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Tag : Max Payne (Video Game)

Max Payne 3 [PS3]

Max Payne is back! Older, heavier and with whiskey replacing the blood in his veins. Different times call for different situations, and this is a different Max Payne game. Gone are the snow covered night scenes of New York (well, aside from the flashback levels) and in there place are the sun-drenched favelas of South America. Rockstar have taken over full responsibility from Remedy for Max Payne 3 and there are Remedy-shaped holes where they are sorely missed. Gone are the trademark graphic novel cutscenes and they have been replaced with stylish full-action animations. They do echo the graphic novel panels in fast-cutting transitions, but if it wasn’t for the return of James McCaffrey voicing the titular anti-hero, this game would almost be unrecognisable. Other differences include a cover system and the ability to dual wield any two handheld weapons. Not that any of these changes are a bad thing, of course. (more…)

GTA Vice City

Video Game Nostalgia

Video games. They’ll give you square eyes if you play too long. Or, they are a darn sight better entertainment than watching EastEnders or Coronation Street for an adolescent. Aside from the movies, where else can you get immersed in the globe-trotting escapades of a secret agent, race a Ford GT through the streets of San Francisco, or have an entire urban city as your playground? Certainly not in Albert Square.

I’ve chosen to write a small blurb on a selection of games that trigger that sweet smell of birthday and Christmas wonder years nostalgia for me, on the ground-breaking PlayStation 2 console. They remind me of a simpler time; with no rent and bills, no worlds to try and change and no diets to adhere to. A time when, in fact, I should have been taking “study leave” a bit more literal!  DISCLAIMER: May trigger some happy memories.  (more…)