Returning: Heart of darkness

But Max Payne is still a "dark, gritty story," Rockstar assured me. The levels I played at PAX East were indeed set in the Big Apple. It was clear they were flashbacks, and again, Rockstar wouldn't confirm whether New York remains only in Max's past.

The first mission at PAX was a close-quarters shootout through a bar that eventually spilled out into the gloomy streets; the second took place in the corridors and bleachers of a large stadium, with snipers (both enemies and friendly—Max's new partner, Raul, has your back) perched up high and shotgunners around every corner.