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  • Summary: A story-driven third-person shooter with a realistic weapon setup including 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 andA story-driven third-person shooter with a realistic weapon setup including 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. [Gathering of Developers] Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. The most important action game yet made for the PC. Well worth the long wait.
  2. You leave the experience a little different, and, like a girl that's been burned too many times entering what looks like a good relationship, you leave a little wary as well. You know you've been treated well; you don't feel the scars and scabs that other games have left you with.
  3. At times MP is more movie than game, with stunning camera angles, jarring replays and an involved plot that not only moves the storyline along, it sets the tone for a hardcore action experience.
  4. Total Video Games
    90
    Indeed the closest contemporary for the game would be "Metal Gear Solid" as it is one of the few games like Max Payne that offers a completely impressive experience from beginning to end, wrapped up in sumptuous presentation and production values.
  5. There is enough repetitive, standard fare about Max, coupled with its short play time, that makes it hard to flat-out recommend.
  6. A stunning techincal (gameplay) achievement that may be lacking a decent script to truly lead the way into the era of interactive PC movies.
  7. 30
    In the style of PC Gamer's David Manningesque vocabulary, Max Payne is the most forgettable action game in history. (I exaggerate, of course. It's only the most forgettable action game of the year.)

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  1. Negative: 7 out of 199
  1. MichaelS
    Jul 24, 2008
    10
    I will stand by this forever as the best game I've ever played! An astonishing masterpiece that is frequently ripped off but will never I will stand by this forever as the best game I've ever played! An astonishing masterpiece that is frequently ripped off but will never be topped. Expand
  2. TimV.
    Feb 10, 2002
    10
    This game is great! The best I have ever played! "Half-Life" doesn't even compare!
  3. Jul 22, 2015
    10
    The most addictive, story driven, third person shooter I have ever played. I bought this for xbox, pc, and most recently iphone. I have givenThe most addictive, story driven, third person shooter I have ever played. I bought this for xbox, pc, and most recently iphone. I have given Rockstar money for this one game three times; It's just that good. Expand
  4. May 20, 2012
    10
    A true masterpiece. Atmospheric (one of the best adaptations of the Unreal Engine), great development team, and challenging game play. TheA true masterpiece. Atmospheric (one of the best adaptations of the Unreal Engine), great development team, and challenging game play. The only downside I see with it is the excessive save times (up to four seconds for a quick save even on modern systems) when this is an otherwise fast paced game. Expand
  5. May 13, 2018
    9
    Max Payne
    Is an action game developed by Remedy Entertainment, an one of the most unique video games ever created.
    With a dark noir tone
    Max Payne
    Is an action game developed by Remedy Entertainment, an one of the most unique video games ever created.
    With a dark noir tone that became the soul of the game.
    What can i said about Max Payne? well... it's a damn hard game... it really is, but intriguing and damn good.
    GAMEPLAY: It's a third person shooter, the game consist in get into an area kill a couple of bad guys here an there and get involving in the plot, the player will have a huge arsenal to get the job done, from pistols, barrett, desert eagles, snipers, etc. Enemies well... they totally hate you and they will prove it to you in brutal gun fire where you'll get kill A LOT... no kidding, so basically you'll have to plan your moves before starting fire. Enemies will react to your moves like taking cover and regroup with their allies to make even hard, an special feature to this is that if you get killed a lot during gameplay the game automatically will down the difficulty so you can handle the situation faster. The game use a mechanic that was very unique at the time that no other had done, SLOW MOTION moves before Monolith's F.E.A.R. series use them as the signature for the game. this moves can be activated wile throwing yourself to the air in combat, this move slowdown enemies to make them easy to kill and create an special way to play it.
    STORY: It's a simple story, a NYCPD officer who's wife has ben murdered by a corporation with sinister plans an it's up to you to stop them an avenge you're wife's death. It has pretty low in game cinematics, like 4 or something like that, the game's story is told like a comic book, with panels and dialogs that still have voice acting, this makes the game feel unique whit it's own style and does not feel boring by any means.
    LEVEL DESIGN: it has a mix to open to small areas, most of them are inside buildings, which are basically corridors, pretty average design, but, they don't feel lazy, they have their own style and make them interesting.
    So... Max Payne is a great game, very innovating at the time with it's mechanics and style to tell the story without the in-game cinematics that are essential nowadays. If you love action games with plenty of gun fire and hard to the bone, well, this game is for you, just try to not break your keyboard on frustration.
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  6. PauP.
    Oct 19, 2001
    9
    HL was better.
  7. May 15, 2020
    1
    Pour un jeu de 2001, je trouve que ce Max Payne a étonnamment bien vieilli, d'autant qu'il accepte le 1080 et que ses textures sont encorePour un jeu de 2001, je trouve que ce Max Payne a étonnamment bien vieilli, d'autant qu'il accepte le 1080 et que ses textures sont encore tout-à-fait correctes (tout à fond évidemment). Il fonctionne donc très bien sur... un OS 32 bits comme Windows XP ! car sur les 64 bits, il ne s'installe même pas...

    Autre sujet de surprise avec une bonne VF intégrale et des bruitages de qualité ; de toute façon, techniquement les jeux de chez Remedy ont toujours été des pointures : rien de surprenant à ce qu'ils vieillissent bien... même si leur "rétrocompatibilité" est sujette à caution !

    Mais quoi qu'il en soit, pour le reste, pour tout le reste, c'est la soupe à la grimace... l'espèce d'histoire est complètement bateau et une soupe aux clichés très indigeste ; la narration à coups de bande dessinée pue du bec -et la paresse ; le ralentissement du temps (et les ralentis donc) est globalement mal implémenté et peu exploitable, sans doute parce qu'il s'agit d'un TPS dont la maniabilité n'est d'ailleurs pas la qualité première... et aucun système de couverture n'est disponible.

    La présentation est perfectible avec notamment cette silhouette qui se vide ou se remplit (?) à l'envers (?!) : on ne sait jamais si on est à peine touché ou sur le point de crever... Le jeu ne reste qu'un couloir scripté, beaucoup trop scripté (heureusement qu'on peut sauvegarder quand on veut !) et n'est pas agréable à l'usage : ni amusant malgré ses ralentis à la John Woo !

    ça donne juste envie de se remater encore une (énième) fois A Toute Epreuve ! je lui mettrais bien 2 quand même finalement... mais 1 point, je crois que c'est assez comme ça : on s'emmerde beaucoup trop vite ici.
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