Max Payne II: The Fall of Max Payne
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"The visuals are excellent, the voice work is superior to what we usually get dealt in the action genre, and I only wish the game was a bit longer." - Gamespot.com
"The action in Max Payne 2 is as adrenaline-pumping as anything you'd see on the silver screen, and you're in control." - IGN.com
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a violent, film-noir love story. Dark, tragic and intense, the in-depth story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations. Love hurts.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne delivers the most intense gameplay experience imaginable. 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 raises the bar on action games all over again.
The Ballad of Mona SaxKingTed | Feb. 18, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »
What can I say about Max Payne 2? It's Max Payne but better. Really better. The graphics are better. The story is better.
Well the gameplay is not better. However, there was no need to improve it since the original Max Payne was so great gameplay-wise.
The story is a direct sequel to the event of the first game. Max is still in the police force and, while he was investigating gunshots in a warehouse he met Mona Sax once again. The same woman that "died" at the end of the original game. And she's accused of murder, too! So now Max tries his best to understand how Mona survived and what really happened in this case... A investigation that will bring a new light to the event of Max Payne 1...
Max Payne 2 is a great game. It's almost like the two games were the sides of a single coin. If you want to try this franchise, you should get both of them.
Max is back! Now with even more pain than before!khawaja07 | Aug. 17, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »
So fast-forward, after the success of Max Payne, the sequel shortly arrived. It is indeed an upgrade from the first title but still more of the same as well. Upgraded visuals, even more of a linear game design but at the same time it retains the classic 'Bullet-Time' mechanic that has so benefited the Max Payne games so far and continues to be the shinning feature of the series.
Max Payne 2 is a lot more narrative driven than the first one, as Max tries to moves on with his Life and in the process finds a renewed hope in life when he encounters someone back from the past and so on. Its a thrilling story that is exciting and heart touching. It also retains the same method of story-telling through Internal Monologues, such as in the 1st game.
Visually, the game looks somewhat better than the first one, more graphical settings to play with plus like the previous entry, Max Payne 2 has its own set of Mod tools through which i had a ton of fun trying to make different levels and so can other players make the game their own playground!
Remedy Entertainment makes a brilliant comeback when it comes to the soundtrack for Max Payne 2, still as heartening to listen to as the original Max Payne Soundtrack, thanks to Poets Of The Fall.
So in the end, i would like to say that its a true successor to Max Payne 1, continuing what makes the series tick while making some nice additions such as the sudden turn of events in Max's life, more nicer visuals, etc. I would recommend Max Payne 2 just like i did the last one. This series offers an exhilarating experience that shouldn't be missed at any cost whatsoever!
Better, but not perfectmorzsolt | 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.
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.
Ballistic ballettaigatsu | 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.