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


His name is Payne!

Ho0pz4sho | May 5, 2015 | See all Ho0pz4sho's reviews »

Max Payne is probably one of the most interesting cop-story games on the market. The dark, action packed adventure of Max is simply impossible to put aside because you always crave to know what happens next. The gameplay mechanic is simple: you're a cop, you have to catch & kill the bad guys. In order to do so you're given tons of weapons, from pistols to dual-wielded pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, and so on. One of the main features of the game back then (still awesome today) was "bullet time". This "bullet time" represents a limited amount of seconds that you can use to slow down your attacks and create a cinematic-like action sequence in which you can absolutely destroy your enemies. The game offers a beautiful story about the rise and fall of a cop, both on the outside and the inside.


Max Payne... now there's a catchy name!

KingTed | Feb. 19, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

Max Payne's wife and kid have been killed by mobsters. Three years later, Max is investigating undercover the Punchinello family and some case about a new drug. But something went wrong. Max is alone, the only NYPD officer that knew he is a cop was shot. The police and the mob is after him. This will be a harsh journey through hell. A excellent story with Noire atmosphere and great dialogs. But Max Payne is also a great third person shooter with a revolutionary mechanic : the Bullet time. With good presentation, excellent story and gameplay, Max Payne is a classic that every TPS fans must play.


Payne to the Max

xPsych0s1sx | Aug. 18, 2014 | See all xPsych0s1sx's reviews »

I remember playing this game on PS2, it was a really great game then and it still holds up really well to this day. Max is a man with nothing else to lose, he lost his wife and daughter and he wants answers. The graphics are good for their time but you can tell it's an old game. The gameplay is great, I loved the whole bullet time mechanic to the game and the shooting was was fun and guns were plentiful. I beat this game so many times over the years, This game is amazing


Classy Old School Shooter mixed with some John Woo in it!

khawaja07 | July 24, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »

After all these years, if you still haven't gotten around to play this game then you're missing a real gem. Back in the day, it was one of the very few games to have excellent graphics with the combination of an exquisite Third Person Gunplay that even still stands out today. It introduced an all new innovative game mechanic known as 'bullet-time' which simply slows down time in which you have time to choose your targets and take them out like in those classic John woo and Matrix Movies! Other popular games such as F.E.A.R then followed this suite as well. The Story is told excellently through 'Internal Monologues' and also through dialogue between the player and any other NPC. Again, at the time when it got released, story was really good involving a cop who's fighting against criminal mobs and in the process get's his family brutally murdered and is on a mission to avenge their losses. Its full of twists and turns and is not to be missed! Gameplay is excellent and is easily the most highlighted feature of the game, its what makes this game a classic shooter, you have a plethora of weapons at your disposal and can adapt to any situation the game puts you in also you can duel wield any two similar weapon types and wreck havoc! Thanks to this, it offers tons of replayability. Its Narrative & Soundtrack are a great treat to listen to as well, its fits nicely with any situation you find yourself in, whether its a gunfight or a nightmare! All in all its an unforgettable experience thats not to be missed even to this day and you easily find it at a really cheap price. Totally worth it. It was easily was and is my most favorite series by far.


A classic and a fun game to this day

ficha13 | June 22, 2014 | See all ficha13's reviews »

Max Payne was a game and a half when it originally came out. It was very different from a lot of games back then(heck, it's still better and more innovative than most games today) with it's Noir style, really tragic and well realized main character, a story that was expertly written and most memorable aspect, the bullet time mechanic that a lot of games would haphazardly try to copy or imitate. You use the mechanic by slowing down time and/or jump-dodging and shooting enemies. The meter besides the health bar represents how much time you can spend in this mode and you fill the meter up by shooting enemies. This makes the game a bit tactical at moments and makes you carefully plan out your attack strategy. To help you in your struggle is a huge arsenal of weapons that you progressively unlock through the game. You start from simple pistols and shotguns and move on to bigger and better stuff. The weapon choice really is huge and really varied and a bunch of them have their own little attributes which makes them very useful in certain situations. Luckily, the game also has a save feature that allows you to save at any moment, a rarity these day, which can make the game a tad easier at moments. I say a tad because even with that, the game is really hard. Not punishingly hard but it won't certainly allow you to run out in the open and shoot everyone up like *insert 80's action hero here*. Aside from successfully introducing the mechanic into gaming, it has a well written story and interesting characters which are presented through stylish cutscenes that are presented as graphic novel panels. The voice acting in these scenes are always top notch and the writing never loses it's touch. There are a lot of twists and turns as the story progresses and I can say with certainty that the ending will leave you satisfied. In conclusion, Max Payne, in my opinion, is one of the best third person shooters ever made, a classic that has stood the test of time and a game that is well worth you're money. Also there's a huge modding community that is still making various stuff from simple weapon mods to full conversion mods with new maps, stories and sometimes game mechanics.