Rockstar Game Tips: Learn from the Max Payne 3 Leaderboard Legends

Posted on October 10 2012, 4:39pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Since the launch of Max Payne 3 we've been sharing multiplayer strategies and Loadouts favored by some of the best players in our development studios as part of the game tips series here on the Newswire. For this week's edition, we've reached out to another set of elite soldiers: the players residing near the top of the individual leaderboards at Rockstar Social Club. Here's a look at what a few of these leaderboard legends had to share with us...

abrokian, member of Pro and Deadly Crew, 3rd on overall PC leaderboards

This prolific Crew teamed together and sent over a rather large document filled with game tips, our favorite of which is this breakdown of Bursts detailing when to use them for maximum effectiveness.

Slippery Character is best used when you’re using a medium or heavy Loadout and need the extra endurance to move quickly and get out of the line of fire.

Deadly Force increases the damage of whichever weapon you are carrying, and is great in one-on-one situations where you want to take out an enemy before they kill you. It can be the deciding factor in settling Feuds

Big Dog is extremely useful in crisis situations, where you and your teammates are in need of emergency treatment, and it can also act as a layer of armor if you activate it just before entering hostile territory.

Intuition is best used when the enemy is smaller in numbers, like towards the end of a round of ‘Last Man Standing’ or ‘Survivor’. Try to resist using it at the beginning of the round, and save it for when knowledge of the enemies’ positions is invaluable.

Paranoia should be deployed mid-round when the enemies have dispersed. In ‘Takedown’, it can disorientate the opposition and make them reluctant to open fire for fear of betraying the friendly target.

Sneaky makes you appear friendly to an enemy, so therefore you should act like one and only open fire if you are sure of completing the kill. Try circumventing objective locations and cut-off enemy defenses from where they least expect.

Fresh Blood can be a game changer – use it to turn a difficult situation to your team’s favor, powering your respawns and spending more time on the battlefield.

Weapon Dealer is for those times when you’re attacking from the front and can make the best use of unlimited ammo; just bear in mind the effect doesn’t apply to missile-based weapons.

Burst Bubble can hamper the other team’s progress when they’re trying to complete a Gang Wars objective by reducing their ability to use Bursts of their own.

Weapon Double Dealer has two important uses: limit the opposition to one clip of ammunition when they are attacking from long range and, when they are gathered together in a confined space, unleash level three and pick up multiple kills from dropped grenades.


KLC_DUKES, Leader of Underworld Mob Kings Crew, 3rd on Overall PS3 Leaderboards

"My favorite Loadout is called ‘The Quickrun’ and I use it for ‘Delivery’ in Gang Wars as well as planting and defusing bombs in ‘Short Fuse’. It looks like this:"

Single Handed Weapon Slot: 1911 (with Compensator/Extended Mag/Gas Block)
Single Handed Weapon Slot: .38 Revolver (with barrel upgrade/Gas Block)
Projectile Slot: Tin Can
Burst Slot: Big Dog
Item Gear Slot: Sutures
Item Gear Slot: Field Bandages
Item Gear Slot: Vampire Fangs

"My second favorite is my heavy Loadout for ‘Survivor’ and Deathmatches. It looks like this, although for capturing and defending checkpoints in Gang Wars modes like ‘Siege’, I’ll bring in a Grenade Launcher and Tear Gas:"

Single Handed Weapon Slot: Dual-Wield M10s (with Barrel Upgrade/Extended Mag/Gas Systems Kit)
Two Handed Weapon Slot: M82A1 Sniper Rifle
Projectile Slot: Grenades
Head Armor Slot: Military Goggles
Body Armor Slot: Heavy Body Armor
Burst Slot: Bullet Time
Item Gear Slot: Ammunition Pouch
Item Gear Slot: Tracking Device
Item Gear Slot: Vampire Fangs

"The best strategy is to avoid rushing in and it always helps to link up with a good Crew and talk constantly via a headset. Me and my crew are currently #5 in the 100-300 crew members roster Gang Wars and I am #1 in Gang Wars, and have put a bounty on my head - a $50 PSN card - for any crew member that can take my rank on PSN. If anyone is interested in joining my crew they can message me."

As always, we'd love to hear your Max Payne game tips in the comments, and ask us if there's an area of your game you're looking to improve and we'll consider covering it in a future post. Finally, massive thanks to abrokian and KLC_DUKES for sharing their game tips.

  • young-ospreyon April 23 2015, 1:47amReplyFlag
    lol @hungrey 4 feuds SOLO was a bunch of fakers boosting vs tmc crew and boosting weapons look at fusions kd with a md97 4.12 i dont think so also you guys won less then 300 feuds look at all the pro crews UGSC, XSHX, ICED all over 1000 feuds won and at at least 90%
    • R* Mon October 18 2012, 5:05pmFlag
      The Rockstar Dev Crew are about to go live on TwitchTV to battle The VII7s Crew in Max Payne 3 multiplayer. Watch it at
    • Veteran680_GHOSTon October 15 2012, 7:36pmReplyFlag
      i managed to kill klc_dukes about 5 or 6 times quiet easily and i ain't lyin rockstar knows that.
      HSR_FUSION_XX is someone you cannot beat no matter what ever type of a burst you're
    • mishawelon October 15 2012, 3:40pmReplyFlag
      Hi friend, hot can I record without using fraps? other program?
      it makes me slight lags.
      • NeoCat1993on October 15 2012, 3:42pmReplyFlag
        @mishawel What are your FPS without recording?
      • mishawelon October 15 2012, 3:43pmReplyFlag
        @NeoCat1993 My FPS without recording is 80-90.
      • olegavion October 15 2012, 4:02pmReplyFlag
        @mishawel If you have a powerful CPU you shouldn't get any lags a all :-/
      • NeoCat1993on October 15 2012, 4:16pmReplyFlag
        @mishawel All right, you can record with 60 fps via fraps, that should remove the lag. But I can't test it, I only have 50-60 FPS :(
      • mishawelon October 16 2012, 12:08amReplyFlag
        @olegavi My CPU is not that powerful, i3-2100 3.1 Ghz
      • olegavion October 16 2012, 3:25amReplyFlag
        @mishawel Then there is your problem :) MP3 is a vary CPU consuming game as it is. SO ether lower most of the heavy settings such as MSAA, FXAA, DX11(and tessellation) and most important imho - Vsync! or buy a new CPU :)
      • olegavion October 16 2012, 3:38amReplyFlag
        @mishawel Just for an example, I my self have the Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2Ghz and i can record using fraps without any problems at all :)
      • NeoCat1993on October 16 2012, 3:42amReplyFlag
        @olegavi Shouldn't your graphics card be responsible for that? afaik the CPU is just important in matter of how effectively your GPU can work.
      • olegavion October 16 2012, 4:04amReplyFlag
        @NeoCat1993 A good CPU will help immensely in both handling fraps at high resolutions, as well as how fast you can encode your videos once you have the footage saved.
      • mishawelon October 16 2012, 10:34amReplyFlag
        @olegavi What do you say about i5-2300-2400-2500?
        I know the difference is just the frequency but they are powerful.
      • NeoCat1993on October 16 2012, 10:39amReplyFlag
        @mishawel I have a 2500, it's quite awesome and not that expensive :)
        check the lower table here:
        Quite old, but still informing ;)
      • olegavion October 16 2012, 11:16amReplyFlag
        @mishawel They're good, in fact, they make nearly all of Intel's supposedly high-end chips for the LGA1366 socket redundant. Put simply, massive performance for low price. For the time they first came out of course :)
      • mishawelon October 16 2012, 1:01pmReplyFlag
        @olegavi Do you recommend me to buy one of these?
        and which one should I buy for best performance?
        2300? 2400? 2500? thx
      • olegavion October 16 2012, 2:31pmReplyFlag
        @mishawel Absolutely! I would go for the 2500k, it's an unlocked processor that allows you to easily overclock the processor to well over 4GHz in the future. I see no reason going for any processor below that, for the price is not that much higher, maybe 40$ between the 2300 and the 2500k if I'm not mistaken :)
      • mishawelon October 17 2012, 7:48amReplyFlag
        @olegavi I kdont know hot to overclock but it doesnt matter so much, actually I wanted to know if the overclocking will effect the gaming preformance Perceptiblyץ
      • olegavion October 17 2012, 8:10amReplyFlag
        @mishawel Obviously it will improve it :)
    • BielPLon October 15 2012, 6:43amReplyFlag
      Try to record movies. Test the enemy weapon. More and more people use the infinite ammo.
      • DutchStoneron October 14 2012, 8:21amReplyFlag
        CREW BATTLE!?
        If any crew wants to do a 8vs8 against the Ganja Outlaws Crew on PSN let me know.
        We are more then ready to bring 8 of our top members to fight any crew on PSN that can deliver 8 members to a fight.

        If you lead a crew and you are up for this, send me a message and we will set something up in a private match.
        • isaacclarke93105on October 12 2012, 5:58pmReplyFlag
          Can anybody help me understand why I can never move fast, even with a light loadout; as I see even people with heavy body armour overtaking me. Is this related to internet speed?
          • R* Mon October 12 2012, 6:39pmReplyFlag
            @isaacclarke93105 Sorry to hear you're having trouble. This shouldn't be anything to do with your internet connection. As long as you're holding down the run key with a light loadout, you should be moving at a fair pace around the map. If the problem persists feel free to get in touch with our support team who will be glad to assist.

          • BielPLon October 13 2012, 6:04amReplyFlag
            @isaacclarke93105 For example you have Abrokian. You can not kill him using a sniper rifle or gun. 1 Your shot from 1911 to his four. Such users can only kill a grenade. I know of 15 such RAPID users including Marsello053. Only he uses trainers. :)
          • R* Aon October 14 2012, 6:47pmReplyFlag
            @BielPL If you think someone is cheating or hacking in multiplayer, please report them to More details here:
          • BielPLon October 15 2012, 4:35amReplyFlag
            @ I dont know whether or not deceive. IN Gang Wars takes 31st place in the top users in PC. We all know the there is 10-15 high-speed users. They are faster than ordinary users for 1-2 seconds. So the game becomes predictable when the opposite side is located 2-3 improved players. Normal players do not have a chance even with minimal loadout. Almost always kills 80-100 people. Precisely because most calls them cheaters. That's why most calls them cheaters.
          • olegavion October 15 2012, 3:58pmReplyFlag
            @BielPL LOL. Do you have any idea how many times I have been called a cheater, just cuz I finish a game with 50-70 killes??? If you see a player move fast around the map that is cuz this is how light loadout people move, even you move like this you just don't realise that! This is how other players see you.

            I agree that there are some cheats in this game which are hard to pinpoint, like - Aimbot for example. But just know this, not all good player are cheaters :)
        • .N1_Opiate.on October 12 2012, 7:16amReplyFlag
          funny you should have abrokian as your example, half the time he goes invisible as he is a big lagger
        • ScottySauceon October 12 2012, 3:52amReplyFlag
          I'm not getting Triple XP on MP3 right now. Could this be because my legend was reset?
        • BaronSamedi911on October 12 2012, 3:22amReplyFlag
          double xp llive
          • theredeemer420on October 12 2012, 3:20amReplyFlag
            Well you can let dev. or support know that whatever happened i got my loadouts back on level 3 kong after i got reset from 5th legend. Its funny that i have my full load outs on level 3 not complaining whatever R* is doing keep doing ot maybe i wil turn it on next time and find my old stats and legend badge
            Your getting closer but thanks for my loadouts back just in time for the multi event
            • noclue_42on October 11 2012, 4:41pmReplyFlag
              okay R*....okay. say good night to the bad guy
              • michalkaceron October 11 2012, 2:01pmReplyFlag
                Thank you Rockstar!!
                • noclue_42on October 11 2012, 1:54pmReplyFlag
                  sorry if this is off-topic, but i'm going to watch a movie now. maybe "looper" or something else. it's been months since i could be bothered to invest 2+ hours into some form of entertainment other than max payne 3. well, the wait is over i guess. i was looking forward to october....but it turned into just ANY month of the god-damn year...
                • Dino_jaramon October 11 2012, 1:19pmReplyFlag
                  best tip is to use your head a little bit,
                  i think theres no best loadout,its all the same,devs made this so its not unbalanced,.
                  i see ppl running around like turkeys just waiting to get killed,or campers they are just waiting to get killed.
                  4 every burst theres a counter burst,4 every item theres a counter item.
                • Sprunk1995on October 11 2012, 1:03pmReplyFlag
                  Hello Rockstar,

                  This may be off topic sorry if it is but i need a new copy of Max Payne 3 and i found this one on Ebay :


                  For $27.99 the price is very good, and the item sais that it's avaiable for shipping worldwide, but it sais that the item location is "MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, India", does that mean that he's selling an indian version of the game ? and i need an english version, can i still change the language ? also can i trust this seller ? true that he has the Top-rated seller badge but i've seen alot of people not recieving items from Ebay and/or recieving broken or already used items even when the user says "Brand new" ..., and for a PC game that's quite important i mean what if he sells me a used Max Payne 3 with the licence key already activated i've seen that alot before sellers try to fool people.

                  I just want your opinion on this before i buy the game from this seller.
                  • noclue_42on October 11 2012, 1:19pmReplyFlag
                    @Sprunk1995 you want an opinion on that ebay seller, others want their XPs back, i just wanna play, kids want GTA 5....don't we all want SOMETHING?! :

                    i was going to say only R* can make all that happen, but then i looked at what you asked for again....and then i facepalm'd. then i entered my social club email adress and the password, so i could type this.

                  • R* Aon October 11 2012, 1:38pmReplyFlag
                    @Sprunk1995 While there are certainly both reputable and disreputable sellers on ebay, the only places we would recommend buying our product are official retail outlets or through the Rockstar Warehouse
                • WISPYJOon October 11 2012, 12:56pmReplyFlag
                  regarding his heavy load out why would you use a tracking device...its useless
                  • Dino_jaramon October 11 2012, 12:18pmReplyFlag
                    guess not
                    • WISPYJOon October 11 2012, 11:33amReplyFlag
                      very good tips...i can any one give me some tips on how to AIM at single pistols players(who moves in different directions) when you have duel pistols on on FREE AIM ...i'm legend 8 not newbie so make sure its a good tips...:)
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