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I haven't awed at a game like this since Half-Life. The gameplay is brilliant...the level of emotional stimulation is unprecedented.
Rating: 5 Stars
I feel that I have changed a bit from playing Max Payne. Like a great movie, I was engrossed in the game and didn't want to let go. I think Duke Nukem should get a little nervous because it's going to be mighty hard to create an action game better than this.
Two reviewers rated the game: 90% and 93%
Max Payne is certainly the best action game this year. The movie-like action scenes etc. are phenomenal and the intense gun play will keep you coming back. Hell, I'll go out on a limb and say that Max Payne is probably the best PC action game to date.
I've just spent an unhealthy portion of my weekend sitting at my PC, reliving some of the greatest moments in action movie history...Whether it be the much lauded slow motion gunplay or the John McClane style limping when you're on your last legs, everything has been created with a director's eye for detail. Max Payne's story is more competent than some of what Hollywood is churning out right now. It hits harder than anything of it's type in terms of storyline, graphics and on-screen action. Renting out 10 movies might cost the same as buying Max Payne and last you just as long, but being in the movie is far superior to just watching it. Max Payne is the first of the next gen games.
The bottom line on this one? They HAVE pushed the envelope.
Rating: 5 Stars
Max Payne is about all-out action and once you enter the game proper what you'll discover is a rare visual treat. It's a real tour of New York low-life, and matching the gorgeous environments are a full supporting cast of junkies, hookers, mobsters and their hoods. Excellent character animation and nice facial detail give Max's supporting cast a really distinctive look and menacing feel, and with additional explosive in-game cut scenes it all contributes to a real big-screen blockbuster-style feel. While we're on the subject, it's also a relief to find a game which is unashamedly pitched at a more adult audience and isn't afraid to tackle more sophisticated content and themes.
In our opinion Max Payne has the makings for game of the year. This game is splendid in every way with its stIn our opinion Max Payne has the makings for game of the year. This game is splendid in every way with its stunning graphics and special effects, bullet time feature, pyrotechnics and other new enhancements. It has a wow factor of 10 that never lets you down. The industry has hyped it up and it is deserving of every bit of it. Even after playing through most of the game we were still in awe. Stunning graphics and special effects, bullet time feature, pyrotechnics and other new enhancements. It has a wow factor of 10 that never lets you down. The industry has hyped it up and it is deserving of every bit of it. Even after playing through most of the game we were still in awe.
All in all, Max Payne is an envelope pusher and possibly the game of the year, for a lot of reasons. It does everything right, uses an inventive control method, and fixes everything that is wrong with the genre.
The textures are some of the best we have ever seen - hands down. They're vibrant without being too colorful to detract from the game's dark, brooding atmosphere. The level of destruction and incredible object interaction is enough to make a grown man cry. For example, when a stray bullet bites into a wall, the tiles crumble apart like a crisp Frito under the leaden heel of your neighborhood game geek. And it's not just walls - paper, boxes, bottles, water coolers, glass windows, wooden staircases - every surface and object reacts appropriately when met with speeding hot lead. A true technical achievement!
The technology behind Max Payne is by far the most advanced gaming technology to date. Max Payne turned out to be worth the four year wait. With an intense storyline, realistic locations, tons of weaponry to choose from, stunning visual effects, and remarkable game-play features, Max Payne might turn out to be the next game of the year, and in this reviewer's book, it already is.
Max Payne is the pinnacle of great graphics. Mere words can't do this visual effect justice, so I'll just leave it at that. The graphics engine also has photo-digitized textures and a fairly interactive environment going for it--as well as support for the latest hardware. The textures look better than anything I've seen using a 'real life' gaming environment.
Nothing can compare to the sound of a 9mm bullet whizzing by your head in slow motion. Max Payne captures the tension of dodging bullets perfectly with it's unique sounds. When you activiate BulletTime, all of the sounds are distant and muffled, and an intense heart beat throbs in the background. This does an excellent job of putting you in the game. Aside from action sounds, Max's well-written monologues are also amazing. Max tells the story through his own eyes, and shares important plot information. The sounds are really involving, and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole game.
Max Payne is about all-out action and once you enter the game proper what you'll discover is a rare visual treat. Max Payne will deliver one of the most visually impressive experiences you'll see this year. One of the first titles to be able to take full advantage of the GeForce 3's advanced capabilities. The game environments are lush with crisp, smooth graphics perfectly capturing the seedy underbelly of the city, as you charge through grimy hotels, bust open derelict apartment blocks and bound across snow-filled rooftops. It's a real tour of New York low-life, and matching the gorgeous environments are a full supporting cast of junkies, hookers, mobsters and their hoods.