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Max Payne - PlayStation 2

by Rockstar Games
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews) 80 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Experience a relentless, story-driven game as Max fights for justice while uncovering plot twists and twisted thugs in the gritty bowels of New York during the century’s worst blizzard
  • Photo-digitized textures, radiosity lighting, hardware T&L and painstaking detail combine to create super-realism
  • Play It Your Own Way puts the most powerful, easy-to-use game editor ever released in your creative hands
  • Blood and violence

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005OLX1
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 29, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,965 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PlayStation2

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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, he's 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.

Max Payne is a stylish, urban, revenge-driven action game based in New York City's grimy underground. A groundbreaking rendering engine allows for heart-stopping, photorealistic visuals and breathtaking movie-quality effects as Max Payne fights his way to uncover the truth. The game combines elements from Hollywood action thrillers with the latest in video game technology to deliver a highly original gameplay experience.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New York Masterpiece March 23, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Max Payne is definitely the best third person shooter ever made. The storyline, graphics, play control, arsenal of weapons, missions, cinema, music, the atmosphere, and the A.I. is more than I could ask for out of a PlayStation 2 game.
Let's start out with the storyline. Max Payne takes place in the grimy streets of New York with crime happening all over the place. Three years ago, Max came home to his house finding his wife and infant son brutally murdered. Essentially the murderers were looking for Max, but when they broke in they decided to seize the moment and make his life a living hell. After this horrific experience Max dedicates the next three years of his life to get hunt down and kill the murderers and any cost, even if it means that he'll be the most wanted man in America.
The graphics and the atmosphere in Max Payne are simply amazing and very realistic. Max and all of the enemies that he encounters all have their own unique details including mustaches, different colored eyes, scars, their clothing, etc. Everything looks like New York with graffiti all over the walls, trashcans on fire, and cars, subways, doors, and buildings drawn in exceptional detail. From the blood of your enemies to the fire from the Molotov Cocktails, everything is done perfectly. Plus you can interact with the environment in numerous ways. For example, you can turn on a vibrating bed, play a piano, get a drink out of a soda machine, turn radios and televisions on and off, look through hidden cameras, etc. Plus with a sniper rifle you can zoom from great distances and there is a camera where you follow the bullet until it reaches your enemy.
The play control of this game is very smooth. Moving around, aiming, and shooting in this game is a sinch.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KILLER GAME January 1, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Verified Purchase
Oh. My. God.
Max Payne is one of the best game I have played in years.
It's full of surprises, has this amazingly elegant combat engine, darkly funny film noir attitude and gorgeous Bullet Time mode. Great writing and voice talent kept me watching the segue film, or rather, comic book clips, for the sheer entertainment value -- I was actually almost shocked at how sophisticated and clever some of the writing was. I 'm not used to this in a video game. And what a blessed relief to play a game with an adult story line and a no-apologies somber 'Silent Hill' back story. I really dug the Max Payne character, he's fleshed out, he's vital and worth spending your time with. This could be a movie easy.
I have played alot of these Action games, it's my genre of choice, and MP is cream of the crop, top of the tops. I rank this game right up there with Metal Gear 2. And I have to admit, since getting Max Payne, Metal Gear 2, as much as I love it, has been sitting idle.
I cannot recommend this game enough. I'd give it ten stars if I could. Max Enjoyment!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Crash Bandicoot July 6, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Max Payne is a cinematic, film-noir type game that mixes you standard action and intrigue. The story is as cliched as they come: a rogue cop framed for murder must fight against incredible odds to survive. This is from the same people who made Grand Theft Auto, the PS2's crowning title. Here is my impressions of Max Payne.
The Pros:
1. Cinematics. The story sequences come in two forms: as an on-screen graphic novel, and full motion sequences. They highlight the important points in the game quite well. Despite what others say, I don't think the voice acting is that bad. Believe me, I've heard much worse. The cinematic cut-scenes make the game much more enjoyable.
2. The details. What else would you expect from a PS2 game? The graphics are similar to Grand Theft Auto III, in that the city, the buildings, the rooms, and the enemies are very intricately detailed. Unlike GTA3, that is almost no pop-up in the background, and the rendering is amazing. But it is the little details that will strike you. You can turn lights on and off, move boxes, and even make drinks come out of the coke machine in the hotel (this is early on in the game). Note that I have layed both the PS2 and Xbox versions, and have noticed no difference.
3. The automatic save. There is nothing more frustrating than getting killed before you've had a chance to save your game. At the beginning of each new segment, your game is saved. It does the work for you. I like that feature a lot.
4. The A.I. The enemies are tougher to beat here, since the difficult levil changes according to your progress. If you are having a hard time in the game, the enemies will lighten up, slightly. But if you are having a ball, they will get tougher on you. They are also very good at evading your attacks. The improved A.I.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool game! December 16, 2001
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
You're a cop in New York! They killed your wife and daughter and now you are mad! This is a very cool action "Syphon Filter" type of game! The story is great and the effects in this game is what sets it apart from being a syphon filter copy! The "bullet time" effect is the coolest thing I have ever seen in a video game. The slow motion matrix style action scenes, the blood and violence, and the story line make this video game play like a movie! The best way I can describe it is syphon filter meets metal gear solid! Once you get use to the controls, and I must say the only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars is because they are a little complicated, you will enjoy this game!! I can definitely see sequels coming down the road.
Cool stress relieving kill everyone and ask questions later game, check this one out!
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