Max Payne 3 brings a lot of changes for gamers to take in; a
new locale, a new look for Max and a slew of new visual and gameplay changes
for the series, for starters. Luckily, to help us make sense of it all,
Rockstar’s continuing its fairly recent habit of releasing deep, lingering,
explanation-heavy “Design and Technology” gameplay videos that aren’t so much
trailers as they are pre-packaged previews. The latest presents a loving look
at the game’s somewhat breathtakingly fluid gunplay, specifically the surprising
nuances of its targeting system and arsenal.
OK, so, this one covers some of the same ground as the last
D&T video, but it’s also one of the prettier looks at the game we’ve had
yet; as you’re nodding to its explanations of first-person-style targeting,
enemy AI and carefully balanced firearm management, take a moment to appreciate
Max’s realistic range of movement, his destructible surroundings and the way
his enemies spasm and jerk as bullet-time projectiles rip through them. This is
clearly shaping up to be more than a standard run-and-cover shooter, and it’s
got us more fired up than ever for the game’s release this May.