Developed by Rockstar Games for a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience Advanced Bullet Time® and Shootdodge™ and Final Kill-cam mechanics for stylish shooting action Cutting edge aiming, targeting and animation processes for precise, fluid gunplay A dark, twisted story chronicling the return of Max Payne, one of the most iconic characters in videogames Tight integration between Natural Motion’s Euphoria Character Behavior System and a brand new iteration of the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) for lifelike movement and a new level of environmental awareness A wide range of weapons rendered in incredible detail: hammers cock back, shells eject from the chamber and each bullet is individually modeled from the split second it’s fired to the moment of impact
Advanced particle physics and destructible environments set the stage for dramatic and chaotic gun fights New to the series, a compelling and addictive multiplayer experience to match the dark and relentless atmosphere of the single-player game
30 GB download and Rockstar’s history of performance issues with PC versions (Grand Theft Auto IV, Bully), there’s reason to hesitate before picking up Max Payne 3 through Steam. Based on a few hours of play, though, it appears that Rockstar’s Windows version is stable, runs smoothly , and controls well.
As Max tumbles around environments in slow-motion and blasts bullets from behind cover, lining up headshots and ensuring foes stay down feels natural with a mouse and keyboard. Taking cover behind pieces of the environment, rolling forward, crouching, going prone and smacking enemies with melee attacks at close range is all easily controllable with the keyboard. Weapon switching is accomplished with the mouse wheel or number keys, which is easy enough considering Max can only carry three guns.
On a system with a Core i7 975 CPU, 6 GB RAM and a GTX 580, Max Payne 3 runs pretty much flawlessly, maintaining 60 frames per second even in firefights with five to six enemies. You can check out the screenshot below to see the graphics settings used.
Outside of the story and arcade modes, you can take part in multiplayer games through Max Payne 3’s matchmaking system or through LAN. Unfortunately the matchmaking system is clumsy, and several times I wound up stranded on a loading screen with no way to back out to a menu. I have been able to get into several deathmatch games to play and unlock bonuses, but for now the matchmaking system isn’t exactly ideal.
If you’ve been holding out for the PC version, it seems to be all good so far. Expect a PC version review to show up sometime soon, and in the meantime you can check out what IGN’s Daniel Krupa had to say about the console versions.
System Requirements :
OS: Windows® XP SP 3 (32-64 bits) / Windows Vista® (32-64 bits) / Windows 7® (32-64 bits)
CPU: (Minimum) Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ (Recommended)Intel i7 Quad Core 2.8Ghz or AMD equivalent
Memory: (Minimum) 2 GB RAM (Windows XP) / 2 GB (Windows Vista and Windows 7) (Recommended) 4 GB for Windows ® XP, 4 GB for Vista / Windows ® 7
Video Memory:(Minimum) NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM (Recommended) NVIDIA® GeForce 480 1GB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 5870 1GB RAM
HDD : 35 GB of free Hard Drive Space/
Sound Card: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100 per cent DirectX 9.0c-compatible)
Max Payne 3