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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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  • Developer: Remedy Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, Third-Person, Modern, Modern, Arcade
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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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.
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    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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 171
  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. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    one of the best games i ever played its have a lot of weapon choices very smooth visuals simple controls and **** AWESOME story line when ione of the best games i ever played its have a lot of weapon choices very smooth visuals simple controls and **** AWESOME story line when i finished the game i felt like the ****g king of the world the story got stuck in my brain for days and i liked that Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2015
    10
    "Fear That Gives Men Wings". Dark, touching and fantastic story. Gameplay was incredible for 2001. Still getting goose bumps. This game is"Fear That Gives Men Wings". Dark, touching and fantastic story. Gameplay was incredible for 2001. Still getting goose bumps. This game is immortal. At least in my memory =) Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    The first Max Payne is the best in my honest opinion. I just love the grim atmosphere, the story, everything.
    Graphics are overrated, it's
    The first Max Payne is the best in my honest opinion. I just love the grim atmosphere, the story, everything.
    Graphics are overrated, it's all about the story and gameplay.
    Max Payne 1 is a prime example that companies with very limited budget make the best games.
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  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. SHODAN
    Nov 10, 2007
    9
    Refreshing game-play with storytelling that is well-written and executed with style. We get a glimpse in to the minds of characters - a thing Refreshing game-play with storytelling that is well-written and executed with style. We get a glimpse in to the minds of characters - a thing seldom held to importance these days. Expand
  7. Apr 2, 2020
    0
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    TOP 100 Games for Low END PC (64 MB / 128 MB / 256 MB VRAM)

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