i get what you mean exe3, while i felt rockstar had a good go at MP3, i still think it doesn't surpass MP2. I'm not saying I wanted a MP2 clone or anything like that but I felt this game lacked on the 'emotional' side of things. I didn't feel for max like I did in the first two, with his wife and mona. And the missions... i wish they were more varied.
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rescue the girl, rescue the girl, rescue the girl... I don't think I did anything else until the last level...
I didn't mind that they did away with the graphic novel, but the cut scenes were too intrusive. Much of the time while watching I was thinking 'I wanted to do that..'
Also the train mission, where your confronted with goons on another train. I was throughly over shooting dudes by that point and thought 'ill just hide till we get to the airport... sure enough you had to kill all the goons to trigger the cutscene which gets you to the airport...grrr
MP3 was a great game, but too many things kept ruining the immersion. It was enjoyable, and I'll play the arcade modes, but I wont play it again like I did MP2.