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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

by Rockstar Games
Windows
Mature
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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  • ASIN: B0000D12XI
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,806 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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In 2001, Max Payne arrived to set the benchmark for action gaming, earning countless awards and revolutionizing the genre with cinematic combat sequences fuelled by the groundbreaking use of slow motion and compulsive narrative-driven gameplay. Now, working together with Rockstar Games' New York-based production team, Remedy has combined Max Payne's hallmark gameplay with all new innovations and unmatched production values. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is set to raise the bar for action games all over again when it's released fall 2003.

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In Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne, the signature slow-motion gunplay and gritty realism of Max Payne returns in an all-new story. Max is back on the force, and he's been set up for the murder of his partner. Breaking away from society, Max returns to the violent road he walked once before.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as the original, and more! October 24, 2003
Max Payne exploded onto the scene in 2001 with innovative gameplay using the 'Bullet-time' special effect that made 1999's hit 'The Matrix' so amazing. Incorporating that effect strategically into gameplay was unquestionably difficult, but it was done so well that Max Payne became an instant classic with its noir, indie-movie style story told through 'Graphic Novel' interface, which is basically comic book inspired images with real actors and some great voice-overs. Max Payne 2 retains all those features and more in this new and excellent installment.
Gone is Max Payne's infamous 'scrunchie face' or 'constipation face' from the original. He also talks in metaphors alot less than he used to. All characters have been completely redesigned and are more life-like than ever, with fully animated facial features. The new AI system allows some people to fight along side you, which can really help in a jam. Since the AI is good, you won't find yourself on the receiving end of your computer allies' gunfire too often. As you progress, the enemy AI adapts to your tactics, which keeps you on your toes.
Bullet-Time is better than ever, and the death scenes in this game never cease to entertain. Many people complain to no end about the 'ragdoll physics' on the bodies, which basically means that the dead bodies flail into extreme positions, like a ragdoll stunt double would in a movie. While these physics can be a bit silly (and at times glitchy), I personally think they make for some very entertaining death scenes. At some points, when you defeat a crucial enemy or the last enemy in the area, the camera will pan around in slow-motion and show you the death.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne 2 October 20, 2003
By Cremer
Max Payne 2 is easily one of the most entertaining and visually beautiful games of 2003. With a combination of a non-linear story, vast visuals, a wide array of weapons for gameplay, and one of the greatest in game features-bullet time-this is easily a must by. Let's rate it.
Graphice: The graphics in Max Payne 2 ar wonderful and beautifully put together. The charcaters are no longer scaned giving them a real-life look but rather graphically created which at first dissapointed me but I soon came to love them. Though unless you have some of the latest softwar you will need to set the standerds for gameplay on low setting: this does not take away from the overall game as it is still sound on the lowest of settings.
Sound: The sound in the game matches perfectly for all of the happenings around you. From opening closets and doors to shooting a Desert Eagel through glass it matches perfectly. The same goes with the character voices.
Story: The story in the Max Payne series is anything but linear. It does not flow in order as a normal game would but rather takes you on one path a few days before, then your partners path, then what is happening right now, then back to the gameplay. Do you see what I mean. The story it self is very sound though some might be turned down by the on going love-hate relationship. The story has twists, turns, betrayls, murder, love, friendship, and, who could forget, a gun.
Gameplay: The gameplay is were Max Payne gets its glory. Between the endless onslaught of your enemy. The massive arsenal that you carry which, I believe, is over 15 including Gernades, Machine guns, Dual-Pistols, and Automatic Shotguns. Oh, and one more thing, did I mention that you can go Matrix-style and freeze time so that Max can fire bullets quicker and dog them as well?
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a game; a landmark March 12, 2004
In 2001, Rockstar Games released MAX PAYNE, an instant hit that raised the bar for video gaming excellence (which was done two more times by Rockstar with GRAND THEFT AUTO III and GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY). Now, with MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE, they have once more raised the bar. Video gaming has reached a whole new level, beyond the primitive shoot 'em up games of the early 80's; with MAX PAYNE 2, they are now works of art.
STORY: Fresh from his adventures in the original game, NYPD detective Max Payne once again ventures into the darkest regions of the New York underworld when his old flame, Mona Sax, returns. Throw Sax in with problems at work, a murder attempt on one of Max's "friends", and a cleaning company with guns, and you've got a serious problem on your hands.
GAMEPLAY: [9/10] Very, very fun. Just as successful in letting out your anger as GTA III or the original MAX PAYNE. Movement is strong and graceful, even as the dead bodies fly; fans of the original game will jump with joy when they discover "Bullet Time" (the bullet dodging seen in films like THE MATRIX and those of Johh Woo) is still here.
DESIGN: [9/10] The sets in which the game take place are excellent. They perfectly capture the feeling of murkiness associated with the underworld. Dark, dank, and very unpleasant.
GRAPHICS: [9.5/10] Excellent. Hardly any problem at all. The figures are great and lifelike, Rockstar's best design yet. I didn't have any problems whatsoever. Nearly flawless.
SOUND: [8/10] Very good. You might wish for some more power or realism in the gunshots and explosions every once in a while, but the overall sound is very satisfying.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only 2 of the 3 disk
I cant install because their are only 2 out of the 3 disk needed to install. It seems there are only 2 slots in the box so I dont know how to fix this.
Published 3 months ago by Tony Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is me putting in a headline because I have no other choice...
Really, all I wanted to do was post a five star review. I didn't really want to comment. But it seems that I can't just post a good review without making up a bunch of crap and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bill Brinkley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games I've ever played!
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Works on both Windows XP and Windows 7. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Juan L. Velez
2.0 out of 5 stars Easter Seals Goodwill
Sad that I was not able to download the product as it had some kind of damage to it: possibly magnetic damage or who knows. Read more
Published 20 months ago by wbecktel
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting "Noir York City"
This sequel to Max Payne is just as good as the original. Graphics and bullet time has improved, but the gameplay is still pretty much the same. Read more
Published on October 17, 2010 by Eric S. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best FPS Cop Game I ever Played
I really like this game and of course the wife likes watching all the action in it. the one thing I dont care for though are all the game cut scenes. Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Roger D. Buck
4.0 out of 5 stars It run on Windows 7
I loaded this game on Windows 7 to see if it would run. I was surprised with the results. It ran perfectly. I have seen reviews from other people having trouble do this. Read more
Published on June 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but could have been better
This is just another sad story of how another title of the same story often turns out to be bad. The story, by all means, is the most pathetic one I have ever heard of. Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by Ram Eachambadi
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, good price, and it works
I bought Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne for PC. I have been playing it on Windows 7 Ultimate RC for about a month now. It actually looks better on Windows 7 than Windows XP. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Caleb S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great gameplay
Max Payne: The Fall of Max Payne is an excellent game with an engrossing storyline and good game mechanics. Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by K. Chang
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