Rockstar Details Max Payne 3, New Screens Included

Story info and gameplay features have been officially detailed by Rockstar.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Rockstar has delivered, via internet carrier pigeon, a blowout of info on Max Payne 3, supplemented by a packet of screenshots that display the many looks of our titular anti-hero. We now have a feature list and story details for the often-delayed third chapter in the Max Payne saga (No, the Mark Wahlberg movie does not count).

Let’s start by going over the vague story details Rockstar offers up. Max 3 is apparently set eight years after the events of Max Payne 2. Max is no longer a cop, but is instead a wash-up drunk who’s addicted to painkillers. Clearly, Max has fallen on hard times.

To escape his miserable life in NYC, Max travels to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to work as private security. Max gets a job as a protection force for the family of Rodrigo Branco, a wealthy real estate mogul in Sao Paulo.

At the core of Max Payne 3 is a story about “Max's descent from vengeful, leather-jacket wearing detective roaming the alleys of New York to the broken, shaven-headed man out for justice on unfamiliar streets far from home.”

Hopefully, this story won’t lead to any “walk-the-thin-blood-line-while-babies-constantly-cry” type of levels. Fingers crossed.

As we previously noted, Max Payne 3 will see the return of Bullet Time, as well as Bullet cams, which deliver satisfying slow-mo kill shots. The environments of Max 3 will be destructible, leading to some “epic moments of action that allow Max to take out enemies in a new interpretation of Max Payne’s signature style.” You can also expect a new cover system and a greater emphasis on partner/sidekick gunplay in this three-quel.

The series’ graphic novel approach to storytelling will return in MP3. However, instead of static real-life images of actors, Max Payne 3 will use in-game models to get its story across. The man who voiced the original Max, James McCaffery, will be returning in part 3. McCaffery is also apparently doing all the motion capture work for the character this time around.

While multiplayer was confirmed by EDGE magazine, Rockstar has still not yet officially mentioned it elsewhere.

OK, that’s it for details, let’s get to the screenshot gallery. Enjoy the many (different) looks of Mr. Payne (not to be confused with Major Payne, the movie. Although, that would be amazing if there were a connection. Rockstar, please?).