So just yesterday the new Max Payne 3 trailer was released to the public for viewing. What was my opinion on it? In the words of GLaDOS. It is looking...pretty good. I'm glad we finally got something from Rockstar about Max Payne. It's been eight years since the last game and they finally got us some hardcore proof that it is being made. Of course...being GameSpot and fans there was some whinning and uncertainty about the game losing the soul of Max Payne. Max was always a dark and grim character, his world was a noir tale of crime and corruption. In Max Payne 3....eugh...I don't think it's there. Noir is gone and now the sun is shinning in Max Payne's world and now he's retired and left New York to go to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Crime is increasing in the area and they need the good ol Max Payne treatment. Still people scepticalize on it...after all, this isn't exactly how we envisioned the future Max Payne. I'm really glad they had the music in it and Max's old Voice actor, but yeah it did feel weird.
So am I disappointed? Not really...most of the changes I can understand. Max Payne is human people....HUMAN. Even he has his limit and Max Payne 2 was his limit in the Big Apple. Still, it is sad to see him move on but hey he had to at some point. Many series try to take a turn into unfamiliar territory and it was time for Max to do the same. Now then as for everyone's complaints about him here's a few possible answers I think RockStar is trying to go for.
C: No more film dark, brooding, noir feel.
A: We don't really know that...it was only the first trailer. There could be a ton of cool film noir moments. But the key word in there is dark. You think Max would love to just stay in a nightmare forever after losing his loves and his baby girl and of course his many friends? I think Rockstar might actually be trying to make Max real in a sense that even he has limits on things and well...The Fall of Max Payne was it. Give him a break, he wants to go to Sao Paulo then let him go! Besides, Rockstar has some excellent writers, I'm sure that they can give Max that dark poetic edge he once had.
C: It's now going for a FPS Cover Based shooter.
A: What the @#$% are you smoking? Max Payne has always been a third person action game. Why change THAT!? Besides, Rockstar's games are almost always third person action games, so why would they change that. Not to mention people say there will be a cover system and the proof is at a certain point in the vid. I went there and all I saw was Max getting up. It's called crouch people. Even Max Payne 1 and 2 had that. This is more of a raging rant that I saw and it wasn't a lot but hey it's still a complaint and I will put it in.
C: He's bald...
A: Yeah well...what happens when one enters the Witness Protection Program? They have to change your appearance so that whoever is hunting you down won't find you and going bald I believe is one of those things. I think Payne did it here because he was being chased down so now he changes himself up so when he walks in guns a blazin he really scares the crap out of his enemies. Plus, it does make him look kinda bad ass. Not that he wasn't already but hey I think they did it to appeal to the younger audience a bit more. I know it's a marketing tool but companies have to do it otherwise they may shutdown due to a decrease in sales. It sucks, I know, just bear along he may not be like that the entire game. In fact, maybe one of the commenters suggestions will be taken into account and you will have several different skins and costumes to use in single player instead of just bald and ugly.
C: No Remedy...what the hell?
A: Remedy left. They're working on they're own projects, so what if it isn't Remedy? A vast majority of people love Rockstar and their games so come on. Cut them some slack. Nearly ever game they make is in a majority liked by the community so come on guys! Give them a chance. When have they let us down? Don't answer that.
C: What happened to the comic book 5+y1e?
A: People, this is only the first trailer. So there is no comic book stuff here, just wait. I'll bet there will be. You guys are to judgemental for the first trailer; that's not a bad thing but you're all just going off on assumptions. One should keep an open mind on these things, I'm sure Rockstar won't screw this up.
Well that's about all the regular complaints. Cept for the second one which wasn't really a normal complaint but the rest is what I'm seeing in the comments. We all need to just chill out and hope for the best. Could it be bad? Yes. Could it be god without soul? Yes. What can we do? Maybe petition and tell or ask Rockstar about many of the core mechanics in Max Payne that make him Max Payne. I'm not saying it's gonna be bad but I'm not saying it's gonna be good. I'm just glad they got word out so now we can all shut up about it. Except we won't...we never are satisfyied are we? As for the game, we never know what Rockstar is planning so let's all just chill out, take a deep breath, and reinstall Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne for now.
Goodbye GameSpotters, may us remember of our previous visits in the shadows of Max Payne 1 and 2.