Pre-order sales for Take Two Interactive Inc.’s Max Payne 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 increased this week pending release of the sequel next week.

This week, the Max Payne 3 Xbox 360 SKU held a 62 percent increase in Inc.’s Video Games division.

The PS3 SKU held a 66 percent sales increase to rank at No. 15 in the same period.

Developed by Rockstar Games’, Max Payne 3, to be sold in May 15, includes a single-player campaign and introduces online multiplayer functionality to the action franchise.

Prior entries in the series were developed by Remedy Entertainment.

The Max Payne 3 Special Edition SKU includes Max Payne 3, Max Payne Statue, Still Life Art Prints, and Classic Multiplayer Character Pack at $99.99.

Max Payne 3 will include a number of options, including Soft Lock Targeting to help snap targeting to the nearest bone and optional auto-aim

In addition, bullet time will be available in multiplayer and is based on line of sight.

Finally, there are no loading screens in the final game as gameplay is said to transition seamlessly to cutscenes.

Customers who pre-order the Max Payne 3 PS3, Xbox 360 or PC SKU will receive a $10 Bonus Credit and Deadly Force Burst, which offers higher damage bullets in multiplayer.

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