Should you had been feeling nostalgic for old-school Max Payne, the perpetually grimacing star of Treatment’s iconic third-person shooter of the identical identify, take coronary heart. There’s now a mod for Max Payne Three that brings again the character’s unforgettable OG face—based mostly on Treatment Artistic Director Sam Lake—squint and all.
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For the uninitiated, Max Payne is a 2001 third-person shooter developed by Treatment Leisure, the studio behind Alan Wake, Management, and Quantum Break. The sport featured the likeness of Sam Lake, a Treatment workers member who turned identified for lending his very structured face to the sport’s protagonist. However Lake’s time as Payne’s face quickly ended, as each Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne and Rockstar Studios’ Max Payne Three modified course, with the previous NYPD detective being modeled after actors Timothy Gibbs after which James McCaffrey in these sequels. Nevertheless, modder AlexSavvy has now launched a Sam Lake mod on Nexus Mods that places Lake’s memorable mug again into Max Payne 3.
The mod “brings again the unique look of Max Payne from the primary recreation” so you’ll be able to mainly play as Sam Lake’s Max Payne in Max Payne 3. That recreation was fairly graphically refined in its time, so making this mod required AlexSavvy to change the becoming of each single costume to match Sam Lake’s physique, and likewise mannequin all of the completely different hairstyles Payne sports activities all through the sport’s narrative.
The modder sought to totally protect all current facial expressions and wounds, and likewise introduced again Payne’s Hawaiian shirt and leather-based jacket combo from the primary recreation. In complete, the mod replaces some 98 in-game fashions and 66 textures to reconstruct Sam Lake’s likeness. As ever, even a seemingly easy mod can require a ton of labor.
If early suggestions is something to go by, AlexSavvy nailed it. Sure Max Payne followers have all the time had a bone to choose with the character’s modified look in Max Payne 3, and whereas it could have taken over a decade, now they’ll lastly benefit from the recreation because the Max Payne they know and love, who occurs to look rather a lot like Sam Lake.
Lake, by the way, may also be showing in Treatment’s upcoming Alan Wake 2, wherein he’ll present his likeness for the FBI agent Alex Casey.