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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.
A classic and a fun game to this dayficha13 | 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.
Classic and denseGosen | June 18, 2014 | See all Gosen's reviews »
Criminal story with dense atmosphere. It starts like in Hitchcock's movie and then player has no choice but to start and continue this dark adventure. But only with that background game can't be good without at least solid gameplay. It's not that kind of game - gameplay is even better than this. One of the first games, which in character could use famous bullet time, and good lord, it's beautiful. Having in mind release date graphics and physics are outstanding. Shooting bad guys has never been so good in tpp game before. Unfortunately there are lot of shooting sequences so by time it could be boring, but surprisingly it's only for a while. It's so well done, that every time it's awesome anyway. Oldschool game with in a few places challenging difficulty level, dense plot and one of most famous video game heroes.
Decent shooter with a great storyGmen | 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.
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.