As I was playing through the story mode I kept feeling like the two characters are actually kind of similar. One of Michael's suits is basically the suit Max wears in the early parts of 3, and one of his preset outfits has a jacket and jeans combo that looks and feels very similar to the outfit from the first Max Payne game.
That I kept getting the sense that Michael is almost like some alternate-universe version of Max where his family didn't get capped and instead grew up to be a bunch of ungrateful yuppie fucksticks.
Hell, even Michael's special ability is Bullet Time!
There's all that and during the credits I noticed Neil McCaffrey was a producer for GTA5, so perhaps it was somewhat intentional?
So yeah, am I the only one that felt there were parallels to be drawn? Going to start replaying MP3 today I think, despite my grievances with the writing, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit it.