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Max Payne

by Rockstar
PlayStation2
 Ages 16 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Story-driven 3rd-person action game for mature audiences
  • Thrilling pulp crime fiction story keeps the players guessing right until the end
  • Realistic weapon setup includes over a dozen real-life guns
  • Matrix-style slow-motion action
  • Story is advanced with more than 80 hand-painted comic screens
  • Also available: Official Strategy Guide

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00005NZ39
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 141 g
  • Release Date: 11 Jan 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,686 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Max Payne is a stylish, urban, revenge-driven action game based in New York City's grimy underground. A ground-breaking rendering engine allows for heart-stopping, photo-realistic visuals and breathtaking film-quality effects as Max fights his way to uncover the truth. The game combines elements from Hollywood action-thrillers with the latest in videogame technology to deliver a highly original gameplay experience.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Max Payne's wife and baby daughter were slain by junkies hopped up on a dangerous new synthetic drug. For three years, Max has worked undercover to find the source of these drugs and then, just when he's almost got it figured out, somebody ices his superior and pins the murder on him. Now, it's payback time as Max faces off against the Mob, the police and much, much, worse. Max Payne has jumped from the PC to the PlayStation 2, and there's going to be hell to pay.

Max Payne uses extremely realistic graphics to showcase a gritty film noir-inspired New York City. Payne stalks subways, tenements, nightclubs and even government installations as he takes his vengeance out on a horde of gun-toting bad guys. Taking a page from the visual style of famed director John Woo, as well as The Matrix, Max Payne lets the player launch into a slow motion mode generally known as "Bullet Time", which makes dodging enemy fire and dishing out your own in return, while leaping side to side, a breeze. While this looks extremely cool to do, it also evens the odds and can only be used for limited amounts of time, making it a strategic as well as aesthetic option.

And speaking of aesthetics, the game is packed with exciting moments, weapons and locations, even if the enemies get a little redundant after a while. The level design ranges from inspired (a multi-level parking garage) to humdrum (a warehouse) and several levels actually take place in the twisted wonderland of the hero's warped psyche. The graphics are state of the art, though admittedly the PlayStation 2 doesn't have the power to render them as well as the Xbox or PC, but most people won't notice the difference. The introduction scenes are painted photos presented graphic-novel style, which is a stylistic choice that pays dividends, even if the writing is hilariously bad and the voice acting is, if possible, even worse.

Needless to say, all this is violent, disturbing and not at all for the kids. Pay attention to the 18 rating, it's not there for decoration.--Bob Andrews


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows shoot 'em up's out of the water 7 May 2002
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There have been a number of comparisons to middle of the road, fairly mindless 1st person shoot 'em ups. Missing the point is a mild way to express my point of view.
Simply put, Max Payne is Goldeneye for adults. It is thick with plot and the experience plays somewhere betwen a game and a movie. It's less about enjoying bashing a key pad and more about enjoying an interactive story line.
Bullet time is a fantastic addition to the art of video gaming and I hope I see a lot more of it. If you have ever seen a John Woo film and enjoyed it, you will be particularly impressed when you see one of the bad guys spend a few fractions of a second frozen in time as you riddle his body with 100 rounds from your duel ingrams.
They say they are talking about making a film based on this game. Until then, I'm happy playing my way through it myself and dishing out the revenge.
Feel the Payne.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for the controls 12 Jan 2002
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Max Payne for ps2 is great: The realistic graphics, the slow motion-Matrix style moves and the weapons.There is just one thing that brings it down though:the controls. The controls are confusing and hard to manage, for example R1 is shoot and one analogbutton is for moving and the other is for looking.Once you get used to the controls, this game is fantastic! Its not just shooting though.There is a believable storyline and some puzzles. All in all a must for experienced gamers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Payne, No Gain 23 Jan 2002
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Thank God for small mercies. After listening to my mates talking about how great this game was on the P.C I am so glad it has been released on the PS2.
An excellent conversion of the game, only let down slightly (but not enough to lose a star) by the sometimes difficult controls. The bullet time feature is outstanding, once I got the hang of it and the fact that the bad guys play to your skill level is excellent, that is if you are popping away and hitting nothing they will miss you, but if you are shooting and taking them down with one shot, they adjust to do the same. All in all a great game and one I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the great shoot 'em up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Atmospheric Classic Game 9 Oct 2002
By A Customer
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From the first level this game immerses you into a dark world where the atmosphere is just spot on. Think of the movies Seven and Trainspotting for the dark mood and you're about there...
This was one of those games where it didn't matter what else I had available to play at the time, this was the only disk in my PS2 from start to end.
While the graphics and gameplay are good, they are not perfect. However, this matters little when the plot forces you to play 'one more level' just to see what happens next. Also, the game is challenging enough without being frustratingly so, so you don't need to attempt certain levels ten times until you crack it, not do you need to wander around a level for half an hour before you figure out what you need to do next. Some would say this is too easy, but I play games like this for fun. If I wanted a tax my brain really hard I'd try a Times crossword.
To summarise, Great Game, Great Atmosphere, Looks Good and the unique 'Bullet time' adds a new twist to an old genre.
Go get the bad guys Max. And watch your back!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I'm no the biggest fan of 3rd person Shoot 'em ups, I find the genre a little limited, and as fun as running around shooting bad guys is, it does tend to grow tiresome... until now.
Max Payne has introduced us to an engaging noir story line with suitably cheesy dialogue and stereotypical enemies however this is perfect for the game, and the use of the graphic novel to tell the story works a treat. From the moment you walk into your house discovering your wife and baby dead and from story the action kicks straight in and whilst still getting over the emotional shock of the opening you have to immediately take out a few junkies.
Without trying to give too much away there is a dream sequence, which is unnerving to a point but the crème de la crème in this area is the masterful drugs sequence which played alone, in the dark at 2.00am is truly scary.
Now onto the revolutionary use of Bullet Time. The introduction of this to the game has had a phenomenal effect on the game play, allowing for some of the most imaginative and enjoyable gunplay action ever which has to be played to be believed... very cool.
The sound mix is exemplary, played at best through a surround sound system at full blast, it rules.
Max Payne really has changed a genre and imitation a plenty are sure to follow... there possibly 2 games to beat Max Payne on the Playstation 2 at the moment, being GTA3 and MGS2, so once you've bought those, make sure you grab this... very, very cool indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Payne, Maximum Carnage 30 Nov 2002
By Marco Busani VINE VOICE
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This is a 3-D action adventure shoot em up game with some puzzle-based elements. You get a wide array of cool weapons to use and a rock hard, moody action hero. the storyline is sheer class and the cut scenes are enjoyable. There is an excellent feature in bullet time where everything slows down like in the Matrix and you get to target your opponents more effectively. However it's a finite resource so don't expect to rely on it too much. One drawback is the aiming cursor which seems to navigate around the screen in clumsy, awkward fashion, this can make combat that much more difficult. The graphics aren't the best on PS2 either. However, this is still an enjoyable game, worth purchasing. The game has loads of levels so you are guaranteed some longevity. Arm yourself with a pair of UZIs and start filling those mobsters with richly deserved lead!
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1.0 out of 5 stars My 'sold as new' game was covered in scratches, ...
My 'sold as new' game was covered in scratches, did not come with a disc booklet/manual. They simply took an old item and stuck it in a sealed bag. How can they sleep at night. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robin leishman
5.0 out of 5 stars very good fast sent out 10/10
very good fast sent out 10/10
Published 5 months ago by robert shanks
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING.
WARNING: this game will make you play it 24/7, causing multiple strain and unhealthiness. Although, when you get brainwashed and actually do the things Max does because video games... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ethan Jas. Das.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible game!
I remember buying this game for 10 euro and feeling ripped off. The controls are silly and so is the gameplay.
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-Skool antics
I mistakenly forgot to play this game when it first came out, and partially I'm glad I did. Some of the "Max's Dream" sequences (like falling off a blood trail) almost made me ****... Read more
Published on 14 May 2009 by Adstar
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Not a bad game, overall graphics are dated and controls can be a bit clumsy but still good.
Published on 10 Feb 2009 by JP Huscroft
4.0 out of 5 stars A gritty shooter with a good plotline!
Set in the dark and menacing back alleys of New York during the century's worst blizzard, this is a terrific game that received plaudits on its release. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by Mark R. Bannister
4.0 out of 5 stars Need to see bullets better!
Almost perfect.Graphics better than Medal of Honor:Frontline,brill storyline and the bullet time is wicked.
This game is the best you can get online. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2004 by Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne
Unfortently i don't like the style of this shooter, but it doesn't meen you wont. Max Payne is a police officer that brakes the law to go after a mafia group after they killed his... Read more
Published on 21 April 2004 by Sean Webber
2.0 out of 5 stars Pain in the But!
I can remember first getting this game on P.C and absolutely loving the game completing it over and over and over with and without the cheats. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2004 by "dj_knuckle_id"
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