Anthony "Tony" Magestro--or known on the field of battle as Metzge--is an avid writer, gamer, and entrepreneur. When he's not writing, gaming, or entrepreneuring, he enjoys cooking, trippy movies, and trying to be awesome to varying degrees of success. Feel free to check out his LinkedIn page, especially if you need freelance help with content writing or digital marketing. Or just like to network, that's fine too.
So I’m a big ol’ Max Payne fanboy. What can I say, I can’t help myself. Having grown up with the series telling the story of a stellar cop’s fall from grace and watching him pick up the pieces was better than any books that I read as a kid. That and with my own struggle with depression and anxiety, I could almost identify with Max. Like him, I felt like the odds were against me and that despite my good intentions, nothing seemed to work out in my favor. As a writer, I often look at video games for their quality of storytelling and if the character isn’t relateable, I have a hard time keeping focused or giving a damn. Max Payne 3 though made me give a lot of damns.
That said, here are a few choice quotes from Max Payne 3 that I thoroughly enjoy. Perhaps you can see why the game is so enjoyable (at least from a storytelling standpoint).
#10: The Favelas
“I was a dumb American in a place where dumb Americans are less popular than the clap…”
“I’d been sitting at the bar for three hours, or five years depending on the way you looked at things.”
#8: My Second Favorite Drinking Arm
“I had a hole in my second favorite drinking arm, and the only way we were likely to get Fabiana back now was in installments. Whoever our uninvited guests were… I was about done playing soldier.”
#7: Getting Too Old For This
“It was Monday afternoon and I’d already been thrown out of a party, been to a strip club and got into a bar fight. This latest mid-life crisis was certainly ticking all the boxes.”
“The guy was smoother than an oil slick on an iceberg, and about as toxic.”
#5: The Popularity of Flies
“Do you think a pile of shit feels popular because it’s surrounded by flies?”
#4: Max’s Feelings about Night Clubs
“This kind of place made me want to puke. I needed a real drink to cope with the electronic music and robotic people.”
“So I guess I’d become what they wanted me to be, a killer. Some rent-a-clown with a gun who puts holes in other bad guys. Well that’s what they had paid for, so in the end that’s what they got. Say what you want about Americans but we understand capitalism. You buy yourself a product and you get what you pay for, and these chumps had paid for some angry gringo without the sensibilities to know right from wrong. Here I was about to execute this poor bastard like some dime store angel of death and I realized they were correct, I wouldn’t know right from wrong if one of them was helping the poor and the other was banging my sister…”
“I’d been stuck in the past so long I had forgotten what year it was.”
#1: Two Kinds of People
“There are two kinds of people: ones that are trying to build their future and ones that are trying to rebuild their past.”