Year of Release: 2001.
Genre: Third Person Shooter - Action.
Time to learn: 5-10 minutes.
About the game: The character you play is Max Payne, a New York D.E.A. cop. One day when he goes home, he finds his family murdered in theire house, and gets framed for the murder of a fellow cop, and friend. He then goes out on a hunt for the murderers during the worst snow storm the city has ever seen. He gets framed for the murder of a cop, and is wanted by the police.
This game was the first game to bring Matrix-style slowmotion jumps and bullet-time, in a game.
Graphics: The characters arent very detailed, neither is the world detail. The effects and animations are good though, and the particle effects i find great. Espcially concidering that the game was made back in 2000/2001.
Some of the textures are too blurry tho, so they drag the gfx rating down abit.
Graphics get 8.
Sound: The weapons sound very realistic, and gives you a good feeling when in a gunfight. The character talk is great. When the enemies spot you they yell something like: "It's Payne", and stuff like that, and sound like theire panicking. The Swat teams also report you on the radio when they spot you, which i find to be a good little detail. Keep in mind, its the details that do the job. The explosion sounds could have been done a little better, and it would be nice hearing the parts from things you blow up hit the ground. The music is pretty gives you a great "nothing to lose" feeling, and combined with the gameplay and storyline it's great.
Sound gets 7.5.
Gameplay: The minute you launch the game, you are presented to Max Payne by graphic novels. The first level is where you find your murdered family, and is thrown in to a drama with flashing lights, crazy shooting gangsters, and organized crime, going all over New York, from drug houses, to undergound labs and big corporation buildings with tight security, complete with snipers, swat teams, drug addicts, gangsters and crime lords.
The bullet-time feature allowing you to enter slow motion, do sidewards and forwards, or even backwards-slowmotion jumps, allowing you to jump and aim freely, while gunning down multiple enemies at once.
The storyline is very sad and makes you want to keep playing, to reveal more of the story and see the ending.
The game has a Matrix-feeling to it in some levels, and that's meant in a good way. It's a great feeling going through NYC while chasing the truth.
There is no sneak element in this game, it's just run and gun down anything that moves. It can get repetitive at times, but you want to continue because of the storyline. Also, there is no multiplayer, sadly.
Gameplay gets 8.5. It's also, very short, and not hard to complete. It takes you about 5-7 hours to complete it.
Additional comments: I liked the game very much, and have played it again and again, but with mods.
Please be gentle, this is my first review ever.