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ZOOM Max Payne 2:
The Fall of Max Payne
$9.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP Only!) (DVD Box) (MAXPAYN2PR)

Publisher: Remedy

Violence , Blood and Mature Sexual Themes

Ratings:

from Four Fat Chicks

Love Hurts!

A violent, film noir love story between a cop and a femme fatale murder suspect. Dark, tragic and intense, this story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations.

" I lied to myself that it was over. I was still alive, my loved ones are still dead. It wasn't over." His life in ruins, Max Payne finds himself back on the NYPD. During a routine murder investigation he runs into Mona Sax, a woman he thought dead, a femme fatale murder suspect. She holds the keys to the questions that haunt him. But nothing is simple in the dark and tragic night of New York City. An Army of underworld thugs stands between Max and the answers he seeks. His journey deeper into his own personal hell continues.

"You'd have to be a first-degree fool to fall for a woman who returns from the dead only to put a gun to your face."

Love hurts.....

Features and Activities:

Max Payne's signature slow motion gunplay has been improved on every level. Get ready for Bullet Time 2.0. New guns and new moves make action more cinematic and intense than ever before.

Fully integrated Havoc physics engine allows for interactive environments creating incredible combat scenes. Rag doll characters and physics in slow motion create breath-taking combat scenes.

All new AI, cooperative NPC's fight with Max and more believable enemies create tension and more interesting and varied challenge.

A stunning level of detail. Extremely detailed environments with photo realistic textures, highly enhanced radiosity lighting and extremely lifelike characters, including facial animations & lip synchronization, provide a visually staggering cinematic experience.

Massive production values including a motion picture stunt crew, professional talent for voice acting and graphic novels, motion capture and authentic digital source material from New York City.

Requirements:

Windows98/Me/2000/XP: Hard Disk: 1.5 GB HD SPACE. Required RAM: 256 MB RAM REQUIRED.Processor: PENTIUM IV 1.2 GHz OR LATER

Reviews:

Four Fat Chicks by Steerpike

"Max Payne 2 is a breathtakingly good game. The beauty of the engine is an embarrassment of riches glittering on our monitors. The writing deserves awards we haven't invented yet, given at swanky awards shows that aren't yet aired. It tells a tale as heart-searing as the one in the original. It is loyal in its design, courageous in the lines it crosses and decent in those it doesn't. It is ridiculous in its quality, and it shows a degree of respect for the feedback about the first Max Payne that we rarely see in sequels, because for most studios, sequels aren't about reexploring a world that gamers loved, they're about selling more games."

"Once again, the story in Max Payne 2 is told mainly through still "graphic novel" scenes, which are either photographed-then-Photoshopped or hand-drawn by some very talented artists. Actually, the whole presence of Max Payne 2, including the box design, theme music, and menus, show beautiful quality and attention to detail. The graphic novel looks and sounds great and tells the story very well, narrated again by Max himself throughout. Also, since the game engine is so much better, the cinematic game scenes are far less jarring than they were in the original."

"Max Payne 2 is the best game I've played in months and certainly one of the best sequels ever. As far as I'm concerned it's got Game of the Year locked up, and it deserves it. It's a fascinating action-adventure and a beautifully constructed tragic love story, rich with noir elements, pop-culture references, scintillating characters, and gorgeous locales. It compellingly evokes a grim world of crime, violence, and human shortcoming. Frankly, Max Payne 2 makes me confident that the best is yet to come for gaming, that the awesome narrative and creative capability of this medium has yet to be explored to its fullest extent."


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