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.