Compared to, say, Black on the same hardware, this game looks positively ancient. Levels are broken into tiny pieces with frequent load times. The models are chunky but with high resolution textures pasted onto the wide, flat surfaces, giving the whole thing a rather surreal appearance. The same half dozen thugs populate every other room and they are all predictably poor shots, especially in the face of bullet time. Having played Max Payne 2, it's also clear that the original bullet time was only half-baked; the formulation in the sequel was much more satisfying. There are some icky platform sections which require moving across tiny beams with feet that slide as if on ice. And the writing...if I have to listen to one more tortured metaphor tangled in a simile delivered in the same gravelly monotone...
Fortunately, I'm filing this one in the library permanently. It's still just as bad now as it was way back when.
Have I mentioned recently that Black is an awesome, under-acclaimed game?
I never understood why Max Payne was so popular. I played about half way through on the PC version. Based on gamerankings.com, the PC version is better than the PS2, but I still hated it.
I have yet to play a Max Payne game. Is there something I'm missing?
Max Payne 1/2 are fun for a few reasons. You'll either like them or you won't. I enjoyed both so much that I played through them several times....
Max Payne is useful mainly to make Max Payne 2 look better. You won't miss anything by skipping the first Max Payne.
Bullet time in Max Payne 2 is fun for about an hour. If it weren't for the technical flaws (load times, nasty textures, audio bugs) the PlayStation 2 version would be a decent choice, but if you can go with Windows or Xbox, you'll find it a better experience.
Oh, and there is the hot, Hot, HOT shower scene with Mona Sax in Max Payne 2. Nothing says sexy like low resolution, 16-bit textures that would be right at home on a Voodoo 2.
Zachary, your opinion is so muddled as to be useless. But, it is fun to read your self-contradictory babble.
Max Payne 2 was probably my favourite PC game in a while. In both, the plot was awesome and you actually saw the character grow. The cut scenes and comic strip was ingenious and definitely added to the film noir effect. Wonderful games. Also based on 3D Mark 2001 engine, for those who didn't know.