Max Payne 3 trailer shows off bullet time tech

Rockstar's getting technical in a new series of trailers, kicking off with a look at its targeting, bullet time, animation, and AI. You needn't even ask: yes, things do get shot and explode in slow-motion.

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Rockstar's getting technical in a new series of Max Payne 3 trailers, kicking off with a look at its targeting, bullet time, animation, and AI. You needn't even ask: yes, things do get shot and explode in slow-motion.

Max Payne 3's "extremely detailed" animation system blends thousands of animations, the trailer explains, and uses the Euphoria tech (as seen in Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption) to make things fall over nicely. Make Max twist and follow the crosshair with his movements, and you have a man who looks great shooting other men. Slightly less great when he's bald, mind.

Our Andrew was somewhat disappointed by how Max Payne 3 actually looked in our last preview, but he did note that--of course--the game's not finished yet.

Max Payne 3 will dive through a window onto PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March 2012.

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    November 17, 2011 11:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Max Payne 3 trailer shows off bullet time tech.

    Rockstar's getting technical in a new series of trailers, kicking off with a look at its targeting, bullet time, animation, and AI. You needn't even ask: yes, things do get shot and explode in slow-motion.

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      November 17, 2011 11:57 AM

      It looks really good.

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      November 17, 2011 12:30 PM

      Wow. Those animations look amazing, and it looks so fun coupled with bullet time.

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      November 17, 2011 12:33 PM

      Wow that looks amazing. Great animations.

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      November 17, 2011 12:37 PM

      "and uses the Europhia tech"
      Shouldn't that be 'Euphoria'? #corrections?

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      November 17, 2011 1:26 PM

      Why doesn't Oblivion use Euphoria? Man, it would be 100x more immersive.

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      November 17, 2011 1:37 PM

      HO-LY SHIT the animation is awesome.

      I love the way they started doing their trailers since Red Dead

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      November 17, 2011 1:39 PM

      Holy shit that's some excessive violence and gore! It looks great though, but I don't remeber the first 2 games to be quite as graphic in their omnipresent violence

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        November 18, 2011 12:00 AM

        They were pretty bloody.

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      November 17, 2011 1:42 PM

      Looking good, think i'll play through the second one again.

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      November 17, 2011 1:45 PM

      Max Payne 3...Just wow.

      Do we need to even bother with the "sold" or "I'm definitely gonna get it" comments?!

      If anyone DOESN'T buy this game I'm going to bullet time their bottom.

      And no sexual comments please, you know what I mean.

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        November 17, 2011 4:32 PM

        It won't be the same without Lake's writing though.

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        November 17, 2011 4:38 PM

        I'm with you buddy. Damn right, if you don't want to play a game about a sweaty bald man with his shirt off, you better KNOW I am going to shoot white hot rippling streams of anger at your rectum.

        And I will reinforce what you said: no sexual comments please, nothing gay here!!!!

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      November 17, 2011 3:12 PM

      That looks fucking amazing! Fuck you nay-sayers.

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      November 17, 2011 3:26 PM

      Wow. I just went from cynical to excited in one video. Incredible animation, I should never have doubted Rockstar.

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        November 17, 2011 4:35 PM

        IAWTP. :(

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        November 17, 2011 4:41 PM

        I still don't think it really feels like a Max Payne game, I'm much more reminded of Kane & Lynch, but there was a review on RPS about a dude playing a full 10min sequence, and using proper tactics and stuff, so it sounded like really deep combat - and I was excited!

        An SP shooter that is focused on good combat is hard to find these days...

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      November 17, 2011 3:44 PM

      Euphoria tech is insane.

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        November 17, 2011 4:15 PM

        It's a shame more companies aren't using it. It looks so good and makes shooting people insanely satisfying.

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          November 17, 2011 4:16 PM

          I would kill to see a good fantasy game use Euphoria. Skyrim or Dark Souls with dudes that react to hits using the Euphoria engine would be amazing.

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            November 17, 2011 4:26 PM

            Oh man that would be killer. Sword fights + Euphoria + dismemberment would blow my mind.

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          November 17, 2011 4:54 PM

          I'm glad Rockstar is really taking the time to master it. GTA had great looking animation, but it felt a little sluggish. This looks like they are trying to make it look even better and at the same time feel way more natural.

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      November 17, 2011 3:45 PM

      Wow it's looking amazing. Rockstar have easily the best marketing department in the industry IMO.

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      November 17, 2011 3:51 PM

      Wow, I was already planning on playing this regardless, but this just blew my expectations out of the water for a lot of things.

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      November 17, 2011 3:59 PM

      As long as there isn't any escort missions, I'll buy it.

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      November 17, 2011 4:03 PM

      Those animations look amazing.

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      November 17, 2011 4:22 PM

      uhhhh HOLY SHIT

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      November 17, 2011 4:23 PM

      I was expecting to be bored by this game but it looks amazing. They've really done some great work. But I wonder if the slo-mo shootouts will get boring after a while like they did for me in the other Max Payne games. Hopefully not, given the improvements in animations etc. Also I wonder whether the PC version will definitely release at the same time as the other versions (and whether the controls will be any good)?

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      November 17, 2011 4:24 PM

      In the still pic at the top, Max looks like David Boreanz... :P

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      November 17, 2011 4:27 PM

      Wow, that looks great.

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      November 17, 2011 4:30 PM

      That is certainly some cool tech--just what a modern Max Payne needs. What it doesn't need is a cover system and regenerating health...

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        November 17, 2011 4:39 PM

        Doesn't have regenerating health! At least last I read. Is there something in the video about it?

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        November 17, 2011 4:52 PM

        I dunno, having a cover system in a game where you get shot at a lot kinda makes sense imho.

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          November 18, 2011 12:44 AM

          it's not game about getting shot at. It's a game about shooting bad guys while looking cool. You're not supposed to crouch behind cover, you're supposed to leap over the top of the fucking cover in slo-mo while firing mac-10's in full auto with both hands.

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            November 18, 2011 1:09 AM

            But if you have two MAC-10's, what will you choose for your final weapon slot? 92FS pistol, Molotov cocktail, pump-action shotgun, sniper rifle, MP5, grenade, sawed-off shotgun, automatic shotgun, M4 carbine, Desert Eagle, or AK-47?

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          November 18, 2011 12:58 AM

          In that video it looked weird when he was just strafing left and right until the cursor moved over the baddies

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          November 18, 2011 4:31 AM

          Bullet time is there for that.

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        November 17, 2011 4:53 PM

        I sort of don't mind cover systems in a third person game. I loathe them in an FPS when they pull me out of it

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      November 17, 2011 4:39 PM

      :D

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      November 17, 2011 4:42 PM

      Daygles.

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      November 17, 2011 4:52 PM

      This looks amazing.

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      November 17, 2011 4:52 PM

      Looks good but I don't get the shaved head + beard look. I'm sure it will be explained and it makes sense he shaves his head, but leaving the beard?

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      November 17, 2011 4:54 PM

      Wow, that is really, really impressive. The animation looks absolutely gorgeous, and it seems like they did a good job of updating the bullet-time mechanic to make it still seem "fresh". Definitely gonna be picking this one up! Also, Rockstar once again proves that they make the best damned trailers in the industry. I love how they actually go over and examine the different elements of the gameplay, story, etc., in the trailers for their recent games.

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      November 17, 2011 5:13 PM

      Fuck it. I'm converted. I don't care if it's "Generic Shooter #3" It looks like it will be fucking awesome.

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      November 17, 2011 5:19 PM

      I'm going to fuck this game when it comes out. Even if it says no.

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      November 17, 2011 5:33 PM

      looks so good and fluid in action. I never had a doubt when Rockstar took over Max Payne; Dan Houser is lead writer on MP3, can't argue with that. Also McCaffrey back too, the beginning had me grinning.

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      November 17, 2011 5:52 PM

      Holy shit Walter White got buff

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      November 17, 2011 6:14 PM

      That's Hot.

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      November 17, 2011 6:59 PM

      I was skeptical at first but now i am really impressed. The character animations look fucking great!

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      November 17, 2011 7:50 PM

      God damn. Yes please.

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      November 17, 2011 7:55 PM

      A single player game based primarily around shooting bad guys doesn't interest me (looking at you RAGE) but this is more than RAGE's wingstick/shotguns/bum rushing enemies/first person mechanic. This looks really cool even if you are just watching someone else play it. I don't like bald, fat Max and I didn't think Max Payne 3 would be a surefire purchase but now it is a definite buy. Depending on where I am with Skyrim and New Vegas, MP3 may even be a day one buy. I like what I see in this video.

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      November 17, 2011 11:43 PM

      just like that, they sold me!

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      November 18, 2011 1:54 AM

      Lots of hats were eaten following the watching of this video

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      November 18, 2011 1:58 AM

      Maybe it's finally owning glasses or something but fuck that video is low res compressed shit.
      Here's a copy which doesn't look awful.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=p3KK0Z-rzlw

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      November 18, 2011 5:19 AM

      If I see any chest high walls in this game I am going to go on a murderous rampage