Excerpt: Looking at Max Payne , Im going to have to agree with nearly every point James made in his review, especially his view that the game falls short of being an "amazing, breakthrough" title. Is Bullet Time cool? Hell yes. Is it enough to carry an entire game? Hell no. The story is standard gangland stuff with no surprises or interesting twists. The classic "murdered family" provides the motivation, pitting Max against mobsters, drug addicts and thugs for revenge.
Excerpt: Remember all those spaghetti westerns that one used to get on the fifties and sixties? The ones where the hero indulged in a series of blazing gunfights to settle a score with a bunch of outlaws before riding off into the sunset? I remember watching dozens of them spellbound. At the end of it all, I would sit and wonder about the cowboy hero (generally Clint Eastwood) always overcame such terrific odds or seemed to pull off amazing stunts at the drop of a hat.
Excerpt: The first person shooter genre has come a long way since its inception with Wolfenstein 3D, and others. FPS’s have become the jewel of the gaming industry, often pushing computers and consoles past their limit. As these games gained popularity in the PC world they have gradually made the transition to the console realm. Max Payne takes the genre one step further, although taking place in the third-person it inherits much from the FPS style of gameplay.
Excerpt: Take a lot of film-noir darkness and add a dash of The Matrix , and you'll get Max Payne. In this third-person shooter, you take on the role of Max Payne, a fugitive undercover cop who has been accused of murder. You must dive deep into New York's dark underbelly to clear your name and find the source of a new drug scourge gripping the city.
Excerpt: Finally I've finished Max Payne. It is a very good game, possibly the best action-game of the year. Now is time to write an article here, though my mice buttons are still hot from playing :) Max Payne is an 3rd-person action shooter, developed by Finnish studio called Remedy Entertainment (Death Rally makers).�Max Payne's gameplay seems to be inspired more by movies than by games to create something that feels like playable, interactive cinema.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound:
The graphics in Max Payne are very, very sharp. Yes, the world is generally very desolate--the game is set in the slums of New York--which can be bit monotonous, but everything that's there is realized in full graphical glory. The character animation is solid and convincing, although the enemies aren't anywhere near as well done as Max is.
Conclusion: The Wrap-up: Max Payne is great. It's a blast to play, and anyone who engages in it will not be able to stop playing it until you have completed the game. But once you complete it, where you go from there? There is no multiplayer, and many people do not want to sit down and try to create more missions just to extend the life of the game. So is it worth $49.99?
Summary: All right. The graphics are really cool, Bullet Time is really cool, but the rest is standard shooter fare. With just a short single player mode, the fun runs out too quickly, and I, for one, want more Payne! Even with its shortcomings, somehow (by buying it), get your hands on Max Payne and enjoy the melted goodness. No doubt, user created mods and levels will be out soon enough to extend Max to greater heights.