I was and continue to be very excited about the news that Remedy is remaking Max Payne 1 and 2. I was also immediately hopeful that the excellent but underrated Max Payne 3 would also receive some love – a less likely prospect given that it was developed by Rockstar and remains in their hands, but I’m nothing short of an optimist. Today my wish was at least partially fulfilled, more or less: to mark the 10th anniversary of Max Payne 3, Rockstar announced that it is updating and re-releasing the game’s soundtrack.
This is actually pretty cool because the soundtrack to Max Payne 3, composed and performed by L.A. rockers HEALTH, it’s a real banger, and its gameplay integration is sublimely cinematic. The ominous pulsations of Tears, for example, flowing over gunfire and the screams of angry, dying men elevate the standard cover shooter action endgame airport gunfight to an unforgettable one. outcome of redemption soaked in blood.
Yes, I’m a fan.
“When we started work on the score for Max Payne 3, we couldn’t have foreseen the major effect it would have on the trajectory of our band and the music we make,” Health said in a statement. “Now, 10 years later, we are still proud to be a part of history.”
The anniversary edition of the Max Payne 3 soundtrack will include previously unreleased tracks from the game and will be available later this year on digital streaming platforms and in a limited-edition vinyl release. In the meantime, I remain hopeful of something genuinely new for Max Payne 3 – or, dare I dream, Max Payne 4 – but for now, this is at least a move in the right direction: Max Payne hasn’t been forgotten.
Here’s another one of my favorites: