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 must play 3rd person action game set in "Noir York" enhanced with bullet time effects and with a beautifully made comic book like cutscenes. Aaand it's pretty "hard" compared with this day standards.
Still one of my favourite games. Max Payne is a third person shooter that looks like made by one of those filmmakers that never have enough bullets. Powered by the Matrix's bullet time effect, you'll find in Max Payne so much action you won't believe your own eyes. Burst in a room crowded with mafia gangsters jumping in slow motion while you see your enemies bullets dancing with yours. Take down almost the whole of them and go for those who barely survived still laying in the floor before getting up. But there's way more into Max Payne than just the action packaged moments where you feel like you are in an action movie. The story is just perfect, that tormented soul Max Payne is makes the game even better, and that neo-noir essence gives the narrative elements you would demand. A must have.
It's my review which I posted on Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/furrek/recommended/12140/ 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.
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'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.
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