Max Payne 3's debut trailer

Here it is, the very first trailer for Max Payne 3. The long-in-development action game from Rockstar is coming out in March, and this video gives us a first look into how it's come along.

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Here it is, the very first trailer for Max Payne 3. The long-in-development action game from Rockstar is coming out in March, and this video gives us a first look into how it's come along.

Yes, bald and bearded Max is still in the game, drinking his troubles away in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While the change of scenery may offend some fans, the return of Max Payne's incredible theme song, along with the noir-inspired narration, goes a long way in reviving our nostalgic memories of the first games.

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    September 14, 2011 9:15 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Max Payne 3's debut trailer.

    Here it is, the very first trailer for Max Payne 3. The long-in-development action game from Rockstar is coming out in March, and this video gives us a first look into how it's come along.

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      September 14, 2011 9:30 AM

      Looks great!

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      September 14, 2011 9:40 AM

      :D

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      September 14, 2011 9:42 AM

      Until now, I thought MP3 lacked the vibe of the first two games. But the trailer looked great; I'm excited for the first time since I saw the game... how many years ago, now?

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        September 14, 2011 3:02 PM

        Same boat. It looked painfully generic, but add a story and a dash of atmosphere (with games should that be the other way around?) and color me interested.

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      September 14, 2011 9:46 AM

      I felt like Max Payne 2 closed off Max's story quite nicely. This game looks like it could be great... could be. But minus the music, it doesn't seem to go along with anything from the first two; story or character wise.

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        September 14, 2011 10:26 AM

        Agreed, didn't give the deep dark chill of from snowy winter night setting like the other Max games. This felt more like Kane and Lynch.. Hope they also get the "every bullet counts" kinda feel that older max games have, not just the generic "click to spray" gameplay.. o_O if you catch my drift

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          September 14, 2011 11:04 AM

          Mostly I was disappointed by this art style. It's so... middle-of-the-pack. Nowadays they could easily accomplish a Max Payne game that looked almost like the cutscenes themselves, but instead they went for the Uncanny Valley 'realistic' lighting and objects. Which not only means it looks the same as everything else out there (aside from the protagonist himself), but it means they're probably forced to make it basically play the same as everything else or the idiots will complain that they were 'tricked'.

          I'll be pleasantly surprised if it turns out to have similar gameplay to the original (and I would even support making it a bit easier, since the originals were extremely quicksave-heavy if you weren't good at them), because I'm expecting a lot of concessions to modern identikit cover-shooter conventions.

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            September 14, 2011 12:03 PM

            This is the second day in a row I have seen front pagers just throwing the term Uncanny Valley around all retardedly.

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              September 14, 2011 12:10 PM

              we're all front pagers here

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              September 14, 2011 12:37 PM

              See, this is why I often think about asking a mod to allow a name change. I get friggin' zombie names lording their lack of numbers over me.

              Anyway, regarding your point, are you saying that the weird interaction of light and shadow on curved surfaces that this trailer shows does not, for you, cause a feeling of repulsion and a complaint from your stomach that it kinda feels a little queasy? Because it does for me. And that's pretty much the textbook definition of entering the Uncanny Valley. It might not be the Polar Express or a Japanese plastic-faced robot, but it's on the downward slope.

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      September 14, 2011 9:53 AM

      Oh my :O

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      September 14, 2011 9:56 AM

      I'll buy it.

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      September 14, 2011 10:00 AM

      Looks nice. And there's going to be on PC too, cool.

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      September 14, 2011 10:06 AM

      It's Man on Fire, the white version.

      :D

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        September 14, 2011 5:36 PM

        Funny. Man on Fire was the first thing I thought of when watching.

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      September 14, 2011 10:21 AM

      Too bad trailers don't show us whether a game will have a cover system and regenerating health.

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        September 14, 2011 10:22 AM

        I think it's a pretty good bet that it will have both.

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          September 14, 2011 10:27 AM

          not enough buttons on the gamepad to include painkillers...

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          September 14, 2011 10:57 AM

          Sad, but true.

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          September 14, 2011 4:08 PM

          It better have pill bottles!!

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        September 14, 2011 12:21 PM

        a cover system is fine as long as its done right. like rainbow six vegas for example. deus ex: hr did it pretty well too.
        problem is with the 'rage' engine it will probably end up more like GTA4. where movement in general was just really sluggish. and the cover system was just plain old retarded.

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      September 14, 2011 10:33 AM

      I think it looks pretty good but it doesn't seem to have the same feel as the other 2 games, one thing I hope they put back in the game are the actual animations of the guns firing, ie chamber/slide animations, minor I know but when they ditched the animations in the second game I immediately noticed they were missing.

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        September 14, 2011 10:40 AM

        Yeah not at all, might as well be a new game. Is that a different voice actor too?

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          September 14, 2011 10:46 AM

          yeah he looks different too, must get plastic surgery between each game

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          September 14, 2011 11:50 AM

          Same voice actor as MP2, and he is also the face (as he was in MP2) and motion capture.

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            September 14, 2011 11:53 AM

            The voice actor for MP1 and 2 was not the model for either game.

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              September 14, 2011 1:08 PM

              Ah, you are correct (though I never claimed he was for the first). Still, same voice actor for all three.

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                September 14, 2011 10:03 PM

                Luckily on that. Originally Rockstar was going to change the voice actor (because when people go through bad shit in their lives, their voices change -- I guess), but fans had a shitfit and that pretty much killed that idea.

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        September 14, 2011 10:52 PM

        If you look in the trailer the nice reload animations, super detailed guns such as serial numbers, and all those touches that MP 1 excelled at are there.

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      September 14, 2011 10:41 AM

      Left me cold, sorry. Not sure if it was the dialogue or what but that did nothing for me. Didn't feel any of the class or excitement of the old games, but I guess we still have to see gameplay.

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      September 14, 2011 11:06 AM

      grabs motherfuckin popcorn!

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        September 14, 2011 11:11 AM

        looks great. I can definitely buy in to the fat bald Max now, seeing it in context. looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      September 14, 2011 11:07 AM

      I don't like seeing the rockstar engine or character style or whatever applied to a different franchise. Looks too obviously like GTA4/LA Noire/RDR

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        September 14, 2011 11:51 AM

        I don't like seeing the engine applied to a different franchise. Looks too obviously like three different franchises, one of which (LA Noire) used a different engine, animation system, and completely different facial animation tech.

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        September 14, 2011 12:06 PM

        I think Rockstar's narrative style would work massively better in a linear game like Max Payne than an open world one

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      September 14, 2011 11:09 AM

      Fantastic trailer, makes me want to buy the game 100%, rad

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        September 14, 2011 12:16 PM

        they didn't say if it does multi-monitor in the trailer, how do you know if you can buy it?

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          September 14, 2011 12:52 PM

          LOL :) I can see that Diablo III thread has gotten some peeps panties in a bunch.

          I can play games fine in one screen, I never don't buy a game because they don't support wide rez.

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          September 14, 2011 12:53 PM

          it requires 5 monitors

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            September 14, 2011 12:59 PM

            Pre-order canceled, I only have 3 :(

            LOL :)

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              September 14, 2011 1:31 PM

              Shouldn't have sold those other three! :)

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      September 14, 2011 11:16 AM

      That didn't convince me that this is going to be any good, but it definitely looks like a video game. If it weren't for the music and titles, I don't think I would have recognized this as a Max Payne game.

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        September 14, 2011 11:22 AM

        Yeah, it could easily have a completely different name, and I kind of wish it did. I'd rather have more Max Payne in the same vibe as the first two (noir setting, graphic novel cutscenes, etc.) even if it was in a different locale.

        Looks a little too much like GTA with bullet time to me.

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        September 14, 2011 11:56 AM

        Word.

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        September 14, 2011 2:35 PM

        Yea just a bunch of cutscene crap. Max Payne was about the bullet time gameplay(which was an actually somewhat novel idea back then. They showed no actual game play......

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          September 14, 2011 2:44 PM

          I guess you missed the part about "This trailer was made entirely with in game footage."

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      September 14, 2011 11:20 AM

      I'm just going to pretend this doesn't exist, Max Payne 1 and 2 are all there is.

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      September 14, 2011 11:20 AM

      I like what I saw.

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      September 14, 2011 11:23 AM

      That's it? It kinda feels like a lame ripoff of Max Payne rather than a sequel. Maybe its just the trailer, but the dialogue was weak. Take away the music and title and it's hardly recognizable as a Max Payne game at all.

      Fuck, the movie felt more like the original games than this and it wasn't so good.

      Ugh.. I'll try to keep an open mind. I can't fathom Rockstar winning many people over that had reservations to begin with with this trailer. *crosses fingers*

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      September 14, 2011 11:24 AM

      Why are they using the Max Payne music for this shooter?

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        September 14, 2011 1:07 PM

        my thoughts exactly. how can you do noire in DAYLIGHT?

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          September 14, 2011 10:51 PM

          There were plenty of scenes at night and in different locations. So what if they left New York, fuck. I think Brazil at night is much more fucked than NY. Give it a chance.

          I have been enjoying slowing down the video and pausing to see the little things that are there

          1. Super detailed guns, bullets and casings, serial numbers!
          2. Environmental destruction is based on the bullets not hitboxes from what I see. This is what makes Max Payne different from most games, each bullet had actual physics, and with Euphoria it's going to be amazing. The glass breaking in many scenes shows this along with enemy reactions to bullets.
          3. There are plenty of Maxs! open your eyes, there are so many Max models because the story skips all throughout a timeline, there was a beat up and bandaged Max, bald, original, and strong and bearded. I'm excited to see how Max has changed as a character after the events of the first two games. As many say the story was pretty closed, which is good that it's something different than using the same ideas again.

          The action scenes looked great, there are plenty of examples of the great MP gameplay throughout such as the tracing sniper bullet, dives, a cool shot to the head takedown that happens after a reload and may be the new reload move, bullet traces, etc etc.

          Looks like Max Paynes unique gameplay fundamentals to me!

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            September 15, 2011 1:02 AM

            good thoughts. i'm at work and i'm on linux (i don't dare to skip around that video because flash will crash sooner or later) - i will check it out this evening :)

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      September 14, 2011 11:33 AM

      It looks good but it gave me the feeling that there will be plenty of rockstar's standard fare of terrible characters who are crazy for crazy's sake

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      September 14, 2011 11:52 AM

      I'm getting more of a Grand Theft Auto vibe from it. It needs more NYC >:(

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      September 14, 2011 11:55 AM

      I'm just going to pretend that this is Man on Fire the video game and I can deal with that

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      September 14, 2011 12:03 PM

      This has made me highly interested in Max Payne 3. The first two games are brilliant. If they can do it right, then this could be right up there with them.

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      September 14, 2011 12:03 PM

      Kane & Lynch 3: Maximum Pain.

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      September 14, 2011 12:05 PM

      So he is jacked and ripped....or fat? I really can't tell.

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      September 14, 2011 12:09 PM

      man that music takes me back, awesome

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        September 14, 2011 12:31 PM

        Yeah it does, I think they just threw it in there to appeal to the long time fans even though it doesn't look like Max Payne at all

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      September 14, 2011 12:23 PM

      This looks like a neat game, but it looks like anything but Max Payne.

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        September 14, 2011 12:31 PM

        This feels like the "Live Free or Die Hard" entry into the Max Payne series. It'll be a solid genre entry but it won't jive within the context of the series.

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      September 14, 2011 1:05 PM

      misses the mark

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      September 14, 2011 1:47 PM

      Looks like Kane & Lynch.

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      September 14, 2011 1:52 PM

      this trailer reminded me of Kane and Lynch, not really interested here.

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      September 14, 2011 2:46 PM

      Why the fuck is Max not in a Hawaiian Shirt?

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      September 14, 2011 3:14 PM

      meh, does not interest me, i do NOT like the locale and geographic setting of the game or the depicted characters, the original maxes were the best

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      September 14, 2011 3:29 PM

      I'm interested. I know it's not Remedy making the game, but it's not like Rockstar is new to this whole game production business. They have given me the GTA IV series, Red Dead Redemption, and LA Noir this generation, and I have loved every one for different reasons. That's enough for me to give the benefit of the doubt.

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        September 14, 2011 3:42 PM

        If it was Remedy we wouldn't be getting a PC version

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      September 14, 2011 3:39 PM

      Are they gonna have the in-game comics telling the story between chapters? I sure hope so.

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      September 14, 2011 4:06 PM

      "It's true what they say about the fall and the sudden stop at the end.

      I'd lain here in the snow while the lurid chain of scenes that had led me here kept playing in my head, a rerun of my own private snuff movie, a memory of my corpse. Alone at my own wake. Thinking in metaphors again.

      The femme fatale was gone. Only a sour taste remained of the kiss that killed me.

      This was a late goodbye. Thirteen years after I'd gotten my revenge, it had finally caught up with me. It'd been a long time to bear the pain.

      My blood painted the snow red -- a gruesome slushie -- dissolved all the scattered painkillers, and leisurely dripped down to the sewer, mingling with the bile of the city, becoming one with it.

      I can see them now, my wife and my baby. Honey, I'm home."

      Guess Remedy's ending isn't canon anymore then?

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        September 14, 2011 7:45 PM

        What the hell is all that from? That is no ending I have EVER seen in a Max Payne game, and I've seen all three.

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        September 14, 2011 10:05 PM

        that's not the ending of max payne 2

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        September 17, 2011 9:55 AM

        That's from Alan Wake. It's from the manuscript pages of a book called "The Sudden Stop" and it's Remedy's ending for Max Payne, they basically hid it as a Max Payne metaphor inside of the Alan Wake universe. It's even narrated by James McCaffrey.

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      September 14, 2011 5:21 PM

      It looks like exactly the Max Payne 3 I wanted.

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      September 14, 2011 7:09 PM

      If they called it something else and got rid of the cello, you wouldn't even be able to tell it's a Max Payne game.

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      September 14, 2011 7:39 PM

      "We know fans of max payne really loved the film noir style, the gritty settings, and the dark foreboding atmosphere of the first games, so we made max older, balder, and fatter and put him in the sun!"
      -rockstar.

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      September 14, 2011 7:57 PM

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      September 14, 2011 8:03 PM

      Is it just me or does the dialog sound like it were written by a wanna-be noir writer?
      Sure, the first two games were cheesy, but what is up with the self references? Well this is happening AGAIN, like it ALWAYS happens when I'm pushed to the edge saving a woman I love AGAIN... So on an so forth.

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      September 14, 2011 8:22 PM

      Looks pretty good, but still early to tell. I want to see more gameplay shots that aren't as quick cut. For fun, here's a Max Payne 1 trailer for comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW5m8nBAeAg Looks pretty similar to the MP3 trailer structure-wise, but shows more gameplay.

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        September 15, 2011 7:30 AM

        Man, I would suck so many dicks to see a full HD remake of these.

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      September 14, 2011 8:45 PM

      Hooooooooly shit.

      Those first few notes of music hit me with crazy strong nostalgia. Wasn't expecting that!

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      September 14, 2011 8:56 PM

      wait and see. I'm not sold on Max at the beach.

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      September 14, 2011 9:15 PM

      Well, they got the music right. Other than that there wasn't much shown that screams 'Max Payne'. More like GTA:Brazil.

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      September 14, 2011 9:52 PM

      Gotta love how the 2011 game's graphics are constrained by the video cards in PS3/Xbox 360 released in 2006.

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        September 14, 2011 10:02 PM

        Yeah, I noticed that. :(

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        September 14, 2011 10:10 PM

        It does kinda suck but at the same time we are getting games now that focus a lot on art design and more efficient texture management, we are not getting bad looking games, just a clear struggle for more detail. Gameplay also gets better as a result, since people expect that more than good graphics.

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      September 14, 2011 9:57 PM

      Must see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIhjtSY-nxg

      While we're on topic...

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      September 14, 2011 11:37 PM

      No, they've just stolen the plot from Denzel's "Man On Fire", with aging drunken bodyguard trying to save girl. I bet he's going to die in the end too. It's so boring to play a game when you know the guy's going to die, totally bums out the weapon- and ammo-collecting.

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      September 14, 2011 11:48 PM

      So all the cut-scenes are in game now without comic flair?

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      September 15, 2011 12:06 AM

      By the look of the trailer, this is an open world game?

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      September 15, 2011 7:28 AM

      Damn.

      I didn't get much out of that. I'd wait for a review to see if the mood of the originals is recaptured, but there's almost no gaming websites worth reading any more that aren't sycophantically shilling for the industry.

      I actually want this to be good, but I'm getting a Kane and Lynch On Holiday vibe from this rather than a Max Payne one.

      I want to be wrong.

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      September 15, 2011 9:32 AM

      I want my Noir York city back.

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      September 15, 2011 3:51 PM

      run-of-the-mill art style; standard "exciting" action trailer; totally stripped of any mood or atmosphere. looks like max payne got michael bay'd. hope it looks better soon.