Max Payne 3 is a third-person shooter video game developed by Rockstar Studios and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on May 15, 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; a Microsoft Windows port was released on May 29, 2012, followed by an OS X port on June 20, 2013. The game is the third entry in the Max Payne series and the sequel to Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, developed by Remedy Entertainment.
The game is played from a third-person perspective. Throughout the single-player mode, players control Max Payne, a former detective. Nine years after the events of the second game, Max becomes employed as a private security contractor in Brazil, but becomes entangled in a quest filled with death and betrayal. An online multiplayer mode is included with the game, allowing up to 16 players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay in re-creations of multiple single-player settings.
Nine years after the events of the second game, Max Payne (James McCaffrey) has retired from the NYPD and spends his days nursing his alcoholism and addiction to painkillers. After an incident in a bar in Hoboken, New Jersey forces him to leave New York, Max takes up an offer from Raul Passos (Julian Dean), whom he met during the incident, to become a private security contractor in South America. Max finds himself working for the Branco family, whose members include: Rodrigo Bracno (Frank Rodriguez), a wealthy real-estate mogul; Fabiana Branco (Benedita Pereira), Rodrigo’s trophy wife; Giovanna (Shirley Rumierk), Fabiana’s sister; Victor Branco (Robert Montano), a local politician; and Marcelo Branco (Dillon Porter), a hard-partying socialite. Operating in São Paulo a few months later, Max thwarts a kidnapping attempt on the Brancos by the Comando Sombra, a favela street gang, during a private party. A week later, the gang manage to kidnap Fabiana at nightclub while Max is overseeing her protection alongside Marcelo and Giovanna.
Instructed to pay $3 million for her release, Rodrigo allows Max and Passos to handle the exchange at a local football stadium. However, the meeting between them and Comando Sombra is ambushed by the Crachá Preto, an outlaw paramilitary unit, who steal the money. Although the pair learn where Comando Sombra took Fabiana, their attempt to rescue her is thwarted by the gang’s leader Serrano (Babs Olusanmokun). Meeting with the Branco men at Rodrigo’s office, alongside Armando Becker (Ubirajara de Castro), head of special police unit Unidade de Forças Especiais (UFE), Victor recommends the police handle Fabiana’s recovery. Shortly after Victor, Becker, Marcelo and Passos leave, Crachá Preto attack the office in order to kill Max. While he survives, Rodrigo is assassinated in the chaos. Blaming himself for the situation, Max swears off alcohol, shaves his head, and proceeds to seek out Serrano and Fabianna within the Nova Esperança favela, based on information from a dying Crachá Preto operative.
During his search of the favela, Max runs into Detective Wilson Da Silva (Stephen Girasuolo), who offers assistance in exchange for help in investigating Crachá Preto, who he suspects have ties to Victor and the UFE. Max eventually reaches Serrano’s hideout, only to witness Comando Sombra murder Fabiana. As the UFE raid the fevala, Max finds himself forced to rescue Marcelo and Giovanna, whom he encountered in the hideout before they were taken away. During his search for the pair, he finds the UFE to be corrupt upon witnessing them selling prisoners to Crachá Preto. Moments after the exchange, Max finds Marcelo being executed by the paramilitaries, forcing him to rescue Giovanna. After a shootout at a bus station while trying to hide from Crachá Preto, Passos arrives to help, but flees with Giovanna, who is pregnant with his child. Angered at being abandoned, Max is picked up by Da Silva, and learns that Passos works for Victor.