MAX PAYNE 3 | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media DigitalMedia

Release date 18/05/2012

Ratings Info Contains very strong language and strong bloody violence

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Ratings info publication date 08/05/2012

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MAX PAYNE 3 is a third-person shooter in which the player assumes the role of Max Payne, a former New York City cop. In this third instalment, Payne works as a security guard for a wealthy Brazilian family. When the daughter of the family is kidnapped by a violent favela gang, Payne sets out to recover her. The game then plays out over thirteen levels that encompass a wide variety of locations. In addition to the standard mission there are three arcade games - 'Score Attack', 'New York Minute' and 'New York Minute Hardcore'. The game was classified '18' for very strong language and strong bloody violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'. The game includes strong violence throughout and the player-controlled character will kill hundreds of opponents during the course of the game. Moreover, it is also possible to kill innocent bystanders. As Payne progresses through the levels he gains access to a variety of firearms (eg handguns, shotguns and machine-guns). Shooting opponents (or innocents) invariably produces blood spurts and pools of blood. Shooting corpses results in ragdolling and blood spurts but decapitation and/or dismemberment does not appear to be possible. The game includes 'bullet time' and 'last man standing' action sequences in which the player observes his or her bullet travelling in slow motion as it flies towards and passes through whatever part of the opponent's body it strikes, in close up. These sequences often result in copious blood spurts, together with clear sight of entry and exit wounds. There is a strong focus on the infliction of injury that is more appropriately classified at '18'. The game also includes some melee sequences during which the player, following onscreen prompts, must press the appropriate button on the controller at the correct time. Some of the non-interactive cut scenes also include strong violence. One such scene depicts a man having his throat slashed with a machete, accompanied by copious blood spurts.

MAX PAYNE 3 includes strong language throughout, together with occasional uses of very strong language. Discriminatory terms such as 'spic' and 'nigger' also occur from time to time, although the latter is used as a rap style form of greeting amongst friends. A nightclub sequence includes female breast nudity as pole dancers perform on stage, and a brothel sequence includes long shot images of prostitutes servicing male clients. There is mechanical thrusting but no strong sexual detail.


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