Summary: When I first heard about Max Payne 2 coming out all I could think was it is about time. I have been waiting for months for the second installment to come out for this saga that is Payne. First of all I would like to say that I got this game for the Xbox so that is what I will be refering to. Max Payne 2 takes place a few years after the first one had left off it has our hero Max Payne back on the force and leading a pretty good life considering his past.
Summary: I have a confession to make I am a big fan of the first Max Payne game and to this day I still believe it is the best example of the slo mo action game so I bought Max Payne 2 without thinking about it really and left it on the shelf for a ridiculous amount of time. Admittedly playing it now on a creaking PS2 it has not aged particularly well but if you compare it with its peers you realise that there is a fairly solid title there to be played.
Excerpt: "...a long night..." Max Payne doesn't have much luck with the ladies. Framed for the murder of his wife and daughter last time, in the sequel our hero is balls-deep in a tortuous conspiracy involving Russian gunrunners, bent coppers and a Masonic crime syndicate. He's also enjoying vigorous sex with the contract killer from the original game - who somehow managed to survive after being shot in the head and just happens to be the prime suspect this ...
Pros: Atmospheric music and good voice acting, some flashes of brilliance
Cons: Smudgy dull textures, annoying flaws in gameplay, shorter than before
Summary: Fun, yet very dated game. It's AI is dumb, often running to certain death. The controls can be clumsy and results in the occasional death (jumping from platform to platform can feel like luck rather than skill). The main thing you need to know to avoid frustration; ALWAYS SAVE! When you are at a point you're happy to return to, save and do it constantly. Don't forget, but keep several saves, in case you need to backtrack.
Summary: Not what I expected it to be. It becomes more and more difficult as you play, to the point where the fun just stops. Quite repetitive. Repetitive is one thing, but repetitive and extremely difficult was a bit too much for me. I figure I may have gotten just past the half way point. Where she and Max are fighting together and you are controlling her and after many many hours of trying I couldn't keep Max from dying. Just simply too repetive and difficult for me to enjoy.
Summary: This is a continuation of the original Max Payne story, the film noir (or comic film noir) tale of a hard-bitten investigator with a taste for shooting his opponents. In the course of the first tale, Max loses his family, his job, and his self-respect. Now, in this episode, Payne confronts his own ghosts as he gets caught up in a gang conflict, crooked cops, and a hard fall for the woman who helped ruin his life.
If you enjoyed the first this one will not disappoint
Brent B. Smith, amazon.ca
29 December 2003
Summary: First off it is more like 3.75 stars, but as my title reads this game will probably satisfy most of the original fans. I played the first game and enjoyed it, and I played this one and enjoyed it, but like so many sequels it pales because the concept is not longer original. When you buy this game you are getting a true sequel, just a continuation of the story with very little if any improvements to game play or intangibles.