New screenshots herald the arrival of the Max Payne 3 PC system requirements.

“The right tool for the job” means you don’t try to waste some bozo at the opposite end of a construction yard with a pair of MAC-10s. Likewise, it probably wouldn’t be too smart to try to play Max Payne 3 on your mom’s Packard Bell. What do you need? A Dragunov is a good start, or, if you just want to play the game, something a little like this:

  • CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core or 2.6 GHz AMD Dual Core
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Video card: 512 MB Nvidia 8600 GT or Radeon HD 3400
  • HDD: 35 GB
  • OS: Windows XP SP3 or higher

All of the above, rounded out by a DVD-ROM drive and DirectX 9.0-compatible sound card, represents a minimal specification, so if you can bring a 16 GB Core i7 with a GTX 680 to the party, all the better.

Spicing up this otherwise rather dull announcement of the PC system requirements are three new Max Payne 3 screens that show Max doing what he does best: dressing sharply and waving his gun around in a murderous, drug-fueled rage. “Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back,” he’d said in another time and another place, when the scars of his failures were still red and fresh, like the blood of his murdered family on the faded white walls of his nightmares. “Your rights will be read at your funeral.”

The PC version of Max Payne 3 comes out on May 29.

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