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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.
Ahhh...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 timeNeonberry | 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 classicgforcesa | 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-heroPatofilio | 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.
Story telling like no otherasbath | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all asbath's reviews »
This isn't your usual shooter game, and it helped re-define the genre. Between the story narration and the introduction of bullettime, this game introduced more significant changes to the shooter style game than anything else in the past decade. This may have been the first game in a long while for the protagonist to realize that they are in a video game, and that was a really fun way to break that 4th wall.
Technically the game had some really tight shooting, but it was really on rails that meant that players couldn't really explore that much in the game. It's a really fast paced game, however, so I guess there isn't that much to explore anyways. Graphically this game really lags behind current games, but at the time of release it was something completely new and beautiful: explosions, falling objects, the bullet time effect while dodging, it was all really beautiful to be in the middle of.
The voice acting is fantastic, likely one of the best up until that time, and the sound effects were just as great. It was relatively environmental too: melting snow drips, traffic and the like.
As cliche as it is to say, this game was truly the Matrix of video games. Without a doubt, this title will be remembered as a milestone in the history of video games.