Reviews for Max Payne II: The Fall of Max Payne

90

Better, but not perfect

morzsolt | May 4, 2014 | See all morzsolt's reviews »

The Max Payne games are like gems in the gaming community (except MP 3, what was, shall I say, "not so well recieved"), almost everybody that played with one of them found something fetching: the story, the game mechanics, the characters or simply the fast paced shooting parts. While Max Payne 1 was a totally new gaming experience, people knew what will be in the second game, still when it came out everybody was astonished by the sheer epicness it represented. The story was a bit dull here and there, but Max's new love interest was a refreshing element in the game. The film noir-y feeling that the first MP lacked was pumped into the second installment of the series, and it did good for the story. Also, the new dream segments make sense in The Fall of Max Payne, not like in the first game. The only problem was that the gameplay is a bit boring after a time, but if you get over that, the game will repay you with a great big plot twist, or an epic shooutout. All in all: Max Payne II: The Fall of Max Payne is a must buy game, and you will love it to bits, even after all of these years.

100

Just amazing.

EDGE1812 | May 2, 2014 | See all EDGE1812's reviews »

Max Payne 2 is the sequel to the first Max Payne game (One of the best PC games of it's time).

Max Payne 2 is truly an improvment over the first one.Max is back as the titular character and so are the voices.This time he is working for the NYPD and investigating murders where Mona Sax (read fatal attraction) makes an appearence and all hell breaks loose which isn't surprising for our guy Max, after all he has a knack for finding trouble.The iconic bullet time is back with elan, it is done with much more panache and feels tight as ever.The gameplay is just top notch, gunfights feel solid and and nails the definite thumping sound for each weapon.

Max Payne 2 is the successor to one of the best PC games of it's decade and it improves on it.You cant ask for much more, grab 1 and 2 instead of 3 for the real Max Payne experience.

87

Ballistic ballet

taigatsu | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »

A sequel ought to improve on the original, and Max Payne 2 manages to do this in every conceivable way. From the beginning to the end, this is a game that has refined everything that made the first one stand out.

While the level design tends to be bland, composed mostly of warehouses and derelict buildings, the gunplay is tightly tuned and never gets old. Bullet time is a fantastic mechanic that still provides hours of enjoyment. The physics are fairly exaggerated, but the amount of debris that is sent flying during a firefight helps create the feel of an action movie. What is also remarkable is how well the graphics and sound design hold up even a decade later.

The plot can be a bit melodramatic at times, however, it also has moments where it truly shines, blending maudlin lamentation with a determined conviction. Max's penchant for overwrought metaphors is part of the charm, and the game is littered with all sorts of offbeat details that draw you in.

Out of all three games, this is the most consistent and well rounded. The original feels somewhat janky and outdated, while the third makes some changes that will disappoint some. Max Payne 2 manages to hit the sweet spot, and offers just as much adrenaline inducing action as it did upon release.

93

So Sad

chataolauj | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

This was a great sequel to the first Max Payne. This game has great action scenes from beginning to end. The quality of this game is something that can't be missed. The action and gun fights are pretty fun. The story is what really captures you into the game though. There's so many twists and turns in this game.

The thing I liked most was the bullet time. Bullet time makes it feel like the matrix movie, where you slow down and get to aim better at your enemies. Great sequel and a must have.

80

Max Payne, with more pain than ever!

Nova4 | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all Nova4's reviews »

Max Payne 2 is a strong sequel of one of my favorites games of all time, the storyline is awesome, rockstar improved the bullet time mechanics and it looks beatifull ar full graphics, but... some times the game feels full or pointless pools of enemiges and the game sometimes try to be funny without reason. Is a great game, a must buy, but beaware this is not max payne 1 with all the awesomes of it.

90

Second verse, same as the first

asbath | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all asbath's reviews »

While this game is fantastic on its own, it's really just more of the same of Max Payne 1, but with better technology driving it. The voice acting is still top notch, the graphics are wonderful, and the technical gameplay (shooting, dodging) is also great. But it's not that much of an improvement over the first game, it's more like a perfect sequel instead. The story is equally as enthralling and full of twists, but it doesn't really add that much more to it - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Adding the romantic character, and being able to use her too, was a great mechanic to the overall narration.

I want to give a full 100, but because it doesn't really do anything new from the first game, I just don't feel like I can give it a perfect score. I understand that this is a heavily story driven game, but I felt that Remedy could have introduced some more new mechanics and features to really take this game to the next level.

95

Even better than the original

Highlander9782 | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all Highlander9782's reviews »

Hard to outdo the original classic but this adds better graphics that are still great today, better gunplay and a equally great story. They refined nad polished everything that made the first one so good and added lethal love interest for Max named Mona. The gritty atmosphere, great narration and comic book style visuals are back here as well. You can't go wrong with this game, definite buy.

97

Just as good as the first

Kalmado | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all Kalmado's reviews »

Max Payne 2 delivers just as much as the original. Going through his struggles again gives the sensation of living through a man that cannot catcha break but will always fight for what he believes in. Voice acting is amazing and on point as is the music. Visually this was a great achievement for it's time. The story again is top notch and completing it will leave the player satisfied. If you owned the first and enjoyed it, this is a must have.

100

great in every way

rjb789 | Sept. 25, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

Max Payne 2 is a brillinat sequel to the already great game Max Payne 1. The graphics have been updated and the human models look considerably more three dimentional and the enviroments also look much more realistic. The sounds have also been much improved and the game adds lots more impressive voice acting and new gun sounds and musical, moody, soundtrack. Much of the core game mechanics have not been changed and bullet time remains as fun as it was before. The controls have been improved and the overall feel of the game is better also.

84

The sequel

Simao20 | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »

Max Payne 2 continues where Max Payne originally left off. Max is of course depressed and has his problems. The game starts off with Max in a hospital and seems a bit confused, he is then attacked as he tries to flee. But this is only foreshadowing as the time line goes back in time to reach where the story ends and begins. Max looks into an investigation about a group of people who are called the cleaners and what they're trying to do and why they're killing . This is where Max meets old friends he didn't expect to see. There are two different endings to the game as well so there is some replayability .The development team really elevated their game , just about everything is better. The gun mechanics , the bullet time works better and quite frankly its a visually beautiful game for its time.

91

A classic

PSVita | Aug. 27, 2013 | See all PSVita's reviews »

This game is a classic, it's one of my favourite games that i've played. This was one of the first games that had slow-motion in aswell.

Brilliant storyline which is what Max Payne is all about, i thought the original is still the best but the second is not far behind it. It's like Godfather 1 & 2. Both of them are great for their own reasons.

100

The nightmare continues

rammpatricia | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all rammpatricia's reviews »

An excellent sequel to the first game, the adventure of Max continues. The story is twisting, turning. The tale of the lone wolf is changing, there is a woman called Mona who is dangerous in every way. She is a real gunslinger and of course, Max fell in love. The music, the voice acting, the gameplay is just as perfect as the first one. The visuals were stunning at that time, and still enjoyable today. The atmosphere is not changed, it's still dark and gloomy, but this time it's flavored with a "Noire love story". Besides, this game is moddable, there are a bunch of cool mods out there. I can't give less than the full rating, since it's just as stunning as the first one.

84

A Great Sequel but the First is Still Superior

thegaminglyfe | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Max Payne 2 is still an amazing game but not as great as the first. The action is still lots of fun but it is a bit easier than the first one. If you want to do a dive you don't need anything in the bullet-time meter. So you can keep diving throughout the game. The story isn't as good as the first one but is still very good. Highly recommended if you liked the first one but don't expect it to be better than the first.

93

Epic story

Piospi | Aug. 10, 2013 | See all Piospi's reviews »

A brand new story that will keep you totally engrossed. Updated graphics and the same great gameplay with brand new Bullet Time effects.

70

Fully recommended.

Speed4Runs | Aug. 9, 2013 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »

Have you ever wanted a game made by a mix of very good gameplay, plot and graphics? Well, this is for you. Max Payne II follows the same (very good) game style introduced in Max Payne and improves it in a very good way. You will be able to play different characters, you will have to protect characters, and you will be able to use the classic bullet time, with new and improved moves. You will have a lot of weapons and an amazing plot, merged with really good graphics, improved very much from Max Payne. Oh, and even older computers can run this VERY EASILY (that's also why I recommend this to anyone).

Graphics + performance: 7

*Graphics: 6.5 - Very good: nice reflections and light effects; amazing textures and good shadows. *Performance: 7.5 - ALMOST PERFECT: even my old single core with 512MB of ram can run this game easily at maximum settings and antialiasing enabled, all with 30-60+ FPS.

Plot: 6.9

The plot featured in this game is really amazing, it's "told" in an innovative way and it's full of twists. Also, the atmosphere is just amazing and dark.

Gameplay: 6.75

Very good and innovative gameplay, and it's also "expanded" by the custom mods and missions feature.

Longevity: 6.5

Ok, the game doesn't last VERY much, but it's enough, and the ability to play always new custom missions is amazing. You will start getting bored of it only after playing for a long time.

Sound: 7.5

AWESOME soundtracks and dubbing! They improve the atmosphere of the game even more.

Avg.: 6.93

FINAL SCORE: 70 Amazing game, 100% recommended!

95

violent, film-noir love story for mature audiences

suvojit91 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all suvojit91's reviews »

Summary: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a violent, film-noir love story for mature audiences. Dark, tragic and intense, the in-depth story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations. Love hurts. The fans of Max Payne won?t be disappointed. The fierce, yet stylish action sequences and slow-motion gunplay that has become synonymous with Max Payne is back and better than ever. New and enhanced moves and options provide breathtaking cinematic game play. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is set to raise the bar on action games all over again.

Actually, the main difference between Max Payne 2 and its predecessor involves more of the circumstances under which the games arrived than anything existing in the games themselves.

You'll notice some immediate improvements over the original as the scene opens at a city hospital. Close-ups of faces are remarkably realistic. A lot of animation has been motion-captured. You can knock things over like chairs, stools, boxes. Puddles of water give accurate reflections of their surroundings. People have funny conversations.

Your first firefight will be different as well, thanks to some adjustments in Bullet Time. You'll still be able to do those slow-motion dives, but you can actually stay on the ground until you've stopped firing. However, there's another button that will put you in the new Bullet Time, and with each kill during this phase, your enemies become slower, until you can easily dodge bullets at medium range. It doesn't last for very long, but it's enough to get you through some tough spots, especially when a van pulls out in front of you and spills out more people than even Rambo could handle. You still get a boost in your hourglass when you take someone down, but the meter also gradually refills while you're not using that mode. Also, the slow-motion dives don't use up the meter.

Now get going detective,you have a job to do...

84

Continuing from the first

lok0812 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

Nothing has change since the first installment of the game. Actions are still quick and over the top. The storyline introduced a love drama between Max and a certain female character in the game to add in more depth to the storyline. The sound of the game improves from the first in terms of voice acting and sounds overall. Nothing else has changed from the first, so if you enjoyed playing the first installment of the game, you will find that you will love this installment too as the story continues on. Definitely a must get to continue on with the story as well as enjoy the great actions that this game delivers.

94

Great Sequel

momoster69 | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all momoster69's reviews »

Max Payne 2 is a vast improvement over the first one, much better story, great graphics, and the physics system was really excellent. I recommend this game if you have played the first game, just to have a knowledge over who max payne is and his background

91

Max is back!

TheImpZA | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all TheImpZA's reviews »

Going back to his job of a homicide detective, Max has been solving everyone's problems except his own. Max reports to a disturbance at a local warehouse, run by a Russian mobster and his friend from the first game. Here he trades bullets with armed thugs masquerading as a cleaning company.

During the firefight you cross paths with Mona Sax, a hired gun and thought-to-be-dead love interest of Max's. The story here is very dark, much like the first game, and told to a film-noir narrative. The dream sequences are especially disturbing, and much better done than in the previous game. They give insight to his character, and his battle with heartache and paranoia.

Bullet time is obviously back from Max Payne 1, and has had some significant improvement. Be prepared to use it a lot more than then previous game, or face annihilation. With every kill you get, time slows done even more, allowing you to pull of some fantastic kills. Even with the bullet time abilities, make no mistake, this is a challenging game. One slow-mo dive at the wrong time can get you killed, and death comes quick.

Graphics are a mixed bag, and this game is quite old, so I would recommend visiting PC Game Wiki for some enhancements. It's a missive improvement over the first game, but it was released a long time ago, so keep that in mind. The game's attention to detail is astounding, rivaling most PC games that are released in this day and age. The models and textures are a bit dated, but the environments are amazing.

I can't recommend this game enough, it is astounding. If you're a shooter fan, this is a must play.

95

Very good sequel

mahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »

Just when many thought Max Payne was like a film, its sequel - The Fall of Max Payne - went a step further. It seems everything could be improved - graphics, animations, action scenes, ragdoll behaviour, and even facial expressions. Now it's even closer to a film noir experience and even more intense. I know that Max Payne 3 takes it yet further and makes it even more memorable, but remember the game dates back to early 2000s!

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne deserves a special place in every action gamer's collection as now we can see how many games owe something to the innovations that the Max Payne series brought to gaming.

96

Excellent noire shooter

darkyhbk | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Max Payne 2 continues the story of det. Max Payne's struggle against crime (and his own personality) in some of New York's less reputable districts. The game has you wander around through the levels, shooting bad guys, finding switches, keys and struggling to survive. A Rambo approach is not exactly recommended, as Max can die quite easily,so you have to think a bit before throwing yourself into combat, make good use of the game's defining bullet-time ability, while also being on the lookout for painkillers, which are absolutely essential for your survival. These shooting levels alternate with a number of dream-like sequences, though significantly less than in the first game, and exploration levels, which contribute a lot to the game's overall story and theme, as do Max's monologues an the comic-book manner in which they're presented. The incredible voice acting (especially from Max and Vlad, but others as well) and superb soundtrack all make this game an audio and visual marvel. The physics were amazing for the time, be it a glass shattering into bits or the trajectory of a body which was just shot. Everything feels very real and natural. All in all, Max Payne 2 is both a memorable action game and a gem of the noire genre in videogaming. For today's bargain price, you don't have an excuse to miss it.

95

An improved and smoother sequel

spycid | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

Not only Bullet Time is improved but Remedy delivered another Masterpiece in the form of Max Payne 2. Gameplay, storyline, graphics, music, in all aspect it is truly a magnificent game. Without divulging any details I must say that it is a game which will keep you invested emotionally and gameplaywise.

80

Really good

Bolo | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all Bolo's reviews »

Max Payne 2 is graphically far superior to the original, it features better facial animation and a ragdoll physics system for the characters, making those awesome bullet time kills look even more cool! Add to this fairly decent story and Max Payne's love interest Mona Sax and two different endings and this was an amazing game in it's time, and the last DECENT game with bullet time

98

Even better than the first one

JohnySVK | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all JohnySVK's reviews »

Remedy's second masterpiece. Max Payne has changed his face from Sam Lake's to Timothy Gibbs but Max is still the same, bullettime is the same but now Mona Sax from the first game is playable character ! Max's story never ends when he is searching for Vladimir Lem a man who had helped him to take down Aesir corporation but he was and he still is a russian mobster and he's more threat than ever before. Brilliant story again written by Sam Lake is like in Max Payne 1 telled by comic-like cutscenes with the best dubbing actor James MacCaffrey as Max Payne. Worth every penny/dollar whatever you pay with.