It has been nine years since the last game in the series.  Does time heal all pain?  Not for Max Payne, not for the type of REVENGE situations he has a knack for finding!

For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil (Max refers to this area as “Baghdad in G-strings”), protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out.  The new setting is a welcomed change the previous shadows of New York City, and gamers will appreciate the change of scenery as well as cinematic effects that all tie into the story.  Make no mistake here: Keeping in line with the earlier releases, the payoff for Max Payne is still in the narrative.  That is not to say there haven’t been improvements to the game play.  Max Payne 3 features cutting edge shooting mechanics for precision gunplay, advanced new effects, improved character motion for lifelike movement and of course, a dark and twisted story, Max Payne 3 is a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience from Rockstar Games.

In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 will also be the first entry in the series to introduce a thorough and engrossing multiplayer experience. In a unique twist, Max Payne 3 multiplayer delivers a compelling experience that dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match. Along with traditional multiplayer modes, Max Payne 3 will also include a deep reward and leveling system, and multiple strategic load-out options.

Developed across Rockstar Games Studios Worldwide, Max Payne 3 is now available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3, with the PC version launching in June of 2012 in North America and Europe.

Are you ready to walk in the sinister shoes of Max Payne and kill hundreds along the way?  Thought so, here’s to Max Payne 3!

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David S. Grant is the author of “Blood: The New Red”, follow David on Twitter @david_s_grant