New Max Payne 3 Design and Technology video looks under the hood at the shooter's tech

Rockstar usually keeps its hand close to its chest when preparing a new game for release, opting to hide the design behind cinematic trailers and cutscenes until after launch. With Max Payne 3, however, they seem fairly open to sharing its secrets beforehand, as displayed in this new "Design and Technology" video. It’s more of a “demonstration video” than a typical “trailer,” but it’s still chock-full of new gameplay footage to enjoy.

We're not complaining, though – it looks absolutely marvelous. The video goes deep into the game's shooting, promising to provide a first-person shooter level of accuracy without losing the third-person shooter perspective. This lets Rockstar maintain the series' typical level of cinematic fidelity without sacrificing accuracy, which, obviously, is good for a game based around diving into rooms in slow motion and shooting gang members in the crotch with shotguns. Speaking of which, there’s a ton of raw footage of bullet-time, and it looks just like you remember it. Things turn grey, everything goes slow, and Max kills people with guns.

Ah, memories.


  • R-ape - November 17, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Does R* even have to release these videos? I already know it's going to be a good game.
  • KidKatana - November 18, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Well we knew it would be good, but the first bit about movement and shooting has convinced me that this is gonna be a game-changer for the third-person shooter genre - nothing else is gonna seem acceptable after 360-degree shooting from prone.
  • chriszewski - November 17, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    Too bad Max has lost the constant "who farted" expression.
  • ithurtstopoop - November 17, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Im bored with bullet time, bring on the lasertime
  • Jrymanz - November 17, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Looks pretty promising so far. The only thing is it doesn't look like it is going to be as dark or emotional like the others.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 17, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Looks even better than I expected. These Rockstar trailers always crack me up. I thought the Red Dead one was going for a weird history channel vibe/parody, but then they just started doing it for all of them.
  • flabslapper - November 17, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Well at first I was pretty pissed off by the new design but from what it looks like the game takes place over the course of a few years and probably leads to what seems like a globe hopping sort of thing instead of it being centralized in NY and only for a few days like the first one was As far as the game play goes it looks like they nailed what made the first one so much fun over 10 years ago flabslapper approved! (so far)

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