Max Payne 3 Painful Memories DLC out December 4

Four new maps for Rockstar Games' action-shooter arriving next week free with Rockstar Pass, $10 otherwise.

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Rockstar Games is inviting players to experience Max Payne 3 Painful Memories next week, the company announced today. The game's Painful Memories expansion arrives December 4 and is free for those with a $30 Rockstar Pass. The content can be purchased separately for $10 on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC.

The Painful Memories downloadable content for Max Payne 3 includes four new maps (Roscoe Street Subway, Marty's Bar, Shoot First, and Canal De Panama) for the game's multiplayer component. In addition, the expansion adds the IMG 5.56 and UAR-21 assault rifles, new avatars and items, as well as the Hangover Burst. This causes enemies to respawn with fuzzy vision, and reduced stamina and health.

Max Payne 3's Painful Memories DLC follows previously released expansions Local Justice, Hostage Negotiation, and Disorganized Crime. The fifth and final map pack for the game--Trickle Down Economics--is slated to arrive at a later date.

For more on Max Payne 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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GameBeaten
GameBeaten

"Painful Memories" sounds like a fitting name for a single player DLC. Oh well.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

I really wish that they made Single Player DLC instead of multiplayer maps that I know I'll never play.

loopy_101
loopy_101

Max Payne 3 was a joy to watch from a graphical and written standpoint but had absolutely terrible gameplay. I think the focus on multiplayer and DLC expansion doesn't help my already poor opinion of this sequel.

dav2693
dav2693

If someone told me 9 years ago that Max Payne 3 would be like this i would have laughed at them, but here we are with this... which is a shame but i guess modern gaming caught up with him.

tomouse84
tomouse84

I would love Single Player extra content for Max Payne. I'm not sure Rockstar quite understand that multi-player is not what fans want... well, at least, not this Max Payne fan.

mulder_000
mulder_000

MP?  No thanks!  There are enough games to play.  Plus, I can get 2 games on Steam or 4 on GOG for the price of this crap.

alpha-blade
alpha-blade

not free, not worth it...!!

just perfect.

SouL-Tak3R
SouL-Tak3R

Do people even play this still? Last time I played it was just incredibly laggy and had so many problems. Even after patches. Oh and I hear there are loads of hackers now.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

"Painful Memories" is exactly what I have when I think back some time where I "played" a few minutes between the lengthy cutscenes over at a friends place.

 

Back then when we checked out multiplayer there were about 200 people online, last time we checked it was a meager 40-ish - Yeah, Rockstar, multiplayer is definitely where the core of the game is, keep telling it to yourself.

 

And it's not "free" either way, the Rockstar pass cost more than what the DLCs are worth when bought one by one, besides a few of the DLCs were abandoned anyways which lessens the value of the pass even more.

 

Say, are the cutscenes skipable in the meantime ? (have the bugs been patched)

Are there new singleplayer story chapters ? (or editors to create our own)

Is there offline "skirmish" style missions ? (basically the multiplayer maps against bots)

Did you get rid of the Rockstar Club launcher, account registration and forced online nonsense ? (offline mode doesn't work)

No ? Well, then keep working on it, because until then I have no intention of buying it anytime soon. (with these restrictions I won't even get a complete pack of it in a -75% sale, all the trouble isn't worth my time)

theHydra014
theHydra014

The last time I went online for Max Payne 3 on the PC, there was 53 people online...

hibikino
hibikino

Max Payne franchise has always been about great story-telling and overall single player experience. Max Payne 3 lacks both. While I do enjoy the multiplayer and all that it offers, I just wish they pay more attention and gives good o' Max Payne more life. All I have seen is a ranting old man's monologuing throughout. 

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Great! This means that Ill be able to get the game of the year edition for 20 bucks on black friday next year... or maybe sooner :D

KiLLLeR150
KiLLLeR150

I find it funny that Max Payne 3 just keeps getting multi-player DLC when I don't think that's the main reason people bought the game. I know I wouldn't shell out any money for this if I had the game.

Psmitty456
Psmitty456

The game is sitting in my mail box waiting to be played, can't wait to get home! So will playing MP before completing the game ruin any of the SP? I don't want to spoil the game but the MP looks like fun.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

Max Payne Undead Nightmare please!

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

"The game's Painful Memories expansion arrives December 4 and is free for those with a $30 Rockstar Pass," ....I just love the way of how they term this statement to sound so great when in fact it's so misleading in that either ways you have to pay for the content rather than get it for free as you were suppose to when you initially coughed over your cash to buy the game, lol!!

LazyyAmerican
LazyyAmerican

I love how the only interesting DLC they ever really announced...the co-op portion....is nowhere to be found....they must of realized that would've required too much work for a multiplayer that will never rival the big dogs....I understand the shareholders need their reassurance in the form of crack multiplayer but this is a single player franchise regardless of this cod world we live in.

croserII
croserII

I beat the game 3 time,I freaking love it,Max payne 3 need long single player dlc,not mp COD shit

greenbnut
greenbnut

Free....for those with a $30 pass- WTF??

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

man i bought max payne for single player and they do this call of duty style map pack crap..where is the single player dlc?i hope rockstar learns from this mistake....they are almost the only company i trust..

unchartedpwns
unchartedpwns

I only got excited when I saw "Roscoe Street Subway". Everything else turns me off.

eriktkire
eriktkire

how is this free with the season pass?  Am I missing something where they decided to refund everyone's money, the ones that bought a season pass?

 

Come on, is that how dimwitted gamers are perceived?  That a prerelease DLC bundle subscription is looked upon as an idiot's donation and anything they're given is a freebie?

 

As innocuous as it may seem, it's little things like this from the games industry (including games press) that makes me feel disgusted with games in general.

Somebody89
Somebody89

Wow, I'm glad I never bought the season pass because the MP on the PC version is a ghost town. 

Rovelius
Rovelius

Prepare to Die, shameful DLC !

Fizzman
Fizzman

Hooray more useless DLC for a MP that nobody play's.  

ztron370
ztron370

Seriously,MP DLC!MP3 needs SP DLC.

bignick217
bignick217

$10 for 4 maps... Ah crap... Why is everybody going the call of duty route these days.  This sucks.  What ever happened to getting your monies worth?

expeditopaz2008
expeditopaz2008

Some co-op missions would be very nice. Or some single player missions based on the previous Max Payne games. Come on, Rockstar!

azurik15
azurik15

We still waiting Dead man walking mode.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

It's a shame the MP for this game is dying out. It's a very enjoyable experience. 

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

 @Rivboets7 This game is so much better on xbox than ps3 just like every game ever made. Playing this game on ps3 is very payneful.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @loopy_101 I agree with you on the multiplayer focus being a drag - particularly as single-player DLC might have been great (there is a wealth of story to fill in the blanks between Max Payne 2 and 3) - but the gameplay in this game was awesome. It was a really good (and very challenging) mix of traditional Max Payne bullet time antics and more modern cover-shooter mechanics. It made diving into cover a necessity, unlike the random bullet time dives into the middle of rooms that drove the original games.

puppet12ca
puppet12ca

 @bloody-hell dude cutscenes replace loading screens in this game that's why they are(for the most part) not skipable

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

 @PSYCHOV3N0M Hey, you laugh at them all you want, but that's the same thing we said when the Fee-based Xbox Live service appeared.

MuddVader
MuddVader

 @hibikino I don't understand the whole claim that the story was lacking.. Nor that the single player experience wasn't great (I didn't touch multiplayer). I thought it was rather gripping, but maybe its because I had the previous games' stories fresh in my mind, having played all 3 games in a row.. Actually, as far as shooters go, I'd probably say Max Payne 3 was one of if not the best shooter I've played in years. Awesome story, a developed and interesting character, AND visceral combat. *shrugs*

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

 @hibikino Max Payne 3 is a portrait of a man, if you don't care about Max's plight chances are the game just wont work for you.

never-named
never-named

 @hibikino I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy Max Payne 3 as much as you did the older ones, but I feel like you may be remembering Max in the wrong way. He's never been "full of life", he's always been a morose nihilist, maybe more so in MP3 than before but that's pretty much the natural consequence of all that he's been through throughout the events of Max Payne all the way to the setup for Max Payne 3.

DaBu
DaBu

 @Psmitty456 It shouldn't.....But playing the SP first definitely gives you a feel for the MP game.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

 @SythisTaru I came here to say the same thing. Every time I read one of these stories for a Max Payne map pack I keep hoping for more single player DLC or something like Undead Nightmare. It would be so sweet. The action in this game and the blood/ gore is totally fitting of a zombie kind of game.

 

I am afraid that it will never happen though, for one the game didn't sell very well, and two Activision does it, and R* doesn't seem to have a meee tooo kind of approach to games. :(

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

 @bignick217 You don't think 4 maps is worth 10 dollars? I've never played this game's multiplayer before, but do you realize how much work goes into making an entire map for a AAA game?

BadHungryWolf
BadHungryWolf

Co-op missions would be good, though I doubt Rockstar will do it based on the amount of people that play MP3 online, which is a real shame!  The last time  I went online a few days ago there were 170 people on, which when compared to say Halo 4 which can have upto 250 thousand on at once, 170 is non-existent.   A real shame - MP3 is my single player GOTY so far and although I don't play many games online, I did devote weekends to this as it was bloody addictive! :(.

 

As far as having some singleplayer missions based on previous Max Payne games, these are already in the campaign as flashbacks to the events leading up to Max's move to Soa Paulo.  Directly updating missions from the previous games is unnessarily as these are classics and shouldn't in my view be tampered with - look what happened with the Doom 3 BFG edition where id gave the player light mounted weapons - big mistake!  In the original Doom 3 you had a seperate torch which you couldn't duel wield with any weapon which gave a sense of vulnerability when in dark rooms etc.  By tampering in such ways the developers are bringing the same game to a new generation of gamers...but not the same experiences.  I think that the Max Payne 1 and 2 should be re-realeased in HD, but thats it.  Remedy had there own style and it's what made these classics.

 

Just my opininon.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

 @puppet12ca You are somewhat correct, but only somewhat - The next map area is stream loaded during the cutscene.

 

We ran it off 2 SSD disks in RAID1 and none of the cutscenes were skipable, also we monitored disk access (read / write) with a separate tool and it showed the streamed level loading was finished within just a few (2 to 4-ish) seconds at most, yet you still had to watch the multiple minute long cutscenes to the end, bashing the skip cutscene button. (only to repeat it over and over and over again when you messed up)

 

So it seems more like a bug where the playing cutscene doesn't handle the "skip cutscene" event correctly, which should be fixed.

doraemonllh1989
doraemonllh1989

 @lilhinkle4  @Fizzman actually hrdly anyone playes multiplayer,honestly,if i wanted to waste my money on this crap,i rather waste on call of duty,at least its assured to have a huge community in the long run

bignick217
bignick217

 @SythisTaru Supreme Commander... 2 Map Packs.  20 maps in each pack.  Both were FREE... Mass Effect 3 has released several new multiplayer DLC's including new maps... All of them, FREE.  Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion just recently release a new patch that included over 40 new maps for the game.  Again... FREE.  Do I really need to say more?  How does that $10 for 4 maps taste you now?

puppet12ca
puppet12ca

 @bloody-hell oh I was going by a console version where attempting to skip a cutscene would most of the time yield a little still loading prompt in the bottom corner until it progressed significantly enough for the stage to load