Reactions: Max Payne 3

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Rockstar has announced Max Payne 3, followup to two highly original shooters that introduced the gaming world to Matrix-style "Bullet Time" before even the Matrix games were able to do it. Slated to appear on the winter release schedule and featuring versions for the PS3, XBox 360 and PC, players will revisit the troubled life of protagonist Max Payne.

"We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "This is Max as we've never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation."

These words from the press release ring pretty true for me. Rockstar has a fantastic history with game releases, and I loved the original two games, but I can't help but (unfairly, I know) assign a little guilt by association that makes me think the full name should be "Max Payne 3: We're Sorry About the Movie."

Won't stop me from playing it though... and it sure won't stop me from enjoying it.

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