First released in 2003, Max Payne 2 is the second in the popular Rockstar series. It is critically acclaimed, having received several gaming awards, and enjoyed by fans around the world.
Players get to jump into the world of Max Payne, the famous and elusive DEA agent we’ve come to know and love. The sequel opens with him being reinstated on the force, setting him and Mona up to face off against a chain of events that will be full of danger and action. Working with his partner again does also mean that players get the chance to play not only Max, but also Mona (in a few distinct levels).
In terms of gameplay, MP2 is a classic third person shooter. The game is a mix of storyline cinematics and third person action. Players work to advance their character, upgrading his weapons and advancing the story as Max and Mona work to untangle the betrayal they’re caught in. As they unravel the case they’ll go through several daring missions, each full of their own challenges and rewards, and each getting players just that much closer to the exciting finale.
Players can select their difficulty level, but should be warned that this decision has implications – there is an alternate ending that is reportedly available only on the most difficult setting!
The objective is to survive and complete missions, and comes with fun features like bullet time. Bullet time is a special game mode that slows time to give players a few extra seconds to line up that perfect shot, but can only be used so much in each game.
Max Payne 2 has been generally well received by fans, but is not without its criticism. The primary objection? The game is too short! Thus, Max Payne 2 seems to be a solid addition to the series, but one that players wished would go on longer.