Fight your way out with the Signature Series Max Payne 3 Game Guide from BradyGames.
With every big game release comes the inevitable game guide, many of which are published by the knowledgeable guys over at BradyGames. Their Signature Series Guides can be found on the bookshelves of most gamers who have at one point either been stuck in a game, wanted to discover all of a games’ secrets, or just those who have been tempted at the point of purchase. Whatever the reason that people buy these guides, BradyGames have become very good at making them. The latest guide is for Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 and will prove an essential purchase for fans of the hard-drinking, pill-popping ex-cop. But is it really essential for the average gamer?
Coming in at just over 300 pages, the Max Payne 3 Signature Series Game Guide certainly packs in a lot of information. The vast majority of this revolves around the games’ single-player mode and gives the player a step by step guide to getting through the story not only in one piece, but with as many goodies as possible. Each chapter is discussed in detail, explaining where the enemies will come from and where to find the best cover points. It also details exactly where to find the collectibles, such as the golden gun parts that are hidden throughout the game.
However, the Max Payne 3 campaign is quite linear in nature, and doesn’t really have any puzzles to speak of. The only way that a player can really get stuck is if they are outgunned, and in that case the guide can’t really help. Sure, the guide can offer tips which may improve the players’ game, but there is only so much that a guide can do. Sadly, it doesn’t offer to come to your home and take out a group of particularly hardy mercenaries.
But what it does do is make sure that you know everything you need to know to play the game properly, including explaining bullet time, shootdodge, last man standing, and profiling all of the weapons in the game. When I first began playing, I used the guide on numerous occasions just to work out the buttons.
The guide offers the same sort of advice for the multiplayer games. There are a good number of multiplayer modes in Max Payne 3 and they are all listed and given a full explanation, so the player can jump straight in and get down to the business of shooting their friends. All of the basic information is there, such as leveling up, wagers and vendettas. The various ways of customising the loadout, including all of the bursts available, are given so the player can plan what they want to spend their hard earned cash on.
Only five of the multiplayer maps are shown in the guide, all with a top-down view. It would have been nice to have these maps in more detail, especially given the multiple levels on many of these maps, and maybe some information about vantage points and such. I am also not really sure why at least one map has been missed from the guide, but in their printed form they are not really that useful anyway.
Finally, the guide has a massive listing of every achievement, every grind, every award and every unlockables that can be found within both the single-player and multiplayer games. For those gamers who enjoy getting everything that they can from their games, these lists will prove essential.
But is the Max Payne 3 Signature Series Game Guide an essential purchase itself? Not really. Whilst the guide obviously packs in a lot of information, there are not really any game stopping moments when a guide would be invaluable. That being said, completionists will find their life much easier with the guide, and the handy gameplay tips will certainly improve things for the less experienced gamers. And of course, it is a must buy for any fans.