I was not a big fan of Rockstar’s take on Remedy’s Max Payne franchise. It was visually quite impressive, but the Houser brothers just didn’t manage to channel their inner Sam Lake for the overall narrative; which was more “Man on fire” or “Die Hard with a Brazilian” than Max Payne. That said, the actual shooting mechanics were superlative – and it looks like they’ll be moving over to GTA V.
Multiplayers are dominated by shooters, whether it’s on console or PC. But what makes a great multiplayer? Everything: from latency to good map layouts, potential for league play or pure addiction. This year, we’ve seen some top notch multiplayers release, the best of them being…
I know what you’re all going to say and NO it’s not Far Cry 3 okay! 2012 has delivered a great many nerdgasms with its awesome line-up of visually stunning games and not just on PC (looking at you Master Race). The best looking game award goes to...
Take-Two Interactive - the company that owns 2K games and Rockstar Games - has published its recent earnings report, and things aren’t looking too peachy. The publisher has had a particularly disappointing quarter with its biggest games of the period failing to set the charts alight.
If you’ve had a look at the Steam summer sale and somehow managed to keep your wallet safe - then I’ve got bad news for you. Well, I suppose it’s good news if you’re looking for cheap games - but terrible if you were hoping to pass through the Steam Sale unscathed. The current flash sales - which you need to jump the hell on ASAP - are too good to pass up.
A while back we gave one lucky reader a copy of Max Payne 3 and asked him to help us defend on our honour against some other website we can’t even bring ourselves to mention, well tonight’s the night and we’re looking for a bit more help.
What time is it? Winning on a Friday Adventure Time! Thanks to the fine folks over at Megarom Interactive, we had not one, but two awesome contests for you to enter. Gavin had a Max Payne 3 bag stuffed full of games, and he asked you to guess how many he had managed to cram in there, with the winner receiving the bag, and the runner up grabbing some cool paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, we also had a kickass Ghost Recon Future Soldier hamper to give away, along with a PS3 copy of the game. So let’s see who the winners are, shall we?
In videogames, sequels to hit games are pretty much an inevitability. there’s a certain expectation that gamers have of sequels. To paraphrase Epic’s CliffyB, gamers expect sequels to be bigger, better and more badass. One the one hand, you have games like the annualised Call of Duty which is, without fail, criticised by many for being nothing more than a glorious exercise in the wonders of cut and paste. Even the incredible Starcraft II was lambasted by many for being too much like the first game, just with the application of a shiny coat of paint.
On the other, you have releases like Metroid Other M, Max Payne 3 and Diablo III - which while excellent games, have been blasted by some fans as straying too far from the established formula - and just not “feeling” like their predecessors.
If Max Payne 3 doesn’t feel like Max Payne, and Diablo III doesn’t feel like Diablo II, should the whiners then just go and play Max Payne I and Diablo II respectively - or should developers pander to fans, keeping things as they are - just updating them for newer hardware?
As you may have noticed with the recent release of Max Payne 3 and other releases over the past few months we are sometimes subjected to premium pricing for certain games in South Africa.
The last time I broached this topic with one of the distributors it was explained that these were premium titles and that as such it was accepted that we get charged a premium for them.
We’re not particularly fond of those chumps over at G3AR (Numbers don’t belong in words!). That’s why we’re enlisting your help to shoot their faces off online - in slow-motion, no less. Thanks to the chaps at Megarom, we’ve got a copy of Max Payne 3 - available in stores today, by the way - to give to one single lucky reader.
That reader will join us online to help us demolish 934R or whatever the hell they’re called in some online team-deathmatch. that lucky winner, and person who we’re pinning our success on because we’re pretty terrible at shooters is…
Imagine my joy when I stepped out the office to meet the delivery man the other day and the image above is what I received.
Then when I opened it I found 3 sets of Max Payne 3 pens in the shape of bullets, flasks in the shape of ammo clips and shirts.
It seems that Diablo III’s not the only game to suffer from launch issues. Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 - which has been cleaning up in reviews, even being called Rockstar’s best game to date - seems to have a few multiplayer issues. Players on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game have been reporting multiple multiplayer issues, including matchmaking problems and - and this is a big one - multiplayer stat resets.
It’s an issue Rockstar’s aware of - and players in EU territories (like us!) will be greeted with a day-one patch should they wish to engage in multiplayer.
In what has to be classed as one of the weirdest leaks it seems that Rockstar has accidently included the entire vehicle list from Grand Theft Auto 5 in the code of Max Payne 3.
In reality it’s not overly surprising as it makes perfect sense for the two titles to share code but you would have expected them to clean out some of this shared code before going gold on Max Payne 3.
So all the excitement for us yesterday was the impending release of Diablo 3 but over in America they had another massive release with Max Payne 3 also hitting the store shelves at the very same time.
It will be interesting to compare sales in the coming weeks but for now let’s take a look at how well or badly Max Payne 3 is doing according to the reviews and to see whether Rockstar managed to bring Max back for one last hurrah.