The Many Faces of Max Payne

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Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 campaign has started with both moving images and classic still images.

The Design and Technology video was an impressive demonstration of Rockstar’s Advanced Game Engine in a real action game. The Euphoria’s animations system produces amazing results. I just hope it plays as good as it looks.

The game even looks great in stills as these screenshots portray.

Max Payne 3 is slated for March 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

FYI: TGS round up & Max Payne 3 trailer

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rockstar-logoAnnouncements

  • Final Fantasy X HD coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 coming to PlayStation Vita
  • Zone of the Enders HD & Metal Gear Solid HD collections are coming to PlayStation Vita as well
  • PlayStation Vita Japanese launch detailed (via NeoGAF)
  • Battery lasts for 3 – 5 hours worth of gameplay & takes approximately 2 hours 40 minutes to fully charge
  • Does not include memory stick (remember, Vita doesn’t include internal storage)
  • Launching December 17, 2011 with 26 titles available

Max Payne 3 & Portal 2 Delayed

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E3 2010 is fast approaching.

While we’ve been seeing game announcements (such as Infamous 2) being made early, publishers have also decided to announce game delays. Today, we have two delays.

Take-Two is delaying Max Payne 3 (PC, 360 PS3) until sometime after November 2010 while Valve shuffled Portal 2 into sometime in 2011. However, seeing how it’s Valve and Portal, there was a cute little press release associated with their announcement.

VALVE ANNOUNCES MAKING GAMES IS HARD

June 9, 2010 — Aperture Science, doing business as Aperture Laboratories LLC, in partnership with Valve today announced the successful completion of an ethics-review-panel-supervised release date restructuring process. Portal 2, the sequel to the ground-breaking title that earned over 30 Game of the Year awards despite missing its original ship date, is now targeted for a 2011 release.

Representatives from both companies acknowledged that public safety concerns factored into the decision. They went on to say that even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won’t instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time.

“Also, the game will be even better,” they added, missing an historic opportunity to create the first product delay press release to mention that a product is being delayed to make it worse.

To ask questions about how close we all came to dying, or to ask futile questions about the previously announced E3 ***PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD’S SAKE*** surprise or, less futilely, to schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve’s delegate to the EU’s Valve Time Studies Group, Doug Lombardi.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to both of these titles. Whenever they show up.

Delayed: BioShock 2, Heavy Rain and More

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Update: Add Mafia II, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne III to the list of delayed games for TakeTwo.

It seems like publishers and developers like to start the week off with disappointing news.

Such as game delays.

TakeTwo’s BioShock 2 was pushed to 2010 which starts November 2009, but don’t expect it this year. It’s definitely a 2010 title. And here’s why:

“.. it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve.”

Unlike BioShock 2, Sony’s Heavy Rain was delayed until 2010 for strategic purposes.

“Most publishers today realise that it’s not ideal to release a new IP or a new genre just before Christmas. It’s a very crowded place to be, and certain games need more space to live their life.”

The last piece of game delay news involves StarCraft II. Despite not having an official release date, analysts are expecting Blizzard’s real-time strategy game to be a 2010 title as well. I’m not surprised.

Bethesda tops off today’s delay news with a delay of Fallout 3 downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 which was pushed into September 2009.

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