Max Payne Preview
Next Generation Online has an interview with two of the guys at Remedy Entertainment about the making of Max Payne. Petri Jarvilehto & Sam Lake are the two interviewees; here's a tidbit from the full interview:
We feel that a character based, plot-driven action is just the right way to maximize the impact value of the game experience. The plot gives reason and motive for the action, and the plot must happen to someone. The character makes it all personal, and brings tons of attitude to the mixture.
Max Payne is hardboiled cinematic action with a strong storyline to back up and give meaning to the action.