The Pianos

#1 Edited by Triumvir (458 posts) -

So, I've noticed that there are piano's in the game that Max can play, and, although they aren't collectables, Max's ability (or inability) to play them appear to reflect on his current emotional state or sense of purpose. In Chapter I, right before he dives across the roof to save Fabiana, he attempts to play the game's theme and fails. Near the end of the boat sequence in the Panama flashback, he attempts to play only a few notes (harmonized to the badass backing track for that stage). Finally, Max finds an out-of-tune piano in the run-down hotel in Chapter XII and successfully plays the main theme.

Did you guys notice these on your playthrough, too? Did I miss any? I thought they were nice little easter eggs that added a bit to Max's character arc.

#2 Posted by Quarters (1628 posts) -

It was a good throwback to the other games. Odd that out of all the things to reference, that's the thing they focus on the most. It got more attention than Mona.

#3 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

It's nice to hear that they did something with it this time. In the original games it was just random.

#4 Posted by louiedog (2334 posts) -

I love finding these. There's also one in the church in the graveyard. That's my favorite so far, but I still have 3 chapters left including XII that you mentioned.

#5 Posted by DharmaBum (1046 posts) -

There are 4 total I believe - one more during the Chapter VIII flashback at the cathedral.

Pretty clever easter egg to convey Max's progress through the game, only other secrets I know of are the TVs and the old school skins.

#6 Posted by SarjuTheRapper (279 posts) -

its a pretty good theme

#7 Posted by JeanLuc (3572 posts) -

I must have missed the second 2 pianos. I've have to find them on my next playthough.

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#8 Posted by Triumvir (458 posts) -

@Quarters said:

It was a good throwback to the other games. Odd that out of all the things to reference, that's the thing they focus on the most. It got more attention than Mona.

I thought it was familiar, but I honestly can't remember them from the first games. Then again, I haven't played the first two since they were each released. I'd seen them at my local used game shop for a while before I picked Max 3 and was going to revisit them beforehand, but I thought I'd wait to see if this game spurred on an HD collection.

#9 Posted by Triumvir (458 posts) -

@Lebensbaum: The Portuguese Captain Baseball Bat Boy episode was pretty amusing. It's too bad they didn't play that up some more.

#10 Edited by DharmaBum (1046 posts) -

@Triumvir: it seemed directly pulled from the GTA IV style cartoons (I remember Republican Space Rangers). The Brazilian commercials and news broadcasts had some very sleek design treatment as Rockstar is known for.

Now, that demon troll baby on the other hand... I just don't know.

#11 Posted by Itwastuesday (932 posts) -

yea well what does THIS mean, then?

#12 Posted by Quarters (1628 posts) -

@Triumvir: Yeah, in the other two games, you find a piano and each, and if you use it, he plays the theme real quick. If you shoot the piano and try using it, he tries playing again, but it sounds like total crap. As for an HD collection...I don't know if that will happen or not. It would be awesome, but it would only work if they used the PC versions of the game as a base. The console versions had some serious problems, such as terrible framerate, super long load times, and just looking like garbage. However, if they did release the PC version as an HD collection, that would be pretty great.

#13 Posted by Village_Guy (2491 posts) -

Yeah, I was really happy when I found the first piano, and I made sure to find them all. A great throwback to the old games and a good little bit of fourth wall breaking going on - just like old times for Max Payne.

#14 Posted by Spitznock (482 posts) -

When I came across the final piano and played it, the animation glitched out, causing Max's arms to contort and twist upwards until the scene ended. Kind of killed the moment.

#15 Posted by AjayRaz (12418 posts) -

yea i found them. i thought it was really cool. always played the theme over and over when i found a piano in the other games

#16 Posted by sublime90 (528 posts) -

yes i found them and loved it. i was secretly hoping an achievement would pop up after though. either way its a nice touch. max payne is one of my all time favorite characters / games

#17 Posted by Wampa1 (626 posts) -

@Lebensbaum: Yeah about that troll baby... what? No really, what the hell.

#18 Posted by OneManX (1680 posts) -

@Itwastuesday said:

yea well what does THIS mean, then?

WOW!. I didn't think other people would get that glitch.It made a moment, that was pretty badass and turned into a LOLOLOLOLOLAWL~! fest.

#19 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Wampa1 said:

@Lebensbaum: Yeah about that troll baby... what? No really, what the hell.

It's not a Troll, It's a Curupira. A monster with hair of fire and twisted feet to confuse hunters, and eventually kill them to save the forest.
#20 Edited by DharmaBum (1046 posts) -

@MikeGosot: Interesting, thanks for the clarification! Demonic and disturbing nonetheless. You know Portuguese, right? Does that Amor e Damas show have some sort of parallel to Address Unknown, or is it just making fun of absurd soap operas?

Edit: or maybe Lords & Ladies?

#21 Posted by Redbullet685 (6025 posts) -

I found three. I was happy for Max when he actually did it right the last time.

#22 Posted by Jayesslee (105 posts) -

It's definitely a nice touch.

#23 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Lebensbaum said:

@MikeGosot: Interesting, thanks for the clarification. Demonic and disturbing nonetheless. You know Portuguese, right? Does that Amor e Damas show have some sort of parallel to Address Unknown or is it just making fun of absurd soap operas, because I'm at a complete loss.

It doesn't draw any parallels to Adress Unknown, at least, not that i know of. For me, it was making fun of an overused trope in Brazilian Soap Operas: The Cheater. Seriously, in literally every Brazilian soap opera there's cheating involved. In Amor e Damas, the guy says he love his woman, but then, his wife discovers he has a lover, and then, he discovers that the son his wife was waiting, is actually the son of a Curupira.
The TV shows usually make fun of a lot of brazilian stuff, i personally found it very cool.

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