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The Return of Max Payne!,
This review is from: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PC CD) (Video Game)
From the off I would like to have it known that I didn't think much of the first Max Payne game so this sequel had a lot to do to get me to change my mind. And the good news is that it managed to change my mind very easily.
The most noticable change are the graphics, they truly are the best I think I have ever seen in a PC Game and probably won't be bettered until Half Life 2/Doom 3. Secondly the way you interact with the environment around you is amazing, if you lightly brush a pile of boxes they will slowly topple. You can have hours of fun in warehouses finding new ways to make piles of boxes fall. This is mostly down to the impressive physics engine everything moves exactly how you would expect and when people die they never die in the same way twice, it really shows the amount of time spent on the sequel.
Obviously the actual gameplay hasn't changed, you still have to take on (seemingly) unsurmountable odds with only a couple of guns and some sweet bullet-time. Speaking of the bullet time, Max seems to have acquired some new moves whilst using it and if you kill several bad guys in a row you get more focused and cooler things happen. Basically a combo-kill bonus, nice inclusion though. The levels are still as linear as you remember though but it really doesn't matter as most of time you are too busy having a great time with the various obstacles in the game (boxes :D). But it still only get 4/5 stars because if you strip away the graphics and new physics stuff it is basically the same as the first one.
I would recommend this game to anyone who has even a passing interest in action games.