Max Payne was on sale for 50% off on Steam, and I trust you to be smart enough to finish the rest of that sentence.
I love voice overs. My favorite cut of Blade Runner was the one that had voice overs, and I like film noir partially because they often included generous portions of voice overs.
It’s a shame that voice overs have lost popularity as a narrative tool over the recent years. Properly done, it adds depth and perspective to a character. One thing I’ve always favored about books was that you could read the character’s thoughts. No matter how good an actor is, some things just can’t be conveyed through body language alone. Taxi Driver would be half the movie that it is without voice overs.
It was good to discover that despite the vastly different setting of the game compared to the previous two in the series, Max Payne still packs a healthy dose of cynical inner thoughts along witty punch lines. Although I haven’t completed the game, I’ve put in a good many hours at the time of writing this post, and it doesn’t seem to be that bad of a game. It’s different, but it’s not bad. The environment is well constructed, and along with the Spanish laced dialog proved immersive. Having huge swaths of dialog in a language unfamiliar to the player (unless you’ve taken Spanish before, then I guess it doesn’t quite apply for you) reinforces the sense of detachment Max has with his surroundings.
I didn’t particularly like the art direction taken with the cut scenes, especially the whole random text from the dialog being splashed across the screen. Initially, it seemed just keywords were highlighted, but then as the game progressed, the highlights just felt like as if they were arbitrary picked. Another nitpick I have was that it auto-save points are too far in between. I’m playing on hard, so I’ve died enough so that it bothered me.
I’ve yet to give the multiplayer aspect of the game a go, and I doubt it’ll hold much interest for me. I’ve Battlefield 3 for that. Besides, I’ve picked up a ton of other games that I’ll have to plow through. This flash sales thing on Steam is really a huge money sink.