There were only a few games in my gaming history that managed to spontaniously made me shed a little tear. The end of Max Payne 2 was one of them. It was beautiful how he got over her death mostly because of Mona, if I remember that correctly at all.
Max Payne was over it. He didn't need to turn into a self-loathing alcoholic that sympathizes with thugs that put bullets in womens' heads.
How did I want the story to turn out? I haven't thought about it too much but needless to say there are literally countless of scenarios that could've still been taken place in the dark, cold alleys of Noir York.
Yes, I think it's a matter of opinion. From the first moment i heard about the Sao Paulo idea it didn't feel right to me. They promised they'd stay true to Max but I didn't believe it and rightly so because I can't see why they did. Max could've been any guy in this game.
I stand by my point that there's nothing left of Max Payne. I was a huge fan of the first two games. I had to be force myself into remembering I was playing a Max Payne game all the time. It didn't come naturally. If it did to you, well.. obviously I don't understand it.