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


One of best games ever.

Furrek | June 23, 2015 | See all Furrek's reviews »

It's my review which I posted on Steam: Max Payne was released in 2001. Even after so many years it still remain one of my favorite games ever. It's just perfect. So why did I fall in love with Max Payne? - Shooting. Those weapons are really made well. If you are using shotgun it feels like shotgun, it can send bad guys flying for few meters, but you also can fly pretty high too. Throught whole game you use all of the weapons in game. Shooting in Max Payne is pure fun. - Slow motion. Probably the best slowmo in history of gaming. I mean it. Even Matrix games never had slowmo this amazing. Jumping from the corner to surprise your enemies, jumping throught the doors to surprise your enemies, and slowly falling on the ground, but faster their dead bodies. - Story and characters. There are great and memorable characters in this game. The story in form of comic is interesting as the story itself. "Clear as vodka." "No Payne, No Gain." And of course full of specific humour. Narration is perfect too. - Music. Just at the very beggining you have hard time starting game. Why? Max Payne have this amazing theme music. It makes you wait for the whole thing, it's playing, and playing, and you can't stop listening to it. When I heard it first time I had chills. It's perfect, it describes perfect, without use of any words, what kind of game Max Payne is. You will want to hear more of it as you progress with the story. - Difficult level. Max Payne isn't a easy game. Even while playing on lowest difficult level the bad guys can pack whole shotgun shell in your head, or something on your back, and kill you without any problem. Same with them throwing grenades or molotov cocktails. Once they will get better stuff than pistols you will need something more than just slowmo to get rid of them. It's easy to get hurt and there aren't enough painkillers to get rid of all this Payne... To be honest, I could praise this game all the time. Don't mind that it's an old game. It aged very well, graphics still looks great (at least for me) and it's full of things that you won't find in gaming nowadays. Even people playing Max Payne for the first time, so many years after release, are surprised how they could miss something like that. If you haven't played it, you must do it. You won't regret it.


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.