If the GTA V excitement is just too much to bear at the moment, we would like to point you in the direction of a brand new Max Payne 3 gameplay animation trailer, animation which may offer a glimpse into future animation quality for Grand Theft Auto V.
For those of you who don’t know, Max Payne 3 will be releasing some time in March next year, making a GTA V release during the early stages of 2012 very unlikely. We gave you some new release date rumors for GTA V yesterday here, as a release during the late stages of Summer seems more likely to happen now, since Rockstar will be focusing on getting Max Payne 3 out first of all.
As for this new trailer – wow. Rockstar really know how to pump up an audience via a teaser trailer, and this close look at how animations will work in the game definitely serves up a treat for fans of the franchise. Rockstar provides commentary throughout the trailer, and if you haven’t played any of the previous Max Payne games, you should know that Rockstar tends to shift a heavy focus on producing a quality storyline-driven mode, which is what you’ll get an idea of if you watch the trailer below.
Rockstar touts the ‘cinematic quality’ of the game’s story mode and included cutscenes, and the voice-acting is pretty believable too – although Rockstar are well known for their good choice of actors to portray video game characters – Ray Liotta as Tommy Vercetti in GTA: Vice City for a prime example. Rockstar devotes a good portion of the trailer to demonstrate the new combat mechanics of Max Payne – to put it simply, think Uncharted but with much tighter animations and of course, much more violence.
You’ll be pleased to know that bullet-time is once again featured in Max Payne 3, and you’ll see that Rockstar has added a few bullet-time finishing animations to the game, in which players will see a different bullet-time animation, depending on which weapon the player is using. Needless to say, it looks like great fun.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. If this is a slight indication on how animation will look in Grand Theft Auto V, we say bring it on as this looks fantastic – would you agree?