Max Payne, the groundbreaking classic
- Written by biXen
Max Payne was released in late July 2001 for PC. It was developed by the Finnish game developers Remedy, produced by 3D Realms and published by Gathering of Developers. Ports for PS2 and Xbox was published by Rockstar Games later that year.
Max Payne is available on the Xbox 360 as a downloadable game since 29 April 2009. The Max Payne franchise has sold over 7 million copies until March 2008 according to Take-Two Interactive. In 2012 it was released for the iPad, it will also come for high-end Android devices.
Max Payne was very well received and is considered a classic. The PS2 couldn't really handle the texture heavy nature of Max Payne and was bad mouthed more than the Xbox and PC versions, but still had good ratings. The current ratings as I'm writing this (Aug. 09) is PS2: 80%, PC: 89%, Xbox: 89%. There was also a Gameboy Advance game released in 2003 that has an average of 83%.
Without spoiling anything the most that can be said about the plot is that Max Payne has it all, and then comes home one night and loses it all. He ends up shooting his way out of the problems, which is positive for us, because it's damn fun.
After completing the game
Max Payne and Max Payne 2 has and had a hefty modscene. Numerous modifications altered the gameplay, sometimes to Polar Bear sick consequences, but all the time incredibly fun. Many of these modders are now employed by game development companies, but their mods are still available to extend the fun for Max Payne. Check out our Modifications section to learn more on how you can expand the gameplay of the game. (PC version only).
Troubleshooting Vista / Windows 7
I've gotten permission from Darkje from the 3D Realms forums to post his fixes for issues in Vista and Windows 7. Check it out on the Max Payne Cheats / Guides page.