"What Happens When Narrative and Multiplayer Converge... It Works Brilliantly" - Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Revealed in IGN's Exclusive Preview

Posted on December 14 2011, 2:10pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games


A member of the U.F.E Shootdodges while carrying a bag of cash.

This week, the crew at IGN got an exclusive sneak peek at the Max Payne 3 multiplayer experience, and it's safe to say they came away summarily impressed with the unrivaled sense of control and customization, as well as the unique integration of single player style narrative.  Read on for a selection of quotes, or hit the full article here to read their complete breakdown.


U.F.E. take fire from the Tropa Z gang by the Marina.

On the unique Gang Wars mode:
"Max Payne 3 attempts to give more definition to the spontaneous type of narrative you get in a round of multiplayer. To do this it's created a new mode called Gang Wars, the centrepiece of Payne's multiplayer suite. A typical match, for instance, might kick-off during the calamity of a drug deal gone horribly wrong. You must collect duffle bags gorged with cash and ferry them back to safe points. It's a standard multiplayer objective but the difference comes in the next round; instead of tasking you with the same objective, the mission changes and draws upon the events of the preceding round not only to give context but motivation for the new task."

On Bursts:
"The multiplayer experience is augmented by the presence of Bursts – special abilities that you unlock as you accumulate XP. The perks are inspired by the individual characteristics of the factions open to players in multiplayer. In addition to Bullet Time, Max's signature skill, the most original Bursts are those that alter players' perception of reality."

On the ability to use Shootdodge™ and Bullet Time®:
"Fortunately, many of the distinctive gameplay features that the Max Payne series innovated – Shootdodge, Bullet Time – sit more than comfortably within the confines of multiplayer. The ability to fling yourself through the air is a fantastic addition to multiplayer – especially when you see teammates bursting through windows and taking down opponents. It's incredibly useful as it can be deployed both offensively and defensively. Find yourself about close to death, and Shootdodge can be used to break the line of sight with your attacker, giving you just enough time to regain consciousness. It also looks really, really cool."


A U.F.E member lays prone to take down an exposed Tropa Z enemy.

Click here to read the full preview, which also includes a gallery of brand new multiplayer screens from the game. For our friends around the world, make sure to check out our other exclusive global previews including Meristation (ES), Spaziogames (IT), JeuxActu (FR), InsideGamer (NL), 9lives (BE), Games Aktuell (DE), Videogameszone (DE), Gamezone (DE) and Gamereactor (SE)... and be sure to stay tuned for lots more regarding Max Payne 3 Multiplayer is the weeks and months ahead.

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  • harukiller14on May 6 2012, 11:04amReplyFlag
    How does bullet time work when your not in a persons line of sight? if I am behind an enemy and he uses bullet time to go forward, am I moving at regular speed while he's in slow motion or am I still effected?
    • Freakk.Nomion March 28 2012, 5:55pmReplyFlag
      Max Payne 3
      • JohnnyRebPBEon March 10 2012, 12:43pmReplyFlag
        Looking amazing; also, is there going to be a Halo-esque theater feature in Max Payne 3? I'd think it'd be a natural fit, seeing all the work you have done with the visuals.
        Cannot wait, seriously shaking with anticipation.
        This is probably the most I've been excited for a game in a long, long while.
        • supersportsson February 28 2012, 9:26pmReplyFlag
          hope there will be no more extra delays cant.. wait ...any...longer..>.
          • Max-Gambyon February 15 2012, 6:38pmReplyFlag
            First of all congratulations to Rockstar for the work they are doing, the truth for me, Rockstar is the best! well my question is: Rockstar: the time a multiplayer video or more information about the multiplayer?
            • mailsondson February 11 2012, 5:46pmReplyFlag
              Muito massa !! UHUU BRASIL
              • streethearton February 9 2012, 3:32pmReplyFlag
                Hey Rockstars,

                Please don't forget a Multiplayer-mode without Overhead Icons in the sweetlooking Max Payne 3 ;]]
                Thanks already anyways. The game seems very playable....

                Greetings Kaisa =)
                • xGOD-OF-MAFFIAxon February 6 2012, 10:08pmReplyFlag
                  Is this game coming out on may 15?
                  • HelFireon February 3 2012, 7:26pmReplyFlag
                    This is on my wishlist for sure. Just need to wait for cable internet in a few more months...:)
                    • lortab1on February 3 2012, 1:11pmReplyFlag
                      pre-ordered a long time ago , why > because I love R* 3rd person games > that's why !
                      i'm so tired of looking at trailers etc. and R* please don't give me false hope with a
                      bunch of hype and Delay - Delay - Delay okay now that that is settled , all of this content
                      looks close to superb , just let the games begin alreay would ya ?
                      • NYPDMAXPAYNEon January 18 2012, 5:57pmReplyFlag
                        Everybody that has XBOX LIVE add me!

                        NYPDMAXPAYNE
                        • InsectOverlordson January 17 2012, 10:25amReplyFlag
                          Going by the multiplayer screens shown here, if you're colorblind, how do you tell who's on which team in the heat of battle?
                          • XxjockeyxXon January 12 2012, 9:26pmReplyFlag
                            When by any chance will more Max Payne 3 gameplay/videos come up? I am as excited to see photos of MP3 as much as everyone else but I really want to see some hardcore gameplay.. I have watched over both the trailer and the 1st gameplay video over a million times and is very tired of seeing the same thing.. Thanks RS! ~JJ
                            • R* Yon January 4 2012, 11:01amReplyFlag
                              @JMarsden87 Thanks, no info to pass along on anything related to packaging as we're still several weeks away, we'll be sure to let everyone know when we have some details

                              @EdwardFlunky45 Look for more on Max Payne 3 in the coming weeks, including more on multiplayer
                              • BroValenon January 3 2012, 9:18amReplyFlag
                                Max Payne 3 will release March, wohoo! I can't wait!
                                • EdwardFlunky45on December 31 2011, 2:05amReplyFlag
                                  Looks Amazing! I Have A Question. Does Max Payne 3 mp Experience Have Prestige System Like RDR ?
                                  • JMarsden87on December 21 2011, 5:29amReplyFlag
                                    Can't wait for the game, i am looking forward to get the SE although i am a little bit confused whether to get it for the X360 or the PS3 depending on the whether the X360 will have multiple discs concern.

                                    @R* Y, could you please confirm?
                                    • rafael470on December 20 2011, 5:21pmReplyFlag
                                      Wow wow good luck guys. Amos 2 mont to max payne 3 coming hey rockstargames have more videos coming. Of max payne 3. An got plans nex Max payne 4 . I think. U do rockstargames max payne 3 next max payne 4
                                      • PsychoClaavuson December 20 2011, 12:03pmReplyFlag
                                        Max Payne Looks so much more badass in Max Payne 1 and Max Payne 3.
                                        • Mac_Madon December 17 2011, 6:56amReplyFlag
                                          @jcancinos Max Payne 3 es un juego de acción y disparos en 3ª persona.
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