reviews\ Aug 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Max Payne 3 Disorganized Crime DLC review


The latest content update for Max Payne 3  has landed, and if you've been meaning to jump back into the gritty shooter, now would be a great time to do so. Of course, if you're still completely captivated by the experience, then it goes without saying that the freshly launched Disorganized Crime Pack is well worth downloading. Plus, it's free, and it's hard to argue against that price, right? But don't worry, because this isn't some useless free add-on. Rockstar Games has done a good job of releasing free DLC for Max Payne 3 that's actually worth giving a damn about, and Disorganized Crime is no slouch.

The first thing that I jumped into upon downloading the DLC pack was the new Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map. This level is taken right out of the campaign mode, and it features a snowy setting for players to do battle on. There's cover practically everywhere, making for some intense tactical shootouts. Hoboken Rooftops really has you employing a more strategic approach, because simply running around like a lunatic with an assault rifle won't do you any good. You'll have to travel across the dilapidated New Jersey apartment rooftops carefully, because you never know when someone will be lying in wait ready to pop a bullet in your head.

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Gun fights don't just take place outdoors, though. Hoboken Rooftops allows you to enter the interior of what's left of Max's apartment complex, and it's rich with tight turns and narrow corridors. It can really make for some tough close quarters combat, and if you want to succeed, you'll have to be alert at all times and expect enemies around every corner. While the Hoboken rooftops map is certainly plenty of fun, it should be noted that all the tight squeezes can cause a bit of frustration, especially if the same guy keeps gunning you down repeatedly. While not as impressive as the previously released downloadable maps, Hoboken Rooftops is still a solid battleground that's worth returning to.

The other additions included in the Disorganized Crime add-on are exclusively linked to the single-player Arcade Mode. First, you've got the Exploding Rounds option which will totally make you feel like a badass. Hey, Max has always been known for blasting fools with no remorse. Why not throw in some explosive ammo that detonates the moment it hits the enemy? You can also toggle Incendiary Rounds, which will cause your targets to go down in flames. Again, totally badass. Of course, if you want a real challenge, you can now access the Limited Ammo option, which makes it harder to come across weapons and rounds.

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Lone Wolf AI is another new modifier, and it makes the opposition increasingly aggressive. Gun-wielding thugs will charge at you, adding to the already tense gameplay and atmosphere of Max Payne 3. Then there's the new Headshots Only feature, which, you guessed it, forces you to pick enemies off by putting a bullet in their heads. If this sounds tough, that's because it is. Adding to the high level of challenge is Old School Mode, which takes inspiration from the classic Max Payne games and requires you to play without the ability to take cover or zoom while aiming. You know, just like the good ol' days!

Wrapping up this free DLC is the new Noir Mode. This option lets you play Arcade Mode in black-and-white, adding a classic vibe to the game that's really cool. Because the story of Max Payne 3 is so dark and gritty, it's awesome having the chance to experience it in black-and-white. Unfortunately, this graphical option is restricted to Arcade Mode, which is kind of a bummer. It should be noted, however, that there's currently a glitch that allows you to play any other mode, be it single-player or multiplayer, in black-and-white once you exit Arcade Mode. Whether Rockstar will address this is unknown at the moment, but if it does, here's hoping the company adds an official black-and-white setting to the single-player campaign.

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Disorganized Crime is the second free DLC pack that's been released for Max Payne 3. The first was the Gorilla Warfare Pack which added some great new items for multiplayer. This recent add-on, however, throws in a brand new multiplayer map, some cool Arcade Mode modifiers, and a sweet graphics option. If you're a Max Payne 3 player, don't hesitate to give this content pack a download. Again, it's free, so there's absolutely no good reason to miss out on all these new features.

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