Max Payne fans? How does it feel to lose your whole family in just one day? What will be your reaction if you were to lose your family to merciless murderers? Find out about this and much more in Max Payne, a third-person shooter and action-packed video game that will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. If you’re fascinated with thriller type live recorded video games, then you would surely want to play this game. In July 2001, Remedy Entertainment released Max Payne for Microsoft Windows and was published by Gathering of Developers in the same year. Before the year ran out, ports were created for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and the Game Boy Advance and were published by Rockstar Games. The video game experienced further development in later years. For example, by the year 2009, the game was made available in downloadable format for the Xbox 360. And by 2012, the game was re-released as a downloadable game in the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 under the PlayStation 2 classics banner, including iOS and on Android. With all these developments, the game has been able to enjoy remarkable success since its release to video gamers. Today, millions of copies have been sold worldwide. At least, about 10 million copies of Max Payne have been sold to this day. This monumental sales volume is largely due to the plot and storyline of the game which engages a player from the beginning of the adventure of the main character to the end.
Accolades for Max Payne
Max Payne has received many positive reviews since its release and was praised for its use of noir storytelling devices and thrilling gunplay. Max Payne the video game has won a large number of awards including the BAFTA Award. So successful it has been that a feature film under the same title was released. Having examined the background of Max Payne, let us explore this video game further by looking at the plot of the game.
What is the Plot Summary of Max Payne?
New York City was experiencing a turbulent time in December 2001. Max Payne, who was a renegade DEA agent and former NYPD detective is seen standing a top of a huge skyscraper and he was holding a sniper rifle in his hands, smiling, as police units came specifically to arrest him. At this point, Max Payne experiences flashbacks to the event that began about 3 years ago to the last two days.
Max Payne remembered still working as a detective when his longtime friend and DEA agent Alex Balder, offered him the chance to transfer his service to the DEA. Max Payne was not disposed to this idea. He wanted to focus on his career and family. However, the unexpected happens. When Max Payne returned to his house in New Jersey, he discovered that three drug addict junkies had broken in. This drug is a brand new designer drug called “Valkyr.” He received a call from an unknown woman who is somehow pleased at the trouble going on in the house. He quickly rushes upstairs to provide assistance to his family and also to kill the junkies. However, he is too late and he discovered that his wife and daughter had already been slaughtered. When the funeral was over, the player accepts Alex’s initial offer and transfers to the DEA with the goal of stopping the spread of the drug.
Thus, began Max Payne’s desires to avenge the death of his wife and daughter which now brought NYPD looking for him for the atrocities he has committed in the city. The player will see various action packed scenes that involves Max Pane all throughout the game.
What is the Gameplay of the Max Payne Video Game Like?
As revealed in the plot, this game centers around NYPD Detective Max Payne, who is determined to avenge the murder of his family. The gameplay is very unique when compared with other Rockstar created video games. This uniqueness is seen in the gritty neo-noir style adopted for the game. Besides, the developer used graphic novel panels along with voice-overs in place of animated cutscenes to narrate the scene in the game. This video game also features many allusions to Norse mythology, especially the myth of Ragnarok, and many of the names used in the Max Payne game are those used for Norse gods and mythos.
However, the Max Payne video game is not intended to elevate mythology, but to provide the thrills of every video gamers needs. As you play this game, you will notice that it is heavily influenced by the Hong Kong action cinema genre. Another unique feature of the game is the bullet time effect made popular by The Matrix and which is featured in the game.
Max Payne Graphics Rendering
The graphic depiction in this game ensures that visually striking environments are a real tease. The graphic is superb, especially the rendering of Sao Paulo slums. The graphic well illustrates the gritty, yet beautiful character models found in the game. Every thug, every bystander, and every encounter in the game feels so real. The populated streets and alleys were well illustrated with graphic too. Everything just feels realistic and perfect, thanks to an impressive graphics engine.
No doubt, this game, and by extension Max Payne 2 and Max Payne 3 (The Third Installment), has achieved remarkable success over the years and has provided the needed entertainment to game lovers throughout the world.
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