Max Payne 3 special edition announced
posted on 11.21.11 at 04:15 PM EST by (@salromano)
Including a 10-inch tall Max Payne statue.

Rockstar Games announced the availability of a Max Payne 3 special edition today. For $99.99, it can be pre-purchased only from November 21 to January 15.

The special edition includes:

  • A copy of Max Payne 3.
  • 10” tall Collectible Max Payne Statue created in a collaboration between TriForce and Rockstar Games.
  • Series of game-inspired Original Still Life Art Prints that depict some of Max Payne’s inner demons and vices.
  • Copper and brass-plated iron, bullet-shaped Bullet Keychain featuring a screw-off back.
  • Classic Multiplayer Character Pack of eight playable multiplayer characters for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, including fan favorites from the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2 like Max Payne from Max Payne 2, Mona Sax and Vladimir Lem.
  • Disorderly Conduct Multiplayer Weapons Pack for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer that includes the Hammerhead Auto Shotgun, G9 Grenade Launcher and Molotov cocktail.
  • Max Payne 3 Official Soundtrack featuring the game’s instrumental score.

Rockstar describes the special edition as “ideal for fans and players looking for premium and collectible Max Payne content.” See high-res shots of its contents and platform-specific box art at the gallery.

Max Payne 3 will launch for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in March 2012.

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  • gold163

    thumbs down all you want, but if it’s not Remedy it’s not Max Payne. I don’t understand why they couldn’t just make an original character if they wanted to tell a noir story. Max Payne was done. Finished. I don’t care if this is a good game on its own or not. Nothing about this game looks even remotely similar to the aesthetic and feeling of the originals, and having a $100 special cash grab edition is a little over the top.

    • KingdomPersona

      @gold163: Oh they do it call LA Noire go ahead and this skip I going to enjoy this game to much to care what you think and it’s look like max payne to me and I play both games so yeah good luck with that :P

      • gold163

        @KingdomPersona: have fun. doesn’t matter if you played both games. you can like the 3rd all you want, it’s still not really a max payne to me. I bet there aren’t going to be any references to twin peaks or pink flamingos or dick justice. it’s completely different and that would be fine if rockstar wasn’t blatantly using the max payne name to sucker cash out of nostalgic idiots who probably actually barely remember the originals. we’ll have to agree to disagree.

        and really? you think LA Noire is like max payne?

        I don’t care what you think and you don’t care what I think, but come on, you have to admit that the gaming industry is messed because they’re trying to sell this game solely on hype and nostalgia, and they’re getting away with it. I bet you’re also looking forward to XCOM, Syndicate, and yearly releases of Final Fantasy.

        • KingdomPersona

          @gold163: *sigh* no I saying If you want a noir title play that not max panye 3 dude It’s max panye your play and it’s voice by the same guy and I bet they well references what you say but whatever just don’t buy it.

          • gold163

            @KingdomPersona: I can’t even understand half of what you’re saying. Take your time to type out your responses if you want people to actually read them.

            It’s not just that I want a noir title. I want a REAL Max Payne title, and failing that, I’d rather not have my every impression of the series be butchered. So he’s voiced by the same guy. Big fucking deal.

            I hate this whole, “if you don’t like it, don’t buy it” deal going on these days. Of course I’m not going to buy it. If you don’t want me to complain about it, on the other hand, too bad. People try to stress the importance of “voting with your wallet” but the fact of the matter is a massive corporation is not going to give a shit if one person doesn’t buy their game.

            And why does anybody want to send a message to the people who make our games? Maybe so they can stop fucking them up with crappy design, half-assed PC ports, overpriced DLC, draconian DRM, and other modern day gaming marketing scams. Most people are still going to buy into that bullshit anyway, because as long as it doesn’t affect them, it’s nothing to worry about.

            You’re the reason why the games industry is so massively profitable for almost no effort or creativity today, because people like you have no standards and you’re in the majority.

            • KingdomPersona

              @gold163: … *sigh*I know how to type you just saying words I did’t say all what you say right now have NOTING to do with max payne and what you say it’s not me I KNOW WHAT I’M BUYING THANKS and your right I don’t care if you get this or not so I’m done with you and this dumb little comment war sorry I reply to you it was a waste of both are time bye and have a nice life.

              • gold163

                @KingdomPersona: wow I still can’t understand what you just said.

                If you weren’t trying to prove something you never would have commented in the first place. Of course it follows that you’re not even going to read what anybody else says, because only your opinion is important.

                *sigh*

                • KingdomPersona

                  @gold163: Do you even read English? that’s what I’m typing man and why you ask because people like you say don’t buy this game it suck and I play it and enjoying it I know it’s not bad that why maybe you should go back to school if you can’t understand what I’m saying and I was not Trying to prove anything so don’t put words in my mouth.

                  • gold163

                    @KingdomPersona: When did I ever say, “don’t buy this game?” I said, “I’m not buying it.”

                    You’re the one putting words in my mouth. Thought you were done with this dumb comment war?

                    I can read English perfectly well. Apparently you can’t type it.

                    • KingdomPersona

                      @gold163:*Faceplam*your right sorry just leave me alone please thank’s.

              • gold163

                @KingdomPersona: If you want people to leave you alone then don’t post things when you obviously don’t understand what’s being said in the first place.

                so yeah, you should facepalm at your own stupidity.

                • KingdomPersona

                  @gold163: lol XD I know I saw I’m done with your funny that all lol.

    • @gold163: I hate purists like you! Just saying…

      • gold163

        @mateuspradosousa: purists hate YOU.

        but no seriously I can accept and be content with change. But at some point it becomes ridiculous and at some point you have to realize that the end product is so different from the source material it might as well be called something else. I’m getting sick of edgy re-imaginings of games I thought were classics being pushed from every direction. Would it kill devs to come up with new IPs? L.A. Noire seemed to do reasonably well. You know they only made a Max Payne 3 because the name’s still profitable.

        What about Splinter Cell? Strip the game of all the elements that fans loved and that made it the pinnacle of its genre, and replace it with canned, generic shooter gameplay. But who cares, as long as the story’s good, right? 9/10! So underrated! GOTY! GOTY!

        There was an article on Scrawl before talking about how everybody had forgotten about Splinter Cell Conviction shortly after its release.

        You want to know why that game was forgotten? Because it wasn’t actually good, and it didn’t actually give you enough content to justify a $60 purchase and it didn’t do anything to keep you coming back. Ubisoft doesn’t give a shit. They made their sales already. They’re just waiting until the time is ripe to unleash a new one that they know everybody will buy. Max Payne 3 is no different. Same thing with Red Dead, LA Noire, GTA, etc etc.

  • captainhowdy

    I’m excited for this game. It looks awesome.

  • Chaos Raiden

    I don’t really care if it isn’t Remedy developing Max Payne 3. Rockstar is just fine. Just saw the latest trailer, and looks damn awesome. Can’t wait to play it next year.

    • gold163

      @Chaos Raiden: says the guy with the DMC avatar lol.

      “I don’t care if it’s not Capcom developing the new DMC, as long as the trailers make it look awesome I’m willing to throw cash at it”

      hopefully DMC will go the way of Resident Evil and Megaman, because it’s not like Capcom could have run those franchises any farther away from their roots. Don’t even mention Revelations. It’s just going to be that Resi 5 DLC.

      never mind that very few people actually remember playing XCOM, Syndicate, Deus Ex, Goldeneye, Rainbow Six, or what have you. As long as the game looks good, is marketed well, and plays competently people will eat it up. Forget about legacies; nothing is sacred. It’s appalling how easy it is for games to get 9/10 GOTY these days, and ship with more bugs and less content out of the box as those a decade ago (not to mention, at a higher price and with the promise of future paid DLC developed before the game’s even finished).

      they could announce a System Shock 3 developed by the team that does Madden and everybody would still buy it if it was flashy enough.

  • Zero

    How did this get turned into a comment war or whatever?

    Moving on…

    This is an ok special edition, but the price is maybe a bit to high for my taste.

    As for the game, what I have seen doesn’t look half bad, and I have hopes that Rockstar and the current developers stay true to the original games.

    • KingdomPersona

      @Zero: Sorry Zero I don’t know what to do just move on .

    • gold163

      @Zero: I don’t doubt it’s a decent game, because Rockstar has a pedigree of making high-quality titles.

      And at the same time, I don’t feel like it would stay true to the original games. And it doesn’t even have to, because you’re all going to buy it whether it’s a good game or not, whether it’s true to the originals or not.

      • Zero

        @gold163:

        As you said, Rockstar has a pedigree of making very good games. To say the studio name alone wont sell copies of any game they release, well that would be underestimating Rockstar big time.

        And just like anything GTA sells by the title alone, or Final Fantasy does, or Call of Duty, etc…

        The Max Payne name will sell copies, but I think this is all a good thing.

        It gives a new generation of gamers who perhaps did not play the original titles a chance to get interested in the franchise.

        I can understand your fear behind it staying true to the original games, several reboots lately have strayed from the original games.

        I think most of that is based on what publishers think will sell, you mentioned Syndicate above. EA obviously felt more comfortable with trying to sell a shooter.

        Obviously, Syndicate is straying far from the original source material, but at least they have acknowledged as much.

        And when you compare the “reboot” if you want to call it that of syndicate to Max Payne 3… I see that as the lesser of two evils.

        After all of what I just typed, I have made no decision about purchasing this game let alone the Special Edition.

        You might not mean to, but I think some of your comments come off as a personal message to previous posters, and my belief is you mean a general group of people.

        Example – “Because you’re all going to buy it whether it’s a good game or not, whether it’s true to the originals or not.”

        Does this mean me? Gematsu community, most gamers? I can’t say for sure, and when you consider others will just see it as a response to something they posted…it all gets confusing.

        I bring this up because I think that’s what happened with you and Kingdom above here, and I’m all for good clean gaming discussion, and people will disagree, but lets keep it friendly.

        We’re all supposed to be friends here on gematsu.com

        • gold163

          @Zero: When you make the comparison to Final Fantasy or Call of Duty, your argument loses a little merit. I can agree that giving a new generation an opportunity to become interested in a well-known, influential gaming property is definitely a good thing. But when you look at games such as Call of Duty or Final Fantasy, you notice that they’re merely products of a well-oiled machine that pumps out games regardless of whether they’re worth regarding as good games on their own or not. Max Payne and Max Payne 2 didn’t have to be part of the same series; they would still be good games if you removed all traces of being part of the same franchise. No doubt Square Enix has an appreciation for their fanbase and their past works, but can you really say that the recent entries in the series were overall as memorable or influential as the ones that everybody knows the series for?

          What I’m trying to say is, Rockstar didn’t need to make a Max Payne 3. Hi-Rez didn’t need to make a modern Tribes game that plays nothing like the originals, they could have made their own IP instead. EA didn’t need to dig up a nearly decade-old franchise that only fans remember in order to make their new, completely unrelated co-op shooter. If you honestly believe that people who play the new Syndicate are even going to be remotely interested, or even aware of Syndicate’s legacy, I have to disagree. Max Payne 3 is a bit easier to swallow because it’s at least got a number behind it.

          It’s just a shame that companies like EA see fit to try to wring as much cash out of popular properties as possible, while forgetting they even have new ones. They’ve stated on multiple occasions that they have no plans for a new Mirror’s Edge. Are you kidding me? Whether you think the game was good or not, it was unique. There isn’t much on the market like it. And EA has absolutely no interest in continuing the series unless they can turn it into something extremely profitable. Which makes sense from a business standpoint, but if we can only ever think of games from that point of view then we’re screwed as far as really creative, unique gaming experiences go. Max Payne will not be unique or creative. Instead of making an entirely new property that would have actually required effort and careful thought, they went ahead and dug of Max Payne because they knew people would recognize the game based on the name alone. And if you want to say, “but Max Payne 3 isn’t like the others! It did require effort and thought!” Then why the hell didn’t they put all that effort and thought into a different property? Because they wouldn’t have made as much money off of suckers who think any game named Max Payne is a good game.

          When you talk about, “several reboots lately,” I have to ask: Why are there reboots at all? Sure, we all love certain properties and see them as classic examples of games. But what’s wrong with leaving things as they are? Do we really have to reboot them? It’s like “modern reinterpretations” of classic books or movies. Some of them turn out well. Most of them are just cash-ins on a popular name. They can be entertaining but they don’t capture the same quality as the classics; they degrade it. I don’t believe games are any different. They’re not classics if you’re constantly changing what they stand for.

          Maybe I wouldn’t treat this debate as some sort of personal message if certain idiots didn’t misconstrue it as that in the first place. I state my opinion plain and clearly and this Kingdom kid acts all snarky about it and attacks me? “I don’t care about your opinion, I’m going to enjoy it anyway, so good luck to you and your loss?” Who gives a shit? Nobody asked you, asshole. So why is it wrong if I treat him in kind?

          The problem with games media is that everybody is a fanboy. Every game gets 10/10 and critical acclaim. Don’t you dare question or doubt a well-known game company, because people will thumb their nose at you. You’re not allowed to say anything bad about anything, and it’s not like anybody is going to actually think about what you would say anyway. There are plenty examples of that right here already. It’s a god damned plague and Gematsu.com is far from the only site with those kinds of religious, completely illiterate idiots. They’re everywhere. I mean it’s not like EA, Activision, Rockstar, THQ, and Ubisoft would ever do anything wrong. right?

          • Zero

            @gold163:

            When I mentioned Final Fantasy and Call of Duty, I only meant to use them as example of how a franchise can sell just by the name alone.

            I agree they probably were not the best example to use when talking about Max Payne 3. I probably should have used the Duke game as an example.

            And yes, they did not have to finally release the Duke game after all these years, and considering the final product they probably shouldn’t have.

            The only point I’m trying to make here is, both games were rumored to be in development.

            I think sometimes the developers feel like they need to release a game like that. Even if it was all a rumor and total bs.

            Is that the only reason MP3 is coming? Doubtful.

            I agree with much of what you typed.

            Gaming has become to much of a business, and some of the users around here who read my other posts can tell you I bring that up pretty often.

            It absolutely does limit creativity with big AA or AAA titles, that’s for sure. The sad part is, publishers are usually the problem.

            I for one have not given up on the developers. And I love to see a new game come out and be a hit success.

            For example, Kojima-san said in an interview a few years back, he would like to move on from Metal Gear, and make new games.

            I respect Kojima-san, and I really believe he meant that.

            It wasn’t that he didn’t like the franchise anymore, he as a game developer wanted to move on, and make something new and innovative.

            The sad truth is, I never once believed Konami would allow him to do so.

            We have moved on from the former ways of gaming, from the developer stand point, and the gamers stand point.

            The closest thing we have to what it used to be is in downloadable titles. We still see lots of cool innovation in that market.

            I wish we would see more new innovative titles get the green light from publishers, I really do.

            Reboots are always a touchy thing. Some may view the originals as poor, and get excited when they feel like the new team responsible for bringing it back can do a better job.

            Some loved the original, and don’t want to see anyone mess with a classic.

            With games, I personally would rather see a studio make a new game based in the world of an old title, if they feel like they must bring the franchise name back into the light.

            After that, a dedicated sequel is till better in my eyes than a complete reboot, where they want to start everything over again.

            While we all have unique opinions and views in the world of gaming, the majority wins out.

            I think its good we are not all the same, if we were the world would be a boring place.

            This relates to what games a publisher will green light in many ways. It also relates to video game media.

            One thing people do now that I don’t understand is, they read a game review and decide based on that review if they will give the game a chance.

            Why? I just don’t get it. I also don’t get why a score of an 8/10 or a B- or whatever is considered terrible. That’s still a good score. Your point is a very good one, because to many games get perfect scores.

            The sad thing here is, we can’t really go back.

            Scores are connected to sales, and even if the writers of the reviews don’t want to admit it, they are likely going to be responsible for how a game sells.

            For some games more than others, but the point still stands.

            Big publishers even use the scores as a benchmark of sorts, your game has to get a combined score of this for bonus payments and junk.

            The relation to game reviews and the games themselves have become so closely attached that to try and separate them now would be basically impossible.

            With that said, I can’t complain when people get excited about a new game, or really like games from a studio.

            I know sometimes it gets out of hand, and what once was a civil discussion starts to get nasty.

            At that point, I personally have learned to let it go. You agree to disagree, and it doesn’t seem like anyone is willing to give an inch.

            It could be fanboyish behavior on one side of the argument, it could be a million other things.

            I just let it go. :)

            Was nice having a discussion with you on games by the way.

  • Leonix7791

    Hell am gonna get this.

  • FaithlessMr

    Every high profile game this gen has a CE :P

    • gold163

      @FaithlessMr: It’s the easiest way to make money. I don’t have a problem with special editions as long as I feel they’re worth it. But a Max Payne 3 special edition? You know people are going to buy it solely because Max Payne’s name is on it, and you know that’s exactly what they’re planning on. As long as it comes with a bullet keychain and some online skins, it’s totally worth it right? then you leave it to rot in some box in your basement while you go play the other dozen GOTYs that you paid up the ass for.

      • FaithlessMr

        @gold163:
        I don’t have a problem with these editions either, to each their own really…I understand what you’re saying, even though I am a collector of sorts and I do appreciate purchasing CE’s for the games I truly love. Let’s just say I wouldn’t perhaps run the extra mile for this CE here, but it has some neat contents, that it does.

        • gold163

          @FaithlessMr: Collectible statues and still-life portraits are worth it in my book, but it irks me to see any game with pre-order exclusive downloadable content be considered a “special edition”. Not that that’s the case here.