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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Windows)

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Description

Two years have passed since Max Payne first embarked on his desperate quest for revenge. Returning to his former position as a detective in the New York City Police Department, Max is assigned to investigate a series of murders carried out by group of contract killers known as the Cleaners. Unexpectedly, Max encounters the enigmatic Mona Sax, whom he assumed dead. People from his past begin to return one by one, and Max gradually realizes that he did not know everything about the mysterious Circle and those who were involved in the murder of his family. Somebody out there is trying to kill Max, and he must find the answers before they succeed.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a direct sequel to Max Payne. The game is very similar to its predecessor in gameplay concept and presentation, bringing back noir detective atmosphere, cinematic John Woo-style action, and cutscenes shaped like comic book panels.

The game is built on the same engine as the predecessor, with several additional special effects and enhancements, such as dynamic shadows and lighting, cubic mapped reflections, and high resolution textures. The Havok engine with ragdoll physics is used to enhance the interactivity with the game world: objects can be moved and destroyed, physically responding to the actions of the player character and opponents.

A new feature in the sequel is the possibility to use two different weapons at the same time. Certain characters will join Max and fight on his side from time to time. The player also controls Mona Sax during a few stages. The Bullet Time feature from the previous game has been upgraded to version 2.0, in which Max's speed in bullet time increases as he gets more kills consecutively.

During the first playthrough the game only offers one difficulty level. If the player struggles to succeed, the game will automatically lower the difficulty, reducing the effectiveness of enemy fire and increasing the amount of painkillers. Additional difficulty levels are unlocked when the player completes the game, as well as two new modes: New York Minute and Dead Man Walking. The first awards the player with a score for completing a level as quickly as possible, while the second has Max fighting endlessly respawning enemies.

Screenshots

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows Vladimir Lem's Office
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows Vinnie Gognitti
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows Mona Sax
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows Jim Bravura

Alternate Titles

  • "英雄本色2:马克思配恩之秋" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Payne-tastic! אולג 小奥 (164965) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Is the glass half empty or is it half full? Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (588) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Max is back and even more maudlin! Scott Monster (919) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
More Payne... Sam Hardy (76) unrated
More than I hoped it would be. Dave Schenet (130) unrated
One of my favorites! reeZe Risowisch (8) unrated
Certainly a great game, but not necessarily better than the original. kbmb (399) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Yep, he fell alright... SifouNaS (1317) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
The fall of Max Payne, indeed. Ola Sverre Bauge (235) 1.43 Stars1.43 Stars1.43 Stars1.43 Stars1.43 Stars
Good game, but where's the game-pad support? Oscar Molina (2) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

The Press Says

Just Games Retro Jun 20, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Pelit Nov, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 20, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Yahoo! Games Nov 03, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gry OnLine Nov 03, 2003 90 out of 100 90
HardGamers Oct 19, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania Oct 21, 2003 86 out of 100 86
JeuxVideoPC.com Nov 09, 2003 17 out of 20 85
G4 TV: X-Play Apr 11, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Clubic Oct 29, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Max Payne

Max Payne looks very different in comparison to the predecessor because this time a professional actor, Timothy Gibbs' was used as Payne's face instead of writer Sami Järvi.

References

  • Towards the end of the game, one of the police officers quotes one of Max's first lines from the first game; "They are all dead." In both instances, the police are arriving after the situation has been resolved.
  • If you listen to the messages on Vinnie Cognitti's answering machine, you'll hear a threat from the "God Father." Someone did a an impression of the late Marlon Brando.
  • First time Max walks around the police HQ, there are two cops in basement garage. The cops are modeled and named after 3D Realms leads and co-founders George Broussard and Scott Miller. Pay attention to their dialogue; it makes fun out of the long production time of Duke Nukem Forever, ending with 3D Realms' legendary release date slogan ("When it's done!").

References to the game

May Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 06/2007.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #8 PC Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 13, 2004 - Best PC Action Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 12/2008 - One of the "10 Coolest Levels" (For "A Linear Sequence of Scares". It is the highlight of the game because it is very different from the rest of the game, represents a silly image of Max' soul and offers many surprising script sequences.)
Information also contributed by Jason Musgrave, Jouni Lahtinen and Scott Monster

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