Gamer’s Guide To Max Payne 3 Completed On Hardcore And New York Minute
Max Payne 3 was a weird experience for me. I know a lot of people didn’t like the direction that the story took, but for me the action was just perfect. I would slow-mo dive my bearded ass off and shoot everyone in the face before you can say “painkiller”. I was so good at the aforementioned way of shooting guys in the face that I played the game a total of five times. I was just having so much fun sliding on coffee trays and jumping through windows in a club that one playthrough just wasn’t enough. After finishing my initial Medium playthrough I immediately started a Hard playthrough.
I didn’t struggle at all during my Hard playthrough and actually found it a bit easy. I might sound like I’m bragging, but I just clicked with the shooting mechanics and the slow-mo abilities. I mostly knew how the level is laid out and where to take cover at what time. After the Hard playthrough I moved to the Old School difficulty. If you’re not familiar with the Old School difficulty, it’s essentially Hard mode without the added luxury of Last Stand where you get the chance to shoot the person that delivered a fatal wound to you and gives you a second chance if you happen to have a painkiller on you. Trust me, Last Stand is almost crucial at high difficulties. I died in the most stupid ways possible, such as diving headfirst into a wall and getting blindsided by some macho-cunt in the corner. It wasn’t too difficult, however, and it all come down to trial and error for the most part. Where is the best place to dive or how can I get an advantage on this group of guys, and so forth.
After I survived that ordeal I decided to fire up New York Minute. New York Minute is where you get one minute on the clock to finish a level and every kill you get adds time to the clock. Headshots obviously give more time and you can’t just fart around looking for painkillers because if your time runs out you have to start the entire level over again from the start. No checkpoints, nothing. The key to this mode is to know the levels you are playing. Be it gun locations or painkiller locations, any knowledge you might have will definitely help you in the long run. I died once in my playthrough and that was when I dove off a scaffolding like a blazing genius. The other time I ran out of time was because in the most ultimate of hurr durr moments I didn’t have a clue where I had to go next and just ended up running in circles, like some mongrel trying to find his rattle. Don’t get me wrong, despite only failing twice it was seriously an intense experience. You always had to look at your timer and make sure you are not slagging behind, and you always have to be on your toes and not do anything stupid like think you’re Icarus and jump off a building.
With New York Minute conquered I moved on to Hardcore. I was seriously scared to move to this difficulty in the fear that I might die hundreds of times and start resenting the game entirely. Thankfully, it didn’t turn out that way. Hardcore was fun for me. The added advantage of Last Stand didn’t hurt at all and I knew exactly where to go and where all the painkillers and weapons were. I was blazing through levels like a bat out of Hell and on some levels I had about five to seven painkillers left at the end. Even the final confrontation was completed in one go, and if you’re familiar with the game then you know that’s some feat. Sure, it was only a measly 20 GamerScore that I got in the end, but fuck if it wasn’t worth it. I’m certainly proud of my accomplishments with Max Payne 3 and wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.
Here are some general tips for you if you also want to complete the game on Hardcore and New York Minute.
- Shootdodge. My friend, Shootdodge is your bread and butter if you have any hope of surviving. You see, you can abuse it as much as you want because every time you use Shootdodge you go into slow-mo. Even if your adrenaline bar is completely depleted you will still go into slow-mo and trust me when I say that this is absolutely invaluable when you play on higher difficulties. You have to use it correctly otherwise you will suffer the consequences and die numerous times. Don’t just jump around willy-nilly into an open space filled with enemies, you will get turned into Max Swiss-Cheese in no time. Rather dodge in front of cover and as you’re standing up mash the take cover button. You will hardly get shot at all and if you have a good eye you can take out all the enemies in just a few jumps. You can also land on your back leaving you have a small window to kill any enemies in front of you if you messed up a dodge. Once again, don’t be an idiot and jump into open gunfire, use cover.
- Painkillers are a necessity for obvious reasons, but there are some tricks that you can pull off to maximise your usage. First, don’t ever take painkillers manually. That might sound ridiculous, but bear with me. If you’re in the far red of your health and you are just finished with a confrontation, don’t take a painkiller. Progress until the next checkpoint and get shot. Yes, you heard right. Get killed. The reason for this is that when you resume from checkpoint your health is completely replenished, saving you a painkiller in the process. This ridiculous process really works and soon you will end up having more than enough painkillers for a level. This obviously doesn’t work in New York Minute so there you just have to make sure you’re not abusing your painkillers. If you like taking risks then this next strategy is for you. Don’t take any painkillers, only use them for Last Stand. If you get shot, take down your attacker and resume your usual shooting. This maximises your painkiller usage because you’ll only use them when it’s an absolute necessity. This is risky because you can sometimes not get a clear shot of your attacker and just end up dying anyway.
- Conserve ammo. Your ammo will constantly run out on the harder difficulties so conserving your ammo is crucial. The best way to do this is by using my OneShot technique. Basically, you’ll want to use machine guns and sub machine guns to only do headshots. Don’t spray and pray and hope you kill someone. Use shootdodge and carefully aim for their head and shooting one bullet. That right there is an insta-kill and you only used two to three bullets at the most. Some enemies in later levels have helmets and protective gear, but keep aiming for the head. The helmets will eventually pop off and give you a clear shot. Another technique you can use is where you pick up a primary weapon as soon as possible when you start a level. Be it an AK47 or a shotgun, you will get ammo for every enemy you kill with that same weapon. Use your pistol for the most part because it gets nice headshots, but when you run out of ammo you will have a fully stocked primary weapon at your disposal. Also try to keep a varied arsenal, because if you only have two pistols that use the same ammo then you’re going to run out of bullets extremely fast.
- Memorize the levels. If you’re just starting to play the game, take mental notes of the locations of the painkillers and when you’re finally ready to move up to a more difficult setting you will have sufficient understanding of where you can get your fix. This helps a ton when you progress because you will always have health at your disposal. It’s also worth it to collect all the golden gun parts because they offer higher ammo capacity and damage, and with that, you can’t really be stopped.
- A shotgun’s blindfire is magical for enemies that are in short range. It will obliterate anything in its path providing it’s at the right distance. Use this to your advantage when there is a lot of enemies in a small space. The shotgun in itself is a bit useless, but utilize its blindfire. It works wonders.
- Make sure of your enemy’s position before jumping into the action. You don’t want someone to shoot you behind the bar because you were too careless to notice them. It helps to plan ahead.
- For New York Minute remember that your shootdodge slow-mo slows down your timer. This give you a little more time to eliminate all the enemies in the quickest way possible.
- Don’t get frustrated if you die a lot. There is always a better way to do the section you’re struggling with and it’s your job to find a solution.
As you can no doubt tell, I’m a massive fan of this game. I loved the intense gun battles and strategies that I had to develop. I hope you found my tips useful in your quest to become the great Bald Beard Man.