Max Payne was once a huge name in the video game world. I remember working at EB when the original came out; it was quite the phenomenon. And the sequel was yet another big hit; I played it through at least half a dozen times, and I'm not the only one.
But that was 2003. And although we finally have a new release estimate for Max Payne 3 (March 2012), we're talking about a very big gap. Many gamers have discussed a similar problem with the upcoming Twisted Metal ; the last console iteration of that awesome franchise came in 2001, and a new generation hasn't even heard of it. So does the new generation care about Max Payne ? It's not quite as old and it's still a shooter. Twisted Metal is definitely more niche.
Therefore, Max's gritty style and bullet-time mechanics may appeal to a larger group and may qualify as "mainstream." That being said, I didn't notice a heck of a lot of excitement when the MP3 announcement came yesterday. If this was 2004, I'm positive the response would've been both immediate and widespread; gamers everywhere would've immediately placed the title near the top of their "most wanted" list. Max Payne was never a gigantic blockbuster series but the games were always big, and very well respected. I'm just wondering if they waited too long to deliver a new title, and if Rockstar has expectations that aren't quite realistic.
I just want the game. It may be overhauled but they couldn't possibly screw it up, could they?
Related Game(s): Max Payne 3