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  • Summary: Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose in the violent, cold urban night. A fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by cops and the mob. A man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. Prepare for pain with this much-anticipated 3rd-personMax Payne is a man with nothing to lose in the violent, cold urban night. A fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by cops and the mob. A man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. Prepare for pain with this much-anticipated 3rd-person shooter. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Yes, this game has the power to rip families apart, it's that cool. With nice graphics, violence, swearing, and Matrix-style camera angles galore, this is a must-have for action game fans.
  2. 90
    The Dual Shock organizes controls logically and offers the sharp response, especially considering the cool Bullet Time and Shootdodge aspects, which slow down time for Matrix-style gunfights.
  3. This excellent, visceral shooter is just the tiniest bit on the short side, but remember what the man said: In a New York Minute, everything can change.
  4. The overly detailed and crisp textures have been downgraded, character models sport lower polygon counts, on occasion the framerate becomes extremely choppy.
  5. 78
    So much of what makes this game cool is lost in translation to a less potent platform. If the PS2 is your lone system, you'll still have a good time, but may be left wondering what all the hype was about.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    Once Bullet Time’s novelty wears off, you’re left with a repetitive shooter, blasting the same species of enemy over and over. [Feb 2002, p.158]
  7. 50
    On the Playstation, it’s (practically) just as fun [as the PC], but the additional flaws it picks up really cut into the experience. I’d seriously flag this as a “rent first” title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. VanL.
    Jan 9, 2002
    10
    What can I say? This game just kicks some serious ass! The bullet time just makes it different from all the other 3rd person shooter games What can I say? This game just kicks some serious ass! The bullet time just makes it different from all the other 3rd person shooter games and with a serious arseneal of weapons and cool graphics it has got to be the best game ever. Expand
  2. Taylorw
    Feb 22, 2002
    10
    The game kicks ass! It is awesome. I love the imgrams!
  3. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I haven't played any other version on any other platform. Just the PS2. I spent a lot of money to be incredibly annoyed. Compared to other games, it takes 'forever' to load each scene. The dual-stick requirement to move and try and lock-on a target while pressing the R2 (and L1 or L2 if you want the much-hyped 'bullet-time' mode which gets old really quickly Expand
  4. AndrewW.
    Mar 23, 2002
    9
    I get this game as import from ma videodealer. (In germany it has never found the way on market) It's very cool 2 blast everythin' I get this game as import from ma videodealer. (In germany it has never found the way on market) It's very cool 2 blast everythin' with the 2-berettas. Grafix look also very cool (especially the poster in the bitch-rooms!). The only problem on this game is: the engine is sometimes too slow, if you're on the street (for xample in the tutorial) it "ruckelt" sometimes! Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2015
    8
    Having not played this game till only this year, I massively regret not playing it earlier. The game obviously shows its age in the graphicsHaving not played this game till only this year, I massively regret not playing it earlier. The game obviously shows its age in the graphics department but everything else is terrific. Story is among the best I've ever experienced and just the whole creepiness of the setting is brilliant. The gunplay is terrific and very satisfying and can't forget about Bullet Time which is such a genius thing to include.

    The PS2 version does have some slowdown at times but nothing to terrible. PC version is probably better in many ways but the PS2 version is solid enough for anyone.
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  6. MueedM.
    Jul 21, 2003
    7
    I haven't played any other version of this game, but I kinda liked it. I got annoyed because I couldn't skip cinematics and once I haven't played any other version of this game, but I kinda liked it. I got annoyed because I couldn't skip cinematics and once you die, you re load the game. A "7" is a pretty generous rating. Expand
  7. BrandonH.
    Feb 12, 2002
    2
    Graphics on this game are terrible. They look like real photos embedded into the game. I would not recommend this game.

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#21 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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