Pre-Launch: Max Payne 3 Comic and Diablo 3 Animation

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It is only a week away before the releases of two of this year’s biggest hits: Rockstar Vancouver’s Max Payne 3 and Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 3. In anticipation, both companies gave us what we we’re looking for, more story, but not in a way you’d expect it.

Rockstar Games just released a comic for Max Payne 3 that can be viewed for free on their website. It is the back story in a noir style comic, which fills you in about Max’s life and is part one of three. It relieves fans of the 11 year old franchise because there were initial worries by the die hards that the game wouldn’t be true to the first two in terms of artistic style or gameplay. This was mainly because it was be built in-house by Rockstar Games (in Vancouver) rather than by Remedy Entertainment (in Finland). Rockstar has never been known to drop the ball.

You can read the first chapter of this Max Payne 3 comic trilogy HERE

The comic is a deep stare into Max’s past. It’s filled with the same dread that Max would get when he’s nearly at the end of a bottle of bourbon at the start of a long night. The signature style of the dialog that is unique to the series is all there, thanks to the writing of Sam Houser (Co-founder or Rockstar Games & writer of GTA4) and Sam Lake (the original writer of Max Payne 1 & 2). They’ve even included details like using James McCaffrey, the original and signature voice of Max. The game boasts several features and technology behind the scenes that serve as subtle details that bring the game to life.

 

Excited? Can’t wait?! Don’t worry. Futureshop on Granville and Robson in Vancouver will be open at Midnight on May 14th for a simultaneous launch party with another massive game launch, Diablo 3. At the launch there will be a draw for attendees and give aways for costumed attendees. You can find out more info HERE

Since the first Diablo game in 1997, Blizzard Entertainment has always led the way with their creative, world class and state of the art cinematic storytelling. However, they recently released backstory to the game and its characters in the form of a 2D cartoon.

You can watch Blizzard Entertainment’s new Diablo 3 video “WRATH” HERE

Blizzard embraced the opportunity to kickstart the storytelling experience to help spark our imagination about the Diablo universe. They  employed cartoon director, Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), who wove together the stories of some of the main characters. The details of these heroes and villains may not have properly fit into the actual game so, this great seven minute video is dedicated to the story of their multi-millennia war between heaven and hell. The delivery of the game’s lore is just as imaginative and artistic as it would have been if it were all painstakingly made in 3D.

For more information on Max Payne 3 you can visit: www.rockstargames.com

And, for more information on Diablo 3 you can visit: www.diablo3.com

 

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