Rated 3 out of 10 by lbyrd13 Fun Gameplay, Seriously Depressing Story...
Like any Rockstar title, you can expect gratuitous amounts of violence and language, etc. But Max Payne takes that one step further, a truly depressing (and no-fun) storyline. That doesn't mean to say the game is broken, it just barely holds it's head above water. The first bits of the game start with Max Payne, a hell-bent cop avenging the deaths of his family and getting blamed for murdering his police partner (real downer, huh). The rest of the story basically continues his story of revenge until it comes to a (rather relieving) end. That set aside, the game does have some interesting twists, such as the trademark "Bullet-Time," (which makes the game run in slow-motion for a short while) and "Shoot-Dodging" (an assortment diving moves used while firing). Needless to say, I really didn't enjoy the game. Despite it's fun, original mechanics, the story was just too depressing (even a touch of dark humor was nowhere to be found). But, I would recommend it to those who enjoy some of the other titles by Rockstar and similar companies...
Rated 9 out of 10 by Cow-boy BC BC-comics
Max Payne is an awesome game, especially for the ps2. The graphics are pretty good and the story line is good. The game lets you do things you can't do in other shooter games, its called bullet time. When your behind a wall and you know when you turn the corner theres gonna be like five guys waiting to ambush you, you jump sideways, turn on bullet time, it adds a cinematic slow-mo effect as your in the air shooting at the enemies. Its awesome! One of the annoying things of this game is Max himself. He always has the wierd devilish smirk across his face. Its creepy. When hes shooting, getting shot, jumping, he always has the same sick expression on his face. He even has the smirk when he dies.Other than that, awesome game. Also you should check out the movie based on the game, and max payne 2, and the long awaited MAX PAYNE 3! Coming out in winter.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Thunderbolt196 Great but it isn't for Everyone
This is a great game but it isn't for everyone. This game is very disturbing. The first mission is the most disturbing thing I've seen in a video game. The violence is strong. There is a lot of blood and it is a little creepy when Max Payne goes after a man who worships almost every form of the devil there is. For those hardcore gamers who can get past the disturbing, bloody, and creepy parts of the game, I recommend this game. The gameplay is awesome. There is a mode called Bullet Time where you can slow down time. The story is long which is a nice change of pace compared to today's games. The way the game tells the audience the plot is also awesome. Max Payne narrates as the player plays the game. This fills in questions you have as you play. I would highly recommend this game to hardcore gamers. For everyone else, you have been warned.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Iceman3000 Awesome game!
Well first let me just say that this game is like no other. It all starts that this man Max payne came home from work to find out that his Wife & baby girl are killed by some dudes who where on some drug. So in order to find out who killed his family, max goes undercover to see if the mob had anything to do with his family's murder. But later his cover is blown after he is framed for his partner's murder. The gameplay is great, when playing the game you have this (looks like a bottle) of BULLET TIME. This allows you to slow down the speed around you. For example, when in a gun fight once you could dive left or right, forwards or backwards. The bullet time is so awesome you can even see the bullets fly by. Now to uncover who killed his famliy Max Payne a man with to lose will do anything to get revenge.
Rated 8 out of 10 by TheRealYuma A Great Film Noir
Max Payne puts you in the role of well, Max Payne, a cop who gets involved in some serious business. You start off finding his wife and baby murdered by unfamiliar men. The cutscenes are mainly executed through comic book-like stills, with a few in-game ones. You get a great variety of weapons to slay your enemies with. Some of the best levels in the game are Max's dream sequences. About the only flaw this game really has are the graphics. Sorry I couldn't say much, but I was afraid of spoiling.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Thursday43 Brings back good memories
I haven't played this game in forever. It was amazing though. The story is told really well and the gameplay is above average for ps2 games. If you are young like when i first played it, it may freak you out a little. This game gets pretty dark in lighting and enemies come out of nowhere a lot. I would prefer this game to anyone looking for a nice, easy thriller game for ps2.
Rated 10 out of 10 by KingSank One of the best ps2 games i play
I love that the story was about a cop who lost every thing he love is wife,kide all on the same day. One day he came home from work he call to is wife but she did not call back to him so look a round the house then he went up to the seco floor and that where he fond is wife,baby boy dead on son in bed and wife in masterbedroom on the bed that when he lost it. and the voice was bye Mark W the moivestar
Rated 9 out of 10 by Max8519 Excellent game play and awesome OST
Great environments, however, the graphics aren't top notch. Great to play if you're wanting to remember the good times in gaming and have at it with gun play and listening to max payne's narrator tone and stories. Also the length of the story line is outstanding which is hard to find in a lot of games nowadays.
Rated 2 out of 10 by waise Too disturbing to enjoy...
Max Payne is just disturbing and I couldn't stand it so I sold it for 20 bucks.It's all just bloody content that is just not right with it's violent content that is just makes you sob.... man i just can't play it.my apology to all fans but i don't like it.even GTA and COJ is not disturbing as this game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by ee123 DISTERBING STORY IS WHAT MAKES THIS GAMES SO COOL
I love this game i just got and its cool the story is great but the story could of bin longer but still badass game