So Close, So Far
HIGH Flying a crop duster into a cargo plane, then riding a jeep out of it.
LOW The frustrating early mission that introduces the wonky drive-by mechanics.
WTF We're escaping a full-on military response by hopping onto a freakin' freight train?
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.
A Grand Scheme
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.
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.
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?
The Bride of Frankenstein
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™.
The most interesting part of Take-Two's 2012 fiscal year earnings conference call covers what was—and what wasn't—said regarding Grand Theft Auto V.