A 4SquareMedia Website

> Wearable Technology
> Appliances
> Automation
> Automotive
> Buyers Guide
> CEDIA 2010
> Comment
> Content & Downloads
> Digital Photography
> Gaming
> Green Energy
> HD
> Home Cinema
> Home Office
> How Stuff Works
> Installation
> Portable Players
> Media Centres
> Phones
> Real Sound
> Reviews
Content & Downloads
Digital Photography
Home Cinema
Home Office
iPods & Portable Players
Media Centres
Music & Movies
Real Hi Fi
TVs & Large Display
Wireless & Networking
> Smart Awards 2013
> Smart Ideas
> Trio Awards 08
> TVs & Large Display
> Wireless & Networking
> Featured Reviews
> Advertising
> Competitions
> Contact
> Disclaimer
> Signup
> Terms & Conditions
> Subscribe to Newsletter
> Subscribe to Magazine

Top 10 Viewed Articles
  1. Who Has The Best LCD TV: Sony, Toshiba Or Samsung?
  2. FIRST LCD TV REVIEW: LG Scarlet 60 Vs Samsung Series 6
  3. Sony PS4 Not Far Away
  4. The Humble PC Gets A Whopping Makeover
  5. Sony Bravia LCD TVs Vs Samsung LED HD TVs Which is Best?
  6. Toshiba Working With Microsoft On New Entertainment Xbox
  7. Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft
  8. Massive Failure Rate For Xbox 360 Exposed
  9. Free Sony PS3 Con
  10. How To Build Your Own Digital Media Server: Part I
Top 10 Viewed Reviews
  1. First Review: Samsung Series 7 LED TV
  2. Movies On-The-Go With Teac DVD Boombox
  3. Who Has The Best 32-inch Screen: Panasonic, Samsung, or Sony?
  4. Who Has The Best Home Theatre Kit? Denon vs Bose
  5. Every Bit Of Defence Counts
  6. New Denon Home Theatre Makes Bose Look Like Yesterdays Technology
  7. Best Media Player On The Market
  8. At $1,499 The Aldi Medion 17-inch Notebook Is A Steal
  9. Affordable Noise Cancelling Headphones That Work
  10. B&W 600 Speaker Delivers Real Sound

Max Payne 3
Company: Max Payne 3

Pros: Bullet time; Wonderfully dark; Fleshed characters; long gameplay;

Cons: Long loading time;

Product Rating:

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Editor Rating 4.5

User Rating 0

Max Payne 3 Review: Welcome Back Old Friend

By Tony Ibrahim | Friday | 22/06/2012

Too often you walk away from a game feeling the artist's original vision was negotiated by accountants and other studio big wigs. At that moment you realise something good could've been great, but the people pulling strings held other interests.

Max Payne 3 isn't one of these games. You're left with the feeling they had an idea, downed some jelly beans and then ran with it. It is boldly violent, unapologetically vulgar and narrated in language that adds flesh to its character's bones.

Nine years have gone by since Max Payne 2 and the titular character remains defined by the memories of his butchered family. To ease the pain he pops painkillers as if their TicTacs and washes them down with scotch neat.

When the game starts, Max is hired muscle working a security detail for the wealthy Branco family in São Paulo, Brazil. In a town burdened by poverty, flooded with drugs and perverted by prostitution, Max watches the Branco family attend night clubs in helicopters and party on lavish yachts. When the time comes for his services to be rendered, the clichéd trophy wife gets kidnapped and things slowly spiral out of control.

As Max wreaks havoc in search of the missing wife—and ensuing red herrings—the game elegantly flashes back to his days in Hoboken, New Jersey, explaining how the gun-yielding, bullet-dodging anti-hero ended up in God's forsaken city, stuck between the past and the present:

The way I see it, there's two types of people. Those who spend their lives trying to build their future., and those who spend their lives trying to rebuild the past. For too long I've been stuck in between, hidden in the dark, locked on a course of destruction.

At times, Max's story seems stretched for the sake of facilitating gameplay. There are always more goons around every corner, more guns to pick up, more pills to pop. But it evades complacent repetition through gritty language:

When you're stuck in a foreign country and don't know the words for "reverse charges" and you're in some lonely skin joint in the middle of some poor slum and just had every last cent robbed from you and you call yourself a bodyguard, then you know you're a loser.

The latest Max Payne shifts the role of storytelling from the traditional graphic novel to cinematic cut scenes. Just like a Tony Scott film, images are distorted and the action is contextualised by keywords that flash on the screen, as if you're looking at the world through Max's drunken eyes.

This world couldn't feel as authentic if it wasn't for the graphics. Each venue is unique, characterised by its own garbage, street scum, colouring and layout. When people walk, run and shoot they appear natural, as does the blood that sprouts from their wounds. Max himself appears life-like, to the extent you believe his chiselled wrinkles were born from tragedy and raised by alcohol.

Players get a unique chance to look at this world during bullet time sequences, where, in the midst of heavy gun fire, Max leaps from cover and discharges bullets in slow motion. There are countless situations where bullet time livens gameplay; in fact, most gamers will be scanning the room, hoping someone else is witnessing the awesome spectacle every time they give it a whirl.

When gamers finish the long story mode, they can reap more value from multiplayer modes. Although no Call of Duty, it is a cut above the norm for Rockstar, and handles the addition of bullet time with ease. If one player engages in bullet time, both characters slow down. How much gameplay slows down is based upon the distance between two players, where the closer they are, the slower time elapses, and vice versa.

Between the colourful language, unapologetic plot, smooth-as graphics and the fleshed out characters, the successor to the Max Payne series faithfully recreates the hard-boiled attitude gamers around the world fell in love with. It brings a level of engagement familiar to profound cinema, and will leave an impression that resonates longer than usual. This, then, is a worthy addition, carrying the beloved legacy forward and not just cashing in on the name.

Link this review:
Link this page to delicious Link this page to Digg Link this page to Furlit Link this page to News Vine Link this page to Reddit Link this page to Spurl Link this page to Yahoo My Web RSS this section

New LG 65   New LG 65" Ultra High Definition TV, Complete With Pop Down Speakers: REVIEW
LG Australia has finally rolled out their 65" Ultra High Definition TV offering in Australia and what you get is a TV that delivers a quantum leap in TV technology and surprisingly a significantly improved sound system that is delivered from pop down speakers but the big question is whether it is worth $6,999.
Product Rating 4.5

Westfield To Split   Westfield To Split
Shopping giant to separate ANZ, international operation
Product Rating 0

REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones   REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones
If you are one of those people who love technology but struggle to manage the hundreds of apps and the endless capabilities that today's smartphones are capable of delivering then the new Samsung Note 3 is not for you.
Product Rating 5

Get the latest news
Subscribe today for your daily news of consumer electronic news...
Get the latest news

reaches over 2 million consumers a year. Contact us today about special deals..

For more information ...

Apr/May 2011 issue

reviews the hot new iPhone attach device, the Zeppelin Air. And we look at what's going on in the tablet space...

Max Payne 3 Reviewed by Tony Ibrahim Rating: 4.5