So, I think my full list of thoughts might be coming in the way of a review or at the very least a more detailed blog but right now I'm saddled with 15 minutes to kill before I walk out the door to work and having beaten this just before I headed off to bed last night figured I'd share my initial thoughts. I'm really really glad I was wrong about this game. As soon as I saw South America as soon as I saw a balding fat Max Payne like a gag reflex I just rejected it. I thought rockstar didn't know what they were doing that they didn't "get" what made Max Payne or what Remedy did with him. And yes... in some ways this isn't the max payne who mumbled flowery verbose one liners while shooting bad guys in a rainy/snowy city backdrop.
The noir is still there Max's self loathing is still there. This IS still Max Payne. Its just got Rockstars stamp on it. And yes...I guess that might be a deal breaker at the get go for some people. The presentation is absolutely amazing some of the best VO work I've heard in years and the details in the game are fantastic little details like max carrying all his weapons and not becoming a walking gun cabinet and the seamless loading times really help to remove the layers of suspension of disbelief. Also very shocked that the multiplayer isn't garbage. I fully expected that even if I did like the campaign the multiplayer would be throw away garbage like RDR and GTA IV. 14 hours later again...wrong.
And even being done with the campaign still so much to do. Arcade mode beckons with Score attack and New York Minute and then of course more multiplayer. Overall fantastic game. Can not wait to play more.