Summary: I bought this game for $1 brand new and much more would not have been worth it. I loved the first Max Payne. The story and game play was great and challenging and long. this one had a terrible story and they changed a lot of things to be worse than the first. the weapons are much worse, and Max isn't as ironic and funny. there is basically no plot, you just play missions. In one cut seen Max gets shot point blank in the head and gets up with only a headache!!!
Summary: So, if you've played the original MP you know how extrordinarily beautiful and dark and twisted it was. So, as usual you anticipate the follow up. This installment, is a shoddy, trashy version. The graphics look like a PS1 title, the story is boring. The deep save screens are terrible. Also, since you spend more time watching and hearing the graphic novel than playing the game it gets frustrating.
Summary: What do you do in Max Payne 2? You walk from room to room shooting enemies in slow-motion dives. Oh yeah, and there's a competent story and some cool dream levels thrown into the mix. Now I'm all for mindless shooting (Especially when the enemy AI is as good as it is here) but a number of serious flaws suck the fun right out of this PC port. 1. Load times- Around 45 seconds everytime you start a new level or die and have to respawn.
Some mature rated things were taken out of this game.....
Robert evans, Amazon
19 March 2004
Summary: this versian of max payne is not very good. I played this at a friends house even though I have max payne 2 on my computer, and they took out some lets say "Adult" cheats.... Yes thats right there is something in the pc versian of max payne 2 that the x box and ps2 versian dont have. Mona in full Frontel Nudity.....Yes If you saw a brief scene with mona in the shower that is all you will get in the ps2 and x box versian.....But.
Summary: The PC version of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne managed to improve on the first game in some areas and was vastly enjoyable overall, however this Playstation 2 port of the game is severely disappointing. A noticibly terrible frame rate, blurry textures, missing sound effects, an even worse save system, and ridiculously long loading times plague what could have been a stellar game.
Summary: As much fun as running in slow mo, and diving while firing with cinematic flourish, can be, Max Payne 2 is, quite frankly, an exercise in frustration. The game has numerous good points, but in the end, those good points are weighed down by what can be a rather plodding, frustrating and monotonous game. To give Max Payne 2 its due, there are positives that need to be mentioned.
Summary: I expected more from Rockstar, the company that brought us the incredible world of GTA. Max Payne 2 is defintely not GTA. The gameplay is awkward, the story is horribly written (the dialogue is so bad it makes you cringe), and the main difficulty in the game seems to lie with not getting so irritated with the game that you stop playing it. One of the few redeeming features is the bullet time mode, which is pretty cool.
Summary: There is a reason that this game earned paltry, failing grades from GameSpot (6.5) and other reviewers - because it totally sucks. The framerates are stunningly slow (turning 360 degrees takes 4-5 seconds), the mission load times are 20-30 seconds (what??), the bullet-time is no different from normal time (it's sepia toned - oh boy!), and the auto-save feature from the first version is missing (forcing you to stop and save your game every 1-2 minutes).
Summary: This game is little to no improvement upon the first. There are practically no new moves that can be used in bullet time and the graphics are a poor quality. The story is weak and predicatable. Rent this game before buying or you will likely be regretting a $50 purchase.