This game is dated (its default stick setting is inverted), and the graphics are laughable, but the gameplay stands the test of time. Thank the gaming gods for putting a key binding system where you can edit the controls for EVERYTHING to your liking. Just set it up to be awesome, and it is awesome. Personally, I made "slow down time" to be left bumper, and "super slow down time dodge attack" to be right bumper. Everything else was roughly halo controls. Nice story, nice gunfights, nice experience. No graphical hiccups occur during the port to 360.
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.