Rockstar Game Tips: Tailoring Your Controls in Max Payne 3

Posted on June 4 2012, 10:53am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games
Max Payne 3 was designed to offer players an immense amount of customizable control with four unique controller configurations along with easily adjustable sliders providing unique ways to tune the game to your liking:
Max Payne 3 provides four contrasting controller configurations for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 version (PC users also have fully mappable controls).
Type 1
The default control layout keeps Shootdodge™ and Bullet Time® accessible without having to take your hands off of the aim or movement sticks.
Type 2
Type 2 configuration puts cover on a shoulder button for those that are used to layouts from previous Rockstar titles like Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire.
Type 3
Similar to the default layout but this configuration swaps reload and Bullet Time® buttons for players who want to maintain aiming while reloading.
Type 4
The most notable difference with this configuration is that sprinting is swapped with going into crouch or prone and is now done by clicking down on the left analog stick.
In addition to those four main types of controller configurations, lefties can also select a Southpaw control option which swaps the movement and camera control functions between the left and right sticks. You also have the ability to alter both the horizontal and vertical aiming speed between 10 different settings designed to fine tune the rate at which the camera moves when using the analog stick, and can further customize by adjusting Aim Acceleration, which controls how quickly the camera reaches full rotation speed when moving to the left or right. And of course you have the option to invert both the horizontal and vertical movement controls.
As mentioned in a previous edition of Max Payne 3 Game Tips, the single-player game offers 3 unique targeting settings for players of varying skill levels (Hard Lock, Soft Lock and Free Aim). Soft Lock and Free Aim are also selectable for the game's multiplayer modes, with those specific players segregated in multiplayer accordingly. Beyond the core targeting options, there are also a number of additional targeting-related options that you can adjust, including:
Target Tracking 
This option, which is set to ON by default, offers a subtle assist when tracking enemies on the move.
Target Slowdown
This assist reduces your aiming speed slightly when the reticle is close to an enemy.
Reticle Settings
Diagrammed in an earlier edition of Max Payne 3 Game Tips, there are three distinct reticle settings:
* Default: A white dot reticle that changes red when over an enemy.
* Weapon Specific: A reticle that changes based on the weapon Max is carrying
* All White: Similar to Default, but without the transition to red when over a target.

Got a personal favorite custom-tailored control or targeting scheme in the game that you feel works best and want to share it with others? Share it in the Comments area below.
A reminder as well that we are still collecting community feedback to help inform dynamic tuning updates as well as Title Updates and more - if you'd like your opinion heard make sure you submit it to
And of course if you are experiencing any technical issues, our Support Team is happy to help at and

If you've got any preferred control or targeting set-ups, share 'em in the comments section, and be on the lookout for more Max Payne 3 Gameplay Tips to come - including a look at a few pro Loadout combinations suggested by our Multiplayer development team.
Previous Max Payne 3 Game Tips

  • LiquidJon September 20 2012, 7:09pmReplyFlag
    Southpaw controls! YES!
  • RabbidDude1on August 24 2012, 8:25amReplyFlag
    I like to use the default control with swapped triggers/buttons for maximum shooting responsiveness, with the reticule on weapon specific and target tracking/slowdown both on.
    • SouCali909on June 6 2012, 4:30pmReplyFlag
      @shibbidge Yea and also if R* does this for free mode have it set up like RDR Stronghold when to take a rival Crews turf for example when a crew goes into another online crews turf it will be set up like stronghold where the player has to capture objectives to gained that turf and everytime the crew pass an objective they gained more live like in Stronghold on Red Dead. Once the player/crew captures all the objectives for that crews turf it now becomes theres but no switching sides or a olding screen so like when the crew decieds to claim a turf it just starts
      • Mikeol2011on June 6 2012, 6:42amReplyFlag
        and you call yourself GTAFAN80S? I'm sure Rockstar don't really mind if you want to buy another game. its up to them when they release info on GTAV, like... when theres something awesome to show, once they've designed the new trailer and arranged what info they'll be sharing. heads up rockstar: i've been playing GTA since 97 the only thing that will stop me being a fan is too many DLC's for GTAV, please, just give us the features straight out.
        Dont tell me anything I dont wanna know until its ready!!
        • SouCali909on June 5 2012, 4:19pmReplyFlag
          Hope you my Msyg
          • vicecityFyeahon June 5 2012, 3:12pmReplyFlag
            • Sprunk1995on June 5 2012, 1:31pmReplyFlag
              I always play with the default controls, no need forme to remap everything is perfectin default, like in GTA IV for example
              • Kuya_Edon June 5 2012, 10:06amReplyFlag
                Type 2 is currently what i'm using and because i like the control layout of RDR using my L2 as my aiming and R2 as shooting more easier for me and i hope R* future games will have this kind of options for us to use.
                • Mikeol2011on June 5 2012, 9:38amReplyFlag
                  Rockstar why does Max Payne 3 have the same damn camera glitch as Red Dead where it goes over the wrong shoulder all the bloody time.
                  Also please release a PC patch for this game the controls in multiplayer are shocking
                  • kupaikristofon June 5 2012, 8:25amReplyFlag
                    Hello guys!

                    I need some help,I have installed the game and im using the minimum graphics to get more FPS but i only have 10 and 15.I have the Lowest Tested Specs for the game, I have 2GB RAM,ATI Radeon HD 4450e,and it stutters most time.The videos are going fast.Please help me.I havent got much money,I can only buy RAM not video card,but tell me which should i buy?RAM or Video Card to get faster game and fps?
                    • Dominik1411on June 5 2012, 6:15amReplyFlag
                      R* when are u going to release a patch which fixes all the freezes? I played new york minute on hardcore and when I was at chapter 8 (!) my PS3 froze! First I had no sounds and then came the freeze. Im trying it again now...
                      • agnirocks95on June 5 2012, 3:12amReplyFlag
                        Playing Max Payne 3 Again on hard mode...Expecting to play in old school as well..Gr8 game...
                        • R* Kon June 5 2012, 6:31amReplyFlag
                          @agnirocks95 Nice one, and good luck - keep aiming for the head and you'll do just fine
                        • RAP-DJ-BOy-WCon June 5 2012, 7:53amReplyFlag
                          @ That's 1 good tip i'll go for hardcore next week after i experienced it on hard i think i'll die 50000 times
                      • SouCali909on June 5 2012, 3:02amReplyFlag
                        I know this is off but here me out, For GTA V free mode have it where the crews could take turf from other online crews, you know basically a Gang war. Also Let it me know to others that this crew has this certain nighborhood, not just for that session let it be gobal. Also have online save houses for the crews where we could store weapons,cars, money etc..
                        • shibbidgeon June 5 2012, 7:37amReplyFlag
                          @SouCali909 badass idea! Also , their should buttloads of things to do on freeroam , way more than red dead!
                      • sed1eron June 5 2012, 2:29amReplyFlag
                        Cool. But can you make the sensitivity in bullet time and prone faster for PC. it's SUPER slow and I'm not exaggerating.
                        • SouCali909on June 4 2012, 9:13pmReplyFlag
                          Can you guys do the clothes from the ballad of gay tony? More like the red and black jacket that lusie wored. I know this is off topic but for Gta V Free Mode, It will be cool if It has Crew turf wars, You know Gang wars but when you go into certain Neighborhoods and it shows that this crew has this turf for the session. So like it will pop up on the radar.
                        • ExDannabison June 4 2012, 8:07pmReplyFlag
                          One thing I think may be a large help to everyone wanting to go from Soft Lock to Free Aim, turn your aiming sensitivity way down for Free Aim, if you have it set really high like I do for Soft Lock, just touching the aiming stick will throw your aim waaaaaay way off, I tried free aim for hours, got frustrated and went back to Soft, didn't touch it again until someone suggested that. :) Makes it that much easier!
                          • ChicagoEnigmaon June 4 2012, 8:29pmReplyFlag
                            @ExDannabis You're welcome. I'm glad to hear you tried the changes, and it's working for you. :)
                          • ExDannabison June 4 2012, 9:00pmReplyFlag
                            @ChicagoEnigma I am quite possibly the worst Social Club friend ever, I would have credited you if I could have remembered your name, and yes it worked wonders! Now if my Xbox would stop RRoD'ing I'd be a happy camper! XD
                          • ChicagoEnigmaon June 4 2012, 9:35pmReplyFlag
                            @ExDannabis No worries, I have a steal trap memory for nicknames. :P - By the way I have no idea what RRoD'ing means?
                          • ExDannabison June 4 2012, 9:43pmReplyFlag
                            @ChicagoEnigma Red Ring of Death. Microsoft's answer to Childhood Obesity, as in "Go outside and play, this machine is broken!". >.
                          • ChicagoEnigmaon June 4 2012, 10:15pmReplyFlag
                            @ExDannabis So it's DOA.. sorry to hear that. :(
                          • ExDannabison June 4 2012, 10:26pmReplyFlag
                            @ChicagoEnigma I am unfortunately used to that, since 2006 I've had 3, the next one will be the 4th, you'd think I abuse them the way I go through them, I don't even bother with Microsoft Support any more, the last two times were atrocious enough to make me just decide that I'll just buy another one, and absolutely no one I know has a PS3 so I haven't been lured over there yet...
                        • RigheousJon June 4 2012, 8:07pmReplyFlag
                          I have run into 8 servers in a row on pc, that had 1 of these 3 different issues.
                          1. Couldn't connect to host(I don't mind, as long as it doesn't continue for 4 more retries)
                          2. I'm put in a game with no one else...for whatever reason.
                          3. 1 or more players is using an infinite health hack, making it impossible to even compete.
                          Rockstar....What the hell.
                          I didn't pay 60 dollars so I could run into a bunch of issues that can be easily solved.
                          Pay attention to your customers, get dedicated servers, and get a damn anti cheat system.
                          I don't see why it's so challenging for such a successful company to get there multiplayer straight.
                          Very dissapointed. Fix your s**t.
                          • Artyshoon June 4 2012, 8:19pmReplyFlag
                            @RigheousJ 2 cheater detected "Sgt_Spooky" and "anubis_666_vlad" both in Crew MP3 ... waiting for a ban ... no mercy
                          • RigheousJon June 4 2012, 8:33pmReplyFlag
                            @Artysho Yep those were the two. How'd you know?
                          • FugetSudo_Jron June 5 2012, 1:14amReplyFlag
                            @RigheousJ cheaters are usually pretty easy to spot... funny thing... THEY don't know it, LOL!
                          • RigheousJon June 5 2012, 8:45amReplyFlag
                            @Artysho Just got off a game with another hacker. His name was Death Shadow 5. Infinite health hack. Why the hell is rockstar just ignoring all of this. This is stupid.
                        • scareface1970on June 4 2012, 7:47pmReplyFlag
                          And still you are helping us R*.
                          Good tips :)


                          Cheers :D:D:D
                          • Artyshoon June 4 2012, 7:14pmReplyFlag
                            request for the keyboard/mouse

                            - an option for hold the right clic or not as in GTA IV and cancel when i run or made a roulade ...

                            - add a line to run and made a roulade (hold for running and press fast 2 times to made a roulade (I run with the lateral button of the mouse n°4)

                            - reduce the time you press the button to lie down, it's realy so so long

                            - cancel the crouch when you push the boutton to run (maybe add 2 line, one to crouch and the other to lie down)

                            - can't build the scroll of the mouse, the wheel of weapons is always present

                            an Extra

                            - if you don't use the wheel of weapon, another more discrete interface would be really nice

                            - create a public room with a list of these room create as in GTA IV

                            PS : with DX 11, 10.1 & 10 sometime the screen trembles with a constant 60 FPS :( , I have to play in DX9 for the game is 100% fluid, I hope we will have a fix soon

                            realy a good & fun game i haven't finish the single player for the moment because I fell into the spiral of multiplayer ;o) , Congrat' guys, good job, still a little effort to settle the last details and thanks

                            • Artyshoon June 4 2012, 7:30pmReplyFlag
                              @Artysho I forget for the menu

                              the right clic to do back (X360 controler A & B for the mouse left & right clic ;) (space bar to respawn) and also if you can build the lateral buttons of the mouse to make the laodout (X360 X & Y) and dooble clic for select and unselect an item
                            • R* Kon June 5 2012, 6:39amReplyFlag
                              @Artysho Feel free to shoot an email with your recommendations to and it will be taken into account for future gameplay tuning
                          • xRSLxMuSiCmAnon June 4 2012, 7:10pmReplyFlag
                            R*, you should put a way to independently customize the over-the-shoulder aim from the run and gun aim.
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