Preview: Beat Cop.


Gamescom might be only just behind us (and with it, my two week holiday) but that will not withhold me from presenting you this preview! During this year’s biggest European games convention, indie games really had a strong presence. The smaller, sometimes bold game titles are gaining a lot of popularity among gamers due to their “soft” price and usually original art styles. One of the games I got to check out was Beat Cop in which you get to play as a… beat cop.

At Gamescom I was granted the opportunity to play an early alpha build of the game that featured your first ten days as a fresh new recruit. It’s the eighties. As Detective Jack “Polly” Kelly you will start on the streets of Brooklyn, New York.  Laying down the law, one ticket at a time.

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Quantum Break coming to Steam and PC retail.


Yesterday it was announced that Remedy, in collaboration with Nordic Games and Microsoft Studios, are about to release Quantum Break digitally to Steam and physically to PC retail. Both versions ship on the 14th of September and are available for EUR/USD 39.99. This DX11 version of the game includes all updates released for the Windows 10 version since launch. It also supports Window 7 and above, so if you haven’t updated to Windows 10 yet, that’s good news. The very special PC retail showcase-piece titled Quantum Break: Timeless Collector’s Edition comes with an abundance of collectables:

  • Premium packaging
  • 5 Game Discs (one-time Steam key redemption required)
  • Making of Blu-Ray
  • Making of Book
  • 1 Soundtrack CD (Audio-CD)
  • 2 Posters
  • Quickstart Guide

Source: Remedy Games

The Max Payne 15th Anniversary – Round 2.


Fifteen years later, Max Payne still is a game many gamers remember. With big help from the (gaming) community and with some help of Remedy and Rockstar Games, we all made sure the 15th anniversary would not pass by unnoticed. It’s always heart touching to see so many people sharing the same passion, and in the case of PayneReactor, sharing some of their fondest memories with the game. We’ve seen gamers sharing all sorts of stuff, from artwork to funny stories, through the ‘MaxPayne15’ hashtag on Twitter. But as promised, the celebrations are not stopping yet! We’ve another cool giveaway lined up for you, sponsored by Rockstar Games. Take a look at the prize packages:

The Rockstar Games Max Payne 15th Anniversary Giveaway Packages

The Rockstar Games giveaway packages contain the following: A PayneReactor T-shirt, a “Max Payne 3” logo T-Shirt, a Rockstar Games logo T-shirt, Max Payne 3 themed stickers, U.F.E. badges and either a Max Payne 3 ashtray or flask (depending on which package you win). Both packages will randomly be given away to anyone who comments on this post before 11th August 18.00 EST. The winners will be announced on Monday 15th August. Good luck!

The Max Payne 15th Anniversary recap.


The last few days I was enjoying a much needed holiday. Apart from my job, the PayneReactor redesign and preparations for GamesCom 2016 take up much of my time. Nevertheless I found some spare time to travel and relax. Timing couldn’t be worse, as the Max Payne 15th Anniversary was celebrated during the same time. As a result, I was unable to share with you some of the highlights the community has shared with the world recently. So allow me to set things straight with this recap.

Max Payne Retribution teaser trailer.

After the wrapping of Max Payne Retribution it was anticipated a trailer would be released soon. On the day of the Max Payne 15th Anniversary, the team behind the fan film released a teaser trailer to give Max Payne fans a glimpse of what to expect. You can view the trailer below. Soon after the release of the teaser, the team also revealed the film’s poster. Bear in mind, if you were a backer of their Indiegogo campaign, this could be yours soon, as copies are already being printed.

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The Max Payne 15th Anniversary.


Just a few days ago, members from the Max Payne community contacted me through Twitter, asking me what I was planning to do to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Max Payne. I have to admit that I felt quite ashamed not realizing the anniversary was imminent. Unlike to Max, time has never been moving slow to most of us. Completely flabbergasted, I’ve spent a few minutes idly staring to my monitor in front of me. My jaw slowly dropped to the floor. Then it hit me. Fifteen years have passed since the first game came out. Fifteen! I still remember very vividly how I visited friends after school to play this amazing game. It’s probably one of the sharpest memories I have from that time.

After a long development cycle and a complete overhaul of the game’s graphics, Max Payne hit store shelves on July 23rd 2001. The game was critically acclaimed and would continue to become one of the bestselling shooters of all time. It has been ported to various game consoles (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameBoy Advance) and platforms, most recently on the PlayStation 4.

When contacting Remedy about the occasion, the company stated:

23rd of July is a great as its the day Max Payne was released 15 years ago. All of us at Remedy Entertainment are grateful for the passion the video game community has shown towards Max Payne and the enduring the love the franchise is still getting. Pain to the Max!

In addition, Rockstar Games also had a few words to share:

While we haven’t announced any plans to do anything in support of the 15th anniversary of Max Payne, we certainly appreciate everything the community has done over the years and we’re looking forward to seeing what fans will come up with to celebrate the anniversary later this week. 

Along with the help of Rockstar Games and Remedy, PayneReactor would like to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Max Payne together with YOU. We’re organizing a huge giveaway that will consist out of two rounds. In the first round fans of the franchise are able to win a prize package sponsored by Remedy. In the second round we’ll be giving away a package sponsored by – you guessed it – Rockstar Games. Without further ado, let’s continue with the details about the first round!

The Remedy Max Payne 15th Anniversary Giveaway Package

The Remedy giveaway package contains the following: a sealed edition of Max Payne for PlayStation 2 – signed by various developers who’ve worked on the first game, a Remedy t-shirt and sweater, a Remedy baseball cap and last but not least the very unique – and highly sought after – Max Payne mousepad!

So what do you have to do to make sure this package can be yours? It’s simple, really. Share your fondest memories about Max Payne on Twitter and use the hashtag #MaxPayne15. Other community members will join in on the fun (The Sudden Stop, ComunidadRemedy, PayneToTheMax and the cast and crew from Max Payne: Retribution)  PayneReactor will randomly select a winner from all entries and make sure he/she will get the prize package! The first round will start on the 23rd of July, 2016 and will last until the 30th of July. The winner will be announced in an update of this post on August 1. No Payne, no gain! More details on the second giveaway will be revealed later next month.

01/08/2016 Update: Congratulations to Mr XBob (Neil Smith) on winning the first round! The Remedy prize package is coming your way.

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