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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: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. EricR.
    Dec 1, 2003
    10
    More often than not, I end up not finishing a game because the game becomes repetitive, excessively difficult for the average gamer, the More often than not, I end up not finishing a game because the game becomes repetitive, excessively difficult for the average gamer, the story fails to keep keep me interested, and the length of the game is needlessly long - progress toward the end feels like work. Max Payne 2 negates those problems and makes for a highly satisfying game. Expand
  2. Ryencoke
    Jul 25, 2006
    10
    Brilliant game & story. Short, but just amazing.
  3. Nov 5, 2021
    10
    Began to pass Max Payne 2 on PS2. But a couple of hours it was enough to understand that PS2 clearly could not cope with such a beautiful andBegan to pass Max Payne 2 on PS2. But a couple of hours it was enough to understand that PS2 clearly could not cope with such a beautiful and technological game. On Xbox Original Max Payne 2 looks great for 2003 and the technical features of the console. Max Payne 2 piece product in the video game market, possibly the best Remedy game and one of the best games of the 6th generation consoles. 3 part unfortunately lost the neo-noir style, so for me 2 part will remain the best in the series. Expand
  4. Uter
    Jul 31, 2004
    9
    I'm usually one to criticize games for being too short. But here I can forgive it b/c it's just so great throughout. The story is I'm usually one to criticize games for being too short. But here I can forgive it b/c it's just so great throughout. The story is among the best I've ever encountered in a game. The environments are imaginative and often brilliant. The gameplay is just so excellent. I'd rather have 8 hours of incredible gameplay than 20 of mediocre. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2020
    8
    Really fun and an excellent story but is unfortunately too short in runtime. Wish there was more here!
  6. GeorgeP.
    Dec 5, 2003
    8
    Great game. the only problem i had with it is it was too short.
  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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#11 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#40 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003