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Max Payne

Overall: As a whole, Max Payne has a great ammount of appeal. Though some of it may only appeal to a more mature audience, it doesn't take points away from the game at all. It's visually pleasing in the way that the graphics are crisp and the textures are pure (See VA section for more). The sound and voice acting gets an A+ in my book. There was nothing more I liked hearing than, "It's Payne, kill the b*stard!". That just made me want to whip out the Colt even more. The gameplay will take a little while to get used to but once you do, it sticks with you for the most part. You can change the sensitivity of the controls to your liking if you're really picky. The only grudge I hold with Max Payne is it's lasting appeal (See more in SA section).

Gameplay: The gameplay isn't a niche-type, despite what you may read at other gaming sites. It's a great conversion from the PC to the Xbox and yardsticks better than what Rockstar stuck PS2 with. Max moves smoothly and is very responsive to the controls. After you master the main controls and the oh-so-sweet bullet time, you won't find your eyes wondering down to the controller anymore. Infact, they'll probably be glued to the screen, as they should be. Gameplay can make or break a game but, Max Payne makes it over the hump as far as control go. I do have a complaint though. The puzzles that they threw in the game weren't fun. Instead of enjoying them, it felt like a job to beat them. Hopefully, if a sequal is made, these types of things will be left out.

Graphics: Max Payne is graphically pleasing. Period. Honestly, this game has some of the best Xbox visuals to date. Take some time to go play the PS2 version and then come back to your Xbox. There will be a gigantic difference, I guarantee you. I've played all 3 versions of this game and the Xbox is pretty much identical to the PC's graphics. I couldn't find a difference other than very little slow down when a lot is going on. My hat goes off to Rockstar for utilizing the Xbox's power to the best of it's ability.

Audio: I can see where the sound on this game may gripe some people. Like a lot of current games, the voice acting tends to get repetitive after awhile. Max Payne falls victim to this in some parts of the game. During shootouts and so forth you'll hear a lot of the same stuff you heard levels previous. The cut scenes were done well enough for me to like them. If you get annoyed easily, some of the noises and voices in Max Payne probably aren't for you.

Suggestions: You'll probably grow tired of Max Payne in a hurry. The game is very short and that is my largest complaint with it. The PC version has tons of stuff you could download for it but unfortunately, it wasn't made possible for the Xbox version. A month or so after you get Payne you may find yourself playing it again, like I do. But chances are you'll look to trade it after you beat it.

Overall Score: 8.0 / 10

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