Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a violent, film-noir love story. Dark, tragic and intense, the in-depth story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations. Love hurts.Read full description
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This is a great game. Improvements over the first Max Payne are thrown all over the place. Graphics still hold up the years, the gameplay feels perfect, the gunplay is as satisfying as it gets, the pacing is great and the level design is awesome. Even if you don't like the narration style or the plot (and I find it a bit too intrusive at times), playing Max Payne 2 is a blast in any possible way.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a direct sequel to Remedy Entertainment's critically acclaimed 2001 third-person shooter Max Payne and picks up after the events of its predecessor. The game could be best described as noir-style love story, in contrast to the first that was more of a film noir revenge tale. NYPD detective Max Payne is once again the primary protagonist, although a few very interesting segments sees you play as his love interest, Mona Sax. Max Payne 2 borrows a lot from the original and there are enough hints and references to the previous game which helps keep the narrative interesting and fresh for old-timers. Max Payne 2 is, in many ways, a huge improvement over Max Payne 1. Gone is that constipated look replaced instead with full 3-D modeled faces. The game also sees an immense graphical upgrade with excellent usage of the Havok 2.0 physics engine. Game characters are more detailed while environment objects, including enemies, tumble and fall very realistically. Gameplay is largely the same with a few refinements to combat. Bullet Time sees an upgrade allowing you to dodge bullets and reload quickly, with a cool whirling animation to go alongside it. This results in a higher body count but also makes gun-play segments a whole lot less challenging. Level designs are, once again, brilliant with mission locales ranging from warehouses, mansions, hospitals and clubs to constructions sites. And the enemy AI is, on a whole, pretty decent although in a few instances they end up killing themselves with their own grenade. The plot is riveting with almost non-stop action throughout. The storyline unfolds in much the same fashion as the original. The usage of graphic novel comics complete with melodramatic over-the-top dialogue sucks you into the game's environment. If anything, the writing is more polished this time around with lots of witty and philosophical quotes thrown into the mix. The story focuses too much upon the love-story angle though which tends to get a bit jarring towards the end. In comparison, the original Max Payne's story, although slightly rough around the edges, was more dark, grittier and compelling than its sequel. For a game that is over twelve years old, Max Payne 2 still holds remarkably well today. It overshadows the original in many aspects while also introducing a few cool mechanics of its own. Simplified mechanics make for interesting combat segments making Max Payne 2 one of the very best third-person shooters ever made.
One of the greatest 3rd Person shooters and games in general, ever created. Redefined the genre when it came out and still holds up today, cause of the addictive gameplay. While the graphics maybe old its still looks decent and every other aspect of the game is amazing. From the writing to music and sounds. A great pick up for its price, I recommend it for everyone who likes shooters and noir story.
I've found this game installed on my dad's laptop when I was little. It was my first experience with a third person shooter and also the best. I had no internet connection for a long time, and I used to play and replay Max Payne 2 never getting old by its gameplay, developing interest in crime novels, and really good story line in video games. I became addicted to this game so much it became a must to play it once a year at least. The first Max Payne and the Fall of Max Payne are a thing to tell your grandsons and granddaughters about.
Max Payne II is as good as the first part of the series. It features pretty much the same gameplay elements but goes deeper into the story of Max Payne and develops its main character with lots of atmospheric levels. The tormented soul of Max Payne is back, and you will be part of it with those imaginative levels that do more things rather than just shooting at your enemies. All of Max Payne's action packed features are still there, but this time this is more than just that epic bullet time we saw in the first establishment of the franchise. It is still good as new since the game is ageing pretty well. Both of them are. As for the Max Payne 3... well, not a bad game but far from these.
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