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Video Game Deal: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition & Max Payne 3 Bundle
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Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition and Max Payne 3 Bundle

The Gold Box Spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is the Grand Theft Auto IV and Max Payne 3 Bundle for PC Download for only $24.99 (that’s 72% off the list price of $89.98).

Note, the deal of the day is valid only for today, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 until 11:59pm PST.

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Video Game Deal: Max Payne 3
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Max Payne 3

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is Max Payne 3 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for only $39.99 (that’s 33% off the list price of $59.99). (PC edition is discounted to $42.99.)

Note, the deal of the day is valid only for today, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

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Game Review: Max Payne 3
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Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3
Xbox 360 l PS3 l PC
DEVELOPER: Rockstar Studios
PUBLISHER: Rockstar Games
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2012

It’s been nearly a decade since Max Payne last graced video game consoles, and fans of the franchise have been impatiently awaiting the glorious return of their favorite noir bad ass.

Await no longer, ladies and gentlemen, as Max Payne is finally back for Max Payne 3, the newest game from Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption mastermind Rockstar Games. It’s been almost a decade, indeed, but has the tortuous wait been worth it?

In Max Payne 3 we pick up with Max years after the end of the last game, retired from the NYPD and working personal security for a very rich and powerful family in São Paulo, Brazil. He was recruited by a man named Raul Passos, with promises of it being an easy gig away from all the painful memories that New York City constantly reminded him of. But, as anyone who’s played these games before knows, there’s no such thing as an “easy gig” for Mr. Max Payne, and soon he’s right in the middle of yet another ongoing firefight.

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Box Office Buzz: ‘High School Musical 3’ Buzzes ‘Saw V’
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Considering it broke records for fastest and biggest advance sales ever in movie history, it comes as no surprise that High School Musical 3 took the top slot at the box office this weekend.

Earning a whopping $42 million, the G-rated Disney sequel beat out Lions Gate’s horror sequel Saw V, which earned $30.5 million. Both films had a budget of around $11 million, making each of them winners for their respective studios in their first week in theaters.

Coming in at #3 with $7.6 million was last week’s winner, Max Payne, the Mark Wahlberg big-screen adaptation of the popular video game. Holding strong at #5 was multi-week winner Beverly Hills Chihuahua, another Disney offering, with $6.9 million for a total of $78 million after four weeks.

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The Doom Dispatch: Payne vs. Payne: Great Games, Terrible Movies
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Dr. Royce Clemens   |  
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Doom Dispatch

Adapting video games into films should not be this hard. Books and plays are turned into good movies on a nearly monthly basis. Christ, even direction is a form of adaptation. The director has both the right and the necessity to cherry-pick and omit from a written screenplay. There is no such thing as “an original film.”

And yet, like trying to pole-vault without an actual pole, the evolutionary link between video game and film has yet to be cleared.

Now to be fair, I liked Silent Hill. It was an atmosphere engine which would have been a whole lot better if an actual script was used.

And as I may have unwisely mentioned in my review of Max Payne at filmarcade.net a week ago, I liked the Doom movie. Don’t blame me… The game came out when I was eight… We were on an anti-poverty board in Chicago together… The parties were hosted by the Annenbergs… SHUT UP!

But other than those, we have been treated to miserable failure after miserable failure. Super Mario Bros., both Tomb Raider films, anything with Uwe Boll’s name on it, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter. They all suck. Granted, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within came close to succeeding, but it failed to adhere to the spirit of the games. Namely, there were no she-dudes, giant chickens, or EEEEEEEENDLLEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS levelling-up.

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Box Office Buzz: ‘Max Payne’ Knocks ‘Chihuahua’ Out Of Number 1: Thank HEAVENS!
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Never have I been as happy to see a half-hearted attempt at a video game cinematic adaptation debut as I was when I saw that Max Payne had knocked Beverly Hills Chihuahua off the top spot.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Max Payne opened this weekend in the U.S. at number 1 with a respectable — given the time of year it is — $18 million. Based on the video game of the same name, the movie took a different, more ethereal approach to a game that was, for all intents and purposes, a fantastic shoot-em-up.

Sadly, Beverly Hills Chihuahua took second spot, showing once again that no matter how bad a movie is there will still be people who want to see it. Over and over and over and… It managed to pull in $11.2 million this weekend, only just ahead of The Secret Life of Bees, which took third spot and $11 million. I’m not sure what it’s about, but it has Dakota Fanning in it, along with Queen Latifah and Paul Bettany, so I might go see it anyway.

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‘Max Payne’ Director Pissed at MPAA (Who Isn’t?)
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When it comes to pure and unadulterated hatred, the MPAA ranks pretty high on my list (right next to the RIAA). Most of the time my ire is quirked by their dealings with DRM, permissions, and distribution. But this time, I’m sitting right next to John Moore, director of the upcoming Max Payne movie, in my hatred concerning their lack of consistency with movie ratings.

Moore has expressed his derision for the MPAA’s decision to give Max Payne an adults-only R-rating in a recent interview with Das Gamer. Describing their decision as being part of what he calls “Batman blowback,” Moore says that the MPAA “gave The Dark Knight a PG-13 rating and basically sucked Warner Bros. cock.”

“The MPAA changes their rules willy-nilly and it depends on who’s seeing your actual movie at the time. It’s very difficult to get a hold on what’s acceptable. The only thing you can use is current standards. So I go and see The Dark Knight and I say, “Gee, that’s pretty gnarly for PG-13,” but I felt good about Max Payne after coming out of the theater. I thought Max wasn’t going to have a problem. And that’s not the case. They’re coming down on us pretty hard.”
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‘Max Payne’ International Trailer
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Max PayneWith an October 17th release for Max Payne coming up, Fox has just released an international trailer for the movie.

Starring Mark Wahlberg as the title role, the movie is based on the legendary, hard-hitting interactive video game of the same name.

Max Payne tells the story of a maverick cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max (Wahlberg) is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.

Check out the international trailer here below, along with the standard trailer recently released.

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