Max Payne (2001)

Video Game   |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A troubled NYPD cop is framed for murder and finds himself being hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

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Sam Lake (story), Sam Lake (screenplay)

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23 February 2004 | action-6
One of the finest actiongames ever created

"Max Payne" is brilliant. You just cannot say it in any other way. MP is a super-cool actiontitle that uses the so-called bullet-time effect to create extremely stylish shoot-outs where the main character Max Payne constantly dives into bloody gun-fights. Playing it again over 2 years since its first release still confirms its excellent quality, and it is a game that easlily passes the test of time. Some people may argue that this game is only inspired by "The Matrix", which is not correct. John Woo`s brilliant actionmovies like "Hard-Boiled" and "The Killer" are both among the most important source of inspiration for the Finnish developers. I can guarantee that if you give this one a go, then you will be hooked.


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Did You Know?


In Part 3, Chapter 4 ("Backstabbing Bastard" Playstation 2 level): At the entrance ramp to the car park (from where you start), there is a stack of barrels and an air conditioning unit that you can jump on to reach the roof of the garage. Shoot the off-color panel of the shed there and it will fall away. Inside, you can jump on a grate to fall into a room with the graffiti "R* Thanks", a radio you can "use" to hear audio from the production team, and a sniper rifle with ammo.


Max Payne: You play, you pay, you bastard.


The entire game takes place in the US, yet at least twice in the game we can see safety signs that say "no unauthorised persons beyond this point" (the common UK spelling of "unauthorized").

Crazy Credits

After the credits, when you complete the game, the following text appears on the screen: Max Payne has only started his journey through the night. The pain has only just begun. More will follow.

Alternate Versions

Aside from the controls, the PlayStation 2 version alternates from the PC version.

  • There are no quick saves on PS2 and the chapters are divided into several sub-chapters with different names for each.
  • The World Trade Center towers are also removed from the intro on PS2 and the graphic novel panel showing them at the beginning of the chapter "Backstabbing Bastard" is replaced with a different image.
  • The Roman numerals for the "Part" description of the loading screens were replaced with just normal numbers.
  • The graphic novel scenes use a different font than PC.
  • An additional credits movie was added with new music in the main menu. The PS4 release also adds 1080p support and trophies.


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller


Release Date:

25 July 2001


English, Latin, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Country of Origin

Finland, USA, UK, Canada, Austria

Filming Locations

New York City, New York, USA

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