XP, Rank, and Cash
Xp and Rank
standard xp levels up your character rank, in the process unlocking everything
from weapons to avatar accessories. Completing objectives, getting kills, and
winning matches all earn you xp. The max rank you can achieve is 50, at which
time you’ll be given the chance to become a legend (much like prestiging in
Call of Duty). Doing so resets your cash, rank, and weapons. In return you get
a new icon and title - but most importantly, you’ll earn a cash multiplier of
20%. Every time you become a legend (you can do so up to 10 times) that
multiplier increases by another 20%.
you’ve been grinding away to achieve an astronomical rank, you’ll still need to
buy the stuff you’ve unlocked. That’s where cash comes in. Cash is earned by
looting corpses, winning games, accomplishing objectives, and completing grinds.
All cash earned during a particular match is tallied and displayed on the
Grinds, Vendettas, and Looting
recognize the concept of Grinds from the single player portion of Max Payne 3.
In multiplayer, there are numerous grinds – some general, some specific to
things such as weapons or game modes. The types of grinds are as follows:
Training, action, item, weapon, burst, mode, kill, and hardcore. As you can
see, there’s always something to aim for in every match.
of any grind grants you xp and cash.
player kills you at least two times before you’ve killed them, the vendetta
option appears on the kill screen. Once you place a
vendetta on another player, that person is immediately notified. When the player in question next appears
on your mini map, they will as a larger red dot with a black X through it. This icon will also appear above their heads
when you get a line of sight on them.
enemy will grant you extra xp and adrenaline, while surviving the vendetta of
another player will do the same (though to a slightly lesser degree). There’s
no real downside to spamming vendettas unless the player who’s been killing you
is notably more skilled, is likely to kill you again, or is winning the match.
In those cases, there’s no reason to simply hand him/her over more xp and
player dies (even if it was your teammate) you can loot their corpse by
standing over it and holding the prompted button. Looting can get you extra
adrenaline, cash, grenades, and even precious painkillers. Just be aware that
you’ll be defenseless during the couple of seconds it takes to steal from the
dead, so only loot when you’re fairly certain the coast is clear.
In the Payne
Killer mode, looting Max or Passos’ body earns you at least $100. This is a
great way to make some fast money!
Soft Lock vs Free Aim
likely understand the difference between these two terms if you’ve played the
single player portion of Max Payne 3, but if not…
snaps your target reticule onto an enemy (usually their chest) when you press
the left trigger and follows your opponent until you let go of left trigger or
you lose line of sight. Free Aim offers no aim assist whatsoever. The playlists
in each lobby are identical with the exception of the Hardcore Deathmatch,
Hardcore Team Deathmatch, and Hardcore Gang Wars, which are only available in
Free Aim mode. (Note that Hardcore matches offer more xp.)
If you’re a
newcomer to multiplayer, or just prefer a more casual approach, Soft Lock is
definitely the way to go. Max Payne 3 doesn’t quite feature a targeting system
with the mechanical stability of seasoned shooting games like Call of Duty or
Uncharted, so becoming decent in Free Aim mode requires practice. Thankfully,
all your xp, weapons, unlocks, etc. are transferable, so you can switch
between the modes at your leisure.