Critic & User Reviews
Max is still worth a play through.
posted by Longshot (STATE CENTER, IA) Jan 22, 2008
Member since Dec 2006
7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Lets start with the bad. The graphics a horrible by today’s standards, the controls are starting to feel outdated, the IA is dumber then a doorknob. But it isn’t all bad, the story is still one of the best to be seen in a shooter or game for that matter, the voice acting is still top notch., the overall game play is still fun and bullet time is still as kick a%% as ever. If you can forgive the bad graphics, the starting to show their age controls and the rest of the things that haven’t aged so well with this game, I think you will find that this game is still a fun third person shooter with a great story to tell. This game did a lot for shooters back not so many years ago so if you want to see a real shooter classic in action, and you think you can put aside your need for top notch graphics, give this game a try I think you maybe surprised at how good it still is.
Be safe all and happy gaming.
posted by SCjames (COLUMBIA, SC) Sep 2, 2007
Member since Sep 2007
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
posted by infanaz (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 16, 2007
Member since Nov 2005
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Cant agree with the rating at all
posted by upsetgamer (PLAINVILLE, KS) Feb 14, 2007
Member since Mar 2004
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
posted by vadic06 (HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO) May 20, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
Cool for an old game
posted by BioWarM (DENVER, CO) Jun 17, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
Dated, But Dateable
posted by Eschaton (ORLANDO, FL) Mar 31, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
posted by Antico (WESTWEGO, LA) Jan 19, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
MAX PAYNE: Likes & Dislikes
posted by tonyk1 (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) Oct 6, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
He was once a decent, gental, family man. Now, DEA agent/vigilante Max Payne is a man on a bloody mission to bring down everyone who was even remotely behind the brutal murders of his wife and child. He is half hard-boiled cop and half stone cold killer. And, he doesn’t discriminate when the bullets start flying. So, I suggest get the frack out of his way.
If you blink, you die. The action is very quick and in your face. You have to stay sharp throughout the game.
The film noir style dialog reminded me of those old dime store crime comics. Max isn’t the only quick wits in the game. But, he the best one.
The realism is also quite good. When you get shot, it starts to slow you down. You can get meds to heal. But, they are few and far between. So, you’ve got to ration them out. Ain’t nothing for free in this game.
Bullet time is a privilege not a right. This game is designed to make it a necessity WAY too often. Max doesn’t acquire armor through the game. So, they set him up to wear bullet time like a cheap leisure suit.
The trials are too trying. Figuring out what you have to do in a tough situation doesn’t give you any hints as to how to do it. I had to go online to find out that I was not only supposed to shoot the cables in the last scene, I had to shoot down the tower as well. You will know what I am talking about when you get there.
The story got too big. It was a decent mob story. But, about half way through, they switch things up. Suddenly, there a secret society to defeat. And, an evil woman trying to take over the world.
The dreamscapes are TERRIBLE. They are boring, nauseating, and annoying as all get out. And, worst of all, they don’t serve a purpose for the story or the gameplay.
I thought that the ending was rather unsatisfying, especially after all of the work you have to do to beat the game, while under a 1min countdown.
I’ve got two words for you. “Quick Save.” Use it often.
posted by zenubio (FARMINGTON, MN) Oct 31, 2007
Member since Aug 2003
If you want a current 'slow motion' game, play F.E.A.R. or Time Shift. The graphics are definitely dated and a couple controls are just backwards. For me to rent a game and play it all the way through it has to grab me and I just don't get that.
The one really good thing about this game is the story. It's told VERY WELL, makes you want to like it, but I think I caught this game too late. I'm told it's good on PC? Must be the mouse/controller issue.
Great game but.....
posted by armydude (APO, AE) Jul 10, 2007
Member since Jun 2007
posted by dankgamer (WESTMINSTER, CA) Jun 24, 2007
Member since Jun 2007
posted by sandollor (APO, AE) Jun 15, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
This game that brought you the bullet-time made famous from the Matrix movies and put it into a format we can control. This game started the slow-mow revolution. A top notch, engrossing story.
Fast paced, good shooter.
posted by jgarbuz (FAR ROCKAWAY, NY) Aug 19, 2006
Member since Jun 2005
The controls and weapons are very nice too.