Max Payne Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose--a fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by the cops and the mob. As Payne, you'll uncover plot twists, engage in dramatic "bullet-time" firefights with thugs, and fight your way through an unforgiving New York blizzard.Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose--a fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by the cops and the mob. As Payne, you'll uncover plot twists, engage in dramatic "bullet-time" firefights with thugs, and fight your way through an unforgiving New York blizzard. Max can wield a variety of weapons including pistols, submachine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, grenades, and Molotov cocktails. Prepare yourself for an involving story combined with slick action. Expand
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  1. A streamlined, somewhat reworked, version that captures the flavor of the real Max Payne but offers its own unique adventure.
  2. 90
    Even with the short length and off-screen action issues, Max Payne is a surprisingly awesome conversion that almost came out of nowhere.
  3. Incredibly enough all the graphic novel cutscenes feature full voice-overs of the overwrought dialogue and descriptions. Granted it’s scratchy, but it still comes through as understandable.
  4. Gritty and unforgiving, Max will make your Game Boy bleed fun - if you can stand the pain. [Feb 2004, p.129]
  5. You’ll all be no doubt happy to hear the comic book stylised cut scenes make a triumphant return, again showing that you don’t need heavily detailed, highly expensive sequences to keep the story trundling along at a hectic pace.
  6. A startlingly good handheld conversion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. JeffS.
    May 2, 2005
    10
    This is by far the best gameboy game it deserves a 10.
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    9
    I chose this game up on a whim, I was shocked to see it on the GBA, and I wanted to see how good (or bad) it was. This may be the best GBAI chose this game up on a whim, I was shocked to see it on the GBA, and I wanted to see how good (or bad) it was. This may be the best GBA game I've ever played. The gameplay is tight and responsive, the story is awesome, and most importantly it's tons of fun. Nothing feels better then walking into a room slowing down time and blowing everyone away. It's hard to think about this game without throwing more praise on it, everything is near perfect. I recommend playing it on a the DS rather than the GBA because the screen on the DS is brighter so you wont have to constantly keep looking for the brightest spot around. It does have some flaws like instant death fire traps and platforming sections, and that the GBA screen is dark and you constantly have to find a bright light source, but that's the GBA's fault and not the games. This is a fantastic game that I highly recommend you playing. It blows away almost every other GBA game I've played thus far, I can only think of two others I've played that even come close to competing with it. A must play. Expand
  3. JoeHell
    Jan 9, 2004
    9
    Really good game for the GBA. Excellent graphics, impressive soundtrack and lots of blood. Rated-M for Gameboy?...cool I'm an old kid!
  4. DavidA.
    Dec 29, 2003
    8
    This was just what I wanted for the holidays to game with, and nothing more. True, it is a no-frills design, the story is a bit on the short This was just what I wanted for the holidays to game with, and nothing more. True, it is a no-frills design, the story is a bit on the short side, and the game is explosively easy to beat at first. But the extras increase the challenge, the graphics are stunning, the gameplay even more so, the port translates perfectly (the game is still about violence, seedy sex and drugs). The "feel" of Max Payne is definitely there. And in case there were any doubts: BULLET TIME is AMAZING on the GBA. The music slows down and everything. Recommended for those who want a great 3P shooter with a pretty cool story. Expand
  5. Brandon
    Mar 2, 2004
    8
    Great game, its fun to play, easy controls, great story. The only problem is its short and dosent have much replay value, but its still Great game, its fun to play, easy controls, great story. The only problem is its short and dosent have much replay value, but its still probably the best port ever for the GBA. Excellent! Expand
  6. lordofpain
    Dec 20, 2003
    2
    The game has many flaws such as the bad camera angle that doesn't let you see who is shooting at u & the game is extremly hard to beat!