No new loadout would be complete without characters to go with. Rockstar has planned accordingly and has added two new avatar customization choices: United Souls and De Marcos Abroad. The former of the two are the police that all areas must have, which occupy the Panama Canal related areas. The De Marcos on the other hand are just some ordinary citizens who want to have a nice vacation, but are sadly unable to do so because of the United Souls. Both factions bring new customization within the individual categories as would be expected, and follow Max Payne’s usual style.
Online Community is Still Fairly Bleak
The downside to making content that is exclusively multiplayer reliant is that the community needs to exist and be populated to begin with. Though Max Payne 3’s multiplayer is not completely dead on any of the available platforms, the community has definitely thinned out. In the time I played, I found myself playing with the same small group of people most of the time, regardless of the time of day. Not only is this a result of the separation of free and soft aim, but also people’s lack of interest in the DLC, as well as the game itself. In the coming months, the player population will likely thin out much more than it already has, so do be aware of this when considering purchasing this particular content, since it is exclusively multiplayer based.
Max Payne 3’s Painful Memories DLC is a nice addition to the multiplayer component of the game. Though it includes four new maps, two new guns, and four other loadout items, it doesn’t really include anything that makes it an absolute must buy for fans of the game. If you’re trying to get back into the game, this probably won’t do the job for you, but if you’re already a big fan who happens to be looking for some new content to play around with, this will likely suit you. Do of course note that buying this content later in the game’s life-cycle may not be a good idea due to its withering online community.
[Editor’s Note: Max Payne 3: Painful Memories DLC was reviewed on the Playstation 3 platform. The DLC was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]Max Payne 3: Painful Memories DLC Review,