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Max Payne Mobile hands-on

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Max Payne Mobile hands-on

It’s hard to believe it in some way, but it has been over a decade since Max Payne infiltrated the PC and PlayStation 2, bringing us one memorable action game that’s most notable for its bullet time implementation. Thankfully, Rockstar is so kind enough to port over the game to the iPad, all priced at a mere $2.99. On the other hand, Android users just need to wait abit more time before it’s made available for them.


So let’s talk about the graphics in Max Payne. Seeing that the original game was developed over a decade ago for the PC, its visuals aren’t deemed as the most cutting-edge in the mobile sphere – as some textured surfaces lack detail, and instead, appear pixilated at times. Still, it’s a sharp looking game that runs fluidly and without much lag. Since this is available on the iPad, it takes us a little bit of time trying to adjust to the control scheme. Actually, it seems way too sensitive at first, but that can be remedied by visiting the options menu.  However, due to its sensitivity, the game tends to exhibit some light evidence of jumpiness as we’re moving Max around very quickly.


Max Payne Mobile hands-on
Max Payne Mobile hands-on
Max Payne Mobile hands-on
Max Payne Mobile hands-on
Max Payne Mobile hands-on

Absolutely, the game’s bullet time mode makes it so fun to play, as time slows down while Max dodges his way against some enemies. Considering that touch controls can be a bit fidgety in terms of accuracy, the game is rather lenient if the cursor isn’t necessarily aimed at an enemy that you’re trying to shoot – so yeah, it tends to make shooting enemies extremely easy and without effort. As much as we enjoy the cool bullet time feature of the game, it’s actually the engrossing storyline that attracts us even more. It’s in-depth, graphic, real, and draws the fine line of being a Hollywood blockbuster. Seriously, the presentation of the game helps as we’re literally put into Max’s nightmares.


For $2.99, it’s easily a buy no matter what, mainly because of its great gameplay, cool bullet time mode, and rewarding storyline. If it’s your first time playing, you’ll surely be impressed, and for those who want to relive it, fond memories from yesterday will surely come rolling back.

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posted on 02 May 2012, 17:18 4

1. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Max Payne was probably one of my favorite games in high school. Spectacular story line and back then, amazing graphics. Glad to see it brought back to life. I wish more retro games were ported to today's devices, whether mobile or consols. Definitely grabbing this one if it's only $3

posted on 02 May 2012, 17:51 1

2. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)

Man. Its crazy how these are just coming out for phones. I have MVC2, GTA, SF4, Sonic the Hedgehog, and others on my phone. and some people cant believe that it can be played on there. haha!

posted on 02 May 2012, 19:08

3. Nullstring (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

so what about Windows Phones?

posted on 02 May 2012, 21:58

5. SkOne (Posts: 95; Member since: 02 May 2012)

What about Windows Phone?

posted on 02 May 2012, 21:51

4. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

The game is laggy and choppy. The control sensitivity is due to framerate issues.

posted on 03 May 2012, 05:02 2

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Yeah, since the graphics is unlike "PACKMAN"!! LOL

posted on 03 May 2012, 08:33

9. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


posted on 03 May 2012, 03:53

6. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

start selling gamepads for mobiles gameloft

posted on 03 May 2012, 07:05

8. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

The hardware department is a totally different ball game my friend. If you're looking for great BT controllers I recommend either the Gametel or Phone Joy.

The latter is awesome for Playstation enthusiasts. ^_^

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