Max Payne (PC) | Done!
Saturday, Feb 25 2017 17:00 | Action, Entertainment, PC, shootEmUp, video games, VideoGames, Windows
Max is a former NYPD cop, working undercover for the DEA when he gets implicated in a series of crimes; this after he finds his wife and child murdered by junkies (who we later find out were on some new designer drug developed for the US military). The game starts off at the end, with the cops surrounding Max, and we immediately go into a flashback, 3 months earlier, to see how he got here. What follows is an adrenaline fueled third person shooter (well, I suppose all shooters are adrenaline fueled). Having been released in 2001, one of the key mechanics of the game is bullet-time, originally debuted in the film the Matrix. By enabling bullet-time you are able to shoot more at your enemies, with higher precision, while avoiding their own harmful bullets. Let me tell you, I used bullet-time a lot, like it was going out of fashion!
The game's graphic are very indicative of 2001. Wheels on cars don't turn, the character's limbs seem quite weird and disjointed, and the facial closeups just look weird at times (even Max's smug smile!) The game does have some interesting interludes both between stages and a during the various stages where the story is told in comic-book format (something that I enjoyed). In two of the stages, at the start, Max is drugged, and the first stage is his working through his feelings (I guess) while trying to get the drugs out of his system. The game seems to break the fourth wall by having voices tease Max that he is just a character in a video game.
Overall, this was a fun game., despite having the background audio play whenever the heck it felt like playing. No achievements though since the game predates those. Time to play part 2...
Have you played Max Payne? What do you think?