Video Feature: Why Max Payne 3 Failed

From New York to Sao Paulo, where did Max Payne 3 go wrong?


Hey everyone, I made a video feature about Max Payne 3. I was really curious about why Max Payne 3 (a great third-person shooter from 2012), failed to make an impact. Thinking about this made me revisit the older games in the series for a bit of comparison. It was only when I replayed them that I realised just how different Max Payne 3 was the from the previous two games.

In this video I look at the fundamental tones and design philosophies of the three games, as well as via the medium of Sam Lake’s face.

It was a ton of fun to make (despite the fact that actually getting the Max Payne 1 and 2 to run on Windows 10 is a bit of a nightmare.

A games writer who battles everyday not to feel silly when he tells people that playing a game for two days straight so he can review it still counts as work. The Metal Gear Solid games are overrated, fight me.

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