Written by  :  Rick Jones (111)
Written on  :  Aug 25, 2001
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
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A fine shooter, but not a masterpiece

The Good

Bullet time, baby.

The presentation and atmosphere of Max Payne is outstanding. A snowy New York night is presented in awesome detail, and the graphic novel interludes do much to add to the atmosphere. The action is fun and easy to get into, and the gun battles can be a blast. Oh, and bullet time, baby. There's nothing like diving into a room in slo-mo, Matrix-style, watching as your bullets slam into your despicable enemies.

The Bad

The game's too damn short. The entire game can be completed in 5-10 hours of effort; many of the levels seem very short. There just isn't enough game here.

The story itself is inconsistent and ultimately very little actually happens.

The Bottom Line

Hey, it's pretty good. But wait until it's cheaper, because there's not enough gameplay here to be worth fifty bucks.