A Tribute To Max Payne


With it being the 15th anniversary of the original Max Payne release in the United States, today seems like a good time to pay tribute to my favorite drunken flatfoot. Its hard to choose a favorite out of 1 – 3, so lets feature them all.

Personally I loved all 3 games. When I played the original, it was when I was still adjusting to using dual analogs with shooters. At first I was resistant to adapting to using both thumbs for controlling angles. Back in dem days right thumbs were used for shooting, not index and middle fingers. Max Payne was the first game I liked so much I decided to adapt.

While I didn’t think the sequel was as epic as the original, it was also a great game. In all fairness it had big shoes to fill after the original.

When I played Max Payne 3 on PS3 I was loving it so much. I made pretty far, then my data got corrupted during a save. All data was lost, and it was one of my angriest moments in my personal gaming history. I had gone to far to start over, so I decided to trade it, and come back in a few years. I still have a score to settle with that game!!!

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Max Payne is a third-person shooter video game series developed by Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne and Max Payne 2) and Rockstar Studios (Max Payne 3). The series is named after its protagonist, Max Payne, a New York City police officer turned vigilante. The series’ first and second installments were written by Sam Lake, while Max Payne 3 was primarily written by Rockstar Games’ Dan Houser.

The first game of the series Max Payne, was released in 2001 for Microsoft Windows and in 2002 for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Apple Macintosh; a different version of the game was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. A sequel entitled Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne was released in 2003 for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. In 2008, a movie adaption, loosely based on the original game, entitled Max Payne was released, distributed by 20th Century Fox, starred by Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in the roles of Max Payne and Mona Sax, respectively. Max Payne 3 was developed by Rockstar Studios and released on May 15, 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and on June 1, 2012 for Microsoft Windows.

The franchise is notable for its use of “bullet time” in action sequences, as well as being positively received by critics, although the Max Payne 2s sales were considered underwhelming. As of 2011, the Max Payne franchise has sold over 7.5 million copies. The film rendition received negative reviews but was commercially successful.

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Max Payne

Renegade DEA agent and former NYPD officer Max Payne attempts to hunt down the ones responsible for murdering his wife and child, as well as framing him for the murder of his partner, Alex Balder. As the story unfolds he gains a number of “allies”, including a Russian mafia gangster, called Vladimir Lem, and Mona Sax, a female vigilante who is out to avenge the death of her twin sister, Lisa, and manages to bring down the ring-leaders in a major drug-operation for a narcotic called V or Valkyr—after the mythological figures in Norse mythology.

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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

Max Payne has been taken by the police and is about to face charges for his killing spree. However, he is cleared of all charges, thanks to his relationship with a very influential member of society, Senator Alfred Woden. A few years have passed, and Max has returned to work for the NYPD as a homicide detective. During a routine murder investigation he finds himself face-to-face with the fugitive Mona Sax, a woman he thought was dead. Max and Mona team up to solve the answers to Max’s past that left his wife and child dead.

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Max Payne 3

Max Payne has left New York and is working on a private security detail in São Paulo, Brazil. When the wife of his employer is kidnapped by a local street gang, Max and his old friend Raul Passos join forces in an attempt to rescue her, igniting a war that will lead them to confront a large conspiracy.


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