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Get Max Payne 3 (PC) for $13.59

This long-awaited sequel is one of the best games to hit PCs in years, and for a limited time you can grab it on the cheap.

If you like running and gunning with occasional bursts of slow-motion "bullet time," you'll love Max Payne 3.
If you like running and gunning with occasional bursts of slow-motion "bullet time," you'll love Max Payne 3. Rockstar

Quick update regarding yesterday's post, the one about three free months of Next Issue. There was a technical glitch, one that couldn't be quickly resolved, so CNET decided to pull the deal (and my post) to avoid further confusion/consternation. The good news is that everything appears to be hunky-dory now, and the deal is live as of now. (After you click through, be sure to scroll down a bit to read "the fine print" section for a couple important details.) Sorry for the inconvenience!

CNET gave it five stars and named it one of the top games of 2012. GameSpot rated it a 9.0 and called it "an exhilarating shooter that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go."

My buddy Dave told me it was one of the best games he'd ever played. And he's really old, so he's played a lot of games.

Needless to say, when Max Payne 3 made its debut last June, I was champing at the bit to play it. The first two installments ranked among my personal PC favorites, so there was no question I'd be getting the new sequel.

But I wasn't going to pay $50 for the privilege. I'd waited eight years -- I could wait a while longer. And my patience just paid off: Through March 11, Steam has Max Payne 3 (PC) for $13.59. That's 66 percent off the current $39.99 list price.

Like most Rockstar Games games, this one definitely isn't for kids. It's as violent and bloody as video games get, and in light of all the recent gun-related horrors we've witnessed, I have mixed feelings about promoting it.

That said, I've played games like this since I was a teen, and I continue to abhor real-world violence. The very sight of a real gun fills me with dread. To me, Max Payne is just a little escapism -- and one heck of a lot of fun. I'm only a few levels in so far, but I'm really (pardon the pun) blown away at how the action and narrative are woven together. It's enough to make me forgive Max's incredibly cheesy voice-overs.

Anyway, if you like run-and-gun action, "Matrix"-style slow-motion sequences, and deeply troubled heroes, this is $13.59 extremely well spent.

Now begins the wait for the new Tomb Raider -- which I'm also dying to play -- to see a similar price drop. By my estimate, that should happen sometime around December. See you then, Lara!

Now playing: Watch this: Game trailer: Max Payne 3

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