NFG Summary:Max Payne is an intense and gripping 3rd-person shooter that will keep you hooked from start to finish. With a dark and compelling storyline, immersive gameplay, and stunning visuals, this game guarantees an adrenaline-fueled experience that is worth every minute of the pain. Get ready to dive into the gritty world of Max Payne and prepare for a thrilling ride.

Categories: Third, Person, Shooter
Meta Score: 89
Store: Max Payne (Price: Is Free)
User Score: 90.0
Platform: PlayStation 2, PC, Xbox, PlayStation 4, Dreamcast, iOS (iPhone/iPad)
Publisher Names: Gathering
Support Language: English*
*languages with full audio support
Publish Date: 2001-07-23
Required Age: 18

PC Requirements:


  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP (only)
  • Processor: 450MHz AMD / Intel Processor
  • Memory: 96 MB RAM (128 MB RAM or greater recommended)
  • Graphics: 16MB Direct3D Compatible Graphics Card
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 8.0
  • Hard Drive: 830 MB Hard Drive Space for full install, 530 MB for minimum install
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card


Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose in the violent, cold urban night. A fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by cops and the mob. A man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. Prepare for pain with this much-anticipated 3rd-person shooter. [Rockstar Games]

Positive Comment(s)

The most important action game yet made for the PC. Well worth the long wait.100Games Radar
Amazing! Just Amazing.98Gamer’s Pulse
Incredible graphics, a compelling storyline, and an immersive experience. All of these features are expertly combined in Max Payne, creating a candidate for game of the year.97Gamers’ Temple
Even the death sequences are pretty cool, as the game slows down, zooms in on the hero and shows him getting gunned down by a hail of lead.95Playboy
There’s an air of amusing determination to everything Max does. All the murdering is very satisfying for that reason.95CPUGamer
At times MP is more movie than game, with stunning camera angles, jarring replays and an involved plot that not only moves the storyline along, it sets the tone for a hardcore action experience.94Gamezilla!
Max Payne is a game that combines intense gunplay with a stunning visual experience, making it an absolute must-play.92GameSpot
A tad on the short side (under 20 hours), which I could overlook if some multiplayer support was included, but other than that small complaint, I thought the game was nearly flawless.92Voodoo Extreme
There is enough repetitive, standard fare about Max, coupled with its short play time, that makes it hard to flat-out recommend.90FiringSquad
Despite some corny writing, this uberhip noir videogame feels like a movie but plays like a great action game. [Feb 2003, p.94]90GMR Magazine

Negative Comment(s)

In the style of PC Gamer’s David Manningesque vocabulary, Max Payne is the most forgettable action game in history. (I exaggerate, of course. It’s only the most forgettable action game of the year.)30GamePen
Graphics: 7/10; Storyline: 6/10; Gameplay: 8/10; Atmosphere: 8/10; Music: 8/10; Summary rating: 7/1070majesty_x

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