other reason than because I didn't want to deal with my life."
Oct 16
// vApathyv
[In what may be the most personal c-blog I've ever read, vApathyv talks about how playing Max Payne 3 helped him realize he had a problem with alcohol abuse. Want to get featured on the front page? Get writing. -Spencer Hayes...
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Live-action Max Payne short goes slow-mo underwater


Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest live-action short from the brilliant minds over at CorridorDigital takes us to the Max Payne universe to give us a glimpse at Max's poor, pathetic life. Not my favorite CorridorDigital short, but I love how the gu...
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Rockstar details new Max Payne 3 DLC schedule


Jul 31
// Jordan Devore
As disclosed in Take-Two Interactive's financial results for Q1 fiscal year 2013, 3 million copies of Max Payne 3 have been shipped to date. These are "lower-than-anticipated sales," according to Take-Two Chairman and CEO Str...
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Promoted blog: Growing old disgracefully


Jul 31
// Stephen Turner
[Dtoid Community Blogger Stevil takes comfort in the fact that some of his favorite videogame characters are growing old with him. Because he's old. And smelly. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write so...
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Rockstar wants your face for Max Payne again


Jul 05
// Liam Fisher
Back in January, Rockstar Games gave Max Payne fans the chance to be forever immortalized in Max Payne 3's multiplayer. A cool idea, for sure, but apparently the contest was met with a good deal of success as they've ext...
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Amazon PC game sale discounts Max Payne 3, Spec Ops, more


Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
Ahead of the impending Steam summer sale, Amazon has gone ahead with a digital PC game sale of its own. The discounts will be happening throughout the rest of this month, so pace yourself. Highlights for the time being include Max Payne 3 ($29.99), Spec Ops: The Line ($24.99), Syndicate ($14.99), The Darkness II ($12.49), Crusader Kings II ($9.99), and a bunch more. I fear for my bank account.
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The DTOID Show: 2012 in Retrospecticus


Jul 01
// Tara Long
I know what you're thinking. "But Tara, the year's only half over!" Well yes, technically that's true, but it doesn't mean we can't stop and take a moment to gather our thoughts on this year's video game releases, does ...
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Live life the Max Payne way, plus box art go to war


Jun 28
// Tony Ponce
Take Max Payne out of his gritty film noir universe, plant him smack in the middle of sleepy suburbia, and just let him do his thing. Then on Thursdays, he and Frank Castle go bowling together. Sounds like your typical, All-...
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A quick glimpse of the Max Payne 3 Local Justice DLC


Jun 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
Rockstar has announced the impending arrival of the "Local Justice" downloadable expansion for Max Payne 3, coming to consoles on July 3 with a PC release of July 17. But why read when you can watch the pretty pictures go by...
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Issue 2 of the Max Payne comic now available for download


Jun 13
// Liam Fisher
Last month, Marvel and Rockstar released the first issue of their series of Max Payne digital comics in an attempt to fill in some fuzzy spots in the narrative. Issue #1, "After the Fall," took a peek at Max's troub...
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Rockstar puts cheating Max Payne 3 players in the corner


Jun 12
// Liam Fisher
I think we can all agree that cheaters are the absolute worst. Those self-important jerks who have nothing better to do but ruin the game for everyone else are a constant source of frustration for gamers and developers alike,...

Is Max Payne 3 worth the 29 GB download on PC?

Jun 01 // Allistair Pinsof
[embed]228483:43871:0[/embed]GraphicsMax Payne 3 is one of the best-looking games on consoles this year, so it’s no surprise that it looks stunning on PC. Turning up the DX11 options, like tessellation, and maxing out the anti-aliasing presents image quality unparalleled on the PC. It’s unfair to compare it to The Witcher 2 or Battlefield 3, as it doesn’t share the scope of those games, but everything from the detailed facial models, city backdrops, and textures make this game sing. There are a couple drawbacks, however. There are reports from several users on NeoGAF that enabling MSAA has brought about several graphical and mouse glitches in their game. That’s too bad, since it really brings out the color and crispness in the visuals. I haven’t faced any of these issues so far, but I played mostly with it off for the sake of a higher frame rate. As you can see in the graph below, MSAA deals a heavy blow to your processing power. There are a lot of cutscenes in Max Payne 3 that begin as pre-recorded video files. They are used to mask the loading of the next level, but, on the PC, they serve as a constant reminder of how awesome the game is on this platform. Like playing a PS3 HD remaster, these videos ironically look much worse than the actual gameplay due to all the visual perks you get on the PC. As soon as the game switches from movie to in-game, I think, “This is why I waited two extra weeks.” Seeing a club full of people dancing in front of flashing lights with their hair and detailed facial models rendered crisply and full of color makes that wait more than worth it. Here are some comparisons between the different graphical options: NoAA vs FXAA NoAA vs 4xMSAA FXAA vs 4xMSAA Controls While most will be coming to Max Payne 3 on PC for the visuals, I’m mainly interested in the controls. Max Payne 1 & 2 were far inferior on consoles because the games demanded accuracy you couldn’t get from a thumbstick. It saddens me to see Rockstar give PC the cold shoulder in Max Payne 3, as the game is clearly made with console controls in mind. Iron-sight aiming is one of the biggest changes in shooters since the release of Max Payne 2 in 2003. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then that Max Payne 3 embraces this -- though, it’s more of a slight zoom, as in Uncharted and Gears of War. Since you’ll need this to aim efficiently, your keyboard/mouse layout from past Max Payne games won’t work here. It doesn’t help that the default controls are awful. Using "G" to roll is just silly. The right-mouse button used to be dedicated to the Bullet Time ability, but now it must be remapped to something else. This makes everything out of whack, but you'll eventually find something that works for you in the options. The frustrating thing is that multiplayer and single-player in Max Payne 3 have different demands on the player; they each have their own ideal button layout. In multiplayer, you aren’t constantly using Bullet Time but will need to roll like crazy instead. It would have been great to have different layout options for both game types, instead I find myself either constantly re-adjusting or playing uncomfortably. You still have the Free Aim option, but you’re really missing the point of playing with a mouse if you do that. Even though playing with mouse/keyboard has its drawbacks, it’s still a pleasure to Bulletdodge into the air and pull off a series of headshots with the most accurate device in gaming. Online When you first start up Max Payne 3, you’ll need to log in to Rockstar Social Club. This is a quick, painless process. I didn’t even need to type in my multiplayer key, as the game automatically took it from my Steam account. Joining games is hit and miss. There have been a couple times where it took forever to match me, and sometimes I even had to exit the game through Window’s Task Manager because I got stuck in a lobby. There are also some long load times for levels online. It’s not game-breaking, but I hope Rockstar smooths things out in an upcoming patch. All in all, Max Payne 3 is exactly the experience I wanted on PC. I have some issues with the game, but that’s beyond the scope of this article. If you have the patience to spend an entire day downloading a game and want to play Max Payne 3, you won’t regret your efforts. After a long history of half-assed PC ports, Rockstar got things right this time. [Graph and comparison images courtesy of GeForce]
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It’s hard to see your favorite series on a different platform. I’ll always play Demon’s Souls and Final Fantasy games on my PlayStation 3, because anything else just feels wrong. The same is true of Max Pa...

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Just one more day until the Max Payne 3 PC launch


May 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Max Payne 3 is out tomorrow for the PC, and with the release comes the launch trailer showing off just how sexy the game looks on PC. This version, as any respectable PC release of a game should have, includes advanced graph...
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Max Payne 3: Three million shipped, PC version delayed


May 22
// Jordan Devore
Max Payne 3 has done quite well for itself in terms of critical reception, and, according to Take-Two Interactive, 3 million units of the currently available Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions have been shipped. Not a bad la...
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Live show: Bearded retribution with Phil in Max Payne 3


May 17
// Bill Zoeker
It's time for another Phil-In Show, today on Dtoid TV. The temporarily beardless mastodon himself, Philanthr0py, is dive-shooting into Max Payne 3. Phil has been looking forward to this one for some time, and he's finally rea...
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Dtoid Playdate: Who's up for some Max Payne 3?


May 15
// Mr Andy Dixon
Max Payne 3 is out and the reviews are in: this game kicks ass! The campaign sounds fantastic, but for you multiplayer-focused gamers the highlight of the package has to be the new Crew system in the Rockstar Social...
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The DTOID Show: Tomb Raider delayed, Dark, & Civilization


May 14
// Max Scoville
Hello everyone! I hope you had a marvelous weekend! Here's today's episode of The Destructoid Show! The big news today (aside from Diablo III) is Max Payne 3. Conrad's review is up, and the game sounds rad. Some folks f...

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