Max Payne Was Originally Planned to Have Multiplayer

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The popular Max Payne action games have almost always been revered for their blend of hardboiled crime drama and slow-motion, guns blazing shooting. When it came time for a fledgling Remedy Entertainment to pitch publisher and producer Scott Miller on their next game, a top-down version of Max Payne was only one of three possible ways the company might have gone. Miller and Remedy’s other two options included a 3D racing game to follow up on their debut Death Rally, and a conceptual real-time strategy game set in space a la Homeworld.

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Having learned a lesson about character-driven franchises with Duke Nukem Forever, Scott Miller was excited to turn Max Payne into something that he thought could last for a decade.

Miller joined this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered to talk about behind-the-scenes details of Max Payne and more, including the changes Remedy made that had fans scratching their heads, but have become normalized in the modern era. “That really worried us when we realized it was only going to be six hours long, Miller said. “Here’s a game that was so rich with story and so story-driven. We had a 300-page script for this game.

It was a very dense game. It’s not all about action in that game. There’s so much story there and the people loved it for that.

I think people forgave the fact that it was a short game. Originally we were supposed to have multiplayer. We dropped that.”

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You can hear the rest of Scott Miller’s tales of creating Max Payne, Duke Nukem, and the original Prey in this month’s full episode of IGN Unfiltered.

Also make sure to check out the previous episodes of IGN Unfiltered, where editor Ryan McCaffrey interviews some of video game’s biggest names, like Insomniac’s Ted Price, EA Sports Cam Weber, and Firewatch’s Cissy Jones.

Joseph Knoop is a writer for IGN, and he’s ready to be John Woo’d off his feet.

Spend some quality bullet time with him on Twitter @JosephKnoop.

Max Payne Used PS2 GameStop, bullet-time. The hit PC game Max Payne is now available on the PlayStation 2. Max Payne was working as an undercover cop infiltrating the mafia gang that runs the city. One day he returned home to find his wife and child brutally murdered. Worse still, he was framed for the crime. Now he's on the run with both the police and the mob after him, looking for revenge. The story of Max Payne is well scripted and delivered in the style of a graphic adventure. The story is littered with mission objectives that can be reviewed at any point by bringing up the menu. So the scene is set, now it's time to jump into the adventure. Max is presented in a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective, with controls similar to console versions of Quake . This means that looking around and body movement are completely independent of each other, making the game a pleasure to play. One of the coolest features of Max Payne has to be bullet-time. Players can activate Matrix-like action at any time, throwing the game into slow motion. You can leap through the air narrowly dodging incoming fire while lining up your headshots, and how sweet is that? Bullet-time recharges slowly so don't overuse it, because you never know when you're going to get ambused. Max Payne certainly looks the part. Photographs have been digitised to give the game a scarily realistic look. Game animation is smooth, the polygon count is high, and the game is full of stylish special effects. With a good plot, refined controls, new innovations and excellent gameplay, Max Payne is definitely worth a place in your collection.. With free UK delivery and covered by our quality guarantee, saving you money on your DVDs. Delivered within 5-7 working days. - More Info

Max Payne Used PS2 GameStop, bullet-time. The hit PC game Max Payne is now available on the PlayStation 2. Max Payne was working as an undercover cop infiltrating the mafia gang that runs the city. One day he returned home to find his wife and child brutally murdered. Worse still, he was framed for the crime. Now he's on the run with both the police and the mob after him, looking for revenge. The story of Max Payne is well scripted and delivered in the style of a graphic adventure. The story is littered with mission objectives that can be reviewed at any point by bringing up the menu. So the scene is set, now it's time to jump into the adventure. Max is presented in a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective, with controls similar to console versions of Quake . This means that looking around and body movement are completely independent of each other, making the game a pleasure to play. One of the coolest features of Max Payne has to be bullet-time. Players can activate Matrix-like action at any time, throwing the game into slow motion. You can leap through the air narrowly dodging incoming fire while lining up your headshots, and how sweet is that? Bullet-time recharges slowly so don't overuse it, because you never know when you're going to get ambused. Max Payne certainly looks the part. Photographs have been digitised to give the game a scarily realistic look. Game animation is smooth, the polygon count is high, and the game is full of stylish special effects. With a good plot, refined controls, new innovations and excellent gameplay, Max Payne is definitely worth a place in your collection.. With free UK delivery and covered by our quality guarantee, saving you money on your DVDs. Delivered within 5-7 working days. - More Info

Max Payne 3 Used PS3 GameAfter having been involved in the development of the Max Payne franchise since the sequel, The Fall of Max Payne, it's clear that Rockstar has an intimate understanding of the what makes the series great. So it's no surprise to see that Max Payne 3 brings the same core run-and-gun action, whilst adding a contemporary edge that helps keep the experience fresh. Things pick up eight years after the events of Max Payne 2, and our solemn hero is in bad shape. He's still hurting over the past - leading to chronic depression, alcoholism and a rather messy apartment. An old acquaintance, Raul Passos, visits him to suggest that he leave the US and take up a job in executive security. And so Max travels to Brazil, where his job takes a decidedly bad turn and he gets in way over his head. Rockstar is keen to show off a range of digital effects and unique presentation elements to try and convey the graphic novel style that has been integral to the Max Payne series. From the first scene to the last, Max will always be outnumbered in some ridiculous way, and enemy AI is clever enough to smoke you out of hiding places pretty quickly, so you're pretty much left to your run-and-gun devices. While Max is left to fend for himself, he does have one powerful weapon at his disposal, which happens to be the main selling point of Max Payne - bullet time. By engaging in combat, you can build up a meter in the corner of the screen which, when the Right Stick is clicked in, allows you to slow down everything around you and take out multiple enemies. Or make a hasty retreat. Whatever floats your boat. The game also includes a Shoot Dodge system. Hitting the Right Bumper will have Max fling himself in whichever direction you're holding, and automatically sinks the world around him in slow motion. Without the need for a charge meter, you can use this in times of great emergency - or if you really want to show off. Max Payne 3 is an action experience that really brings out the John Woo in you.. With free UK delivery and covered by our quality guarantee, saving you money on your DVDs. Delivered within 5-7 working days. - More Info

Max Payne 3 Used XBOX 360 GameAfter having been involved in the development of the Max Payne franchise since the sequel, The Fall of Max Payne, it's clear that Rockstar has an intimate understanding of the what makes the series great. So it's no surprise to see that Max Payne 3 brings the same core run-and-gun action, whilst adding a contemporary edge that helps keep the experience fresh. Things pick up eight years after the events of Max Payne 2, and our solemn hero is in bad shape. He's still hurting over the past - leading to chronic depression, alcoholism and a rather messy apartment. An old acquaintance, Raul Passos, visits him to suggest that he leave the US and take up a job in executive security. And so Max travels to Brazil, where his job takes a decidedly bad turn and he gets in way over his head. Rockstar is keen to show off a range of digital effects and unique presentation elements to try and convey the graphic novel style that has been integral to the Max Payne series. From the first scene to the last, Max will always be outnumbered in some ridiculous way, and enemy AI is clever enough to smoke you out of hiding places pretty quickly, so you're pretty much left to your run-and-gun devices. While Max is left to fend for himself, he does have one powerful weapon at his disposal, which happens to be the main selling point of Max Payne - bullet time. By engaging in combat, you can build up a meter in the corner of the screen which, when the Right Stick is clicked in, allows you to slow down everything around you and take out multiple enemies. Or make a hasty retreat. Whatever floats your boat. The game also includes a Shoot Dodge system. Hitting the Right Bumper will have Max fling himself in whichever direction you're holding, and automatically sinks the world around him in slow motion. Without the need for a charge meter, you can use this in times of great emergency - or if you really want to show off. Max Payne 3 is an action experience that really brings out the John Woo in you.. With free UK delivery and covered by our quality guarantee, saving you money on your DVDs. Delivered within 5-7 working days. - More Info

Max Payne 3 Used XBOX 360 GameAfter having been involved in the development of the Max Payne franchise since the sequel, The Fall of Max Payne, it's clear that Rockstar has an intimate understanding of the what makes the series great. So it's no surprise to see that Max Payne 3 brings the same core run-and-gun action, whilst adding a contemporary edge that helps keep the experience fresh. Things pick up eight years after the events of Max Payne 2, and our solemn hero is in bad shape. He's still hurting over the past - leading to chronic depression, alcoholism and a rather messy apartment. An old acquaintance, Raul Passos, visits him to suggest that he leave the US and take up a job in executive security. And so Max travels to Brazil, where his job takes a decidedly bad turn and he gets in way over his head. Rockstar is keen to show off a range of digital effects and unique presentation elements to try and convey the graphic novel style that has been integral to the Max Payne series. From the first scene to the last, Max will always be outnumbered in some ridiculous way, and enemy AI is clever enough to smoke you out of hiding places pretty quickly, so you're pretty much left to your run-and-gun devices. While Max is left to fend for himself, he does have one powerful weapon at his disposal, which happens to be the main selling point of Max Payne - bullet time. By engaging in combat, you can build up a meter in the corner of the screen which, when the Right Stick is clicked in, allows you to slow down everything around you and take out multiple enemies. Or make a hasty retreat. Whatever floats your boat. The game also includes a Shoot Dodge system. Hitting the Right Bumper will have Max fling himself in whichever direction you're holding, and automatically sinks the world around him in slow motion. Without the need for a charge meter, you can use this in times of great emergency - or if you really want to show off. Max Payne 3 is an action experience that really brings out the John Woo in you.. With free UK delivery and covered by our quality guarantee, saving you money on your DVDs. Delivered within 5-7 working days. - More Info

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