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I don’t care if Max Payne 3 features a time-jumping narrative where fans get to play (for some of the time at least) a more familiar looking character – Max Payne 3 will still not be a Max Payne game to me. It doesn’t even matter how brooding Max is this time, or if I spend the entire game flipping between listening to inner monologues and jumping around in slow-motion – it will still not be a Max Payne game.
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Forget that this so-called third instalment in the comic book noir-styled franchise isn’t being produced by the original studio, Remedy Entertainment. The Call of Duty series is still every bit Call of Duty regardless of whether it’s Infinity Ward or Treyarch behind the wheel, and Tomb Raider even managed to improve when it was pried from Core Design’s cold, dead hands. No, it’s not the change of developer that’s the problem, nor even the fact that Max Payne 3 is being developed by four – four! – Rockstar studios in conjunction. These are just worrisome footnotes to my concern.
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What really bothers me are the changes these studios seem to be wreaking. Max Payne is all about the character; the tormented man living in a dark, gritty and forlorn city; a pre-Giuliani-era NYC wrought with drug addicts, low-lives and scum. It’s about taking part in a living, breathing graphic novel, hearing the inner thoughts of a protagonist wracked with guilt for not saving his family, and trying to come to terms with his grief through bloodshed.

The third, however, dramatically relocates the story from the monochromatically mean streets of the Big Apple to the sunnier, over-saturated climes of Sao Paulo. Where’s the noir? Where’s the guilt? Where’s his damn hair? Why has the grizzled city cop in a leather jacket suddenly become a bald, beer-bellied mercenary in a Hawaiian shirt? Maybe this question is what will drive Max Payne 3’s story, but I doubt I’ll be able to enjoy the journey through that given how much I loathe the destination.
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Before someone calls me out for quoting too much from the original to comply with the news, notice this isn't in the news.

Thoughts? I know there are Max Payne fans out there, are you guys worried or hopeful? I just started playing the original a bit ago, it's "archaic," but fun.
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New max payne looks interesting to me, however if you are a die hard fan of the original I can see why such a drastic change may piss you off.

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Max Payne was my first PC game that I actually played all the way through. I enjoyed it tremendously and was dissappointed by the sequel. Hope the 3rd IS as great as the first one.
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The original 2 were really good, I hope this one is that's all I will say.
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