Button Mashing: Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed 3 & Max Payne 3

This is Button Mashing, Grizzly Bomb’s video game news headquarters. Previews, interviews, rumors and all the latest stories relating to the biggest games, all in one place. Here are the most important things you need to know for the week of March 12, 2012:

343 Industries Shows Off Halo 4

I don’t think anybody truly believed the Xbox’s flagship franchise was going to take a bow and walk away after Halo 3, so when Halo 4 was announced it didn’t feel much like a huge break from its predecessors. However 343 Industries is doing everything they can to make us believe that there is more to this sequel than a simple extension of the trilogy, a nice example of which is this ‘First Look’ video from Halo Waypoint:

Halo 4 will be the first game in the series to be developed outside of Bungie Studios, now that the franchise’s creators have officially separated from Microsoft, but some of their people have transferred to 343. It should make the change of hands much smoother than this type of change often is, and the video above does a lot to instil some faith in the new team.

My interest in Halo has been waning since before Reach came out, so a revamp of the franchise sounds like a great idea to me. I’m sure most fans would disagree, but I think a lot of good can come from looking at the story with fresh eyes.

Halo 4 is slated for a late 2012 release date.

Assassin’s Creed 3 Reveal Trailer

GDC  just ended, and Assassin’s Creed 3 has reportedly been one of the most talked about games of the convention. While we know Ubisoft was showing some footage of the game at the show, it appears journalists are under embargo for a week or two, at which point we’ll get some real dirt on the series’s newest chapter. In the meantime, we’ll have to try to draw conclusions from the reveal trailer that recently came out:

AC3 is making it’s biggest change in the series by moving way ahead in chronology and across the ocean for the American Revolution. Supposedly the protagonist, Connor, is an assassin born of English and Mohawk blood, who is forced into the war when his home is attacked by colonists. The trailer looks fantastic, and I’m curious to see how much of what they’ve shown makes it into the actual gameplay (Screenshots seem to point to hunting animals, among other new elements).

Ubisoft claims Assassin’s Creed 3 will feel like a natural entry point for newcomers to the franchise, which is good news for me; while I’m very familiar with the canon and I played the first game, I never took to the series and let the subsequent games pass me by. If AC3 is able to get past the ridiculousness of a hooded assassin swinging through the trees of 1800’s America, I’d love to get back into the franchise.

Max Payne 3 is ‘True to its Roots’

If you’ve followed previous Button Mashing segments, you know that Rockstar Games has put out a series of videos that address different aspects of Max Payne 3‘s design and development. In one of those articles, I mentioned how, even as an old fan of the franchise, I was underwhelmed by the concept of a new Max Payne game until I saw the innovations being implemented into this newest one. And while he continues to push the tech in this interview, Rockstar’s Rob Nelson really sold me on MP3 in this interview with Gamespot by talking more about the story of the upcoming game:

Anyone who played Max Payne back in its heyday knows that the gameplay was far less memorable than the environments, the voice acting, and most of all, the environments. The Noir tone and setting was absolutely gorgeous and if this sequel can uphold the same quality I’ll likely be blown away.

Max Payne 2

Max Payne 3 comes out May 15th.

That’s it for this week’s Button Mashing, and Oh my God, searching for Max Payne images reminded me that they made it into a godawful movie.

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