Had a tweet from Rockstar Support on Twitter waiting for me today saying to try the latest released patch.
I reset any “tweak's and mods” i had done to the file structure and registry and attempted to start the game.
The updater announced a new patch was available and duly installed it.
The legal screen came and went! Followed by the other blurb and “don't exit when its saving” screen… followed by the Max Payne 3 logo and “Initializing…” at the bottom of the screen…
Which never went away!
So some progress, but not fixed and in the game yet!
The Rockstar Support info is here…
Although that does state…
We've had a lot of positive feedback from the community on the launch of Max Payne 3 on PC and our support for a wide range of specs. That said, there are still a few commonly reported issues, and we'll be rolling out a series of patches that address these starting tonight.
So I'm going to give it a few days and keep an eye on things, hopefully an update will come soon to get me going.