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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.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 143
  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. MattJ.
    Nov 24, 2001
    10
    So good... it made me lose control of my bowels.
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    10
    one of the best games out there if you looking for a great third person shooter with a great story and don't care about grapichs that muchone of the best games out there if you looking for a great third person shooter with a great story and don't care about grapichs that much then this is definitely a game you should atleast check out Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2016
    10
    This was definitely revolutionary when it came out, having invented the whole bullet time mechanics that was later used in dozens of games.This was definitely revolutionary when it came out, having invented the whole bullet time mechanics that was later used in dozens of games. Its the best game in the series and unfortunately the best game Remedy ever did. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2017
    9
    Dark, wicked and very well written. I will say without hesitation that this is one of the very best 3rd-person shooter games I have everDark, wicked and very well written. I will say without hesitation that this is one of the very best 3rd-person shooter games I have ever played. The revenge-driven comic-style detective noir combined with a very-well executed bullet time, outstandingly-voiced characters and compelling story, make Max Payne an unforgettable experience. Expand
  6. Mike
    Apr 11, 2002
    9
    This game is so awesome. The action is intense all the way to the end. The story is just like a classic revenge story. It brings the story in This game is so awesome. The action is intense all the way to the end. The story is just like a classic revenge story. It brings the story in comic book fashion, which is somewhat comical because of the pictures. The story gives just enough reason for you to kill every baddie you can ,and I highly recommend getting this game. Expand
  7. ReneD
    Feb 28, 2009
    2
    I never played such a boring game. The graphics are boring too. Streets and boring buildings, that's all I see. If I had a photo-camera I never played such a boring game. The graphics are boring too. Streets and boring buildings, that's all I see. If I had a photo-camera while walking in this game, I would throw it away. In one word: boring. Yes, bullet-time is boring too. Expand

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