So, you’ve finished Max Payne 3’s gritty singleplayer campaign eh? Don’t go anywhere near the trade-in desk of your local game bazaar, you! The multiplayer greatness of Rockstar’s slow-motion shooter awaits – and here are a few tips to get you started...
10) NICE AND PERKY
Max Payne 3’s perks can completely shift the balance of any multiplayer battle, so make good use of them. I favour the ‘sneaky’ perk, which allows me to disguise myself as one of the enemy crew, but the intuition (reveal enemy locations) and big dog (extra health) are also fan favourites.
9) LOOT ‘EM UP
Sure, it leaves you immobile for a couple of seconds, but looting corpses can offer any number of useful items, from adrenaline to painkillers, as well as a nice little XP boost. Also, looting your own corpse offers a bigger XP boost – if a slightly creepy one.
8) KNOCK ‘EM DOWN
The melee attack is deadly in Max Payne 3, and has the added bonus of not showing up on the minimap, unlike loud gunshots. Try sneaking behind the enemy crew and punching a few enemies to the ground – but be sure to time your button press correctly so you’re actually next to them...
7) ALL FOR ME
Fed up of your poxy pistol? Grab the nearest discarded two-handed weapon from the floor and go nuts. I usually play lightly-armoured classes, and pick up my weapons on the fly. Why should I pay to unlock new in-game weapons when I can steal them instead?
6) SLOOOOOOOOOOW MOTION
Max Payne’s signature bullet-time effect is great fun in multiplayer, so put it to good use. Hurling yourself over a balcony railing while screeching and firing two pistols might seem a bit wasteful, but it can be very effective in terms of both kills and of distraction.
5) HIGH ON ADRENALINE
Keep an eye on your adrenaline meter – collecting complete blocks of adrenaline will unlock more powerful perks, as well as giving you a decent amount of time in slow motion. However, using it at the right time can be key, so watch what you’re doing and employ the effects wisely.
4) STAY DOWN
Whether you have the adrenaline or not, hurling yourself down on the floor while unleashing hell can be deadly in multiplayer – but try to stay down. If you keep your thumb on the direction buttons after landing on your back/face, your character will stumble to get back up, stopping your shooting and leaving you open to attack.
3) LESS HASTE...
Running gives away your location on the mini-map, unless you’re wearing the ‘sneakers’ perk. So, when approaching a building full of enemies, just keep on jogging, and keep your thumb off the run button – it makes you far less likely to be spotted as you start meleeing foes like a ninja.
2) YOU CAN’T BEAT A GOOD BLASTER...
Carry a sidearm at all times. They don’t weigh a whole lot, and when you suddenly find yourself carrying a bag of drugs, and nothing to shoot with in your free hand, it can leave you looking pretty silly.
1) CLASS ACT
Like many other shooters, Max Payne 3 delights in offering class-based multiplayer gameplay. After a little while playing you’ll find yourself with five custom slots – so make use of them! I have a heavy class, a ‘Linford’ light class, an infiltrator class and a ‘shotgun whore’ class, all of which have different perks, allowing me to adapt to the battlefield. Variety is the spice of life, after all.