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  • Summary: A follow-up to 2001's Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne features an all-new intriguing story and more slick combat. You play the role of Payne, a cop caught in a violent, film noir love story with a femme fatale murder suspect. Experience Payne's signature slow-motion gunplayA follow-up to 2001's Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne features an all-new intriguing story and more slick combat. You play the role of Payne, a cop caught in a violent, film noir love story with a femme fatale murder suspect. Experience Payne's signature slow-motion gunplay with all new guns and new moves. The game features fully interactive environments, characters with ragdoll physics, and believable enemies. Max Payne 2 sets out to raise the bar for action game intensity once again. Expand
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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. A brand new story that will keep you totally engrossed. Updated graphics and the same great gameplay with brand new Bullet Time effects.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    90
    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.
  4. 85
    Despite its relentlessly "noir" (French for "melodramatic," I guess) storyline, Max Payne 2 does an even better job of pulling players into the game than even its predecessor -- and that's saying something. The graphics, in fact, do a lot more to push the game's gritty atmosphere than the story.
  5. A stunning shooter that's got a bit too much plot and is over too soon, though it's still incredibly intense and, by all means, worth experiencing.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    82
    Far more satisfying than its predecessor. In fact, it's one of the most satisfying story-driven shooters you can play right now, as well as the latest success in the drive to make games as deep and engaging as movies. [Feb 2004, p.102]
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    Is this the most violent game of all time? Maybe. Its ragdoll physics may not match the flying limbs and broken faces of Soldier of Fortune, but its throwaway approach to life and death is genuinely shocking, leaving a bitter, metallic aftertaste. This is neither a fall nor an ascension. This is an update. [Jan 2004, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. ConnorS.
    Nov 30, 2003
    10
    This is the best game I ever played!
  2. HumbertoG.
    May 8, 2004
    10
    It's way too cool, I loved it but, it is way too short. Bullet time was awsome!. I loved the game,rockstar made the coolest game!
  3. BrentM
    Jan 10, 2010
    10
    Still the best game in my opinion, everything still holds up well today, better than anything ever achieved in gaming
  4. JohnS.
    Dec 26, 2003
    9
    Although it is pathetically short (10 hours of gameplay max), it is also superbly polished and satisfying. They've managed to trump the Although it is pathetically short (10 hours of gameplay max), it is also superbly polished and satisfying. They've managed to trump the first game, which was very good for its time, and add many new features, maps, and thrills. It's one of those games that is so superbly done, I didn't want to stop playing it. But it's short length and no multiplayer makes it only a rental candidate. Expand
  5. JeffF.
    Apr 19, 2005
    8
    Very short but still a great game.
  6. Duo
    Nov 29, 2003
    8
    I haven't finished it yet, so I'm not sure just how short it is, but it does have all the insanity you could ever ask for.
  7. OliverW.
    Nov 9, 2006
    3
    Bad graphics, worse soundtrack for the enemies. The guys you kill do exactly the same movements and sounds. Max looks like he is 60 years Bad graphics, worse soundtrack for the enemies. The guys you kill do exactly the same movements and sounds. Max looks like he is 60 years old, bullet time leaves something to be desired and its very short Expand

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#15 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#40 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003