Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. An action-packed work of brilliance that fans of the action/crime genre will simply love to sink their teeth into. The story is truly a mesmerizing one and the action sequences will keep you on your toes.
  2. More an experience than game, a cinematic feat that really lives up to the idea of putting a gamer in a story and making them care what happens.
  3. Set in a dripping New York backdrop that would make Hollywood cinematographers drool with envy, this is an enthralling sequel.
  4. Not only has the bullet-time system been refined, the audio-visual presentation is flawless and the additional of a second playable character and tightly integrated story makes this one of the best action games of the year.
  5. A brand new story that will keep you totally engrossed. Updated graphics and the same great gameplay with brand new Bullet Time effects.
  6. 90
    The visuals are excellent, the voice work is superior to what we usually get dealt in the action genre, and I only wish the game was a bit longer. A lot longer actually, but it's more because this kind of game is such a rare find than because that find is relatively meager.
  7. 90
    One of the coolest things about this game is the fact that it doesn't take itself very seriously. The sense of humor manifests in a bunch of ways, not the least of which are the whacked-out in-game TV shows that play out in parallel to the game's own story.
  8. Short, short, short. The game can be completed in less than 10 hours and there is little reason to play through again even with the additional gameplay modes. There are a few tough levels, but overall Max Payne 2 isn’t too difficult.
  9. This port admirably recreates the experience on the Xbox. [Feb 2004, p.106]
  10. A damn good game that takes all the best parts of the original and makes them better. If you're looking for a great action shooter that has a finely crafted and delivered story, then look no further.
  11. Overwroght melodrama and third-person-persepctive gunplay make for an excellent mix. [Mar 2004, p.81]
  12. While it may be shorter the action is non-stop and certainly no cakewalk. It is a great sequel despite the new bullet time changes. Fans of the first one will enjoy this one.
  13. A prettier, better-playing sequel that fails to make any new gameplay strides but is an incredible thrill ride for the all-too-short time it lasts. [Jan 2004, p.68]
  14. A brilliant piece of work. Everything needed to create a believable world is there: A fantastically told story with plenty of plot twists, memorable characters, memorable moments, and a fluid pace.
  15. 87
    A “play-it-safe” sequel.
  16. It achieved something that is very rare in gaming: well-developed and believable characters. That, in itself, is no mean feat, but mix it with the game's delightful combat, varied design, and admirable coherence of style and creative vision, and you have something very special.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. BrentM
    Jan 10, 2010
    Still the best game in my opinion, everything still holds up well today, better than anything ever achieved in gaming
  2. JayC
    Dec 30, 2009
    This game is the sequel to the smash hit Max Payne... I must say, this game impresses. The graphics, even to this day, are really something to look at. The Havok 2.0 physics engine used in this game is really something special as well. When the game was first released it was truly spectacular! And it still is by all means. The game has it all.... Excellent gunplay, superb visuals, excellent voice acting, great art direction, fantastic story.. But the one thing is the length of the game. You know what though, Quality over quantity is what i say. Haha 9/10 Full Review »
  3. CodyB
    Jun 1, 2009
    FAR better than dead to rights, true crime l.a., and mafia, even gta 3. Sequel to the smash hit, award-winning original, a true masterpiece of epic proportions. 6 more months till the 3rd one comes out. Full Review »