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Max Payne Voice Actor to Change

max-payne-3-imageThe Max Payne series was known for a few things. The Bullet Time, the dark gritty New York ambiance and Max’s voice…among other things.

But this time things are different. Max is old, he’s not in NY but in Sao Paulo, Bullet Time has been done to death…. and we just learned that he had an operation on his vocal cords.
Rockstar announced that the actor who voiced Max to perfection int he first two games, James McCaffrey, will not be returning. The main explanation is that Max is older and so his voice has changed and the actor needs to reflects this.
Now I get the idea but I don’t know about you, my mom’s voice hasn’t changed dramatically in the 29 years I’ve known her… But let’s give them that.

What worries me is that Rockstar’s art director Rob Nelson stated that “All the Max Payne themes will remain intact – manipulation, betrayal, and the stuff that really made Max Payne“. But that’s not it! What Made Max Payne Max Payne was the noir ambiance, the NY setting, the moody soundtrack and of course Max’s thoughts being voiced by James McCaffrey.

I fear Rockstar will not be able to capture the feeling that Remedy gave to the series. But I will wait and hope.

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June 16, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Max Payne 3 First Info

Game Informer once again scores big, after Halo 3: Recon, Uncharted 2, God of War III, BioShock 2, Assassin’s Creed II and Modern Warfare 2 (Phew!) it’s now time for our favorite gritty cop (sorry Vic Mackey) to take center stage.02212802

Taken from the cover story of their last issue we get the first few details of Rockstar‘s Max Payne 3.

  • Max is bald (as we can see)
  • He has become addicted to Pain Killers which will affect gameplay in some way
  • The game will take place 10 years after The Fall of Max Payne
  • It will take place in Sao Paolo with urban battles in the slums
  • There will be Bullet-Time but it will be more violent
  • There will be a night/day cycle
  • You can destroy environments
  • The game uses the RAGE engine (GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption)
  • There will be a multiplayer mode

June 10, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , | Leave a comment

The Next GTA IV DLC Is…… The Ballad of Gay Tony!!!

133546-gaytonyRockstar just announced the new content for Grand Theft Auto IV in what may very well be the best game title to come to us since the mid 90s!!

In it you will play Luis Lopez who is the assistant of Anthony “Gay Tony” Prince. Both characters appeared in the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” mission in the original game.

The DLC will be available this Fall on 360 for 1,600MS points ($19.99). It may seem steep for a downloadable content but Rockstar proved with The Lost and Damned that they new how to treat their fans. The game will also be available in retail as part of a bundle called Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, a DVD that will feature stand-alone versions of The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Check out the press release below:

“New York, NY – May 26, 2009 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the fall release of both the second episode of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony – exclusively for download on Xbox LIVE┬« online entertainment network, and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which will include both episode one The Lost and Damned, and episode two The Ballad of Gay Tony together on a single disc exclusively for Xbox 360┬« video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

“Liberty City is the most vibrant game world we’ve created yet. The episodic structure has allowed us to interweave stories, gameplay and atmosphere in a whole new way,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “The team at Rockstar North have yet again surpassed themselves, and made something that is both epic and very innovative. This episode’s focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities.”

Grand Theft Auto IV’s second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc – the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned – together on disc for the first time – for Xbox 360 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will release on Xbox LIVE this fall for $19.99 or 1600 MS points and requires players to have Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.”

May 27, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, Video Game News | , , , | Leave a comment

Max Payne 3 Ready for Winter 2009!

01990990It’s back!! the gritty streets, the noir, the bullet-time, the nightmares, the drugs…it’s all back!! It’s been six long years since Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne was released by Remedy to critical acclaim in 2003.

This time Remedy will not be developing the game since they are working (since forever) on Alan Wake, so the game is helmed by Rockstar Vancouver who created Bully. The change in studio can be a bit worrisome but it’s still Take-Two so let’s have faith.

Apparently the game will retain what made it successful but will take place later in Max Payne’s life. Sam Houser said that “We’re starting a new chapter of Max’s life with this game, this is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation.

Winter 2009 can’t come soon enough for 360, PS3 and PC owners.

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March 23, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grand Theft Auto IV DLC for Feb. 17

gtaivld_screen002Well it is finally announced. The add-on will be called “The Lost and Damned” and will feature a whole new ‘hero’ called Johnny Klebitz, a member of a biker gang known as The Lost.

While you won’t play as Niko Bellic he will make some cameo appearances throughout the add-on. Dan Houser, said that he didn’t want to give the plot away but that Johnny is a very different person and character than Niko and that players will see Liberty City in a very different light.
Meanwhile the screenshots remind me a lot of the FX show Sons of Anarchy (I just watched the last episode which was great by the way) and this can certainly allow for some lovely language and action scenes.

Sam Houser also mentioned that there will be two episodes and that “We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode.”

So far no price has been given but it’ll be interesting to compare sales of the add-on to those of Street Fighter IV which comes out the same day.

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday August 28, 2008

Screens for Raven Squad

Atomic Motion released 6 new screens today for their new game that will combine FPS and RTS. the game will let you manage two groups of four soldiers to reach your goals. The strategy part will be there to help you move your your squads, choose abilities and such, you will be able to switch to first person view when combats engage to be more immersed.
The game is set to come out this Fall on PC and Xbox 360.

Max Payne 3 at Rockstar

We all know that Remedy has been busy for a while on Alan Wake so Rockstar apparently decided to take over the development of the third game in the franchise and gave the project to Rockstar Toronto.
Added to this is a rumor that Max Payne 3 might be a PS3 exclusive which all in all seems highly unlikely.

So Blonde on Wii and DS

As some of you may know I reviewed the PC version of the game here.
The point & click game will be similar with adapted gameplay depending on the console. Also the graphics look fairly identical to the PC version but for some reason, even though the locations look the same, the angles and pans are different. The minigames also looks different, less Game & Watch and more cell shaded. Either way it’s a great game so try it out.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments