Redbox will only rent first disc of Max Payne 3 on Xbox 360

If you were planning on renting Max Payne 3 from your local Redbox kiosk, then The Consumerist has some bad news for you. It seems that the rental machines will only stock the first disc of the Xbox 360 version, depriving gamers of the second half of the story.

Max Payne 3 is being split across two discs on the Xbox 360 (conversely, the full game can fit on one blu-ray disc on the PS3). Disc one contains the first half of the story and the multiplayer modes. The Story Mode concludes on the second disc. And Redbox has a longstanding policy of not carrying multidisc titles. Something had to give, and that something turned out to be disc two. There’s a warning on the game’s listing in the kiosk and on the Redbox website, but is that enough?

Here’s what a Redbox representative told The Consumerist:

Redbox kiosks are only equipped to rent out one disc per rental fee. Since customer feedback has told us that many of our game customers like to test out titles before they buy them, we’ve decided to offer Disc 1 of Max Payne 3 for Xbox 360 so that renters can try it out for a low daily rate. Disc 1 contains the entire online multiplayer mode and the first half of the extremely substantial single-player game. We think that’s a great deal for just a couple of dollars a day, and we’re excited to offer it! We’ve added a message on the website and on kiosk screens to let renters know about the limited game-playing.

Hmm, I think this is going to irritate a lot of people. But I guess the real question is, what’ll happen to all of those disc twos?

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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