The news hit me like a bucket of cold water. As a I wiped away the fog of exhaustion, I thought I was seeing double. So many pieces of news swirled around the air like specks of dust caught in the light. I knew I would have to think fast; catch my breath. Time was almost up and I hadn’t placed my pre-order.

It seems like I can’t check my inbox without an email from Rockstar designed to get me (and by extension, you) more excited about the imminent release of Max Payne 3.

First up, this Thursday (tomorrow!) will see the release of the first of three issues in the limited Max Payne comic series, entitled After the Fall. Marvel is producing the book, which is penned by Dan Houser of Rockstar and Sam Lake of Remedy. If you hadn’t heard, the folks over at Remedy are pretty darn impressed with how Rockstar is bringing Max back to gamers. You’ll be able to read the comic on the Rockstar Newswire, the official site and as yet unannounced digital comic distribution platforms. The books will also see a limited print run later this month.

 

We also now know that Max Payne 3 will be getting the season Rockstar Pass treatment. The $29.99/2400msp bundle will save you 35% on the game’s planned DLC and is available for pre-order right now for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network at Best Buy and Gamestop. It can also be pre-ordered from the PlayStation Store. The slate of downloadable content is as follows:

June 2012

Local Justice Map Pack

Summer 2012

Disorganized Crime Map Pack
Deathmatch Made In Heaven Mode Pack
Hostage Negotiation Map Pack
New York Minute Co-Op Pack

Fall 2012

Painful Memories Map Pack
Trickle Down Economics Map Pack

As for whether you should be excited for the return of Max Payne? All I can tell you is that after playing the game at PAX East, I wanted to go home with it. The motion comic styled, dynamically rendered cutscenes, the (promised) absence of loading screens and the unbelievably gritty gunplay, complete with individually rendered bullets was everything fans have been waiting for. The game is tough as nails and just as brutally in your face as you remember the previous entries.

With the edition of competitive multiplayer and a slick implementation of bullet time, the Rockstar Pass is likely to have a lot of takers.

Finally, Rockstar has pulled the curtain back the official soundtrack for the game. The LA band HEALTH is behind the tunes (as if you couldn’t figure that out from the image above). The album will be available, digitally, on May 23rd. The first single, TEARS (this band loves their capital letters), will hit on May 15 when the console versions of the game arrive at retail.

You can hear a snippet of the track in the new commercial airing on pretty much every channel. I think I saw it on Nickelodeon during Dora: The Explorer this morning. No, I will not tell you why I was watching Dora.

Max Payne 3 will arrive on May 15, 2012 for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC release scheduled for May 29, 2012.