I thought the gameplay and cutscene transition was awesome.
From what I have seen, practically half the game is a cut scene? This is why I have stayed away, and am waiting for it to be a really massive price drop... --- 2600k | P8P67 M Pro | 8GB | GTX 780 | 700W silent pro
Definitely worth a play through. The game was amazing especially if you are a Max Payne fan.
How dare a game have story and use cutscenes in place of loading screens! GRAAAAAAAAH. --- Ivy bridge i5 3570k @3.40GHz | 8 GB DDR3 | single XFX 7870| OCZ 600W Modular. Nvidia, AMD, Intel for life!! 3DS FC: 2208-5221-4039
So, I went ahead and got Max Payne 3... and I don't think I've ever been more disappointed by a sequel. The noir graphic novels being replaced by poorly done cutscenes that for some reason have random words flash on the screen in some vain attempt to be cinematic or artistic is so inconsistent with the feel of the series. Like somebody said above, the writing isn't nearly as good; it feels like a very weak attempt at imitation.
The weapon limit and cover mechanics are so out of place in Max Payne... and shoot dodge that results in you crashing into things doesn't really fit either.
The game was also filled with (based on my fix searches) many common technical issues. For some reason the game kept "pausing" during cutscenes; this seems to be an unsolved issue on Rockstar's knowledge base for the past year. There's also frequent crashes.
I didn't get that far because the technical issues stopped me from having any fun.