Excerpt: Rockstar is most known for its
over-the-top shock factor games. Last year, they developed a console
game that brought bullet-time into the lime light. They followed it up
this year with a sequel and a GBA port of the original. This port is as
good of an adaptation as I could imagine them doing on the small screen.
Excerpt: Gritty. Violent. Intense. Max Payne 's story is ripped out of your average cop/detective crime novel and then pumped full with gunplay, seedy underlife and a slopping amount of ambiance. Max is a cop who, after his family is killed by drugged out punks, goes undercover to bust the crime family that is linked to the drugs that led to his family's murder.
Pros: Bullet Time and Shoot Dodge are both fun, Story and voice acting are well done, Lots of voicework, Sound effects are pulled straight from original game, Bullet time action makes shootouts pretty fun
Cons: Way too much loading, Graphically substandard, Gameplay is limited outside of the special features, Getting shot at from off-screen, Drab color palette
Excerpt: Max Payne: the game synonymous with Bullet Time arrives on the GBA surprising intact. Alas, the nightmare levels are missing (and, as the Monty Python troupe would say: There was much rejoicing), the view is now isometric, but the graphic novel look along with the voice acting (now highly compressed) manage to make it “feel” like Max Payne.
Excerpt: GBA players have reason to smile: Max Payne is that rare sort of GBA game that manages to deliver the fun, style, and feel of its console counterpart. The action is there, the bullet time is there”somehow even 20+ minutes of narration is there. It's all quite an accomplishment on a handheld. Click here for the full review.
Conclusion: This is a graphically impressive GBA game, with clear, crisp sprites, and nicely detailed levels. The sound is good, with decent samples and clear speech during the cut scenes in the game. If you’re into the Max Payne and own a GBA, You’ll love this version of the game. Definitely an essential bathroom time killer (or possibly for whilst on the way to, or at work). Recommended.
Pros: Good, fun gameplay., Great selection of weapons., Isometric view works well.