Max Payne 3 has, in our humble opinion, some of the best shooting mechanics ever devised for a third person shooter. This is a very good thing considering it looks like Rockstar Games are using/taking inspiration from it (at least as a base) for the shooting/combat gameplay mechanics in Grand Theft Auto V.
Check out the video further below and you’ll see what we mean. It also makes sense because Rockstar are known for taking the best aspects/features/whatever from already existing games in their portfolio and using them in new titles (with tweaks and improvements as appropriate). We think it’s logical that GTA 5, which should be the epic game we think/hope/are preying for, is the cumulation of everything good Rockstar done so far.
In fact, not only does it look like elements of Max Payne 3 will exist in GTA V, but you could also say that the hunting and vast wilderness in GTA 5 are inspired by Red Dead Redemption and of course there are all the previous GTA games which will certainly help in terms of crafting the urban areas of Los Santos.
Anyway, we digress. The bottom line should be that if you liked the combat system in Max Payne 3, you will like the combat system in GTA 5. Enjoy the video!
While this might not tell us the exact release date of Grand Theft Auto V, it might go some ways to giving us a time frame to work with.
HK6, from this site, apparently went to Future Shop (a Canadian retailer) to grab his copy of Max Payne 3 and was given the receipt below. As you can see, HK6 is now entitled to a $20 credit towards GTA 5, should he decide to purchase it.
With me so far? Well, if you keep on reading you’ll see that the offer is valid only between 1 February 2013 and 31 May 2013 – meaning that there is a very good chance that GTA 5 won’t be released before Febraury next year, and that it will be released no later than the end of May… also next year.
We sincerely hope it is the former date at the latest, and in any event are secretly hoping this piece of news is somehow wrong. A Christmas without GTA 5 would be very disappointing indeed!
It is a little hard to see, but the the latest Future Shop mailer (which is Canadian, btw) has some interesting surprises/information for fans of GTA 5 (and Max Payne 3).
Firstly, if you’re considering ordering Max Payne 3 and will definitely be buying GTA 5 (so… all of you!), then if you do it through Future Shop (which is owned by Best Buy), you’ll get $20 off a copy of GTA 5 when it’s released.
Secondly, if you take a closer look at the image above, you’ll see Future Shop have GTA 5 listed for a “Winter 2012″ release. In Canada, this is around the end of December (so lets call it the pre-Christmas period) through until March 2013. Of course we wouldn’t put any money on those dates being accurate, but a pre-Christmas launch would certainly be welcome!
By the way, Best Buy in the US (Future Shop’s parent company) are running a similar Max Payne 3 pre-order bonus for their customers, but from what I can tell it only entitles you to some free DLC. Don’t worry though, I’m sure there will be plenty of GTA 5 deals in the US closer to launch time!