By Christian Blauvelt
May 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM EDT
Joan Marcus

For fans of tough-guy third-person shooters, Christmas Day falls on May 15 this year. That’s because Max Payne 3, the long-awaited follow-up to the saga of the titular NYPD homicide detective who’s prone to killing sprees of his own, is finally set to be released. Rockstar Games has made a bunch of changes to the shoot-’em-up, employing the Euphoria physics engine for even more realistic bullet-time splatter of blood and viscera. And this time, there won’t be any load screens between cutscenes or game maps, making for a completely continuous environment.

But the more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s been eight years since the events of the second game, and Max is in a “downward spiral.” He’s left the NYPD behind and taken a job with a security firm in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which he soon finds is also very much a city of violence and bloodshed. In order to protect himself from all the backstabbing and double-crosses he’s sure to face, Max arms himself with a new eminently badass arsenal. And EW’s got your first look at some of the assault rifles Max intends to employ to blow away his enemies. Check out this video of Max’s new weapons.

Max Payne 3 is rated ‘M’ for Mature, and will be released on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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