Max Payne 3 is a third-person shooter videogame, the third title in the Max Payne series. The game was released on May 15, 2012, it was developed primarily by Rockstar Vancouver and was published by Rockstar Games for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The story of the game was stated to be set 12 years after the previous installment, but a later Rockstar interview revealed it was changed to 8 years after the second game, around early 2012 (the second game was set in late 2003).
The location of the narrative is São Paulo, Brazil, and features the shantytowns, known as favelas, as well as the affluent neighborhoods, port, bus station, and a football stadium, amongst others.
Following the events of the second game, Max Payne has left the NYPD behind and now lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with an addiction to painkillers and alcohol. While at Walton's Bar, a bar that Payne has frequented for the past five years, Max is visited by Raul Passos, who claims that he went to the academy with Max, although Max does not remember him (possibly due to his alcoholism). Tony DeMarco and his friends enter and begin harassing Max, and when Tony strikes a woman at the bar, Max kills Tony. Max and Raul flee the bar and take care of the rest of DeMarco's crew.
Back at Max's apartment, Raul tells Max about his work in São Paulo, trying to convince him to come work with him, which Max refuses. But then, the boss of the New Jersey mafia, Anthony DeMarco, the father of Tony, sends his hitmen after Max. Max and Raul kill the remaining hitmen and Max finally decides to go with Passos to São Paulo. Max heads to Golgotha Cemetery to say goodbye to his wife and daughter at their burial site, but Max and Raul are followed by DeMarco's hitmen and get into another gunfight.
The sunny Brazil is a departure from the bleak black and white film noir theme of the first two games, but Rockstar believed Max Payne 3 would retain the noir feel without these elements or the dark color palette, and feel more "contemporary." 
Max Payne's narration also makes a return.
Max Payne 3 features an improved Bullet Time mode: more details of the game's world are presented in slow-motion, such as those of flying bullet casings, etc. A new bullet time variant is the "environmental bullet time" when the game speed is slowed down during certain scripted events for the player to quickly react. The "bullet cam" also makes a return.
A lot of world objects are destructible.The game introduces a cover system similar to Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption, but the developers also said that it doesn't have to be used and is merely an option.
The ability to take hostages as human shields is also implemented.Enemy character models display different injury and death animations depending on the types of weapons used against them and the parts of their bodies hit.
Max Payne 3 has checkpoint-based saving and will not feature quick-saves.
Artists such as the American rock band HEALTH, and the Brazilian rapper Emicida composed the soundtrack for Max Payne 3. The band and the Brazilian artist recorded exclusive songs just for the game. Health also created the game's score.
Brazilian composer Pedro Bromfman, who worked on the soundtrack of the Tropa de Elite film, signed up for scoring some Max Payne 3 tracks as well. Reportedly, Rockstar contacted him after they saw the mentioned José Padilha's film.
The soundtrack of Max Payne 3 is included in the game's special edition package (see below).
- "Max Payne 3 introduces an explosive and innovative multiplayer experience, bringing Max Payne's signature Shootdodge™ and Bullet Time® gameplay features along with a range of new and expanded special abilities into the arena of competitive online multiplayer."
- ―Official website
Max Payne 3 will have a multiplayer feature, a novelty in Max Payne games. The Multiplayer will feature maps that "dynamically alter during play" as well as mode progression for all players in a match. There will also be a reward and leveling system included, along with "persistent clans and multiple strategic load-out options."
Known multiplayer game modes are:
- Rookie Deathmatch
- Rookie Team Deathmatch
- Team Deathmatch
- Payne Killer
- Gang Wars
- Large Deathmatch
- Large Team Deathmatch
- Hardcore Deathmatch
- Hardcore Team Deathmatch
- Hardcore Gang Wars
Known multiplayer maps:
- Hoboken Alleys
- Nova Esperanca
- Rooftop of the Moderno
- Sao Paulo Bus Depot
- Tiete River Docks
- Branco Headquarters
Even more maps will be added as downloadable content (see below).
- Main article: Burst
There are special abilities players can use in the multiplayer, called bursts. They are charged by building up the adrenaline and have 3 levels of potency. Players can choose which bursts to select to play with.
One of the "bursts" is called "paranoia" which makes the player think that the people in his crew are enemies.
Players can create their sets of loadout items before the multiplayer matches. These items each offer specific benefits and can create different styles of play.
- Main article: Max Payne 3 multiplayer characters
There are many characters to choose from to do battle with in multiplayer. There are NPCs from the story mode of the game, special characters which were modelled after Max Payne fans which won a Twitter competition (see below), and character skins from the previous two Max Payne games (The Classic Character Pack, for example).
Crews of players can be created using Rockstar's Social Club. These are essentially clans with a leader and its own emblem. Players can join up to 5 crews. The crews aid collecting XP points faster, amongst other perks. The crews will be able to be imported into Grand Theft Auto V.
Franchise license and release date
In 2002, Remedy, the original creators of the Max Payne franchise sold all rights of the games to Take-Two Interactive. In 2004, Take-Two's then CEO Jeffrey Lapin confirmed that Max Payne 3 was coming. After this followed years of no new information and new Take-Two CEOs, raising questions about the game being in development at all. Eventually, in 2009, Rockstar Games announced that Max Payne 3 was coming in the winter of 2009. The release date of the game was pushed back several times: on September 8th, the set announced date was March 2012, but, most recently, the latest official info puts it on May 15, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 in North America and May 18, 2012 in Europe. The PC version will be launched on May 29th, 2012 in North America and June 1st, 2012 in Europe.
Rockstar sent more than 10 developers to São Paulo to photograph its locales and collect the "vibe" of the city. The architecture of favelas and their buildings was researched; other "compelling" locations of the city were also explored. 3D scans of "hundreds" of local people were performed to create more authentic character models.
Considering a new voice actor
For a time, the developers considered hiring a new actor to replace James McCaffrey and portray an older Max Payne. However, in May of 2010, McCaffrey was announced to return to the series to both voice Payne and portray him with motion capture.
Development studio co-operation
Although initially Max Payne 3 was announced as solely a Rockstar Vancouver production, it has been revealed that multiple Rockstar studios are co-operating to aid in the creation of the title. The studios include Rockstar's Toronto, New England and London branches.
Detrimental legacy of the 2008 Max Payne film
Speaking about the infamous Max Payne film, Rockstar's vice president of development Jeronimo Barrera revealed his studio does not consider the movie's notoriety will hinder the sale of their newest game. He provided the Mario franchise as an example of fans enjoying new videogames long after a failed motion picture attempt.
The official website of Max Payne 3 was launched in 2009 and for a considerable time contained solely one piece of artwork: the bearded and bald protagonist. Subsequent updates with batches of screenshots followed, and Rockstar gave interviews to Game Informer and Edge magazines revealing more details about the setting and direction of the game. In September of 2011, after the last L.A. Noire downloadable content packs had been released, the Rockstar Games promotional engine shifted to Max Payne 3 as their next big upcoming release. The new campaign began with the first official game trailer premiering on the 14th of September.
Throughout the promotional period, Rockstar would launch screenshot and wallpaper updates, present interviews given to gaming websites or post articles about the research done for the production.
A "pop-up" edition of the first trailer with developer's notes commentary was released on the 22nd of September and followed up with a short fan Q&A on October 5th. The studio invited various gaming journalists to their New York City office and showed them a few levels of Max Payne 3, and favorable impressions of the reporters hit their respective sites soon after. The game was also on display in the New York City Comic Con on October 14-16.
Design and Technology videos
On November 17th, 2011, Rockstar debuted a 5-part Design and Technology video series displaying the development choices taken and game mechanics developed for the upcoming game. The first part - "Creating a Cutting Edge Action-Shooter" - overviewed Max Payne 3Template:'s targeting, character movement, artificial intelligence and Bullet Time systems. The second episode, named "Targeting and Weapons," came out January 18th and the third, "Visual Effects and Cinematics" - on the 16th of March.
Special edition announced
"Your Likeness as a Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Character"
On December 16th, Rockstar offered the Max Payne fans the opportunity to participate in a Twitter contest for a chance to have the likeness of their faces featured in Max Payne 3 as multiplayer characters. 8 spots were up for grabs during 4 weeks, as those interested and eligible tweeted using the "MaxPayne3" hashtag. The following were the announced winners: two female Americans and six men from Australia, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the UK.
On the 2nd of February, 2012, the updated and redesigned Max Payne 3 official website was unveiled. Among its new features are the detailed reviews of the weapons of the game as well as gangs and characters from the storyline.
The second trailer for the game came out on February 16th, 2012.
Cemetery map tombstones
In March, special sweepstakes were announced where entrants were able to win an opportunity to have their real names engraved on in-game tombstones located in the Cemetery multiplayer map. 6 winners were chosen.
"Follow Max Payne's Trail"
March 13th, the "Follow Max Payne's Trail" sweepstakes were unveiled, offering by far the most expensive and grandiose prizes. One winner would win: A trip for two to New York City and later São Paulo, luxury hotel stays, the opportunity to play Max Payne 3 at Rockstar's NYC base, VIP tickets to São Paulo's Sónar music and art festival, and a custom-made Max Payne 3-themed Xbox 360 console. However, as in most Rockstar lotteries, only residents from a few select countries were eligible to participate. The victor was chosen April 6th.
Rockstar started releasing free downloadable Max Payne 3 comics, which were partly written by Remedy's Sam Lake, aimed at connecting the storylines of the first two games to Max Payne 3. One issue has been released so far: "After the Fall".
The promotional campaign followed with setting up advertisements in bus stops, creating murals on some buildings, decorating a NASCAR car, announcing the multiplayer crews and the opening of their creation. The final launch trailer was released May 10th, 5 days before the console debut of the game.
The PC version of Max Payne 3 will have improved graphics compared to the console version. It will not be a "console port", according Rockstar. DirectX 11 will be supported, including tessellation. "A higher frame rate, greater visual fidelity, precision mouse and keyboard controls, a full suite of customisable visual and control settings, and optional 3D functionality for an even greater sense of immersion" are amongst the advertised features. 
The PC version will be released two weeks later than the console editions.
- Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3
- Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ - i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ - FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
- 2GB - 16GB
- NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM - Radeon HD 7970 3GB VRAM
- 100% Direct X 9.0 compatible – Direct X 9.0 compatible supporting Dolby Digital Live
- 35 GB
On November 21st, the special edition of Max Payne 3 was unveiled. Coming in limited numbers and available for pre-order only, in addition to the videogame, it will include: a statue of Max Payne in a gray suit wielding dual pistols, art prints "depicting some of Max's inner demons and vices," the original soundtrack, a bullet key chain, and digital additions to the multiplayer, such as the 8 character Classic Character Pack (including Mona Sax, Vladimir Lem and Max Payne 2-appearance Payne) and the Disorderly Conduct weapons pack (Molotov cocktail, Hammerhead auto shotgun, and G9 grenade launcher). Originally, the package was to be available for sale only until April 2nd, 2012, but the period was extended up until the launch of the game.
Following the popular trend seen with other new game releases, buyers who pre-order Max Payne 3 will receive exclusive goods. The first announced bonus was the Cemetery multiplayer map. Other revealed bonuses include the Silent Killer multiplayer loadout pack and the first paid multiplayer DLC of the game for free. Pre-ordering from the British-based merchant Zavvi.com, customers will receive a unique bullet-style pen. Amazon.com offers the Death Force multiplayer burst as a bonus, while some Canadian and South African retailers add a real physical U.F.E. patch to the pre-order of the game. The next announced pre-order incentive was the Pill Bottle loadout item. Toys R Us offers the highly sought-after multiplayer character skin - the Max Payne-appearance Max Payne (which is not even included in the Classic Character Pack).
Rockstar announced Max Payne 3 downloadable content (DLC) packages even before the main game was shipped.
So far, only multiplayer expansions have been announced as future DLCs with the first coming out in June of 2012.
- Local Justice (Police Precinct map and 2 other maps) - June, 2012
- Disorganized Crime (new maps) - Summer, 2012
- Deathmatch Made In Heaven (mode pack) - Summer, 2012
- Hostage Negotiation (maps) - Summer, 2012
- New York Minute (co-op pack) - Summer, 2012
- Painful Memories (maps) - Fall, 2012
- Trickle Down Economics (maps) Fall, 2012
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 July 2009 issue of Game Informer
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 EDGE, "A Man Called Payne", May 2011
- ↑ "First Max Payne 3 Soundtrack Details: HEALTH Crafting the Game's Original Score" on the official Max Payne 3 website. Retrieved March 31st, 2012.
- ↑ "Pedro Bromfman The Music Man Behind Max Payne 3" on the Rockstar Network. Retrieved March 31st, 2012.
- ↑ http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/122/1221372p1.html
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Max Payne 3 Coming March 2012" at Rockstar Newswire Retrieved September 24, 2011
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC this May" at Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 17, 2012
- ↑ "Watch the Official Pop-Up Edition of the First Max Payne 3 Trailer" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved October 16, 2011
- ↑ "Asked & Answered: Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire, Red Dead and More" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved October 16, 2011
- ↑ ""Max Payne Is Back": Read the First Max Payne 3 Previews from IGN, Kotaku, and More" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved October 16, 2011
- ↑ "Check out Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto III: 10th Anniversary Edition at the New York Comic Con This Weekend" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved October 16, 2011
- ↑ "Watch the Max Payne 3 Design and Technology Series Video" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved November 18, 2011
- ↑ "Watch the New Max Payne 3 Design and Technology Series Video: Targeting and Weapons" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 18, 2012
- ↑ "Watch the New Max Payne 3 Design and Technology Series Video: “Visual Effects and Cinematics”" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved March 29, 2012
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 "Announcing the Max Payne 3 Special Edition" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved November 21, 2011
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 "Pre-Order Max Payne 3 from GameStop and Get Early Access to the Cemetery Multiplayer Map" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved November 22, 2011
- ↑ "Your Likeness as a Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Character" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 17, 2012
- ↑ "First Four Multiplayer Faces Have Been Selected in the #MaxPayne3 Casting Event" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 17, 2012
- ↑ "The Final Four Faces Chosen in our #MaxPayne3 Multiplayer Gang Casting Event via Twitter" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 24, 2012
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 Official Site Launch Featuring the 608 Bull Revolver Feature & Video, Comando Sombra Gang File, Exclusive New Screens & More" on the Rockstar Newswire. Retrieved February 4th, 2012
- ↑ "Watch MAX PAYNE 3: Official Trailer #2" on the Rockstar Newswire. Retrieved February 16th, 2012
- ↑ "Reserve Your Own Plot in Max Payne 3's Cemetery Multiplayer Map via GameStop" on the official Max Payne 3 website. Retrieved April 1st, 2012.
- ↑ "Announcing the Max Payne 3: New York to São Paulo Sweepstakes" on the official Max Payne 3 website. Retrieved April 1st, 2012.
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 PC supports DirectX 11, 3D" on Eurogamer. Retrieved March 31st, 2012.
- ↑ "First Screenshots from the PC Version of Max Payne 3" at Rockstar Newswire Retrieved February 24, 2011
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 Special Edition Pre-Order Deadline Extended to April 2nd" at Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 17, 2012
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 Special Edition Available for Pre-Order till Launch" on the official website Retrieved April 5th, 2012
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 Pre-Order Exclusive Bonuses for Europe and Australia" at Rockstar Newswire Retrieved January 17th, 2012
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 Pre-Order Bonuses Surface from Zavvi & Tesco Entertainment" on the R* Network Retrieved February 4th, 2012
- ↑ Max Payne 3 pre-order on Amazon.com. Retrieved March 10th, 2012.
- ↑ "Lots of Deals Happening At Midnight For Mass Effect 3 Launch At EB Games/ Gamestop Canada" at Trendygamers.com. Retrieved March 20th, 2012.
- ↑ "Max Payne 3 | South African Pre-order Incentives Revealed" on Zombiegamer. Retrieved March 20th, 2012.
- ↑ "Pre-Order Max Payne 3 from Select Retailers by April 15th and Get Early Access to the Pill Bottle Loadout Item" on the official Max Payne 3 website. Retrieved March 27th, 2012.
- ↑ [Max Payne 3 at Toys R Us]. Retrieved May 13th, 2012.