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Max Payne - PC

by Rockstar Games
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews) 89 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • Max Payne is a fugitive undercover cop, hunted by both the cops & the mob. There is no hope for Max to win in this cat-and-mouse game -- all he can do is take as many of them as he can. How he does it is up to you.
  • Unique 3rd-person perspective takes into the darkest parts of New York
  • Shoot it out with thugs and crooked cops in the worst blizzard in a century
  • Play in Bullet Time -- slow-motion timing that lets you dodge shots
  • Dark and gritty just went to a whole new level!

Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00002SUOV
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 26, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,005 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

Experience a unique relentless story-driven game about a man on the edge. Max is fighting for his justice, while uncovering plot-twists & twisted thugs in the gritty bowels of New York.

Remedy and 3D Realms present Max Payne, a story-driven 3rd person action game aimed for a mature audience. Realistic weapon setup includes over a dozen real-life guns, all fitting the crime-story setting like a bullet in the head. The action is surrounded with more than 80 hand-painted comic-screens that enhance the game's gritty atmosphere and attitude, introduce the game's murderous cast of characters, and carry the plot from one location to the next.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corney name, excellent game August 2, 2001
Platform for Display:PC
Although the name of this game might be a turn off at first (Max Payne? How original!), you should never judge a book by it's cover. At a glance it may seem like just another clone shoot-em-up game, but in reality the game is quite innovative and just about the most fun you'll ever have with a shooting game.
You play the game as Max Payne, an undercover DEA agent who's having a streak of a bad luck (to put it lightly). I don't want to ruin the story, but bottom line is that you'll end up having to shoot your way out of every situation. The gameplay is superb! With a short and painless tutorial, easy to navigate controls, and 10-20 minute learning curve, the game is quite easy to jump into and play. The story plays out like a bad action flick, but it's fitting and actually adds to the gameplay.
The graphics are excellent and the level of detail is amazing as well. Within the game you'll see bullet holes from every shot you've taken and looking down at the floor you'll even be able to count the shells from your gun. There is no item decay which helps add to the realism, if you gun down some punk you can run around for 20 minutes and when you return his body will still be there (and so will the shells from your gun). The story settings are excellent as well. Running around seedy parts of the Bronx while gunning down mobsters and drug addicts is quite a change of pace from the your normal shooter where you're on a space station killing stupid looking aliens. Also, the "Bullet Time" effect is something completely new to the genre that really makes the game shine. Basically what "Bullet Time" does is put the game in slow-motion allowing you to get a better edge in gun battles and perform beautiful action-movie-like stunts.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of the Year -- Hands Down July 31, 2001
Platform for Display:PC
Wow. Simply put, Max Payne is one of those games that makes you sit back and thank the heavens for your PC. From the brilliant opening sequence to the dingy corridors of Hell's Kitchen apartments and subway systems, Payne promises a feast of graphic delight, convincing audio, and a wealth of gameplay goodness. The game's depiction of Max's wife being murdered is harrowing, and from there, the story just gets better. Told in snippets of pulp fiction graphic novel, Payne's bent-on-revenge theme works to perfection. The locale of NYC is genuine, down to the ambulance sirens, mailboxes, and subway location signs. But where the game really stands out is its gameplay. Although Max is a conventional shooter, it is anything but. Using the brilliant "shootdodge" and "bullet-time" techniques, Max can essentially slow down the clock and dispatch enemies, despite overwhelming odds. How, you ask? By slowing the enemy's actions (including their bullets), Max remains in real time, essentially letting you squeeze off a few rounds before the bad guys even knew what hit them. When it's all over, you'll see foes somersaulting backwards, bullets and blood their last hurrah. The game's use of Max's heartbeat to slow down the action is unforgettable, and having to use it only in times of trouble is amazing. It never gets overdone. The action sequences are too good to be true. In fact, to believe it, you'll simply have to see it. Action camera angles are done seamlessly, and Max's comments during the game keep the story flowing. Cut scenes are meticulously crafted in grainy comic book action, and the style works, thanks to the story's key elements.
With so many cool features and amazing gameplay, the only disappointment with "Max" is its length.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Payne, Pleasure, and Playability September 3, 2001
Platform for Display:PC
Having heard about *Payne* since my early Navy days, I went out to Fred Meyer�s electronic department last Tuesday and bought it. Over two long nights and part of Thursday afternoon, I beat it. Sucked in from the moment I saw the box art, I refused to escape this game. With few exceptions, four years of development show in *Max Payne*.
Produced by 3D Realms, *Max Payne* is a third-person shoot through a noir-choked New York City. Finnish developer Remedy follows the standard set by Valve to immerse the game in an actual plot, bloody and surreal. We begin with our hero at the end of a vengeful rampage, and his reflections are the game. One fine American day, Detective Payne comes home in time to hear drug-crazed loonies shoot his wife and child. He hunts each intruder down, but too late. Payne joins his buddy Alex in the DEA. The killers had flown high on Valkyr, a new designer drug, and after three hard years the pair finally discovers the prime dealers�a debased and savage crime syndicate. But the break bursts bigger than anyone could imagine: hitmen ambush Max and Alex during a subway meeting. Max survives, but somebody out there is determined, powerful, and sadistic: Max is quickly framed for killing his own friend. As a terrible blizzard sets over New York, cold rage sets on Max. His enemies think he is trapped and helpless�they only free his trigger finger�
As the player, I turn Payne�s predicament into an opportunity for revenge. But not all is grit and gloom. *Payne* parodies itself along the way, relieving its own pain through the medicine of laughter. Much of the story unfolds in a wonderfully dark and sour graphic novel. Frozen in pictures made to resemble watercolor panels, actors pose comically, goofy expressions across their faces.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great product and service.
Published 4 months ago by HighOctane400
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
This was good, way back when
Published 4 months ago by KT
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Putting holes in junkies while you fly through the air in slow motion...Need I say more!? A great game! Very fun!
Published 9 months ago by Tim Case
2.0 out of 5 stars max payne and playstation
i order this because i though it would play in play station 2 notthe case i cant seem to find good games for playstation 2 why
Published 9 months ago by josephine young
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if your operating system is newer the XP
Amazon doesn't bother to warn customers that this old software will only run on ancient machines, XP or older. And it doesn't sound like it runs very well on XP. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John A. Winford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
The language can be a bit much at times, but I suppose that is to keep it realistic in a New York setting. Fun, fast paced, just like the first game. I enjoyed it. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by astroturtle
4.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne- Biggest B.A. in video games
DISCLAIMER- If you saw the movie and you haven't played the game, you have been wrongfully informed of the Max Payne world! Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by GustieGuy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, bad guy to buy it from!
Max Payn is a great game. I had a copy, lost it and planned to play it again so I came hereto buy it. When the game was recieved, it didnt work. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by shotman
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
Have you ever had an urge to watch a really great movie again? Or maybe to read that novel that kept you up all night long and see if it really is as good as you remember. Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by eguevaralopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to "Noir York City"
Oh yes, I remember this game very well. This is one of the most superb computer games that I have ever played. Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Eric S. Kim
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