When I purchased my original Xbox, I had a list of games that I was super hyped for: NFL Fever, Halo, Tony Hawk 2x, Silent Hill 2, and Max Payne. The latter two, didn’t launch on opening day, but were made available by Christmas time. I visited my mom in Christmas 2001 and we made a trip to the mall where I purchased both Silent Hill 2 and Max Payne.
I don’t remember much about Silent Hill 2 because it didn’t really appeal to me all that much, but Max Payne was my jam. It was a dark, noir game inspired by John Woo movies and had an haunting soundtrack. I loved the gameplay, the voice overs, and the constant slow motion shootouts. It was one of my fondest playthroughs on the original Xbox and a game I still look back on with a smile.
I never got around to playing Max Payne 2, until many years later and the controls hadn’t aged well and I think I was just too far removed from the original game at that time. I did, however, check out Max Payne 3 a few years after it was released and fell in love with the game. It was quite different from the original Max Payne, but it became one of my all-time favorite games. I loved the gritty, Michael Mann inspired neo-noir and the gameplay was spot on. It played more like a Grand Theft Auto/Max Payne hybrid but that was okay with me. I still play Max Payne 3 from time-to-time, and I really wish it would get a proper remaster so I could play it on something other than my Xbox 360.
When I think about Max Payne now, I think about Max Payne 3 and all his fun quotes. I think Max Payne 3/GTA 5 were the pinnacle of fantastic Rockstar Games controls since Red Dead Redemption’s controls are so all over the place and complicated that I’ve now given up twice trying to play the game. It’ll be a shame if we don’t get a fourth Max Payne game that is as tight, fun, and dark as Max Payne 3. But as every year passes, I feel like we are less and less likely to revisit the world of everyone’s favorite fork up.
I’ve posted a few of my favorite Max Payne quotes below: