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"Everything ripped apart in a New York minute... 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. Max is a man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. Prepare for a new breed of deep action game. Prepare for pain..."
―Official description.
"New York. Fugitive undercover cop. Nothing to lose."
Max Payne
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Name: Max Payne
Developer(s): Remedy Entertainment
Rockstar Toronto (PS2)
Rockstar Vienna (Xbox)
Rockstar Leeds (GBA)
Publisher(s): Gathering of Developers
Rockstar Games (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
Release date: Jul 23rd, 2001 (PC)
Dec 6th, 2001 (PS2)
Dec 21th, 2001 (Xbox)
Dec 18th, 2003 (GBA)
Platform(s): PC, Playstation 2, Xbox, Gameboy Advance, Xbox 360 (Xbox originals), Mac OS, iOS, Android
Series: Max Payne
Protagonist: Max Payne
Location: New York City

Max Payne is a shooter game developed by Remedy Entertainment for PC, whilst Rockstar helped develop and publish the console ports and was released in 2001.


The player takes control of protagonist Max Payne, played in 3rd person as the player is involved in endless shootouts, throughout many linear levels. The game encourages the use of bullet time, a feature that allows the player to temporarily slow down time to improve aim and can also be used as Max performs a shootdodge maneuver, allowing him to dive through the air whilst shooting enemies. Ammo is dropped by enemies that can be picked up, as well as weapons. Some weapons can be dual weilded if Max picks up a weapon that he already has.

Cutscenes are almost completely absent and are replaced by graphic novels that reveal the story and during this, as well as in gamplay, Max is heard speaking in monologue throughout the entire game.