Max Payne
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9  |  Max Payne - One of the Funnest Action Games Ever!
DaFuZzMaStA , 12/8/2003 7:53:51 AM
When I first heard about Max Payne, I thought it will be one of the coolest games to hit the PC as well as other consoles. Well, I was right.

Simply said, Max Payne was one of the most enjoyable action games I have ever played. It ties in great game play, awesome graphics, a cool story, and a film noir style feel and look to it which is difficult to copy.

In Max Payne, you play as the title character who’s life was torn apart after the untimely murder of his wife and new born baby. Pretty intense stuff for a cop, who then goes over the edge and seeks revenge on those responsible. Luckily for Max, he has an arsenal of weapons, including his trusty service revolver, a shotgun, Molotov cocktails, and other weapons such as a trusty baseball bat and a sniper rifle.

But that’s not all. Max is also gifted with the ability to focus deeply and therefore provide the illusion of slowing down time, and execute amazing feats of gunplay and bullet dodging. This feature has been seen in movies such as The Matrix and it is known as Bullet-Time. When this feature is activated, Max can dodge and at the same time shoot while everything seems extremely SSLLLOOOWWW. Multiple enemies can therefore be “neutralized” in one move, and bodies go flying.

The game is played in the third-person view, and the controls are best used with the combination of the mouse and keyboard. Enemies are reasonably smart, and can be harder to kill once you finish the game in Normal Mode. Other options include a New-York Minute where you receive limited time and life to complete each level.

Needless to say, the graphics are amazing. You can actually see the bullet streams go past you as you blaze your way through the all too short number of levels. However, a video card that is at least a GeForce 2 is essential in order to take full advantage of the beautiful graphics of this game.

The sound is typical of a great action game, and the music is also appropriate. Footsteps can be heard of nearby enemies and the gunfire sounds realistic.

The game also has clips of Max’s memory of the past, and you are at times involved in these memories. Other cut scenes are done in comic book style, and also sets the tone for the game.

One complaint of this game was that it was too short, like all good games that you do not want to put down. And of course the slight adult content should only be limited to mature players (not for little kids!). Furthermore, the replay value is low after you have finished it, and most puzzling, there is NO MULTIPLAYER MODE!

Nevertheless, I still believe it a worthy game andtherefore give this game a 9 out of a possible 10. I highly recommend it.

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