Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weekend Box Office Results May 25, 2012 - May 28, 2012






Alright ladies and gents, here is the box office weekend results !!! The Avengers was knocked out of the top spot after almost 4 weeks of Box Office dominance by none other than the "BOX OFFICE KING" Big Willie aka Will Smith !!! The latest installment of the Men in Black franchise made close to $70 million its opening weekend and has rumors floating about that there is talks of a 4th film already. "Avengers" continues to put butts in theaters as it landed in the #2 spot raking in another $47 million in ticket sales. "Battleship"  came in at the #3 position with $13 million in tickets. Rounding out the top 5 are "The Dictator" (#4) and "Dark Shadows" (#5) with $11 & $9 million in ticket sales.

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Title Studio Weekend
Total
1
Men in Black 3 Columbia Pictures (Sony)
$69,254,717

$69,254,717

2
Marvel's The Avengers Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
$47,222,414

$523,907,202

3
Battleship Universal Pictures
$13,938,030

$47,443,375

4
The Dictator Paramount Pictures
$11,465,417

$43,313,521

5
Dark Shadows Warner Bros. Pictures
$9,439,246

$64,922,142

6
Chernobyl Diaries Warner Bros. Pictures
$9,355,124

$9,355,124

7
What to Expect When You're Expecting Lionsgate
$8,805,565

$23,826,813

8
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight Pictures
$8,360,743

$18,564,239

9
The Hunger Games Lionsgate
$3,013,383

$396,022,168

10
Think Like a Man Screen Gems (Sony)
$1,814,607

$88,686,548

11
The Pirates! Band of Misfits Columbia Pictures (Sony)
$1,437,821

$27,642,125

12
Bernie Millennium Entertainment
$1,161,000

$2,479,974

Games on the AVE: Gamespot reviews Tom Clancy's GHOST RECON

Also available on PS3

The decades to come may be full of unknown potential for wondrous inventions, but in the gaming realm, the future is old hat. Invisibility, X-ray vision, and miniature floating cameras are modern marvels that have long since become familiar. Though these tools are potent in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, there's precious little novelty in your futuristic arsenal, and this can make you feel like you're undertaking missions you've run many times before. So is Future Soldier just another by-the-book third-person shooter?

Fortunately not. Though there's plenty of familiarity to be found here, Future Soldier's brand of stealthy action and streamlined teamwork gives it a distinct appeal. The lengthy campaign lets you wield your AI allies like autonomous weapons; their guns are yours to command, but they handle their own maneuvers, pushing the action along at a slick pace. Replacing them with your fellow humans brings its own challenges and rewards, as does facing off against said humans in the lively competitive multiplayer modes. Though it's more of a product of the past than a vision of the future, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a robust package that provides plenty of satisfying ways to exercise your itchy trigger finger.
In the campaign, you play as the ghosts, a four-man team of elite soldiers. Cutscenes and mid-mission dialogue combine to create a nice sense of camaraderie among the crew, and hackneyed archetypes are downplayed in favor of more understated characterization. Personalities are colored in during small moments, like a song streaming out of earbuds, a fleeting facial expression, and a conversation about used trucks. Interactions with other military personnel reveal how isolated the ghosts are from the soldiers they break bread with and how oblivious those soldiers are to this fact. This segregation creates a connection among the ghosts that is a refreshing change from the familiar "bonds forged on the crucible of combat" trope.

New Mixtapes on the AVE: Meek MILL "Dreamchasers 2"




Whats good ladies & gents ??? That guy above needs no introduction. Since aligning himself with the current "King of Rap" Rick Ross, Meek Mill has set the music game ablaze and is slowly becoming a household name. It's no secret that we over here at BlvdAve are fans & supporters of the music Maybach Music Group has been making. I started on this post awhile ago but didnt get to finish it. So here I am now delivering it to the faithful supporters of BlvdAve and Noemi Media Group LLC. I've been rocking to both of Meek's Dreamchasers mixtapes, and I love the meaning behind the name. DJ Drama does a great job of explaining the title on the intros of several songs on both mixtapes. So if you havent had a chance to download Dreamchasers or Dreamchasers 2 here's your chance. Click the cover of either or both and ENJOY !!! As an added bonus, we put up the vlogs Meek Mill did in preparation of releasing Dreamchasers 2. Until next time, Never on schedule but always on time !!!

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Mixtape Downloads: Weds Edition





Ok yall we back with a mixtape download post !!! There's been a slew of quality street tapes being released the last couple weeks, so I wanted to bring a couple of em to your attention !! As always, click the cover of your choice and ENJOY !!!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Where Are They Now? NBA Edition: Point Guards


No one lasts forever in professional sports. No matter how bright the spotlight - at some point in time - it wall inevitably dim, and ultimately turn off. For many sports stars, the exit from spotlight may be remembered more than the time spent in front. For others, they casually fade from it with grace and class. And some are just forgotten.

Here at BlvdAve, we take a look at some of the NBA's forgotten stars at the point guard position.

Mark Price


Before Lebron James, there was Mark Price. Drafted with the first pick in the second round of the 1986 Draft, Price was a standout point guard for the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). The All-ACC MVP came into a Cleveland Caveliers franchise that seemed on point guard away from championship contention. Price had a very efficient, consistent career for the Cavs, shooting 40% from 3pt range, over 50% from the field, and 90% free throw (still an NBA record today).

Beyond Price's shooting legacy, he also leaves a dark spot. During the 1991 season, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Ervin "Magic" Johnson announced his decision to retire, due to the contraction of the HIV-virus. Little was known at the time, although the NBA made efforts of NBA implementing AIDS-related precautions after Johnson's announcement. However, upon Johnson's attempt to return to the NBA in 1992, it was Price - along with Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone - who spearheaded an opposition derived at keeping Magic out of the NBA.

Price played for Dream Team II (1994 US National Team, FIBA World Championship), and won the gold medal. Unfortunately for Price, the latter portion of his career was plagued with injuries. His shooting legacy will live on forever.

Price has since assumed coaching roles at his former high school, returning them to a final four state championship game. He then went on to assistant coach at Georgia Tech during the 1999-2000 season. He has been credited for helping develop some of today's NBA talent, most notably Rajon Rondo - whom Price spent time with on shooting during prior to the Boston Celtics 2010 NBA Finals championship run. He's also contributed to the development of Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith from the time spent at Whitefield Academy in 2000-01. Price has since worked as a shooting consultant for the Memphis Grizzlies, Hawks, Denver Nuggets, and Golden State Warriors.

He is now an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. The Magic finished last season tied for 3rd overall in 3pt%.

John Starks


John Starks was perhaps the most popular athlete in New York during the mid-90's than John Starks. In the Big Apple, where personalites were large and the people were tough, Starks "rags-to-riches" and story of triumph through adversity registered on par with a fan base ravid for another glimpse of a championship contender (not much has changed today).  Starks was not only overlooked at the college level, but he was overlooked in the NBA. If hadn't been a mere freak accident that sidelined the 6'5'', 190lb guard from Oklahoma, he may have never had a real NBA career, and therefore never made this post.

Starks' early career was as troubled as his NBA career was successful. After graduating high school, John enrolled into Rogers State College, where he replaced backups on the practice squad. He was ultimately dismissed and transferred to Northern Oklahoma College where he mad the basketball team, but trouble found him again when he was caught with marijuana - and ultimately withdrew from school. He then finished his college career at Oklahoma State University.

John wasn't drafted into the NBA. Instead, he signed as a undrafted free agent with the Golden State Warriors, only to be cut a year later. He then had a stint playing in the old CBA, before trying out for the New York Knicks. During the 1990 season he tried out for the Knicks, and during a practice tried to dunk on All-Star center Patrick Ewing and was thrown down by Ewing, twisting his knee and the Knicks could not release him due to the extent of the injury. Starks always credited Ewing in helping his Knicks career because of the incident.

After recovering from injury Starks went on to help the Knicks contend for nearly a decade in the Eastern Conference. His physicality and athletic talent lead the Knicks to the 1992-93 Eastern Conference Finals, Starks averaged 17pts, 5ast, and made the NBA All-Defensive Team. The Knicks lost to the Bulls, but returned the next season to advance to the NBA Finals. New York lost in seven games to the Houston Rockets, Starks averaged 17.7ppg, and 5.8apg in a losing effort, despite having the worst playoff game of his career (2-18, 0-10 in 4th quarter) in Game 7.

Starks soon fell from the spotlight after that NBA Finals series and Pat Riley leaving for the Miami Heat. He was ultimately usurped by Allan Houston in 1996, working primarily as a mentor he spent the next two seasons as a reserve, starting 11 games in both seasons combined. In 1997, he earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year, then was traded in 1999 to the Warriors, where he begun his NBA career, with Chris Mills and Terry Cummings for Latrelle Sprewell.

John went on to play for the Bulls and Jazz through 2002. During the 2002-03 season Starks failed to make an NBA team and inevitably retired at the age of 36 and the 10,000 point total (10,829pts). His legendary physicality, battles withReggie Miller and from "trucker-to-NBA star" story lives on forever in New York sports history.

After retirement, Starks went on to coach Slamball team Maulers, and currently works for the Knicks as a fan development official. He does work as an on-air personality for Madison Square Garden Knicks home game coverage.


Allen Iverson


Allen Iverson, aka "AI", "The Answer", was the NBA's most notorious, celebrated, and contemptuous player the NBA has ever seen. A duel sport, All-American athlete in high school (football, basketball) and a  standout at the University of Georgetown, Iverson was drafted No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76'ers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Iverson had a stellar rookie season, earning Rookie of the Year honors while averaging 23ppg, 7.5apg, and 2.1spg.


A.I. was revolutionary marketing icon. His cornrows and urban fashion sense translated with the core of the NBA fandom during the late nineties and early 2000's, much to the ire of league commissioner David Stern. More notorious however, was the tumultous relationship between Iverson and then Sixers head coach Larry Brown. The two had a visibly poor relationship that ultimately translated to the underexpected success of the Sixers throughout 1997-2000. The Sixers did -at one time- try to deal Iverson, to no avail. The two would later reconcile their differences and give the relationship a chance.

In the year 2000-01, "The Answer" took the NBA by storm. Iverson would lead the Sixers to an Eastern Conference best 56-26 record, while averaging 31.1ppg, 4.6apg, and 2.5spg. Philadelphia went on to play in the NBA Finals, facing the Lakers and losing in five games. Iverson averaged 35.6ppg throughout the series. His tenacity, small frame, and big heart made him a legend, even in losing.

The following seasons were plagued with injuries and early playoff exits. Iverson was eventually dealt in 2006 to the Denver Nuggets for Andre Millerand Joe Smith. Iverson spent his final seasons with the Nuggets, Pistons, Grizzlies, a brief stint back in Philly before he was unable to make an NBA roster. His post NBA life has been plagued with financial and legal woes. He returned to great reception in Philadelphia, but ultimately left in-season due to his daughters health issues. Iverson has since played for Beşiktaş Milangaz, a team in the  Turkish basketball league. Iverson scored 15pts im 20 minutes but soon returned back to the United States for calf surgery.

Iverson has since been looking to try and break back into the NBA, to no advance. He was recently spotted bringing the game ball out to the Sixers Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics, in which he was met with audacious love and reception from the pumped up Philly crowd. He said later in an interview that although he is coming to the realization that a NBA career may not be in the cards from him, he is still working to give it another shot.

Here is Iverson delivering the game ball,





Tim Hardaway



Tim Hardaway revolutionized the point guard position in the NBA during the nineties. His small frame and vicious crossover - dubbed the "UTEP Twostep" - polarized the league, and many defenders. Hardaway was drafted in the first round, 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors from the University of Texas - El Paso (UTEP). After joining the Warriors, Hardaway with the help of Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, became dubbed "Run TMC", after famed rap group Run DMC. The trio helped Golden State lead the league in scoring during the 1991-92 season, as Hardaway was second in the group in scoring (23ppg) and lead the team in assists per game (10apg) and 3rd in the NBA.

Hardaway's years in Golden State never brought much postseason success. In five season, the Warriors made the playoffs three times. Exiting early in all three attempts. Hardaway was then traded to the Miami Heat to join center Alonzo Mourning and head coach Pat Riley. The trio saw much success together, in six seasons together the Heat made the playoff every year, making it to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 1996-97 season. Hardaway's Heat lost to the Michael Jordan lead Chicago Bulls in five games. However Hardaway was a candidate for the MVP honors, averaging 20ppg, 8apg, and 1.9spg.

Tim never played many of the Heat playoff games due to a host of recurring injuries. These injuries would follow him for the remainder of his career. He was traded from the Heat to the Dallas Mavericks in 2001, then to the Denver Nuggets in the middle of the season for Nick Van Exel.

Hardaway retired in 2004. However, news and controversy would follow him long after his playing days. While being interviewed by Miami sports radio show, Hardaway expressed some very offensive opinions and comments about homosexuals in the NBA when asked about his comments on distancing himself from gay players,
"Well, you know I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."
He would immediately apologize later for his comments, but the sting was still there. The NBA would eventually remove him from its All-Star Weekend ceremonies and he was dismissed from his duties as Trinity Sports, a CBA affiliate's Chief Basketball Operations Advisor.

He has since been a major advocate in the education of gay, lesbian and transgender issues. Hardaway now watches his son, Tim Hardaway Jr. standout for the University of Michigan and a surefire top 10 draft pick. He is also a nominee for the 2012 NBA Hall of Fame. He also runs the Tim Hardaway Foundation

Friday, May 18, 2012

In theaters NOW





Alright ladies and gents, here it is. The latest movies in theaters today. Also added in a couple from last week since I didnt get to post anything last friday. Box Office results will be up on Monday ! See ya then !!!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Weekend Box office results May 11, 2012 - May 13, 2012





Whats goin  on ladies and gents ?!?!? My apologies for not posting this the past couple of weeks, I havent really had a chance to post as often as I like on BlvdAve as of late. But here we are none the less !! I wont talk your ear off this post but if you see the video below that means that film was the NUMBER 1 MOVIE IN AMERICA !!! Now going 2 weeks in a row "The AVENGERS" have had the top spot !!! Check the list for the rest below !!






Title






Marvel's The Avengers






Dark Shadows






Think Like a Man






The Hunger Games






The Lucky One






The Five-Year Engagement






The Pirates! Band of Misfits






The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel






Chimpanzee






Safe






Girl in Progress






The Raven





As an added bonus for not delivering these movie post on time, here's an exclusive 4 minute preview Sony put out for their "The Amazing Spider-Man" which is in theaters July 3 !!



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New Video on the AVE: Nicki Minaj Feat. Chris Brown “Right By My Side”





Before locking lips with love interest Nasir, a pampered Nicki shares her new romantic flick with Chris Brown also by her side. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in stores now ! Directed by Benny Boom. Seems like that kiss was real to us over here at BLVDAVE !! lol 


Bonus Here's another video by Nicki for all the Nicki fans on BlvdAve !!!

New video on BlvdAve: Young Jeezy Feat. Future - "Way too Gone"






Still on the promo trail for his latest studio album, TM103, JEEZY teams up with Future to deliver this certified club banger. Visual below, ENJOY !!!



BONUS:
Here's Young's other video that is currently receiving heavy airplay on MTV Jams, "Leave you Alone"

stfuMikeP on the AVE: Chicago Streetwear Boutiques


Mike P here.  In my recent absence from the Ave, I've been trying to find something else to post about than Nike SB.  So what I have today is a bit different.

There are only a few local spots around Chicago that truly offer great service as well as deliver a quality product.  Out of the 4 or 5 boutiques around the Chi, I'm going to give a little insight as to what is currently being sold in my favorite shops.  Today, we have some looks from Jugrnaut, RSVP Gallery, and my favorite, Saint Alfred.  There are a few more around the city (which shall remain nameless, however you can probably guess by process of elimination), but in my opinion, they lack the service and quality that Chicago needs.

So here's what's goin on.

Jugrnaut remains one of my favorite boutiques because they have a crazy selection of brands as well as a constantly evolving in-house brand.  Their in-house is always coming up with some creative graphics at a solid price.

From their recent 4/20 drop, along with a few "green"-related tees, they dropped a few hoodies.



A simple zip-up with subtle, understated graphics. Really soft cotton, too.

And my personal favorite,


A nice black pullover with the JGRNT typeface and the beautiful Chicago skyline as a fill.  While this graphic has been used from a few other brands, it is nice to see a Chicago brand finally take hold and deliver.

If I'm not mistaken, both of these hoodies are still available in the shop. Either way, definitely a fun place to check out. LOOK OUT FOR THEIR UPCOMING SALE.

Next up, my personal favorite, Saint Alfred.

To me, STA has been the staple streetwear store in Chicago for the past few years.  These guys are all about quality and service, and that is something seldom seen within the streetwear world as of late.
Although they may offer some of the same brands that Jugrnaut carries, they do have a few more that cater to the dressier crowd. The one thing that adds to their extensive brand selection and impressive in-house brand is their outstanding sneaker and shoe collection.  Among the many pairs of Vans and random selections of Nike Sportswear, you can always bet Saint Alfred will be offering the latest Jordan drops, as well as some limited collaborations from time to time.  

They recently added (and still have in stock) the Missoni x Converse Chuck Hi's.

When the recent women's Nike Liberty Pack came out, STA installed this pretty tight fixture up on the wall:

Did I mention these guys have the dopest in-house brand around? Yeah? Well, I'll say it again. THIS STORE HAS ONE OF THE BEST IN-HOUSE BRANDS AROUND.

I mentioned they were all about quality, and that's the truth.  Smooth prints, simple graphics, appropriate typography, and the the softest hoodies you'll find.  They also offer a wide variety of fitteds and snapbacks which they always have in stock.

On my recent trips, here are some of my favorites they still have in stock:

Their Canadian fleece "Script" Hoodie:

The Saint Alfred Crewneck (same Canadian Fleece):

Some snapbacks (note I said SOME):




David Rasool Robinson's "Burnout" print (also available in black and white):

The recent "Eyes" tee (also available in white):

And so much more.  If you have never stopped in, do yourself a favor and pay them a visit. You will not be disappointed. These guys do it right.

On top of it all, I contacted the store manager, and the man behind the "Burnout" tee, David Robinson, about what to expect from Saint Alfred over the summer.  He replied with:

New 5 panels, Ts, light jackets, a few apparel collabs and a couple footwear collabs. We don't think people will be disappointed...

And last but not least, RSVP Gallery.
Just a stones throw away from STA, RSVP attracts a different crowd than the last two places mentioned (aka, if you have some money to spend, this place is for you).

With a decent in-house tee, these guys are more about the brands they carry.  If you have a hankering for some nice denim, RSVP always has a hefty amount of APC in stock.  They also recently just did a collab with ASVP Rocky for their House of Blues show.  Check out the vid.




I'm gonna let the shop speak for itself, because it really is a sight to see.  But it you are ever in the market for some Ambush POW! chains or "Eye Am Not Alone" Rings, C.d.G, BBC, some fine Just Don Snakeskin hats, or any interesting fashion literature or lifestyle products,  stop through and see what's up...unless you have an aversion to neon, then you're out of luck.

That's my bit.  Hope you guys decide to check out these spots.  Addresses and contact info can be found below.


RSVP Gallery
1753 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-6666
St. Alfred
1531 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-7159
Jugrnaut
427 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 
(312) 435-4635







Games on the AVE: Gamespot reviews Max Payne 3




Now available on both Xbox 360 & PS3 !
Like it or not, times change. When Max Payne last appeared in a game in 2003, he blasted his way through countless enemies with reckless abandon, aided by his signature ability to slow time and deal graceful death. Today, reflecting modern sensibilities and perhaps his own age, Max takes things slower and makes judicious use of a new cover mechanic. Yet the addition of this contemporary element doesn't mean that Max Payne 3 plays like every other third-person shooter. Far from it. With its gripping narrative, brutal violence, and fantastic implementation of Max Payne's bullet-time ability, this is a distinctive and outstanding game through and through, and it's easily a worthy successor to the Max Payne games that preceded it.






Wherever you go, there you are. It's a truth Max Payne knows better than anyone. Fleeing his New York life to take a job working security for a wealthy family in Sao Paulo, the hard-drinkin', pill-poppin' Max finds that his demons come along for the ride. Though the details of the plot add up to your typical story of conspiracy and corruption, of the rich and powerful preying on the poor and helpless to become even more rich and powerful, the writing, acting, and presentation elevate this tale well above a boilerplate video game crime story.
It's hard to stay ambivalent once you see the horrors being suffered by the innocent here, and you'll likely want to see Max's quest for vengeance through to its conclusion just as badly as he does. Max reveals a complexity here not seen in earlier games, as he hits rock bottom and must either stay there or face his demons head-on and make himself anew. Other characters, too, reveal a surprising humanity. You might be tempted to write off Marcelo, the youngest brother in the wealthy Branco dynasty Max is hired to protect, as the shallow playboy he often appears to be. But in moments of disarming honesty, he reveals to Max a depth that lies beneath the facade he presents to the world.
Cutscenes use multiple moving panels to pay homage to the graphic-novel-style storytelling of previous games without feeling beholden to it, and the considered use of blurring and other visual effects echo Max's state of mind, perhaps making you feel as if you're the one who has been hitting the bottle a little too hard. James McCaffrey does an excellent job reprising his role as Max, bringing a wider range of emotions to a character who has previously often been one-note. The writing is terrific; Max's world-weary wit is as bone-dry as ever, and as he ruminates on things like loyalty and loss, much of what he says has the sound of hard-earned wisdom. Subtle touches throughout the game make Max seem convincingly alive, such as the complex look that crosses over his face at the start of one stage when bloodshed seems inevitable; it's as if he dreads what's coming, but does his best to mentally prepare himself for it.
Max Payne 3 has far more sunlight and color than earlier Max Payne games, but the menaces Max faces here are at least as dark as those he's faced before. The locales Max has to gun his way into or out of are alive with authenticity and detail. Nightclubs throb with dance music and light shows; children play soccer in the favelas; run-down hotels are packed with leftover junk from their earlier days of luxury. And it's not all tropical locations and bad Hawaiian shirts for Max Payne here; a few great flashbacks that take place in Hoboken, New Jersey, reflect the snowy weather and urban atmosphere of earlier Max Payne games, as well as Max's previous fashion sensibilities, and connect his new life with his old one.
Though some things may have changed for Max Payne, one thing that hasn't changed is his ability to blow bad guys away by the hundreds. Three aiming options for the campaign let you customize the gunplay to your liking: hard lock takes much of the challenge out of things, snapping on to the nearest enemy; soft lock sticks to enemies once you've got them in your sights; and free aim leaves it all up to you. Regardless of the option you choose, shooting in Max Payne 3 feels terrific. This is partially due to the game's unflinching violence. Bullets visibly tear through bodies, leaving holes that spurt blood as your enemies die. Each encounter with a group of enemies ends with a bullet cam, showing your final, fatal bullet soaring through the air and striking its target in grisly detail, and giving you the option to pump excessive, unnecessary ordnance into the poor bastard. It's a cathartic and satisfying way to end each firefight.
Bullet time, the defining mechanic of the Max Payne series, lends gunplay a cinematic intensity that remains exhilarating from the start of the substantial campaign until its finish some 12 hours or so later. When bullet time is enabled, you can see every pellet that bursts forth from a shotgun, every bullet that whizzes past your head. Windows break apart beautifully; concrete shatters to reveal the rebar underneath; and all other sorts of believable destruction to the world around you takes place as you and your enemies try to gun each other down.
Bullet time slows your enemies down significantly, letting you aim and fire faster than they can respond. But despite the significant edge this gives you over your foes, they are no pushovers. They make smart use of flanking tactics, so you need to stay aware of what's happening on all sides, and, yes, you need to make effective use of cover. There are still situations aplenty where an old-fashioned head-on approach can get the job done, but by and large, you need to approach combat in Max Payne 3 a bit more defensively than in past games.
Max's vulnerability, and the feeling of danger that accompanies it, makes combat much more nerve-racking than it was in earlier Max Payne games, but it does come with a downside: Max's signature shootdodge has suffered. You can still leap through the air in slow motion like a John Woo action hero, attempting to blow your foes away before you land, but because your enemies also make good use of cover, there's a good chance some of them won't be vulnerable to your airborne assault, and as you get up from the ground after a shootdodge, you're something of a sitting duck. The result is that you may end up using shootdodge from time to time not because it's a particularly effective tactic but because, risks be damned, it just looks so cool.

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