NYCC 2011 – Max Payne 3 Gameplay Footage Preview

All through out the weekend fans in attendance at the New York Comic Con were given an opportunity to get in line at the Rockstar booth to go behind closed doors and be among the first to see actual gameplay footage from the upcoming Max Payne 3. Unfortunately for us video and photos of what we saw were STRICTLY forbidden but here is a description of two scenes that we were treated to.

The first scene takes place in Max’s NYC apartment where he is talking to an old friend about a job down in Brazil. Max is rocking his classic “Ed Burns” look in this and while the cinematic dialog was entertaining I am less that impressed by the facial animations, especially since Rockstar’s last game, LA Noire, rewrote the book on that department. But the action was intense! Almost right on cue an army of typical looking Mafia guys show up to get some revenge on Max for killing the boss’ son. As Max fights through the halls avoiding both sniper fire through the windows from snipers across the street and thugs coming in the building he is aided by a bomb-strapped, Vietnam-ish shellshocked neighbor who detonates, allowing Max to escape.

During this level we are shown some of the more basic controls as well as the new healing system (pain pills!). The graphics looked pretty seamless as he walked through the grimy hallway but I was really impressed by the rendering of the building as Max climbs up a flight of stairs post-explosion. The embers on the seared remains of the woodwork were still glowing and the soot stains on the wall looked awesome and even the shellshocked neighbor’s apartment looked awesome and very “truther” with all of the newspaper clippings and writings on the walls. Truly great looking animation.

Next we ventured down to a chapter that took place in Brazil. Max is in almost a “Heisenberg” look (Breaking Bad fans know what I mean) and he is helping his buddy’s wife get to a safe place so they can plan their next move. They reach a bus depot where a squad of heavily armed thugs wearing kevlar show up to take them out. This level is where we were really treated to the bullet-time mode and shown the benefits of that classic tool in the form of “kill shots” where the last kill gets a pretty cool rendering that seemed to me like the next stage above what I’m used to seeing from using V.A.T.S. in the last two Fallout games. Very cool looking deaths, especially when you get the guy who has to fall from high up.

The animation in this scene was really impressive to me. If I heard the host correctly, they had to build a scale replica of the bus depot so the motion capture actors could have a more authentic interaction. We were also given a look at the cover system which I feel is standard now, and the aim system which is the first true to life 360 degree rotation I have ever seen. Starting at a prone position laying flat and aiming forward, your body will actually roll over from your side, to laying on your back, to back on your side then stomach again as you rotate the camera around rather than turning to the right and left in the same position like we have seen in every other game.

All in all I am very impressed with what I have seen and I shall look forward to the game’s release in march of 2012. For more information including trailers and other screen shots please click here or visit the official site.

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NYCC 2011 – “The Avengers” Exclusive Scene Description & News

Yesterday afternoon fans who were at New York Comic Con saw what was possibly the show’s most hyped-up panel, THE AVENGERS! Fresh off the heels of this past Tuesday’s iTunes trailer launch, those who were lucky enough to get into the con’s mega sized IGN theatre were treated to just a little bit more in the form of an exclusive clip (more on that in a moment).

The panel’s guests were Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson), Cobie Smulders (S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill) & Kevin Feige (Avengers producer & Marvel Studios head). I kind of figured that fellow avid New Yorker ScarJo would have made an appearance but she was a no show.

Onto the footage!!! SPOILERS, DO NOT GO FARTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HEAR WHAT IS IN STORE!!!!!!!

We start off in India, where Dr. Bruce Banner has been hiding out living “Hulk free” for the last two years and he is trying to help cure the locals of a sickness. Banner is helping the family he’s staying with when suddenly a young girl rushes in begging him to help her sick family. She flashes some cash and we cut to her and Banner approaching her (very Slumdog looking) home. As soon as she enters the home she slips through a window. Banner’s been set-up! But… in comes The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Banner asks if she’s there from S.H.I.E.L.D., which she is. She also mentions that she was that girl’s age when she was recruited to become a spy.

She says she’s not there to kill him and is there for Banner and not The Hulk. Nick Fury needs the world’s ace expert on gamma radiation to help them trace a gamma signal they’ve picked up and she shows him an image of the Tesseract (AKA the Cosmic Cube to us cool kids) on her phone. Banner gets angry and the Widow draws a gun on him. He cools off, and she calls off the squad of heavily armed agents surrounding the place.

Awesome stuff! Following this scene we were treated to a sizzle reel featuring a whole bunch of cool shots including some banter between Loki and Tony Stark (“I have an Army” “Well I have a Hulk”). Also, a few notes that fans will appreciate:

– Iron Man 3 will kick off “phase two” films which will potentially build to Avengers 2.
– Guardians of the Galaxy will start off as a team movie, they will not be any introducing the characters in solo films.
– The Avengers will also have a post-credits film.

 

Marvel has been live broadcasting the panel at: