Max Payne 3 trailer is about a kidnapping

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 16, 2012 9:30am PST

Fans have had a lot of questions about Max Payne's return to gaming. Can Rockstar do it without Remedy at the helm? Why is Max bald? Why is he in Brazil? And is it still noir?

While Rockstar has been slowly answering these questions, there's one question that have gone overlooked: what kind of mess did Max get himself in this time?

The "second official trailer" for Max Payne 3 sets up the story, which begins with the kidnapping of Rodrigo Branco's trophy wife, Fabiana, while under Max's protection. "As Max fights to uncover the truth behind the kidnapping, he is pulled deeper into a web of violence and deception with little hope of escape as street gangs, paramilitary forces and elite police units fight for power and influence over the streets of São Paulo, Brazil," Rockstar's official PR describes.

Max Payne 3 will arrive on Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 15, with a PC release to follow shortly afterwards.

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