Max Payne 3 Local Justice DLC impressions

max payne 3 local justice dlc impressionsMax Payne 3 is one of the best games of the year so far. That’s not an exaggeration, that’s a fact, and you can read our full review for proof.

Part of the reason we scored it so well is that along with an outstanding single-player campaign, the game featured an impressive and robust multiplayer mode that offered a great deal of progression options, multiple gameplay modes, and even had two fundamentally different ways of playing: soft lock and free aim.

Now after six weeks of Max Payne 3 running free in the wild, the first batch of DLC, “Local Justice,” has been released. The pack features three new maps and a handful of other goodies, all of which are a worthy addition to the game. They all offer something different in their design, which means as a whole they offer plenty to the already robust multiplayer. Read on for our impressions.

Maps

55th Battalion HQ

max payne 3 local justice dlc impressions 55th battalionThe 55th Battalion recreates the police precinct that is taken from one of the later levels, where Max is a bit more rampage-y. The level is designed with multiple sections, each with a different look and feel, and each suitable for a different class. Submachine guns and assault rifles will fare well here, but a good pair of handguns could devastate opponents.

The map is available for all game modes, and Payne Killer is going to be particularly annoying/awesome depending on your point of view (and whether or not you end up being Max/Passos). An open central area with multiple levels and the narrow hallways of the detention levels mean there is a bit of something for everyone, and more importantly, every game type. Most of the firefights will end up localized around a few areas that offer high ground though.

The best matches are those that have the maximum number of players. Small teams can get lost in the massive complex and spend minutes looking for others. The key to this map will be memorizing it, and quickly, otherwise you can expect to get killed from people with a better angle or enemies waiting around corners for you.

The Imperial Palace

max payne 3 local justice dlc impressions imperial palaceThis dilapidated skyrise building is actually smaller than it might first appear, which explains why it is only available for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Payne Killer modes.

Shaped like a crescent, there are multiple levels to the building, but controlling the top floor will be key since the holes in the floor give a good angle on unaware enemies running below you. A good defensive posture with teammates can ensure a few good kills, and the pool and outlying building can act as a bunker with an overwatch. A sniper or someone that prefers long range battles could get off a few good shots here, but they will need to switch to something more up-close-and-personal when they are swarmed—and they will be.

Payne Killer fans will love this map, and the more confined nature will make this area good for people that prefer faster paced games. While there is plenty of cover here, it won’t last you long, and you’ll need to keep moving if you want to survive.

Departure Lounge

max payne 3 local justice dlc impressions departure loungeTaken from the airport chapter, this map is not as big as 55th Battalion, but like its fellow DLC map, there are different sections to it that change the playstyle. The departure area is a wide open section with an upper level that gives a huge advantage in terms of seeing enemies, but the lack of cover acts as an equalizer. The other sections, including places like the bathroom and baggage area, are going to favor smaller weapons.

Payne Killer is actually a mixed blessing here. The smaller areas will favor Max/Passos, while the larger areas will give everyone else plenty of opportunity to fire at them from a distance. To hold the upper section of the boarding zone, teamwork will be key for victory as the entire area can be locked down with a concerted effort.

Deathmatch is also well suited for the environment. Trying to hold one area will be tough, but running through the central concourse will be suicidal. Of the three maps, this is the one that will create the most balance issues between ranged and CQC fans, but that isn’t a bad thing.

New Jersey Cemetery (older DLC)

max payne 3 local justice dlc impressions cemeteryThis isn’t a “new” DLC map technically, but for many it will be the first chance they have had to try it out. Originally released as a pre-order bonus via GameStop, those with the Rockstar Pass will have the option to download it now, while others can purchase it ala cart.

The map is taken from one of the flashback chapters, and the setting is the cemetery where Max’s wife and child are buried. The area features multiple sections, but they all revolve around a circular central section with rings that expand outward from a fountain. Beyond the rings is also a street area, and the two are flanked by a graveyard that leads up to a chapel. The chapel and the street will see some action, but the majority of the action will happen in the rings.

The game is available for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Payne Killer. The area, therefore, is relatively small—or at least it is small if you cut through the middle of it, which would be a Leroy Jenkins level of suicide. Stay low and move fast with powerful short range guns, and you can hold your own for awhile—right up until your opponents decide to flank you from either side. Holding the high ground can also give you a decent look down at the central ring and a clear advantage, but you’ll need someone to watch your back.

max payne 3 local justice dlc impressions sao pauloOther Items Included with the Local Justice DLC

Light Fingers Item

M4 Assault Rifle

Sao Paulo Police Faction

Pre-Order Bonuses Now Available

Along with the “Local Justice” DLC, Rockstar has also begun to offer all of the pre-order bonuses that were only available to the people that purchased the game under very specific conditions. With the exception of the Cemetery Map, the other pieces of DLC (which can be downloaded as part of the Rockstar Pass or individually) are all interesting, but none give a huge advantage. The Cemetery Map, however, is well worth the purchase.

Silent Killer Loadout Pack 

Pill Bottle Item

Deadly Force Burst 

Classic Max Payne Character 

Conclusion

If you are considering the Rockstar Pass, you can rest easy knowing that your money will be well spent. The three new maps—four if you count the Cemetery Map—are almost worth the $29.99 alone for those that have been fanatically playing Max Payne 3’s multiplayer and are desperate for new content. Not quite, but almost. And with more content coming in the following months, the price tag is justifiable. But considering the pack is only $5.99 for this week, and will jump up to only $7.99, the “Local Justice” DLC is a steal.

Product Review

‘Just Cause 4’ is mindless fun that leaves little room for much else

Just Cause 4 revels in explosions and over-the-top action, but its world feels empty and hollow. With few new ideas and a stale open world, it's a fun but shallow piece of escapism.
Gaming

Find the perfect weapon in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' multiplayer with our guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has several different guns to choose from in its multiplayer mode, and they're split across multiple classes. Here's a guide to all of them and when you should use them.
Gaming

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Gaming

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.
Computing

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Steam streaming hub with Valve’s Steam Link app

Valve's Steam Link app is now fully supported by Raspberry PI hardware, meaning that just about anyone with a few dollars to spare can build their own Steam streaming box in a matter of minutes.
Gaming

Nintendo pulls the plug on making more SNES Classic, NES Classic systems

Nintendo extended production of the NES Classic and SNES Classic into 2018, but once the current supply of consoles is gone, the company won't be making more. Instead, you'll have to use Nintendo Switch Online.
Gaming

Fancy ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ PlayStation 4 Pro launches alongside game in January

A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Kingdom Hearts III will launch alongside the game in January. The system included has a special design on the side, as does the controller.
Gaming

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ removes the Infinity Blade weapon after player backlash

Following player backlash over the Infinity Blade weapon's inclusion in Fortnite's battle royale mode, Epic Games decided to remove the weapon from the game completely. It was not limited to a special mode.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Gaming

New ‘Stardew Valley’ content on the way, as game’s maker freezes next project

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone said that he will continue working on new content for the indie farming simulator. The developer previously said that he will devote all his time to his next game, but that has been placed on hold for now.