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First Max Payne 3 details emerge

First Max Payne 3 details emerge

Max Payne 3 will be set at least a decade after the last game and will take place mainly in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The first details on the new Max Payne game have begun to emerge finally, with the US magazine Game Informer set to have a cover feature on the game in the next few weeks and apparently getting a look at some of the changes that Rockstar have added since the last game.

The biggest change to the series will apparently be Max himself and, what with Max Payne 3 being set more than a decade after the last game, players can expect Max to be a lot different than his previous appearances - he's now bald, tubby, bearded and wearing a vest.

The setting for the game is also going to change radically too and, while there still aren't any specific story details released yet that might indicate who Max is fighting, we do know that the majority of the game will be set in Sao Paulo, Brazil - a far cry from the iced-over streets of New York.

Some aspects of the game are confirmed to be staying the same though, with the bullet time feature that first shot the series to mega-stardom being wholly intact according to early reports. While Max has definitely aged in the last ten years, it seems he's still fast enough to dodge a bullet.

Perhaps the most exciting update though is the rumoured inclusion of a new multiplayer element that'll allow players to go head-to-head with their chrome-domed, vomit-stained protagonists. While the updates to the setting and character are reasonably firm, it's worth stressing that multiplayer is still just a rumour for now.

The good news though is that Max Payne 3 is down for release before the end of the year, so more details on the game can't be that far away. We'll keep you posted, but until then let us know your thoughts about Max Payne 3 in the forums.

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g3n3tiX 10th June 2009, 13:32 Quote
I'm confused : do Alan Wake and Max Payne 3 have the same developer, or is it a different one ?
p3n 10th June 2009, 13:33 Quote
How the beep did they get from young cop to OAP war vet? (in 10 years)
DragunovHUN 10th June 2009, 13:41 Quote
Man, why turn Max Payne into an old version of Bruce Willis? Dirty tank top? WTF? He used to have such a nice long coat.
yakyb 10th June 2009, 13:46 Quote
looks gritty like max payne always was looking forward to this one
goldstar0011 10th June 2009, 13:46 Quote
Must say not sure about the Bruce Willis look, always loved the Max Payne coat (hoping it'd be an unlocakable feature for old skool Max) but am glad there's just a new game on the way
mjm25 10th June 2009, 13:48 Quote
yay :D the original max payne was the first pc game i ever bought and the sequel was laughs (anyone remember the bomb-strapped guy in a costume?) one thing though.... i have a theory why "Splinter Cell Conviction" hasn't been released yet... Sam Fisher has moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil and is moonlighting as Max Payne by the looks of it.
harveypooka 10th June 2009, 14:10 Quote
Excited!
sear 10th June 2009, 14:40 Quote
He's tubby? Really? Judging by the size of his forearms he's still in better shape than 99% of the population, and 100% of people his age.
Bauul 10th June 2009, 14:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
How the beep did they get from young cop to OAP war vet? (in 10 years)

I dunno, he could have been in his early 30s when his wife and child were killed, so Max Payne 1 was three years later (IIRC), making him mid thirties. Max Payne 2 was maybe a year later at most, putting him at mid/late thirties. Ten years later: mid/late 40s. He could just about pass for someone pushing 50 I think.

Of course this doesn't tell us much about the game, but if it's anything like the first two (metaphors in tact) it'll be great by default.
sear 10th June 2009, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
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Originally Posted by p3n
How the beep did they get from young cop to OAP war vet? (in 10 years)

I dunno, he could have been in his early 30s when his wife and child were killed, so Max Payne 1 was three years later (IIRC), making him mid thirties. Max Payne 2 was maybe a year later at most, putting him at mid/late thirties. Ten years later: mid/late 40s. He could just about pass for someone pushing 50 I think.

Of course this doesn't tell us much about the game, but if it's anything like the first two (metaphors in tact) it'll be great by default.
I'm pretty sure he was late 30s/about 40 in Max Payne 2.
perplekks45 10th June 2009, 15:11 Quote
This is just not Max Payne anymore.

Oh, and this means Alan Wake is officially dead? Shame.
Psy-UK 10th June 2009, 15:14 Quote
This is not being developed by Remedy aka the developers of Alan Wake.
perplekks45 10th June 2009, 15:28 Quote
And the developers of the original MP. So... who's doing it then? And why not Remedy?
sear 10th June 2009, 16:30 Quote
Rockstar Vancouver is handling Max Payne 3.
Combinho 10th June 2009, 16:30 Quote
Remedy lost the rights, as Rockstar weren't happy with 2's sales. They decided to develop 3 in house. I wish it had stayed with Remedy really...
Henk 10th June 2009, 17:15 Quote
I find it really hard to see how they're going to do "game noir" in the jungle, and by the looks of the info, by day.
Skiddywinks 10th June 2009, 17:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
This is just not Max Payne anymore.

Oh, and this means Alan Wake is officially dead? Shame.

How on Earth do you come to that conclusion?! It has just been shown at E3!
War-Rasta 10th June 2009, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Henk
I find it really hard to see how they're going to do "game noir" in the jungle, and by the looks of the info, by day.

Same here. I can't picture the whole ambiance for that when you have the guy running around on a dirty tank top.
Kmkze 10th June 2009, 17:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Henk
I find it really hard to see how they're going to do "game noir" in the jungle, and by the looks of the info, by day.

"In the jungle"? If you find a "jungle" in São Paulo, let me know... By the way, Max will need more than weapons and bullet time to stay alive while walking through any of the São Paulo slums at night...
perplekks45 10th June 2009, 20:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
How on Earth do you come to that conclusion?! It has just been shown at E3!
I'm sorry. I was under the impression Alan Wake and MP3 were being developed by Remedy and I couldn't imagine they'd be able to pull that off.
Lepermessiah 10th June 2009, 21:05 Quote
WOW, sounds really bad, looks like the series is going to go downhill like so many other games that go multi-platform. Sounds like they are turning it into another cliche filled stright forward action game, instead of the much deeper, darker game the first one was, Yawn.
VaLkyR-Assassin 10th June 2009, 22:36 Quote
The peeps who made the orig max payne games sold the rights and have concentrated on their new Alan Wake game instead. That's what it says on their site/in the forums.


Anyway, about Max Payne 3 - I don't like the look, it's just too Bruce-Willis like someone else said. Sounds like a cash-in on the name tbh.
Faulk_Wulf 11th June 2009, 04:07 Quote
That cover really looks like a picture i saw for Splinter Cell ages ago.
SMIFFYDUDE 11th June 2009, 15:03 Quote
Max has not only aged he's taken on a completely new appearance. My dad was 34 when I was born he's now 59, apart from shaving off his facial hair and going grey, he still looks a lot like he did in '85.

Looks like Max Payne: The Mid Life Crisis. Max travels to Brazil to find pretty new bride, with EXTREME consequences.
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