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Platform Win, 360, PS3, Mac Publisher Rockstar Games Developer Rockstar Vancouver Release Date 2012-05-15

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Max Payne 3 review: bullet time machine

Rockstar Games is releasing Max Payne 3 almost nine years after Max Payne 2: that was a year before Halo 2, and Half-Life 2; three years before Gears of War; six years before Uncharted 2. It's been almost that long since original developers Remedy Entertainment sold the rights to the series to Rockstar and moved on to Alan Wake. So here we are, in 2012, and Rockstar Vancouver has finally delivered Max Payne 3. The questions are myriad: how can Rockstar make a sequel to a series so intimately linked to the sensibilities of Remedy? How can a company not known for its action chops follow up a series known for its twitch, arcadey action? And how in the hell can a game move through almost nine years of third-person shooter evolution and still find relevance? But through smart combat...

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Red Dead Redemption and GTA 4 will be affected by GameSpy server shutdown

Rockstar titles Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Max Payne 3 will be affected by the GameSpy server shutdown on May 31; However, the publisher is working to transition the online systems for these games as a result. While core online gameplay for these three games will be saved, some features will still be lost. This includes both Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 4's Social Club stat tracking, leaderboards and in-game Social Club services. In-game multiplayer leaderboards will also cease to be on the game's PlayStation 3 version. Max Payne 3's online gameplay, on the other hand, will be removed fully on Mac platforms, while Social Club stat tracking and leaderboards will be unaffected. Rockstar's older releases won't be as lucky, with these games seeing their...

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Red Dead, Max Payne, more discounted in Rockstar PlayStation sale

Nineteen items from Rockstar Games are on sale in the PlayStation Store, where the developer's offerings are discounted up to 75 percent. The discounted add-ons, bundles and games include: Bully for $2.49 (regularly $9.99) L.A. Noire for $7.49 (regularly $29.99) L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass for $2.99 (regularly $11.99) Manhunt for $2.49 (regularly $9.99) Max Payne for $2.49 (regularly $9.99) Max Payne 3 Ultimate Edition for $5.99 (regularly $19.99) Max Payne 3 for $4.99 (regularly $29.99) Max Payne 3 Rockstar Pass for $3.49 (regularly $14.99) Midnight Club for $2.49 (regularly $9.99) Midnight Club 2 for $2.49 (regularly $9.99) Midnight Club Los Angeles Complete Edition for $4.99 (regularly $19.99) Midnight Club 4: DUB Edition for $4.99 (regularly $9.99) Midnight...

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GTA 4, Bully, more Rockstar titles 70 percent off at Newegg

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Dokuro free on PS Plus, Max Payne 3 discounted

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Max Payne 3 graphic novel collection coming Oct. 22

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Max Payne 3 for Mac releases June 20

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North America
  • Windows
    • Released 05/31/2012
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar Vancouver
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 05/15/2012
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar Vancouver
    • Score 9
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 05/15/2012
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar Vancouver
  • Mac
    • Released 06/20/2013
    • Publisher Rockstar Games
    • Developer Rockstar Vancouver
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