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The best game Rockstar ever made is now 70% off

Max Payne 3 is the best game ever made by Rockstar, better than even GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and San Andreas, and now it’s all yours at a 70% discount.

Max Payne 3 Steam sale: A man with a blue shirt and body armor, Max Payne, fires two guns at once in Rockstar game Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 remains the best, most tightly constructed, powerful game that Rockstar has ever made. Every level is designed to create a perfect mix of action and ardor, as you struggle through bloody, brutal gunfights that are simultaneously graceful and clumsy. Visually, nothing in Max Payne 3 is left to chance – from Max’s outfits to the always imaginative level settings, this a game where every detail has been pored over. It also has the greatest videogame soundtrack of all time, courtesy of Health. GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, San Andreas – these are all great. But if you want the best action-adventure game of all time, Max Payne 3 is now 70% off in the current Steam sale.

Released in 2012, Max Payne 3 was perhaps an unusual project for Rockstar, which, at that point, had largely worked on open-world crime games like GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption, while also publishing long-form detective sim LA Noire. A comparatively short, entirely linear shooter, Max Payne 3 was also a departure from the beloved Remedy series that began back in 2001. Less funny, less abstract, and much slower and more violent, Max Payne 3 – with its deliberately clunky controls and rollercoaster pacing – was wildly different to the slow-mo shooter sequel that we were perhaps expecting.

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Nevertheless, there is no other game like Max Payne 3. Vicious, dramatic, and totally sensory, it successfully walks an almost impossible line between tight, developer-led direction and choreography, and player-driven action. James McCaffrey is at his best as the eponymous, quip-slinging ex-cop, and the entire game zips from one exceptional set piece to another, in the process becoming a blood-soaked treatise on failure, guilt, and obsolescence.

If you want a lean, thrilling action game, with an amazing soundtrack and some great writing, Max Payne 3 is $5.99 / £5.39 on Steam right now, down 70% from $19.99 / £17.99. Especially while we’re waiting on the GTA 6 release date, and to see where Rockstar takes gaming next, this is a must-play. Get it here.

Alternatively, try some of the other best single-player games. You can also get ahead of the curve in 2023 with the best upcoming games that we’ll be seeing this year.