FINALLY, the moment has arrived. After giving gamers anxious moments for the better part of the year, Max Payne 3 is set to be launched for consoles this Friday and for PC gamers on June 1.
Called by many the most anticipated game of the year, both hardcore and newbie gamers plan to line up and get a piece of the action once it’s launched.
That Max Payne has transcended the divide (between the tech set and not so tech) became apparent the other morning when I was woken up by an excited family friend who wanted to share with me “the absolutely fabulous” game she had played on her visiting daughter's iPhone.
Confused? This auntyji's US-based daughter is in town for a wedding, of course with her iPhone. She wanted to gift her mom an iPod Touch for Mother's Day and so handed over her phone to the senior citizen so she could familiarise herself with the device.
Auntyji tinkered around with the phone and came across Max Payne Mobile for iOS. With nervous fingers she turned it on and just couldn't stop till late in the night. But playing on the small screen was a bit difficult and do she called me. “Beta I can't get enough of the game but is it possible to play on a larger screen?” she asked.
Before I could talk of Apple’s HDMI connector, my excitement got the better of me and I told her it's available for the PC. She jumped at the suggestion! Honest.
As vintage gamers (read those who have been playing games since the turn of the century) will remember, the first Max Payne released in 2001, heralding the birth of the cinematic action-shooter. Since then, it has had a sequel, been turned into a film and in general is considered a cult game.
|Minimum Requirement for Max Payne 3 on PC|
|OS: Windows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3|
|Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ/ AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ|
|RAM: 2 GB|
|Graphics: Nvidia 8600 GT 512 MB/ Radeon HD 3400 512MB|
The sequel in 2003 while staying true to the genre, threw Max together with Mona Sax, a playable character and the protagonist's love interest. While it was a good game, it was criticised for its short duration while some purists slammed it for introducing a romantic angle into an action game. The game was also adapted for consoles and turned into a film in 2008, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
The USP of the game is bullet time — slowing down time — to react to each bullet fired. And this makes for a great cinematic experience. No wonder auntyji was hooked.
Coming back to her, thanks to the good old woman, I have been spending a lot of time at Nehru Place. Why? First, I used all my contacts to get her legit copies of Max Payne and Max Payne 2. And now she wants the latest one as well. Unfortunately, her ancient PC can just about run it (but she won't be pleased with the results — she wants it on her 3D TV). And Uncleji has forbidden me from bringing any console into his premises.
So I'm sweating it out at Nehru Place while her daughter, who has incidentally gifted her mother the Touch, is jetting back to the cool environs of her Manhattan office.
- Abhik Sen (Gadget & Technology Expert)