Max Payne 3 Arcade Mode Guide


Apart from the main narrative storyline, Max Payne 3 also gives players the option to show off their point gathering skills in Arcade mode. The Social Club keeps track of the records so that the community can know about the best scores available and then try to beat them.

Max Payne 3 Arcade Mode

The goal in Arcade mode is quite simple, gather as much XP as you can and according to your performance, you will either get a Gold, Bronze or Platinum medal. Now, if you are a challenge taking type, Arcade mode’s addiction will be one joyous time for you.

For more help on Max Payne 3, read our Multiplayer, Golden Guns and Clue Locations guide.

The Arcade Mode can be played in two ways:

  • Score Attack Mode
  • New York Minute Mode

Score Attack Mode

In Score Attack Mode, you need to be a Point Scavenger. Gather points as much as you can by killing anything that comes in your way. You can increase the points collection speed through multipliers.

Multipliers will be activated on killing multiple enemies in a row, and your point’s table will increase accordingly until you miss a shot or die.

Multiplier Bonuses
Hits In A Row = 3
Bonus = 2x points

Hits in a Row = 6
Bonus = 3x points

Hits in a Row = 12
Bonus = 5x points

Score Attack Mode Multiplier States
Ability = Shootdodge
Bonus = X2

Ability = Prone State
Bonus = X3

Ability = Bullet Time
Bonus = X2

Ability = MPM
Bonus = X2

Ability = Last Man Standing
Bonus = X1 – X6

Score Attack Mode Points Breakdown

Body Part = Body
Points Per = 10

Body Part = Head
Points Per = 100

Body Part = Kills
Points Per = 50

Body Part = Explosion Kills
Points Per = 200

Body Part = Melee
Points Per = 100

Body Part = Vehicle Destruction
Points Per = 250

Score Attack Mode Negative Point Effects
If there are multipliers, then there are some negative effects too like if you die, some points will be deducted from your total score.

Act = Player Death
Deduction = -5

Act = Take Pill
Deduction = -50

Act = Enter Last Man Standing
Deduction = -200

Act = Kill Innocent
Deduction = -150

New York Minute Mode

New York Minute Mode is unlocked after the completion of the game in story mode. In this mode, you’ll need to beat the levels in the given time without skipping any levels.

In order to beat the game, you’ll have to complete each level in a sequence.

The timer will only stop for Bullet time, bullet cams, blend-outs, and cut-scenes. Unlike Score Attack, this mode is all about the quickest time. Take out enemies as fast as you can (without dying of course) to get better scores at each level.

The resulting score depends upon the time left at the end of the level. Once you’ve completed New York Minute Mode, you’ll unlock New York Minute Hardcore mode in which you’ll have to complete the game with the given time limit, in one life.

XP Distribution
XP can be earned as you progress in the game. You’ll receive these awards as a gift for your performance at the end of the level.

Once you’ve completed the level, you’ll be rewarded with Trophies based upon the XP you earned; Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Multiplayer Avatar Unlocks
Once you’ve completed the Arcade mode, you’ll receive many unlockables; which is very fun. However, in order to unlock the Deathmatch Multiplayer Modes, you’ll have to receive Platinum in both Score Attack Mode and New York Minute Mode. Good Luck!

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