ArchAngel wrote:The complete departure from the first 2 max payne's film noir style has completely turned me off. Why even bother with this IP, then?
There... hasn't been a departure. The only thing that's different is that the voice is a little different and there aren't comic book panels. In other words, the writing isn't overwrought so it feels more like a modern day Raymond Chandler (and let's be honest, Sam Lake isn't the best writer around) than someone who doesn't know how to properly use similes.
True... I played Max Payne 2 for the first time while there was a thunderstorm brewing outside; the dark, rainy atmosphere was amazing. It kinda baffles me why they'd throw that atmosphere away in favour of going down ol' South America way. and I never exactly got why Max is bald and fat in this one either. People thought that his change in appearance from the first game to the second was bad.
Buuut I'll still be giving the game a shot. If just for the tv shows.
The first half of the game has Max with
hair. There's a pretty significant event that features him shaving his head bald. There are also flashbacks detailing why he's in South America (parts of the game feature him in Hoboken, NJ, as a washed-up former cop trying to drown himself in the bottle after the events of the first two games).
It's actually very solid and works quite well with the fiction of the previous games.