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Max Payne (PC CD)

by Take 2 Interactive
Windows 95 / 98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 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 replay
  • Story is advanced with more than 80 hand-painted comic screens
  • What-you-see-is-what-you-get level editor

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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • 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: B00005LDIU
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 118 g
  • Release Date: 27 July 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,363 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

There have been a lot of famous Maxes in our time, Mad Max, Max Headroom, Maximus the Gladiator and Max Load (as featured in lifts across the world) but none have matched the cool, dark, brooding, pistol-packing chic of Max Payne. This third-person action-adventure shooter brings those slow-motion antics as modelled by Neo in the Matrix onto your home PC, as Max fights to clear his name and wreak his revenge on the drug fuelled psychos that killed his family. The game begins with Max returning home to find his house is a wreck and his wife and child murdered. Years pass and Max is now a drug enforcement agent desperately trying to bring those who ordered the killing of his family to justice, but Max's partner is killed and he becomes the prime suspect in the murder inquiry. Desperate and with nowhere to turn, on the run from the police and the mob, he goes underground to find those responsible for ruining his life. What follows is an adrenalin-pumped action game where you get to shoot first and ask questions later. Max has nothing left to loose and like another action hero in a certain Roman related film, he will have his vengeance, in this life or the next. Developer Remedy Entertainment has used the kind of movie-style special effects seen in the films of Hong Kong auteur John Woo and the Wachowski brothers to create a unique gaming experience. Max will dodge out of the line of fire whilst still letting his target have it with both barrels. The Max-FX game engine can be used to slow down the action so that you can actually see bullets leave the gun and feel the recoil. All this graphical whiz-bang comes at a price though. Minimum requirements are a Pentium II 450 MHz computer and you will need a good graphics card to get the full Maximum 3-D experience. But if you have the power your reward will be one of the best-looking and fun games to come out of the PC so far this year. --Kristen Bowditch

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New York City, present day. Max Payne is an undercover DEA special agent on the run. Since his family were senselessly slaughtered three years ago by a gang of drug-crazed junkies, Max has been on a crusade for revenge, out to get even. Now Max's boss and best friend--the only man to know his true identity--has been murdered, and Max has been framed for the slaying.

Max Payne, a lone hero against a horde of stone-cold murdering mobsters, drug-enhanced killers, bad cops, professional assassins, corrupt politicians, and things much, much worse. It's gonna be a cold day in hell before anyone can stop him.

This game is a completely unique third-person gaming experience enhanced by its cinematic aesthetic, and by revolutionary combat sequences set against the most convincing New York backdrop--at its grittiest.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quality game 20 Nov 2001
I played Max Payne as the first game on my brand new laptop, and I was thoroughly impressed.
The game play is absorbing always, and the stylish plotting of the story throughout kept the game interesting.
I will not pretend to be an expert gamer, and as such will often hit a brick wall in the form of badass bosses who dont die when you launch 5 rockets into their stomach (Still bitter at KINGPIN). In Max Payne a pen pusher, IS a pen pusher, so dont expect torcherously hard showdowns at any point in the game.
This game will be noted for its revolutionary 'bullet-time' which visually was fantastic and added a beautifully clever advantage over your opponents.
This advantage sometimes made the game a little too easy. Difficulty setting can only be altered after you have completed the game on 'easy'.

In short, the game is beautifully crafted and looks great, especially with bullet time, even though my GEForceGO graphics card was missing out some pixels toward the end! The game is, however, not a great challenge, and is, dissappointingly, very short. Having said that, I had a great time playing it. As such 3.5 Stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply... a great game 27 Aug 2001
I was sceptical about buying Max Payne, as the only FPS games i normally enjoy are ones with strong rpg elements (hint - Deus Ex). But, after i had purchased Max Payne... wow. Apart from being an incredible shooter, the game is advanced with an involving and interesting gangster themed story, and although your part is made up entirely of shooting things, you feel involved, and even better, you feel cool. And you feel cool because you are an excellent super-hero type, who packs a mean punch, and tends to shoot first and ask questions later. And then there's bullet time.. which just seals the deal, for me, anyway. When you enter a room full of crooks who all suddenly draw their guns, you get to snazzily leap over the table in slow motion, shooting stuff with perfect accuracy. The artistic quality of bullet time is also used, with slow motion enemy deaths occuring, and some critical points being highlighted by the slowing down treatment.
The best bit for me, though, was reaching the top of the hotel near the beginning of the game, when a group of bad guys suddenly burst out of nowhere and chucked all sorts of grenades at me. I got to leap, in bullet time, backwards, off a balcony, all the while shooting them, and watching everything explode... You know, i'd buy the game just for that experience alone...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max owes it all to Woo 28 Aug 2001
If John Woo wrote computer games they would look like this.
Max leaps in slow motion, his blazing guns spitting hot lead towards his flailing victim. The bullets rip through flesh and bone. Blood is spattered on the tiled wall of the subway station as the thug slides to the floor with a final exhalation. Tiny chips of ceramic fall from the gracefully drawn arc of bullet holes.
Why is there no action replay in this game? I wanna see it again!
This is a well executed (pardon the pun) game with a very basic premise - if it moves, shoot it. Shoot it lots. The interface and mechanics are carefully thought out and designed to allow maximum use of the mouse as an action controller. If that turns out to be something of an innovation in a third person perspective game you can't help but feel that it's more of an emergent property than anything that was consciously determined. It's nice to see it, even if it is the way things should have been all along (space combat game designers take note).
But the really deliberate innovation here is the invention of Bullet Time. Why did this take so long to discover? Just when you thought real imagination in games was a thing of the past, along comes this stunning use of 3D space to remind you just how mind blowing games can be. Forget trying to simulate reality and cast aside any silly justifications as to exactly why Max can do this. Why doesn't matter. He can do it and it's immensely cool. Sub zero, in fact.
If you haven't experienced Bullet Time yet then there's no point in trying to explain the feeling you get from successfully implementing a carefully thought out sideways leap whilst delivering fifty slugs to the face of some drug crazed mobster. You just have to try it to realise how intuitive a system it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
OK, when I took this game home and installed it, the only problem I found is that you can't use the arrow keys to turn, you have to use the mouse. But soon I adjusted and it turned out to be very useful and more effective than the keys. Now onto the game itself. Max Payne is a DEA cop whose wife and baby were brutally murdered by junkies high on the fictional street drug Valkyr. The game starts with a cinematic sequence of Max standing on top of a tower block in New York holding a sniper rifle. He starts explaining how he ended up there. The game levels are seperated by graphic novel type pages. I first thoght this couldn't be as good as 3D cutscenes, but I was wrong. The comic book pages add depth and grittiness to the story. During gameplay, Max has access to a nifty little feature called Bullet-Time. There are two ways of using this- by pressing ALT while standing still- this will slow down time and enable you to dodge enemies more efficently. The second way is pushing the right mouse butoon while moving in a direction. This puts you into a slow motion dive in that direction, enabling you to dodge bullets otherwise called shoot-dodging. While in shoot-dodge mode you can move the mouse, turning you in real-time therefore pulling off amazing rolls. The in game enemies are quite smart, they hide from you and throw grenades. The only glitch is that they sometimes shoot there teammates- which is quite funny. The damage inflicted on enemies ny you is quite realistic- with only the beefed up characters and later game-enemies that require more punch. This mistake is made in almost EVERY game with 'boss' characters, although some Mods (modifications) of games correct this mistake. When comparing Max Payne to other action games- Half-Life, Unreal and Quake. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by I. M. Bellamy
4.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning....
I came late into this game, playing it after Max Payne 2. It is hard, gritty and cynical. A good game if now outdated, but it prompted a re-run of Max Payne 2 and then through Max... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne
Max Payne is a dark gritty 3rd person shooter set around the story of one man (Mr. Payne) trying to discover as much as he can about why his family are dead and he got the blame. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by D. Urban
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
The story of "Max Payne" is fascinating and intelligent, a mix both of a film (visuality) and a book (dialogues). Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2010 by MacGyver
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Shooting Game EVER
Wow... Where to start?
Eight years on from its release and the first time I ever played it, admittedly at quite a young age when I should probably have been into ponies and... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2009 by Devil girl
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll probably need the software update
I got this because I enjoyed Max Payne 2. Maybe I've become jaded but I didn't enjoy this nearly as much. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody fantastic game!
Max Payne is the type of game that re-defines the genre shoot-'em-up, Max Payne is an undercover DEA agent who is on the run, he has been out for revenge ever since his family was... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2007 by Stevo
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I saw this again.
I played the demo a few years ago and liked it. What I normally do is put games on my budget list and buy them when the price comes down. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2007 by TG
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A stylish, innovative masterpiece of the genre - Essential.
Max Payne was a revolutionary game when it was released. It looked superb, thanks to new graphical techniques that allowed the most realistic textures and lighting ever seen in a... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2005 by Mr. Dominic L. Brown
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