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Max Payne (PS2)
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Max Payne (PS2)
Advantages: Great plot, good graphics and atmospherics. Set up the crime noir genre
Disadvantages: Some levels in the later parts of the game get pretty hard
In 2002, remedy entertainment and 3D Realms released tis game. Its a crime thriller 3D shooter game, with a focus on the fim genre of crime noir. By this I mean that the plot is set along a central storyline , where the main character narrates at certain points in the film, i.e in this case cut scenes and actaully during pointsin the game itself. In addition the plotline is developed between film cut scenes and a graphic novel style. On release the game set out a new style of gaming in film noir. This genre has been developed to release games like Deus Ex, which uses the same noir style.
Synopsis: You play Max Payne an NYPD detective on the hunt for the killers of his Son and Wife. The perps were homely thugs, high on a popular helocynegenic drug called Valkyr (or valkyrie). Max found them in the middel of their act, but was too late to stop them and you search the police files of your best friend and partner alex to find the killers. Your friend B.B asks you to meet Alex at a metro station and you begin a shoot out with mafia goons belonging to Jack Lupino, a local mafia boss. After trakcing Lupino and his russian dealers, thorugh valkyr drug factories and mafia strongholds, you find out that valkyr is the product of a US military project caled Valhalla. The idea being that the drug gave soldiers a greater tenancy to fight and greater strength and stamina. But in most patients the drug produced insanity inducing helucnations. So with the project stopped the developer Aesir stood to lose cash and so they restarted producing the drug in order to sell it on the streets due to its hedonistic effects and serious addiction factor. Paynes wife worked for Aesir and found out the truth that would threaten to company so the CEO had hired the thugs to kill her. You later find that B.B was part of the conspiracy and had killed alex. After killing him, a secret US government society called the inner circle, tip you off about the CEO of Aesir and where to find her. You assault the companies headquaters, but Horne the CEO escapes and the NYPD arrest you, this is where the game starts.
The controls are relatively easy to get used to,and the gameplay is really smooth. The best feature is obviously 'bullet time' a matrix style slow mo cam that allows the players movement to be faster then those around him and use this advantage to dodge, shoot back and generally jump thorugh the air. Now games like red dead redemption use variants of this feature called 'dead eye targeting'.
When you first start you have just a semi automatic pistol, but you get better guns as you go through the levels, to snipers rifles and shotguns etc. The best thing about the sniper rifle is that when you fire a bullet, you can get bullet cam, that follows the bulet all the way to the target.
The levels and difficulty
You fight in the subway, the valkyr factories, bank vaults etc. You can also set different difficulty levels to an extremely hard level, such as survival mode, where its almost like reality, two shots and you dead. There is even a level where you are drugged and you have to get thorugh an induced subconscience level with some very disturbing things going on, like babies crying.
All in all, its a fantastic game to play, great characters, very atmospheric, especially the constant night and the snowfall. The plot is great if a little complicated, but it really sucks you in.
Summary: A great game, atmospheric and moody
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