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5:37 PM on 05.14.2012

The DTOID Show: Tomb Raider delayed, Dark, & Civilization

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...

Max Scoville







Review: Max Payne 3 photo
Review: Max Payne 3
by Conrad Zimmerman

Nearly a decade has passed since Max Payne last brought his brand of violent street justice to a dark and unjust world, and videogames have changed dramatically in this time. And Max has changed with it, under the new direction of Rockstar Vancouver who are contributing the first game in the series not created by originating studio Remedy.

Max Payne 3 is a game which is instantly recognizable by its gameplay tropes yet manages to achieve a fresh take on the character and his world without betraying his origins. Packed with fast action, brutal violence, and a striking cinematic style, all of the stops have been pulled out to make this the most exciting entry in the series to date.

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8:00 AM on 05.12.2012

Enjoy some pew pew with the fan film Max Payne: Valhalla

Over the last few months, I had been receiving tips on an upcoming fan-made Max Payne short entitled "Valhalla," but I avoided posting the trailer, instead waiting until the full production was complete. The film was finally...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 05.11.2012

The DTOID Show: Hitman, Republique, & Max Payne 3

Hey guys, here we are again with another Destructoid Show. We were live today, but if ya missed it, here's the recorded version. I already typed this up once today but it got deleted and now I'm rushing to get the post done ...

Max Scoville



Getting It Right: Max Payne photo
Getting It Right: Max Payne
by Allistair Pinsof

[Getting It Right is a monthly series in which I take a look at the elements that make up a classic game. What were the key ingredients that set it apart and make it hold up to this day? Read on to find out.]

It’s not enough to just kill bad guys and save the day. You need to look good doing it, too.

Whether it’s the akimbo guns of John Woo or the slow-mo of The Matrix, action films of the ‘90s found a way to take what should be a three-second partnership between bullet and target and make it into an elaborate 5+ minute ballet of bullets, mayhem, and badassery.

In the early ‘00s there was no game that embraced this sensibility more than Max Payne. From the tongue-in-cheek film noir story to reloading an uzi, developer Remedy gave every aspect of the game style and visual flair. Once you look past the permanently constipated face of Payne and come to terms with literally leaping into combat, you’ll find Max Payne remains an example of third-person shooting done right.

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2:30 PM on 05.10.2012

Max Payne ruminates in Max Payne 3 launch trailer

Max Payne 3 releases next week, so it's only fitting that Rockstar would deliver a cinematic treat to remind everyone of this fact. Behold this trailer, in which a brooding Max Payne (as if there were any other kind) reflects on the twists and turns his life has taken and why he's not like anyone else. Damn straight, he isn't.

Conrad Zimmerman



Join the Destructoid Crew in the Rockstar Social Club! photo
Join the Destructoid Crew in the Rockstar Social Club!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Rockstar recently unveiled some cool new features for its Social Club, the most notable being the addition of cross-platform "crews" for the purpose of challenging other players in online feuds. We'll see crews play a big part in the multiplayer component of the upcoming Max Payne 3, Grand Theft Auto V, and other future Rockstar titles. In addition to some awesome social features, crew members also get sweet little logos on their in-game avatars. Check out the video of our logo getting created by the guys over at Rockstar!

Crews come in two flavors: public and private. Private crews can be created by anyone -- in fact, you can go make one right now if you want! -- but they're limited to 250 members. Public crews, on the other hand, are created by Rockstar themselves and have no member cap. Apparently it pays to have friends in high places, because Rockstar was kind enough to create a public crew just for Destructoid!

To join, just head on over to the Social Club to create an account, and then click the little yellow Join button on our crew page. We'll be getting the whole crew together next Tuesday when Max Payne 3 releases and kicking ass all over the bullet-riddled Internet, so join up now!

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10:00 PM on 05.07.2012

Rockstar's Social Club gets more Social

Rockstar launched their Social Club service alongside Grand Theft Auto IV a few years back and, if you're really into GTA or Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer odds are you've made good use of the platform. Between the mo...

Liam Fisher



Part one of Max Payne 3 comic out now, read it for free photo
Part one of Max Payne 3 comic out now, read it for free
by Brett Zeidler

As was previously promised just a few weeks ago, Rockstar and Marvel have released the first part of the Max Payne 3 comic. Written by Dan Houser and Sam Lake, "After The Fall" explains a bit of Max's childhood and some events that happened during the first two games. It's also beautifully drawn with a really nice use of color. The best part is it's absolutely free to read or download right now!

Rockstar knows that some of you may want a physical printed copy. That's why starting now until early July, you can enter in a weekly drawing to win a physical copy of "After The Fall". I haven't had a chance to read the issue myself yet, but when I was skimming through it I was pretty impressed with what I saw. There's quite a bit going on in those fourteen pages.

If you've had the opportunity to read it, what do you think?

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6:30 PM on 05.02.2012

The DTOID Show: Horse Ops II, Dawnguard, & a $99 Xbox 360

Hey guys! Here's another helping of Destructoid Show! If you don't eat it all, you won't get any dessert. (I'm kidding, that was a joke, please do not eat our internet news program, thanks.) Today, a bunch of big other shoes ...

Max Scoville

8:00 PM on 05.01.2012

Rockstar reveals over seven map packs for Max Payne 3

Rockstar has revealed their downloadable content plans for Max Payne 3, and at least seven map packs are in the works. The first one will be out in June, four additional ones are set for Summer, and two more for the Fall. Roc...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:15 PM on 04.25.2012

The DTOID Show: Crysis 3, Free2Play MW3, & CoDBlops 2?

Tara's back! Finally! Hooray! Anyway, here's today's Destructoid show. Hamza went and checked out Crysis 3, Max Payne 3 requires SO MUCH of the gigabytes, as well as some fancy PC specs, and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is...

Max Scoville





9:00 AM on 04.25.2012

Max Payne 3 to ship on two Xbox 360 discs

Max Payne 3's significant PC specs ought to have been a clue that Rockstar's upcoming game will be quite a demanding one, so it should come as no surprise that it'll ship on two discs for Xbox 360. Rockstar confirme...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 04.23.2012

Max Payne 3 can scale up to monster PCs

Rockstar has never been known for their PC ports in the past. To this day, I still can't get GTA IV to play nice with my machine. They opted out of a port for Red Dead Redemption, and I never got around to L.A. Noire on PC, s...

Brett Zeidler



Marvel is publishing a Max Payne 3 comic mini-series photo
Marvel is publishing a Max Payne 3 comic mini-series
by Tony Ponce

I've been posting a lot of Archie comics news as of late. Probably a little too saccharine for some of you tough guys out there, I know. Here, this ought to satisfy your sophisticated palette!

Rockstar Games has teamed up with Marvel Comics to produce a three-part Max Payne 3 prequel series that returns to certain events from the original two games while building towards Max's current predicament. It's written by series writers Dan Houser and Sam "The face of Max Payne" Lake, and it'll be available both digitally and in limited print format. The first issue will even be available for free in the coming weeks via Rockstar's Newswire blog, the official game site, and various other places.

These comics fall under Marvel's Custom Solutions label, which caught me off guard for a second because I had never heard of that label before. What is it? Can someone clue me in? I'm assuming it refers to comics that Marvel publishes digitally. Is that correct? Why can't I find jack about it on Google?

Original Max Payne 3 Comics Series Produced by Marvel Coming Soon [Rockstar Games]

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8:30 PM on 04.13.2012

The DTOID Show: Kinect Skyrim, Steam Box & Sleeping Dogs!

Howareyougentlemen! In case you missed it, here's the festering carcass of what was formerly today's live Destructoid show. We talked about some stuff: For starters, Skyrim is getting Kinect voice commands, and I'm sorry but ...

Max Scoville