He's Max Payne. This is how he fell. How far did Max Payne fall? Too far. Or did he fall far enough? Does this kind of narrative make for a playable game? Or does the constant film noir atmosphere and graphic novel panel sequences smother the game like water on a flame, taking out all the heat and leaving only charred, rotted wood? This is Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, sequel to Rockstar's famed Max Payne. After the events of the first game, Max is haunted by what he has done... and perhaps what he knows he will soon do. Things get complicated when Mona, thought dead after game one, shows up alive and kicking, ready for revenge... and maybe something more. Max needs Mona (in many ways) and wants to close the case that landed him in hot water with Johnny Law. As the game progresses, you take control of Mona and Max as they blast, dive and bullet time their way through the dirty underbelly of New York. You'll enjoy the ragdoll physics while they last. Unfortunately, Max Payne 2 ends as fast as a summer romance, but oh, what a sweet, poetic ending it is. You can always play again against more challenging enemies, but you'll reach the deadly conclusion in a couple days. Controls work well, though some challenging areas prove as stubborn as Max himself. Rockstar still delivers on sound and voicework, though graphics suffer due to age. Still, Max deserves your time. You should really hear his side of the story.
a dark and tragic Noir tale worthy of its pedegree
posted by imperial (WILLIAMSVILLE, VT) Jan 13, 2007
Member since Oct 2005
First of all I played Max Payne and was blown away by the sheer gripping power of the games plot about a city brought to it's knees by crime and a mysterious drug named "V". And one man's obsessive quest for revenge with nothing left to lose and a whole lot of spent bullets between him and the Mafiosos responsible for murdering his family. unbenounced to him he would start on a long spiral into consuming paranoia and depression. Bring about Max Payne 2 the fall of Max Payne. A game which takes place years after the first. MP2 centers around Max who has spent the last few years living in a haze of memories and regret and as a lowly homocide detective after turning down a promotion to the DEA. And Mona Sax who was last seen shot in the head and is now beeing hunted as is Max by the remnants of the same Mafia family Max nearly eliminated in the first outing. Except things arent easy for our Hero when what he assumed were only Paranoid Dellusions of a worn down mind turn to be reality when he finds out that Mobster Assasins and dirty cops have been conspiring to kill him and Mona. What Follows is a descent into further madness as Max desperately searches for answers all of which hint at a larger conspiracy going back to the murder of his family years prior. Oh, and of course the Mafia bodycount will skyrocket as Max continues a lost quest for Revenge in a city which knows how to keep secrets. MP2 is honestly one of my favorite games from graphics to gameplay tp physics. No other game that I have played has ever been so polished as MP2. buy/rent-buy all the way. You could pick it up for $1.50!!!!! at EB!!!
Maybe less story next time? Gameplay is great, but the constant moaning by Max gets old fast. Also, the story is so unbelievable that you have to ignore it completely: Max takes a bullet to the brain at close range, and just sleeps it off? OK.