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Max Payne, the New York police detective, has had a bad time of it recently, and it's time for payback. Three years ago, junkies high on a mysterious new narcotic called Valkyr slaughtered his wife and child. The tragedy drives him on a prolonged path of vengeance. It turns him from a detective looking for easy work to a deep undercover vice cop infiltrating the Mob to a hardened vigilante. Max Payne is a film-noir-inspired game about revenge that is unflinching in every way possible. It's dark and moody, extremely twisted, and turns PC action gaming on its ear by featuring state-of-the-art graphics, audio, and cinematic action. Aside from its inspired use of photorealistic graphics and unique graphic novel (comic book) panels to further the plot, the game also features something called Bullet Time: a slow-motion toggle, usable for a limited time, that re-creates the awe-inspiring diving maneuvers made popular by director John Woo and, of course, The Matrix . At the touch of a button, Max can g
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ESRB:  M - (Mature)
Publisher:  Gathering of Developers
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review by . September 27, 2001
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Pros: Great Graphics, gribbing story.     Cons: No Multiplay can have long load times and high system specs.     The Bottom Line: Great Graphics and gameply. The next step in action gaming is here.     At first glance it might be easy for some to call Max Payne just another 3D shooter and to overlook it. The first time I played it, I was a but put off by the long load times and the breaks in the action for the narrative. However, to not …
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