Max Payne 3 at PAX East 2012

We got to check out Max Payne 3 at PAX East today, and took the single-player campaign of the cinematic action-shooter for a spin!  First off, the detail and ambiance of the game's environments are absolutely top notch.  A gloomy, yet stunning graphic style along with the countless environmental intricacies in every memory makes you feel right at home in Max Payne's head. 

Seamless transition from cutscenes to gameplay paired with extremely lifelike NPC movement makes your immersion nearly impenetrable.  The absolute coolest features we got to play with today? The revamped Bullet Time and Shootdodge effects, which essentially let you perform a bunch of Matrix-like moves when combo'd in various styles. 

Here's some backstory:

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For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out.

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Multiplayer is a new addition to the series, directly translating the artistry and movement of the game into an environment that not only lives up to the single-player version, but builds on it.  Here are the modes so far:

Gang Wars
Gang Wars is a series of multiplayer matches based on events within the world of the single player game. The match objectives of each round shift dynamically based on the events of the round before to create a series of matches with their own unique story thread.  So for instance, the team that grabbed the most turf in the previous round might have to defuse bombs set within their territory, or the player with the most kills from the round may suddenly find themselves the target of a hit squad in the following round. The goal is to add a layer of narrative and meaning to multiplayer matches, and create extra drama out of the interactions that go on between players within each match.
Payne Killer
Payne Killer gives players the chance to play as Max Payne in online matches, and take advantage of his special abilities and personality. And while it doesn’t have the same direct plot tie-ins that Gang Wars has, it still maintains the same detail and presentation, with narration delivered by Max. Because it combines cooperative and competitive elements, Payne Killer creates unique partnerships and rivalries that are constantly changing from moment to moment. We hope that Payne Killer helps build unique relationships with players, and delivers unique incentives to work together in a decidedly non-traditional way.

In addition, Rockstar is turning on the swag with some exclusive gear available at PAX East, or through their Facebook sweepstakes, which will hand out prize packs to lucky likers.  Items may be soon hitting the shelves at the Rockstar Warehouse, as well!  You can get the Max Payne 3 Logo Tee, the Rockstar Bullet Tee, the game's Official Poster, and the Deluxe Sticker Pack with oversized action-packed stickers, as seen in the image below.

Max Payne 3 is due out on May 15th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC version launching the 29th.  More information can be found at


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