Just over ten years after the release of the seminal original, and Rockstar Games has finally unveiled the first trailer for the mucho anticipated second sequel to Max Payne. Set in Brazil and starring an older (though probably not wiser) Max, whose dishevelled appearance appears to be partially down to an alcohol problem, Max Payne 3 has just shot to the top of our 2012 most-wanted list. Join us in being tantalised by checking out the brand new trailer, which is embedded at the bottom of this page.

Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long. Out to avenge the death of his family. The latest installment delivers more of the classic elements and hyper-intense action that fans have come to love, while moving the story of Max in a new direction.

Since leaving the NYPD and New York itself behind, Max has drifted from bad to worse. Double-crossed and a long way from home, Max is now trapped in a city full of violence and bloodshed, using his weapons and instincts in a desperate search for the truth and a way out.

In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 will be the first title in the series to introduce an addictive multiplayer experience. Max Payne 3’s multiplayer aims to deliver a compelling experience that dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match. Along with traditional multiplayer modes, Max Payne 3 will also include a deep reward and leveling system, persistent clans and multiple strategic load-out options.

Max Payne 3 promises to deliver a dark, gritty action experience that is sure to satisfy newcomers and fans to the historic franchise.”

Max Payne 3 is currently due for release in mid-March 2012.

Watch the Max Payne 3 trailer here:

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