Monday, 23 March 2009

Max Payne 3 Is Coming

Rockstar Games dropped a bombshell by announcing that May Payne 3 is currently in development and can be expected to be released as soon as winter 2009. There aren’t much information yet available about the game to speculate on, but many people would agree that it wouldn't disappoint. The official web site is already online so feel free check it out.
Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Max Payne 3 is currently in development and scheduled for a winter 2009 release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, Max Payne 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence. The award-winning Max Payne franchise put players in the role of Max Payne, a hard-boiled New York City detective with a penchant for violence, out to avenge the death of his family. The latest installment delivers more of the classic elements and hyper-intense action that fans have come to love, while moving the story of Max in a new direction. "We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "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." Since leaving the NYPD and New York itself behind, Max has drifted from bad to worse. Double-crossed and a long way from home, Max is now trapped in a city full of violence and bloodshed, using his weapons and instincts in a desperate search for the truth and a way out.

Source: rockstargames.com/maxpayne3

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

GTA CW Reviews Are In

The first online reviews of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars are in. We are very proud to announce that as the dust settles, critics appear to be united in heralding Chinatown Wars as the best game ever to hit the Nintendo DS.
“On a system currently overpopulated by cake sims and puppy adoption, GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS IS THE EXPERIENCE EVERY HARDCORE HANDHELD GAMER HAS BEEN WAITING FOR… the portable transition holds its own as a stunningly unique entry in the Liberty City canon, all the while harnessing its platform for everything it's worth. Shameless developers trotting out shallow minigame anthologies and SNES era RPGs should stand in embarrassment at just how much potential Rockstar Leeds managed to wring from a console this late in its lifespan. Gentlemen, it’s time to beg your girlfriend for that DS back.” - 10/10 (PERFECT SCORE) GAMESRADAR

“Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars demonstrates how a great concept can translate to any platform and still feel fresh. This newest installment of the drive and gun series isn’t just a great game for any fan of GTA, it’s A TITLE THAT ANY DS OWNER (OVER THE AGE OF 17) SHOULD HAVE IN THEIR COLLECTION… You’ll run into a world filled with drug-crazy cops, psycho family members, and practically everyone vying to become the new Triad boss… the DS hasn’t dulled GTA’s signature sharp wit or ability to mold interesting characters… This would make for a lengthy console game, let alone a handheld one… It’s a great comfort to know that Rockstar Games not only makes great games, but understands what makes them great. Chinatown Wars is the culmination of years of work as well as the spirit of ingenuity to bring one of the biggest series to the smallest screen. Nothing in the game feels half done or forced. If anything, the game feels like a development team having fun with a concept. Everything from being able to ram police cars, rampage missions, the touch screen mini-games, and even the story has this sense of fun underlining every bullet fired. Even if you are not a fan of the series, you will be doing yourself a favor by taking this tiny terror out for a spin.” - 5/5 (PERFECT SCORE) G4TV

“Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto game for the Nintendo DS is a masterclass in handheld video games design… a remarkable achievement. Chinatown Wars is a big fat raspberry to the competition; a masterclass in not only hand-held development, but video game design as a whole, exploring exactly how to craft Liberty City around the console’s unique strengths without compromising the series’ character… The missions in Chinatown Wars are some of the most imaginative the series has had… All the hallmarks of GTA’s world, with none of its pomp and excess lost in translation to the smaller screen… Rockstar have produced a game that isn’t just the DS’s premier technical achievement, but is a title that will stand as ONE OF THE BEST GAMES YOU’LL PLAY THIS YEAR. So, just how do they do it?” - 10/10 (PERFECT SCORE) THE TELEGRAPH

“This isn’t just a DS version of GTA; this is a fantastic game that advances the series by introducing a number of great new features… Perhaps what's most amazing about Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is that it doesn't feel like a scaled-down handheld version of a GTA game. Rather, it feels like a logical and somewhat experimental progression for the series, introducing a handful of great new features that seem destined to become standard in future iterations. …ONE OF THE BEST GTA GAMES YET.” - 9.5/10 GAMESPOT (EDITORS’ CHOICE)

“…can a GTA game on the DS, with all the attendant limitations and gimmicks, feel ‘real enough’ to people like us today, people who just a few months ago were deep in GTA4? Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars says "yes." Simultaneously constrained and elevated by the limits of its platform, Chinatown Wars proves that the heart of the sandbox experience can thrive outside of a big-budget blockbuster. My highest recommendation: Though I'm done with my review, I’M FAR FROM DONE PLAYING… I CAN’T GET ENOUGH of this crazy little unregulated dystopia where you can get heavy assault weapons delivered to your doorstep.” - 4.5/5 GAMESPY (EDITORS’ CHOICE)

“Citizens open umbrellas when it rains, run for cover when you let your guns do the talking, and become fruitful money-giving red stains when you “accidentally” park a fire truck on top of them... the city itself is gorgeously rendered with familiar locales and the smallest of details. You can see chunks missing from concrete walls, years of wear and tear on store signs, colorful graffiti in dark alleys, and beautiful landmarks like a dragon statue on a Chinese restaurant…Hardly any concessions were made in bringing GTA to the DS. THIS IS A FULL-ON GRAND THEFT AUTO EXPERIENCE. Don’t let the diminutive size or nostalgic look fool you, this is just as complete of a Grand Theft Auto experience as any of the console iterations.” - 9.25/10 GAME INFORMER

Source: rockstargames.com/chinatownwars