I will argue throughout the day that Max Payne 3 is as good as the first two games in the series (which were fantastic) and that it easily meets the very high standards of the Rockstar developer. Despite my own enthusiasm, however, it did not live up to audience expectations and the series has been dying over the last decade.
However, these kinds of things don’t matter when it comes to speed racers. One of the great things about the fans is that the popularity of a game isn’t really an important factor – old and even unforgettable games like SpongeBob: Battle for Bikini Bottom can be so interesting to speed up (and see) like contemporary hits, even more so in some cases, as obscure games often have weirder tricks that speed racers can exploit.
Which brings us to Summit1g, one of Twitch’s largest streamers with 5.9 million followers, which recently set a new world record for Max Payne 3 in "hardcore" difficulties in the subcategory of stage jump of any%, without problems, that is to say, any percentage of the complete game, without taking advantage of any problem to advance faster than normal, but jumping -cut scenes when possible. (If you are curious about the different category options, you can learn more about Speedrun.com Knowledge Base.)
In practical terms, it means that Summit1g had to play throughout the game, rather than take advantage of bugs or exploits to avoid segments. To overcome this quickly requires serious accuracy (it is very good at shooting at the head), which gives priority to guns and SMGs over heavier hardware. It avoids enemies that cannot be dealt with quickly, although it is a risky strategy that sometimes causes a bullet in the ass.
It was very close: Summit1g’s time at 1:30:52 is just six seconds faster than the previous record holder, ThirstyHyena, who set the 1:30:58 mark just a month earlier. It’s close enough that I wouldn’t be surprised to see ThirstyHyena make a quick attempt to regain the crown, but the task of setting new records is getting tougher: as you can see in the image below, the reduced times have grown every time smaller over the last year.
Max Payne 3's new world record is ahead of the annual Summer games done quickly event, which begins on July 4th. Max Payne 3 will not be part of this year's program, but Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, from 12:58 to 1:48 ET on July 5 (GDQ schedules are very tight; you can consult the complete itinerary here if you want to see it for yourself.)
If you have time to kill and want to see Summit1g's maximum world speed record for Max Payne 3, the day will be over Twitch. And if you just want to see what happens after Max tells Victor Branco that he will walk with lame, you can see the full game ending sequence below.
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