Max Payne 3

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Gritty action game overflows with gore, sex, and profanity.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 13+

Suitability of Max Payne 3 (2012)

Max Payne 3 is indisputably one of my son's favorite games. He talks about it constantly and in a positive manner. I bought the game for him when he was 13 and I watched him play through the game in its entirety, much to his irritation. The game itself features quite realistic and, at times, brutal violence, but if your teen and yourself as a parent are okay with violence, this isn't too much of an issue. Sexual content is featured in this title, however, no full nudity is presented to the player, and a large number of the encounters in cut-scenes have the option to be skipped. For example, when the main protagonist, Max, meets a friend at a brothel, and sexual acts are present in the background. My son is, in my opinion mature for his age and handles these topics well. It really depends on how your child will react to this game, but anywhere from 13 above is suitable.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 17+
A mature teen would have a very good time playing this. Since there is nudity and lots of cussing, it is not appropriate for younger audiences.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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