It's highly unfortunate that PC gamers too often get the short end of the stick in the gaming industry. A lot of the highly lauded console games end up getting ported to PC months after the original release. The PC port will also sometimes not contain any enhancements that the PC platform brings to gaming like DirectX 11 support and hi-res textures. Rockstar isn't that lazy.
Rockstar Games announced today that Max Payne 3 is now available worldwide for PC. The game promises numerous enhancements that take advantage of the PC platform which is why the game was delayed beyond the console launch a few weeks ago. Those features include hi-res textures and character models, DirectX 11 features, LAN support, multi-monitor support and stereoscopic 3D compatibility.
The game's story is already well documented, but here's a brief recap for those who haven't been paying attention. Max Payne 3 takes place sometime after the events of Max Payne 2 where the noir detective hero from the first two games escapes his past life in New York City to work as a bodyguard in Brazil. From there, the game explodes with the usual flair that Rockstar is well known for.
To prove that Rockstar isn't just bluffing about its support for the PC market, the developer has published four recommended specs profiles so that gamers can see the low end of the spectrum all the way up to the high-end performance that the game needs to truly shine. PC Gamer has the full list but here's the highest required specs to reach maximum performance:
Windows 7/Vista (64 bit)
Intel i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ or AMD FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
16GB System RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB RAM or AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB RAM
I'm going to have to get some more RAM and a new video card to even match those specs. My GTX 560 Ti is softly crying as it will never truly realize its full potential while playing Max Payne 3. The good news, however, is that the game's engine is scalable. That means that PC gamers with even pretty low key machines can at least play the game.
Rockstar also put together a trailer just for the PC version of the game showing off the fantastic visuals you can expect on your gaming rig of choice.