5 Thoughts on the Max Payne 3 Trailer
So I’ve been thinking a lot about the Max Payne 3 trailer over the last week or so. While it’s a pretty straightfoward trailer, there is a lot to consider in it, given that it’s a part of a very distinctive franchise. Let’s all watch the trailer again one more time, and then we’ll talk.
OK, so here are the five things that stood out in that trailer:
1. The sun
What is that shiny yellow orb in the sky? The sun, you say? The sun never made an appearance in the previous Max Payne games, so it’s surprising to see sunlight all over this trailer. That’s a pretty drastic change in direction.
2. It has cutscenes?
Max Payne’s signature comic book panels are nowhere to be found here, and there are a number of bits in the trailer that appear to come from actually cutscenes. This is another big departure for this game.
3. Max externalizes his angst
Max Payne has always been an angsty saga, and there’s plenty of that on display here. But in a twist, Max is less a cool customer and more a sad sack this time. He’s got a gut, he drinks, he throws his bottle of booze and he shaves his head. Looks like Max has finally broken down.
4. It’s so warm.
Not only is it sunny, but it’s warm. One of the most memorable aspects of the original Max Payne is the way the blizzard intensified the deeper Max got into the conspiracy. Max Payne 2 didn’t have a blizzard, but Max still wore a jacket because noirs are cold bitches. Now Max is wearing a wifebeater.
5. We’re not in New York anymore
Max Payne 3 takes Max away from the cold skyscrapers of New York to the unfamiliar palm tree shade of Sao Paolo. It’s a jarring change, and not just because they have sun there and no snow. it’s as different a city as you can find from New York in terms of world design. It’s a setting that should make for a very different Max Payne experience.