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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne returns...
Max Payne 2 is the kind of satisfying, brain-free blasting action that console gaming was invented for. It's a rain-soaked, noir-styled thriller that follows the titular Payne through yet another life-or-death, intrigue-filled trawl through the seedy, underbelly of New York City. The game's premise is as shallow as it gets, but thanks to the excellent plot and cinematic...
Published on 4 Feb 2004 by A. Kelly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an improvement
I got this game 2 days ago. Cumulatively, I have played on it for about five hours and completed it.
I was a huge fan of Max Payne when it came out 3 or 4 years ago, and if you've not tried either before then I'd definitely recommend saving your money and getting the first one - it was better in so many ways.
The Fall Of Max Payne is overshadowed by the original...
Published on 11 Jun 2004 by Simon Daultrey


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne returns..., 4 Feb 2004
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A. Kelly (Bath, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
Max Payne 2 is the kind of satisfying, brain-free blasting action that console gaming was invented for. It's a rain-soaked, noir-styled thriller that follows the titular Payne through yet another life-or-death, intrigue-filled trawl through the seedy, underbelly of New York City. The game's premise is as shallow as it gets, but thanks to the excellent plot and cinematic stylings you'll forgive it's 'shoot, run, shoot' mechanic and learn to appreciate it's no-holds-barred take on the genre.
But, of course, no game is perfect, and Max Payne 2 has it's fair share of flaws. Firstly, it's too damn short. You'll love every minute of it, but when the end arrives you may feel a little short changed. Secondly, the ragdoll physics, although mostly excellent, occasionally glitch and end up looking a bit, well, crap. A shame, as the rest of the game looks stunning. Otherwise, everything's as tight as a drum. Some say the bullet time is flawed, but with proper mastery, wiping out a room full of goons never gets old - especially with a pair of Ingram sub-machine guns in your posession.
Gameplay highlights include the funhouse level based on a TV show that plays throughout the game (an excellent parody of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, I might add), and is gloriously surreal. The hand-drawn sets and cardboard-cut-out characters are sheer genius. In fact, the whole game is one big highlight, and thanks to the Havok physics engine, each playthrough can differ depending on how you interact with the environment. Offed bad guys stumble into chairs, fall over balconies and get their limbs caught on stuff - it's completely overblown and unrealistic, as is the nature of the game. The major improvement over the previous game, however, is the upgraded Bullet Time system that now allows for more varied use of Max's slow-mo abilities, and just looks cooler, which is the most important thing, right?
There are a hundred unique touches that make Max Payne truly unique including chattering enemies, hilarious, self-depreciating humour and self-referential TV shows that mirror Max's life. And then there's the graphic novel wherein the game's plot is advanced between levels on the pages of a comic book; gritty, hard-boiled voiceover and all.
So, let's get down to the nitty gritty; should you spend forty hard-earned notes on this? Well, that depends. If you're expecting depth and longevity, look elsewhere, but if you're cup of tea is pure, unadulterated fun, then Max Payne 2 is the game for you. Entertaining but short-lived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an improvement, 11 Jun 2004
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Simon Daultrey "g3fan" (Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
I got this game 2 days ago. Cumulatively, I have played on it for about five hours and completed it.
I was a huge fan of Max Payne when it came out 3 or 4 years ago, and if you've not tried either before then I'd definitely recommend saving your money and getting the first one - it was better in so many ways.
The Fall Of Max Payne is overshadowed by the original in the story-line region - basically, it's strange, it's a bit confusing, and frankly pointless. It's about Max's love-affair with a (female) criminal. The story-line of Max Payne was far better thought-out.
Max Payne 2 is also way, way too short, which is a great disappointment because Max Payne was lengthy, and kept you playing because it's story-line was so gripping and intense.
However, it's not all bad - The Fall of Max Payne has the same beautiful graphic quality and rendering as it's predecessor, although some textures are bit low-quality.
The environments are nicely designed, and very interactive, in as much as any small boxes, bottles, general stuff that you run into, will move. But you can't shoot boxes open any more!
None of the areas of the game are particularly based on strategy, and when they are, it's pretty obvious what to do, which is probably partly responsible for it being so short.
The weapons are similar, the physics are the same, the bullet-time is still cool, and if you're after something to satisfy the simple desire to run through a game and blast the enemy with round after round of gunfire, then this will be the best thing for it.
The violence level is just the same, with the added spice of regular extreme language, and 'scenes of a sexual nature' as the cencorship people put it......which was a bit of a surprise!
Not the best, but worth trying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Max is back!, 8 Jan 2004
This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
This game has a style all of its own! from the graphics(which are great!) to dark comic book style cut scenes.You play the part of Max Payne a tough new york cop on various story based levels.
The game has one great feature which is bullet time! this allows you to slow time down as you dive through doorways to take out bad guys, as well as rolling and spinning through the air.
All the items in the game work on a good physics model so chairs and boxs fly through the air during explosions and doors blow off hinges!, Also all the characters have rag doll physics which means when shot they fall in a life like manner with arms and legs flailing.
The graphics on this game are great and its as much fun to watch as to play so if you like shooters and enjoyed the first game give it a go!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More fun than you can shake a stick at., 17 Dec 2003
This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
This game has one down side and that is it's length. It took about a day to finish (but that was playing non stop). The pro's certainly out weight that one con.
The game looks amazing, plays amazing, every bullet time move looks so good (if you like John Woo Movies you'll love the action in this).
Even though I have finished the game the reply value is huge, it has varying difficulties and timed levels.
If you like action games with lots of guns then you should buy this game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Payne - Max Fun!, 17 Dec 2003
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M. Woodall-smith "mikasnape" (Schelle, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
I bought this game for my husband but i enjoyed it too! We have the first one and it was just as great as all the reviews said. But Max Payne 2 is even better!! It's just like the first, but without the wierd jumpy bit with the annoying crying baby... excellent graphics, great storyline, enough strangeness to keep you guessing, and best improvement of all: you can save the thing!!!! So i would definitely recommend this game - only drawback: It's too SHORT! :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max payne II- certainly not the fall of max payne., 18 Feb 2004
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Max Payne was the game that set a new standard for 3rd person shooter on the pc. While the transition to xbox for the first game was only tepid, this time to get hotter you'd have to drop a toaster in the bath.
The story starts off with old max doing some routine work for the NYPD, when he busts into a warehouse infested with cleaners. By the end of the game, you'll have killed enough of these cleaners to be sure that you'll have to do all your own washing. boohoo. Anyway, straight away, you have access to all the bullet time options, shamelessly ripped from the matrix. You can dive while shooting in slow motion, slow down time while you casually pop a few caps or simply admire the sepia tone the screen turns when bullet time is activated.
There are more weapons than in the original, but the most significant change is the second weapon option- along with whatever gun you choose to carry, you can also have a grenade or something similar available at the touch of a button. Furthermore, you can now pack double desert eagles. rock on
Graphically and sonically, this is top notch. The environment is interactive, to the exent that you can tip flaming barrels onto enemies, or dive through stacks o crates in a very movie-esque style.
The story too is excellent, told through a combination of graphic novel sequences and fmv's. I won't go into any details about the story, suffice to say that it relates directly to the first game's and tells the true idenity of the person behind valkyr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Payne, 30 Dec 2003
This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
This game is an excellent sequel. Having played the Max Payne quite a few times I thought that any sequel was sure not to be any better...... I was wrong! This game has better graphics and in my opinion is runs very smooth and the story line is also great. This game is action packed from the start when Payne awakens to find himself on a hospital bed. Action and satisfaction guaranteed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired sequel, 15 Nov 2004
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This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox) (Video Game)
Max Payne 2 has everything Max Payne 1 had, but it seems watered down a lot. The controls are perfect and have been improved, but all other aspects of the game are a disappointment.
The storyline really sucks. Unnecessarily complicated and yet predictable at the same time. It's totally unengaging, the compelling urge of mysteries to be unraveled from Max Payne 1 is completely gone.
The gameplay is not as bad, but still worse than Max Payne 1. A lot of the time, especially in later levels, you'll be suddenly overrun by enemies and your only resort will be to load a saved game and to anticipate the ambush. This seems to be calculated in, which i find a sign of lazy design. The most blatant of these is a level where a building is on fire and barrels are exploding all the time. Unless you know which barrels are going to explode next, it's a question of luck -or a lot of reloads- whether you'll survive. It doesn't make the game any more difficult, either. Once you know where and when enemies will show up, the game's a doddle.
Level design is ok, except for those pesky ambushes. Some levels are very repetitive and quite unimaginative. I'm getting tired of construction yard and mansion levels...
One that stands out in a really good way is the funhouse level. It has some nice graphics and is basically a lot of fun to play.
Some levels are played in tandem by Max and Mona, with the player switching between the two characters. This could've been a nice touch, but it's actually just a gimmick. You can't switch between characters yourself, and there's no difference between their abilities. The duo levels are few and far apart, so there's no consistency.
The final 'showdown' is a real disappointment. Very anti-climatic, you only know that this is the final level when it's almost over.
The verdict: I wouldn't buy it at it's full price, but wait until it ends up in the bargain bin at about €30. The gameplay is still great and level design is good, so it's a fun game. It just has some very crippling flaws...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max - imum fun!!, 11 Feb 2014
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Edgy, film noir, blazing action, what more could you ask for. Starting to show its age now but still a surprisingly good old game 5 stars!! t
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works great on Xbox 360, 1 Sep 2011
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Stefan Nguyen "Film" (Bremen) - See all my reviews
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a very good seller. the item was in a new condition like in describtion. received this item wihtin 5 working days for europe.

a very good game. this screen is on 16:9 ! very good thing! must have game !
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