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Max Payne 2

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First off it's not as short as people say. In fact it dragged on a bit in my opinion.

The combat is very challenging and the AI is fine. The rag doll physics greatly add to realism. It looks cool. The graphics are good and very detailed considering it's age. I liked some of the levels particularly the run down urban streets. It is, however fairly humdrum. You just shoot your way to the end of the very linear levels and that's about it. The story is what's supposed to be so brilliant about it, but I didn't really know what was going on half the time because it followed on from the first one and I played that ages ago. Or maybe I just zoned out in the interminable cut scenes and graphic novel sections which are endless. You literally spend as much time watching them as you do playing.

Combat's well paced and exciting, but Max has this annoying way of firing rifles from the hip, which means he can't shoot over obstacles. I'd be crouching behind a car or something with my head and shoulders just visible firing at a baddie and the rounds just hitting the car. So I'd have to move right out of cover to fire.

They also screwed up bullet time. It doesn't slow you down as much making it less effective. Also you can perform a shoot-dodge maneuver which is more effective and you have no limit on how much you can do it. Why did they even bother with bullet time, then? Good question.

The ending, even on easy is hyper difficult, but you expect that with games these days.

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In 2001, Max Payne arrived to set the benchmark for action gaming, earning countless awards and revolutionizing the genre with cinematic combat sequences fuelled by the groundbreaking use of slow motion and compulsive narrative-driven gameplay. Now, working together with Rockstar Games' New York-based production team, Remedy has combined Max Payne's hallmark gameplay with all new innovations and unmatched production values. 

  • Storyline - a violent, Film Noir love story between a cop and a femme fatale murder suspect, between Max Payne and Mona Sax. Dark, tragic and intense, the story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations.
  • Max Payne's signature slow motion gunplay has been improved on every level. Get ready for Bullet Time 2.0.
  • New guns and new moves make action more cinematic and intense than ever before.
  • Fully integrated Havok physics engine allows for interactive environments creating incredible combat scenes. Ragdoll characters and physics in slow motion create breath-taking combat scenes.
  • All new AI - cooperative NPC's fight with Max and more believable enemies create tension and more interesting and varied challenge.
  • A stunning level of detail: Extremely detailed environments with photorealistic textures, highly enhanced radiosity lighting and extremely lifelike characters (including facial animations & lip synchronization) provide a visually staggering cinematic experience.
  • Massive production values - including a motion picture stunt crew, professional talent for voice acting and graphic novels, motion capture and authentic digital source material from New York City.

System Requirements:

1Ghz PIII/Athlon or 1.2Ghz Celeron/Duron processor 32MB AGP graphics card with hardware transform & lighting support, 256MB RAM, 1.5 GB hard drive space, Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, DirectX 9.0, Keyboard and mouse.
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November 5th, 2004
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  • PC Games
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Top 1000
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