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Digital FoundryMax Payne 3 Xbox 360 vs. PC Comparison Video

Console against computer at max settings.

Digital FoundryMax Payne 3 PS3 vs. PC Comparison Video

High-end PC settings compared against the output of the Sony console.

VideoThe Wisdom of Max Payne

Finished Max Payne 3? Relive Max's adventure with the highlights of his internal monologue.

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I'm not sure if there's another game I feel more conflicted about than Max Payne 3. The first two games rank amongst my personal favourites - particularly the second, which I think is one of the finest action shooters going. Max Payne 3 is at once better and worse than its predecessors. It has more intense shootouts, far superior visual effects, and production values to rival any Hollywood blockbuster - all of which were exactly what Max Payne strived to achieve back in 1999.

Max Payne 3's Painful Memories DLC due next week

Revisit Max's past in multiplayer.

Max Payne 3 is getting four new multiplayer maps inspired by the ludicrously named anti-hero's past in the Painful Memories pack. Due on 4th December for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, it will cost 800 Microsoft Points / $9.99, while season pass holders will receive it at no additional charge.

Counter-Strike: GO misses PlayStation Store for fourth week

Digital releases for Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 aim to scratch your multiplayer itch instead.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has failed to appear on the EU PlayStation Store once again, marking four weeks since it was supposed to launch. Xbox 360 and PC players have been able to play the game since August 21st.

2K Games boss says photorealism aids diversity, Notch disagrees

Can games do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain yet?

2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has gone and said something controversial. He's declared that only when games approach photorealistic graphics will they be able to broaden their genre-horizon and properly do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain - rather than the Mission Impossible experiences we get today.

Take-Two: Sales were "lower-than-anticipated" for Max Payne and Spec Ops

Take-Two: Sales were "lower-than-anticipated" for Max Payne and Spec Ops

Grand Theft Auto 5 is "making substantial progress."

Take-Two Interactive has had a disappointing quarter with its most publicised blockbusters failing to take off as well as expected, the publisher revealed in a recent earnings report.

Chairman and CEO of Take-Two Strauss Zelnick called sales of Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line "lower-than-anticipated."

Rockstar's sequel shipped three million units, which isn't too shabby, but it fell short of the publisher's lofty expectations.

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Steam Summer Sale continues with new daily deals

Max Payne 3, Payday and Space Marine now added.

Yesterday Steam began its annual Summer Sale with a slew of huge discounts, and it's updated the store with a new batch of daily deals - as will be added everyday until the sale ends on 22nd July.

Max Payne 3 patch now ready for download

Max Payne 3 patch now ready for download

Multiplayer re-tuned, glitches fixed.

Max Payne 3 gets patched up today, developer Rockstar has announced.

The update re-balances the game's multiplayer modes and stamps out various bugs, glitches and exploits.

It's ready for download on consoles now, and goes out to PC owners later today.

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US chart: Diablo 3 pips Max Payne 3 to May crown

3DS was the only system to show year-on-year growth.

UPDATE: A few more numbers. NPD's Anita Frazier has confirmed to Eurogamer that Dragon's Dogma sold 92,000 copies in the US during May, while Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter Tweeted that Max Payne 3 sold less than 50 per cent of what LA Noire managed in its first month last year - putting its total somewhere below 450,000.

Released a couple of weeks after the console versions to avoid being crushed by the Diablo 3 juggernaut, Max Payne 3 on PC is no mere afterthought or lazy port. Put simply, it's by far and away the best version money can buy, embossed and embellished to a standard that should satisfy the majority of the PC userbase.

VideoThe Wisdom of Max Payne

Finished Max Payne 3? Relive Max's adventure with the highlights of his internal monologue.

Finished Max Payne 3? Relive Max's adventure with the highlights of his internal monologue.

2K's XCOM delayed a year

Max Payne 3 PC dated, DLC detailed in Take-Two financials.

2K's new XCOM FPS has been delayed yet again. The game will now launch some time between 1st April 2013 and March 31st 2014, according to publisher Take-Two's quarterly financial report.

UK top 40: Max Payne 3 beats Diablo 3

Blizzard's PC/Mac game 8000 boxed sales behind.

Rockstar's new multi-platform shooting game Max Payne 3 has beaten Blizzard's new PC and Mac game Diablo 3 to the top of the UK all-formats chart.

Max Payne 3 Review

Max Payne 3 Review

Out of time.

Time hasn't been kind to Max Payne, the New York cop who used to woo us - or perhaps 'Woo' us - by diving around in slow motion blasting organised crime to pieces. In one of the bleakest game intros I've ever seen, Max begins his latest adventure by arriving at his new Sao Paolo apartment, getting the shakes, then draining a bottle of bourbon, chain-smoking and smashing a photograph of his dead family against a wall in his torment. Press Start.

If Max Payne 2 was The Fall of Max Payne, then Max Payne 3 is Max at rock bottom. He starts the game in a purgatorial funk, bodyguard to a Brazilian industrialist and his family of rich playboys and politicians, drinking his way through the days - the end of chapter one sees him lurching around his apartment, throwing up in the kitchen sink and then crying himself to sleep - while we listen along to his internal monologue. Poor old Max.

For a while though, it seems as though time has been surprisingly kind to Max Payne, the third-person shooter with Bullet Time that first graced our screens in 2001. It hasn't changed much since then, even with the transition from Remedy to new developer Rockstar Vancouver, and when paramilitaries start violently abducting Max's employers that turns out to be just fine. Max may have piled on the pounds and lost his self-respect, but his iconic Shoot Dodge hasn't aged badly at all.

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Rockstar details Max Payne 3 DLC pack plan

Rockstar details Max Payne 3 DLC pack plan

Seven expansions due in 2012, plus season pass.

Seven DLC packs for Max Payne 3 will be made available throughout 2012, publisher Rockstar has announced.

You can receive all of the content by purchasing the Max Payne 3 Rockstar DLC Pass for 2400 Microsoft Points (20.40) on Xbox 360 or $29.99 (about 18.40) on PlayStation 3. PC plans weren't mentioned.

The first new content will arrive next month, just weeks after the game's European console launch on 18th May.

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Max Payne 3 map exclusive to GAME and Gamestation pre-orders

Max Payne 3's Cemetery multiplayer map is exclusively available at GAME and Gamestation, the retailer has announced.

Buying the game there isn't enough - you need to pre-order Max Payne 3 in-store (putting down a 5 deposit) or online to secure the extra content.

GAME boasts that the pre-order incentive is already proving to be a "hit", and promises midnight openings for Rockstar's latest launch.

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Max Payne 3 system requirements announced

Max Payne 3 system requirements announced

New screens show off DX11 support.

Rockstar Games has detailed exactly what forthcoming action sequel Max Payne 3 will demand from your PC rig when it launches on 1st June.

As announced on the developer's official site, the desktop version was apparently developed "in parallel" with the console SKUs. It's "optimised to run across a wide range of PC setups" but boasts full support for DirectX11.

Here's the full run-down of what you'll need, followed by a few new screens showing off the game's PC visuals:

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Max Payne comic book series announced

Max Payne comic book series announced

Houser-authored three-parter delves into Max's past.

A three-part Max Payne comic book series is on its way, just in time for the impending launch in the third game in Rockstar's action adventure series.

Published in partnership with Marvel Custom Solutions it'll explore the events of the original Max Payne game and its sequel, as well as delving a little further back in the protagonist's troubled past.

Rockstar boss Dan Houser and Sam Lake of original developer Remedy are authoring the books, the first of which is titled After the Fall.

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Max Payne 3 release date delayed until May

Max Payne 3 release date delayed until May

Slips to June on PC. Take-Two now expects financial year loss.

Rockstar's upcoming third-person shooter Max Payne 3 has been delayed from March until 18th May for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe. The game's PC version will then launch 1st June, publisher Take-Two has announced.

In the US, Max Payne 3 launches slightly earlier: 15th May on consoles, 29th May for PC.

Why the delay? In short, the game's not up to scratch.

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Max Payne 3 multiplayer details emerge

Max Payne 3 multiplayer details emerge

Gang Wars mode to include Payne-narrated story.

Third-person Rockstar shooter Max Payne 3 features Gang Wars, a "narrative"-based multiplayer mode involving mobs met in the game's story.

Max Payne 3 attempts to mix the tale told in the game's campaign with its multiplayer offering.

"The narrative element of Max Payne 1 and 2, and what we're doing with 3, is obviously very strong," lead designer Charlie Bewsher told IGN.

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Max Payne HD announced

Max Payne HD announced

Due out on mobiles.

Rockstar Games has announces a HD version of the first Max Payne game for mobiles.

The GTA maker did not specify which mobile devices are targeted, or when the game will launch.

Max Payne on mobile will connect to the Rockstar Games Social Club and include the same features as its PC counterparts, Rockstar said.

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Max Payne 3 resurfaces with new details

Max Payne 3 resurfaces with new details

Time-jumping story shows young and old.

Update: Max Payne 3 will feature online multiplayer. How wasn't detailed. I skipped over this fact earlier.

Original story: MIA Rockstar game Max Payne 3 is firmly back on the radar. And Max has sprouted hair for the occasion.

A pair of screenshots released late last week preceded a new round of previews - the first tumbling from Edge magazine (scanned by Rockstarspy), the front cover of which shows a hairy Payne with a crazed expression holding his head in his hands.

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Max Payne 3 slips out of 2010

Take-Two reveals all in financial report.

Take-Two has listed all the games it plans to release during the rest of the financial year - and Max Payne 3 is nowhere to be seen.

Red Dead slips, GTAIV sells 15m units

Red Dead slips, GTAIV sells 15m units

LA Noire, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 updates.

Take Two has announced that Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption is now due for release on 18th May in the US and 21st May elsewhere - three weeks later than originally planned.

The publisher issued its Q1 financial results this evening and also noted that Grand Theft Auto IV has now sold over 15 million units worldwide, while BioShock 2 has shipped three million units.

Elsewhere there was confirmation that LA Noire, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Sid Meier's Civilization V are all due out in the company's fourth fiscal quarter - which ends 31st October 2010 - but the publisher noted that its guidance "reflects the potential movement of one of these titles into fiscal 2011".

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Max Payne pushed to autumn 2010

Mafia II promised in "first half" of year.

Take-Two has pushed the released of Max Payne to the second half of 2010, sometime between the start of August and the end of October.

Take-Two confirms early 2010 line-up

Take-Two confirms early 2010 line-up

BioShock, Payne, Red Dead, Mafia by July.

Take-Two has confirmed that it plans to release four major titles in the first half of 2010. BioShock 2, Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and Mafia II will all see release between the start of February and end of June 2010, chief executive Ben Feder told investors.

"We are continuing to evaluate the optimal release window for these titles and still plan to release all four titles in the first half of calendar 2010," Feder said, according to GameSpot. "At this point, we don't expect any of these titles to launch within our first fiscal quarter ending January 31, 2010."

Most of these games were originally planned to see the light of day in 2009 - notably, BioShock 2 was originally slated for a late October or early November release. Announcing the delays earlier this year, Take-Two said the games needed longer in development and that it was seeking an "improved retail environment" - suggesting that it was one of many publishers running scared from the release of Modern Warfare 2 this Christmas.

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Rockstar using new Payne voice actor

Plus human shield, last-gap slow-mo kills.

More details have spilt out of the Game Informer first-look feature on Max Payne 3, revealing that Rockstar Vancouver is ditching James McCaffrey, who voiced our hero in the first two games.

Balding Max Payne 3 sighted

Online MP, Bullet Time, RAGE...

Rockstar has revealed that Max Payne 3 sees our hero bald, bearded and addicted to painkillers in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Max Payne 3 out this winter

PC and console, "new direction".

Take-Two has announced that Max Payne 3 is in development at Rockstar Vancouver and will be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC this winter.

3DR "bewildered" by Max Payne film

But Scott Miller also "proud", bizarrely.

Scott Miller, producer of the Max Payne videogame, has voiced first his bewilderment at the movie adaptation starring Mark Wahlberg, and then, er, his pride in it.

Beau Bridges to star in Max Payne film

He'll play our hero's mentor.

Beau Bridges, star of Stargate SG-1, The Fabulous Baker Boys and being Jeff Bridges' brother, has signed up to appear in the forthcoming Max Payne movie.

Max Payne, Alice on track

To make big screen debuts.

Hollywood producer Scott Faye has confirmed that the big screen adaptations of Max Payne and Alice are still on track and are coming along nicely, thank you.

Max Payne film confirmed

Max Payne film confirmed

It's going back to his roots.

It's been four years since developer Remedy first announced that Max Payne was getting an adventure on the big screen - and since then, we've heard nothing.

But now the project is back on track, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which says 20th Century Fox is working with Collision Entertainment and Firm Films to produce Max Payne: the movie.

There's no word on who's set to star or who will direct the film, but apparently it'll be a Dirty Harry-style movie with a storyline that will focus on Max's history and origins.

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