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updates from friends who are playing at the same time. Of course, all this is only possible if you have a reasonably stable and speedy Internet connection.
There are also the questions of reliability and preservation. What happens if and when Blizzard eventually takes down the servers for Diablo 3? The millions of players who have legally purchased the game will no longer be able to play what is sure to become a classic. And the game will be irrevocably lost to future generations of gamers, students and researchers (unless the pirates, bless them, find a way). Of course, Blizzard is known for its commitment to old titles—there are still active servers for Warcraft 3 and Starcraft— but what if other studios without the commitment and/or resources of Blizzard decide to take the same route ? Consider the hardly implausible scenario where a studio goes bankrupt after shipping a great game (Remember Team Bondi? 38 Studios ?) and has to shut down its servers. Customers who paid full price for these hypothetical titles would then be unable to play the game. What happens then ?
Sure, with the growth and maturing of browser-based social gaming, the Internet is sure to become a platform for games that is taken for granted, but the questions of reliability and preservation remain relevant. What happens if Zynga decides to shut down Farmville? Will future generations not be able to experience this classic social game and see what it was all about? Game designers and developers all over the world continue to gain considerable knowledge by playing old classic retro games. Students, historians and researchers all delve into classic games to analyse, debate and reinterpret them and generate fascinating new material for anyone interested in games to read. All this is only possible because these old titles have been preserved. It’s a no-brainer really—every art form is immeasurably richer because its classics have been preserved. In this regard, games are no different from music, films, painting or literature.
Blizzard is known for making titles that revolutionise the industry. Its success in doing this across multiple genres (RTS, RPG, MMO) has established it as arguably the greatest PC developer. Diablo 3 is a superb game with outstanding design, addictive gameplay and an undeniable fun factor. It would be a pity if this polished, innovative and addictive game were to be remembered chiefly for the negative impact of its DRM implementation.
Gun-slinging Max Payne is back after almost a decade and is raring to spill some blood in the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The game looks completely different from the previous installments as the sizzling heat and sleazy bars replace the dark shadowy back alleys of New York. Max now works for a private security firm at “Sampa” and keeps an eye on property magnates and party animals Rodrigo Branco and his brothers. As usual Max gets into the thick of things as a street gang attempts to kidnap Branco’s wife and the rest is a gore fest.
The new gamemaker of the Max Payne franchise, Rockstar, has changed the typical comic-book story telling style to a more in-yourface energised scenes that deliver crisp punch lines.But what can get on your nerves is Max himself. He does not look the brooding grim reaper that we know him as because, with age, he has put on some extra pounds not to forget that he is now bald and wears a tacky Hawaiian shirt. But this game is still one of the most immersive third-person shootout pastimes you can get your hands on.
The gameplay makes things interesting as you are allowed to carry only two side arms and one machine gun from the huge range of fire power available. Our personal favourite is the John Woo-style midair dive with guns blazing—the Shoot Dodge mode. The signature Bullet Time mode too is fabulous as you dive for cover and then pop up and gun down your enemies by letting off one, two, or three headshots, and then scamper back to your cover. You won’t have much to complain about with the intense firefights, but what is a bit disappointing is that our protagonist doesn’t get any new moves. With the gamemaker trying to add more realism to Max Payne with non-regenerating health system, the player is now forced to use strategy rather than hide and wait for your health return. The game thus has become more edgy.
The ace in the pack is the responsive controls. With the option to customise the auto targeting system, the target marker can be kept anywhere between a Hard or Soft Lock style.The latter guides you to line up every shot while the previous one mechanically forces you towards specific enemies. Both helpful and do the required killing and helps you acclimatise to the game’s pace.
We are happy to say that Max Payne3’ s multiplayer mode is as entertaining as the single player game. The multiplayer chooses players based on similar aiming modes so that one player doesn’t have an upper hand over the others.
If shooting games are your forte, then MaxPayne3 is a must. It is a near perfect game with a lot of gunblazing entertainment. The new cut scenes style is engrossing initially but the more you play the game the more you feel these short and long cut scenes become intrusive. Rockstar certainly seems to have retained the strengths of MaxPayne game with new, modern touches.