If you play Max Payne with any kind of sincere effort to be serious about what's going on, you're not doing it right. I think Max Payne 3 can't hold a candle to Max Payne 2 because of how they play. Max Payne 3 tries to be sarcastic, serious and dark. Max Payne 2 is dark, but 100% sarcastic and utilizes just the right tropes to make everything funny. It's like May Payne 3 got diluted too much, like when you put too much milk in your coffee.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, Max Payne always seemed to be a frustrating game; there's equal potential that you'll snap your controller in half or feel like a champ afterwards.