Max Payne

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Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose in the violent, cold urban night. A fugitive undercover cop framed for murder and now hunted by cops and the mob. Max is a man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. Prepare for a new breed of deep action game. Prepare for pain...

Developed by Remedy Entertainment and produced by 3D Realms, Max Payne is a relentless story-driven game about a man on the edge, fighting for his justice while uncovering plot-twists and twisted thugs in the gritty bowels of New York during the century's worst blizzard. Max Payne is an original third-person 3D game based on the MAX-FX engine and uses photo-digitized textures and radiosity lighting, resulting in one of the most realistic looking games ever seen on the PC.

Customer reviews


Decent shooter with a great story

Gmen | April 15, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »

Upon first looking at this game you’d think that it’s just a plain old third person shooter – but you’d be wrong. It’s arguably the best third person shooter ever.

This game came out at a time when the Matrix was all the rage. It was perfect timing, because the game utilises a gameplay mechanic seen in that film – which hadn’t been done before in games: being able to enter bullet time, which entails slowing down everything in the game including your own movements, and being able to dodge bullets.

The traditional health bar is missing – in its place is a likeness of Max, and when he is hit, it depletes, and turns from white to red if Max takes a lot of damage – which is accompanied by limping. Max can then find bottles of painkillers which he can then use to regain health, which gradually regenerates upon consumption.

The game features some epic gunplay, not just because of bullet time, but because you have a large variety of weapons to collect and use throughout the game, all of which are selectable from a weapons menu not unlike that seen in Half-Life.

This, to me, is the best game in the series. For its time it had good graphics – particularly character models and animation, specifically Max, who showcases emotions, albeit limited, depending on the overall mood – something which was rarely seen before, and perhaps isn’t even seen too often today either. But the story holds up as one of the most epic and engaging of any game ever.



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

The good old days when this was on the PS2 and it looked awesome as well. It's was a hit when it first came to the PS2. Just writing this review kind of makes me miss playing some games on the PS2.

It's been awhile since I've last played this game. I would say about...9 years, which is a long, long time for me to even remember what actually went on in this game. I think I'll buy this game when I can get $10 bucks this weekend from a bet. I'll continue onto part 2 as well when I finish this game. Must buy for those who has never heard or this game.


One of the greatest game of its time

Neonberry | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »

Max Payne was a revolutionary game. Not only because it introduced "bullet time" for the first time (slowing the flow of time down while you jump in a room, empty your rounds in the wall and then land between the piles of garbage in the room) but also for its way of storytelling. The "hero" of the game is Max Payne who got tangled up in a messy case, has his family executed and is out for revenge. Pretty basic story if you ask me but the way it is told it brings out a lot of emotions through the story told and the story seen: run down squats with junkies mumbling, fancy bars and probably one of the best written drug-trips of videogaming history. Max Payne is a must play game for anyone who loves the rogue cop kind of movies, shooters or is just wondering about where bullet time comes from.


A true classic

gforcesa | Jan. 1, 2014 | See all gforcesa's reviews »

Max Payne is probably my all time favorite 3rd person game.The way it is created and the story is very well done.The story is, you play as Max Payne and you come back from work one day just to find that your wife and child have been killed.After that you try and find the people that did this and get revenge.It's just an awesome game for a good price.You won't regret playing it.I've beaten it so many times and i still enjoy it.


The fall of a good guy and the rise of an anti-hero

Patofilio | Nov. 16, 2013 | See all Patofilio's reviews »

Max Payne is an interesting game, in it you play as a detective by the same name whose family was murdered by group of drug addicts, sending the interesting character of Max into deep depression, making him quit his position as a detective and joining the DEA. The problems start when a new drug by the name of Valkary starts popping around and Max is stuck in the middle of an ordeal of gangsters, drug lords and corrupt corporations.

Story: Max Payne features a very well written storyline with an amazing protagonist. Players getting into the shoes of the washed out cop will instantly identify themselves with him, understanding his pain and also his apathy. The story is narrated beautifully in comic sequences between each chapter, mixed with an episodic style of narration which is strange at first but it becomes intriguing as the game goes one. Other than Max the other interesting character is Mona, a mysterious woman who seems to always end up bumping into Max, what secrets she holds and what you are to find is definitely one of the best parts of the game, with some pretty intense moments and good plot twists.

Gameplay: This is a the classic third person shooter, Max has a wide arsenal of weapons at his disposal and each of them is pretty fun to use. Max can also enter bullet time mode, slowing time around and setting up the stage for some wicked flips and action movie style take downs. The game is also pretty difficult, so don't expect to be running straight into a bullet storm all the time. Enemies are truly deadly and administrating your pain killers is vital to your survival.

In conclusion this is an incredible classic game, a must lay for any gamer out there that is looking for some action. With an amazing story and bloody fun gameplay Max Payne is a classic that must played.