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Max Payne (PS2)
Member Name: Mr Bigglesworth
Max Payne (PS2)
Date: 15/07/02, updated on 15/07/02 (42 review reads)
Advantages: GREAT FUN
Disadvantages: TOO SHORT
Hvae you seen the Matrix? of course you have, and this is the gaming equivalent of that film, complete with slow-motion John Woo-style shoot outs and a narrative to match that of the great Washowski brothers.
"Life was good," says Max in the intro sequence. "Sun setting on a sweet summer's day. SSmeall of freshly mowed lawns. Sounds of children playing. A house across the river on the Jersey side. The American Dream come true. But dreams have a nasty habit of going bad when you're not laooking." And dreams dont get much worsethean coming home from a day on the beat to find your wife and kids slaughtered, before singing up for an undercover Mafia Job, getting framed for murderand having everyone on your tail. Nothing to lose indeed.
The proprietary MAX-FX engine is looking as good as it should after four years of development, and everything you see is there for you to destroy. Shoot a window and the glass explodes, leaving a few shards with you can then take out at your leisure. Realism is the key. All the decals are different depnding on what material you are shooting at. We've got metalic sparks off the metal surfaces, smoke puffs off brick walls, even splinters out of the wooden sufaces
The game plays in third person, but developer Remedy is hoping to bypass any of the usual problems by utilising a feature it calls Bullet Time. Using this you can slow down th action to dodge bullets and perform acrobatic gun-blazing somerfaults that Keanu and co need wires for. It also boasts self adjusting skill levels ( forget about choosing to play as easy, medium or hard) that can monitor wether you're a hordcore gamer or a no-hoping lamer. All of which brings us to the only slight reservation I have with the game
Max Payne offers about ten hours of quality play for the average hardcore gamer. Taking hardcore as hardcore I would probably estimate around 15 hours of pure cinematic acoitn fo
r and average gamer.
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