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Sam Houser

It’s Better To Make Something: In Defense of GTAV’s Story (Or Maybe A Third of It, Anyway)

GTA V Michael

Michael DeSanta is an angry, broken man.

His wife and children have deserted him. His wealth does not satisfy him. His return to a life of crime—while initially invigorating—has landed him in an interagency war between the FIB and the IAA. It's also brought Trevor Phillips back into his life, forcing him to confront the sins of his past in a way he hoped he would never have to.

Grand Theft Auto V Review

A Grand Scheme

Grand Theft Auto V Screenshot

HIGH The drive from Blaine County back to Los Santos, and seeing the skyline for the first time. It was only then that I began to grasp just how much larger the map was compared to any other game.

LOW Trevor and Michael fighting over the same thing for the fifteenth time.

WTF First-person doggystyle. It'll make you laugh.

Cage Kane Payne

Max Payne 3 Screenshot

In a short period of time I have played three games that may not seem to be similar or related. The co-op shooter Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, the straight-up cover shooter Max Payne 3, and the thriller Heavy Rain share a third-person perspective, though, one that reflects their central cinematic aspirations. Although their critical reputations vary, each of these games is an interesting failure in the project of creating a playable movie.

Video: No off days for Max Payne

You wouldn't know it to look at him, but Max Payne does take days off from being Max Payne—at least he tries to.

Video: No off days for Max Payne

Max Payne 3 Second Opinion

Payneful

Max Payne 3 Screenshot

HIGH Soaring through the air, blowing away dozens of gangsters with my dual pistols like a John Woo hero.

LOW Did he seriously just shave his head as a disguise?

WTF Why doesn't Max just shootdodge out of all these situations where a few unarmored guys are holding a gun on him?

Max Payne 3 Review

The Bride of Frankenstein

Max Payne 3 Screenshot

HIGH A slow-motion, high-caliber rifle round breaching an enemy's skull is terrifyingly beautiful.

LOW Anyone else tired of morally mucked-up shooter heroes?

WTF Bullet Time©. Shootdodge™.

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