Max Payne 3 Previews: Kotaku Praise Multiplayer as ‘Essential’, Plus Interviews with James McCaffrey and More

Posted on April 23 2012, 1:20pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

There's less than a month to go til the release of Max Payne 3, and the world's gaming press are continuing to serve up lots of great features, interviews and preview impressions of their own hands-on experiences with the game's single and multiplayer modes. Here's a look at some choice cuts from an assortment of articles that have hit over the past few days...

Kotaku have just posted an in-depth hands-on impression of Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, calling it "Essential, and Rockstar's Boldest Move in Years". An excerpt:

"The changing objectives in Gang Wars matched well with the nimbleness of Max Payne's multiplayer characters and the deviousness of its many perks. Many of the rounds were based on needing to get somewhere fast and be unhittable, whether to seize territory or move a bag. If the game merely let you run, that'd be nice, but it is letting you shoot-dodge in slow-motion out of the line of fire as you reach a goal or finish grabbing some turf. That makes brief moments of multiplayer mayhem feel like some sort of bullet-filled ballet. It feels grand and crafty, as does using the right burst at the right time."

Read the full piece at

In the new Hit Points video from GameTrailers (embedded below), GT touch on many of the need-to-know Max facts about Bullet Time®, Multiplayer Bursts, and the game's story - check it out...

And G4TV and Videogamer recently interviewed the inimitable James McCaffrey - the voice of Max Payne; here's a couple of excerpts from each of them...

G4TV: "It will have been nine years since we last heard/saw you as Max Payne when Max Payne 3 arrives next month. How did it feel to be back in Max’s shoes after all those years? Did you find they still fit, or had you/Max grown a bit in that time"?

James McCaffrey: "It was surprisingly comfortable. The guys at Rockstar have done a fantastic job at creating a story that fits perfectly with where Max might wind up in his life after so much time. So Max still fits, probably more so now after having to do much more work for the character this time, in terms of having to do all the motion capture work, which was all brand new to me. Ultimately, that makes the character more believable, but it’s also more of my own performance that winds up as part of the game"

Check out the full transcript on G4TV

Videogamer: Given the change of setting, do you think Max Payne 3 still feels like a neo-noir story? And if so, how much of your performance as an actor do you feel contributes to the feeling of the game?

James McCaffrey: There are definitely still noir elements to the story, and that will come out when people finally get to play the game. In terms of how that feeling comes across, a lot of that comes down to the character, but I'm really just saying the dialogue. So much of the work has been done for me by Rod Edge (production director) and Rob Nelson (art director) and the Rockstar guys, who really help make the Max that you see on the screen.

Read the interview at Videogamer

Also check out more Max Payne 3 impressions including coverage of Multiplayer and more by Digital Trends and Warp Zoned - and stay tuned for lots more coverage in the weeks ahead...

Max Payne 3 at PAX East Recap
Max Payne 3 Video Previews and Interviews at IGN, G4, GameTrailers and Destructoid
“Welcome to the Delightfully Chaotic World of Max Payne 3 Multiplayer”: Hands-On Impressions from GameSpot, Vox Games, CVG and More...

  • GriZzZy187on April 27 2012, 3:59amReplyFlag
    Loved the way he jumped that Billards table!!! O_O;;
    • R* Yon April 26 2012, 8:15pmReplyFlag
      @duk_leon Yes, it'll be used on all platforms

      @shibbidge Thanks for the suggestion, however we haven't announced any plans to do that
      • shibbidgeon April 26 2012, 6:27amReplyFlag
        can we expect a multiplayer character pack from your previous games? I would love to play as Niko , mad Marston or even Piggsy from manhunt! Now that will just be epic on so many levels
        • duk_leonon April 26 2012, 2:19amReplyFlag
          @R* It is so good to know that Max Payne 3 will have a different type of connections used as strict NATs is the only reason why I missed the last GTA IV PC Official Event. Will this new connection be used on the PC version as well ? Also, I can't wait for your announcement on the Classic Multiplayer Character Pack.
          • R* Yon April 25 2012, 8:51pmReplyFlag
            @Shmeazend Max Payne 3 will use something new and different from GTAIV and Red Dead in the way that connections function in multiplayer, this will help out players with strict NATs so they can play with others
            • Shmeazendon April 25 2012, 9:15amReplyFlag
              @Rockstar Ok this question has been bothering me for awhile now. Will this be using a different network than GTAIV and Red Dead Redemption? Even when there were a lot of people playing those games online I could rarely find anyone to play them with because I have a strict NAT type. I really don't want that to happen again.
              • R* Aon April 24 2012, 10:54pmReplyFlag
                Cheers all

                @DeadlyTarget Look for an update on the Classic Multiplayer Character Pack in the next couple days here

                @bugnut65 Yup, Cemetery is also a level in the single-player game.
                • DeadlyTargeton April 24 2012, 10:42pmReplyFlag
                  Rockstar, will there be any screenshots of the Classic Multiplayer Character Pack before release? I'm very curious to see how they appear ingame.
                  • WhatMakesUsHumanon April 24 2012, 10:23pmReplyFlag
                    I liked the Kotaku preview, although I thought it was pretty wrong for the guy to write that the multiplayer will be the main part of the game...I mean, one of the reasons the Max Payne series is considered revolutionary is because it was the first one to make the story an essential part of the game's experience, something that was quite uncommon for third person shooters. So, although being slightly interested in the multiplayer, I'm obviously expecting the single player campaign of Max Payne 3 to be the highlight of the game. Also, all those times the guy mentioned COD got on my nerves a little, but hey, at least he seemed to be very pleased with what he saw/played.
                    The G4 video is very good, and it really highlights some of the most interesting aspects of the Max Payne 3 experience. As for the interviews with James McCaffrey, it's great to know some infomations about the process of creating the game from the guy who gave the soul to Max Payne from the very beginning! I'm still expecting you guys to make a video interview with him if possible though, as that would be absolutely awesome and would definitely please all the Max Paye fans!
                    • HIBMFLon April 24 2012, 8:05pmReplyFlag
                      Wow we can even see the wall/floor pieces details when a bullet hits
                      hope things like that wont be missing in the console versions
                      • Asher13Don April 24 2012, 5:43pmReplyFlag
                        Is switching discs really that big of a deal? It's not like a new practice, if you've played on PS1 or PS2 or the original X-Box, you had to do disc swaps all the time. It takes like... three seconds. Even some 360 games do it.
                        • bugnut65on April 24 2012, 5:00pmReplyFlag
                          rockstar i got a question i saw the pre order video for max payne 3 to were we have access to the cemetery map i cannot wait but it looks like this envioroment will be included in the single player or is this only multiplayer? thanks for bringing max back
                          • DGSimoon April 24 2012, 4:58pmReplyFlag
                            Did you guys check out recently? They went to Rockstar NY along with to play Max Payne 3 and on May 2nd they'll be posting their impressions along with new screenshots!
                            • djlew42on April 24 2012, 4:51pmReplyFlag
                              i know this might sound bad but i kinda wanna get all the max payne 3 news out f the way, as i really want more info on gta v, but im still really looking forward to max payne 3
                              • DGSimoon April 24 2012, 4:36pmReplyFlag
                                R*Y-Ahh I see you edited your original response to get an answer without me having to bug support. Thanks so much for finding that out and appreciate it!!!

                                If that's the case then no worries and I can deal with that. Cheers!
                                • NYPDMAXPAYNEon April 24 2012, 2:52pmReplyFlag
                                  @MaxPayne1983 @Rover010 @mullen222 No problem you guys enjoy it!
                                  • d10nislawon April 24 2012, 1:37pmReplyFlag
                                    Looks really great. Bullet impact effects are awesome. I wish to see something like that in Grand Theft Auto V. Cheers :)
                                    • R* Yon April 24 2012, 10:55amReplyFlag
                                      @LethalAngelo @MEX_Mex1can_MEX @BudgetCross @maciej595revan Thanks all

                                      @GriZzZy187 Another multiplayer video is coming within the next couple weeks, stay tuned!

                                      @Milerinho47 Look for more details about the languages that will be supported for subtitles a bit closer to the release of the game

                                      @pencil_dude We'll have more information on the Max Payne 3 multiplayer events coming up, so watch for announcements closer to the first one on May 18th

                                      @DGSimo You only switch discs once in the entire game, at a carefully chosen break point in the story, it really does not break the flow if the game particularly
                                      • Dark_Smokeyon April 24 2012, 9:33amReplyFlag
                                        hope you guys have a video intervew with James McCaffrey soon... would love to see that.
                                        • Milerinho47on April 24 2012, 9:29amReplyFlag
                                          R @
                                          Hey R i have one question,
                                          Will Max Payne 3 have Polish subtitles?
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