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Max Payne (video game)
Max Payne is a 2001 third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment and the first entry in the Max Payne series. The game spawned two sequels, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne and Max Payne 3, as well as a film adaptation directed by John Moore. The story revolves around the story of the eponymous NYPD cop whose wife and daughter are murdered by junkies high on a then-unknown drug called Valkyr or V, a hallucinogenic substance that also makes its users prone to extreme violence. Vowing revenge on the one who sent the junkies, Max Payne joins the DEA and goes undercover in the New York criminal underground. Three years later, Valkyr is more prevalent than ever, but Max finally gets a break in the case, only to be framed for the murder of his partner Alex Balder. Now a fugitive wanted dead by all sides, Max must carve a shell-casing-strewn and blood-soaked path through the unrelentingly violent night in order to clear his name, uncover the purveyor of the drug, and find some measure of absolution for his tormented soul.
The game unashamedly borrows many cinematic and action elements from the films of John Woo, notably Hard Boiled (an in-game difficulty setting is even named after the film), in the way it uses slow-motion "bullet time" gameplay (one of the first video games to use this as a major game mechanic), the widespread use of dual-wielded guns, and the slow-motion "Shootdodge" moves Max can use to simultaneously dodge and return fire. These elements would later turn up in the sequels and other unrelated video games, such as the F.E.A.R. and Red Dead Revolver series, along with the John Woo-directed Stranglehold. Incidentally, it does not borrow from The Matrix, a film that would reignite interest in slow-motion action sequences, despite being released after the first movie in that series, as the first game was in development since 1996 and originally set for a 1999 launch, before being pulled back for a revamp and release in 2001.
Another major gimmick in Max Payne (at least for the time when the game was released) is that rather than the weapons using instantaneous "hitscan" traces where the impact is calculated in the same instant the shot is fired, all weapons fire modelled projectiles with defined muzzle velocities. However, all in-game projectile velocities are unrealistically slow, to the point that Max can dodge most gunfire just by moving slightly to the left or right in bullet-time mode despite not gaining any movement speed in that mode. It is likely that this was a conscious choice on the part of the developers for gameplay purposes, since realistic muzzle velocities would leave no room for dodging, even with the bullet-time mechanic; it is rather like the unrealistically slow gunfire in "bullet hell" shooters in this regard.
With no budget to hire actors, the characters' in-game models and appearances in the graphic novel-style cutscenes are digitised from photographs of the dev team, their families, and even random people who walked past Remedy's offices during development. Most famously, Max Payne is Sam Lake, the lead writer, while Nicole Horne is Lake's mother, Tuula Järvi.
The following weapons appear in the video game Max Payne:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Reck Miami 92F
Although supposed to be a Beretta 92FS, the "Beretta" in the game is actually based on the Reck Miami 92F, a German-made blank-firing replica. It is the first firearm available in the game as Max already has one in his inventory in the Prologue, and is also Max Payne's signature weapon, as it is used in any cutscenes he shoots in; the Beretta is also used by all NPC factions in the game. It is one of the two weapons in the game that can be dual wielded. The in-game pistol has an 18-round magazine capacity as opposed to the correct 15 for a Beretta, or 11 for a Reck. It is worth noting that the Beretta 92FS isn't an authorized service weapon of the real-life NYPD or DEA; the gun's presence most likely comes from the influence of John Woo movies on the game, as the 92FS is well-known to be Woo's favourite handgun.
Desert Eagle Mark I
Another common weapon in the game is a chrome or nickel plated Desert Eagle Mark I. The gun first shows up in the hands of some of the very first gangsters that Max faces at the Roscoe Street Station, and is the weapon that is used to murder Alex Balder, Max's only contact while undercover. In addition to many bad guys, several named characters also use the gun, among them Vinnie Gognitti and Mona Sax, both of which play more prominent roles in the next game. Unlike the next game, this weapon cannot be dual-wielded. The Desert Eagle in the game unrealistically holds 12 rounds in its magazines.
Incorrectly referred to as an "Ingram" in-game, this machine pistol is not a Gordon Ingram-designed MAC-10 but its well known stand-in, the Cobray M11/9. This can be seen by the elongated back receiver and disk-shaped cocking handle. Max first obtains the Cobray M11/9 from Rico Muerte, the assassin in Jack Lupino's hotel early on in the game. It's the only weapon other than the Beretta that can be dual-wielded, and often shows up being wielded this way by enemies, including Frankie "The Bat" Niagara during the second major bar shootout at Lupino's hotel. Nicole Horne also uses one in the last level. It shoots in fully-automatic if the fire button is held down, but a four-round burst if tapped. The Cobray M11/9 in-game has an incorrect 50-round magazine capacity.
Winchester 1300 Defender
Max's primary shotgun is the Winchester 1300 Defender. It is first seen in-game in a first-floor closet in his New Jersey home during the Prologue level. The Winchester is a powerful, but slow-firing weapon used by all NPC factions, but it loses effectiveness in the third part where Max begins to face many enemies who wear body armor and pack assault rifles. Boris Dime, the captain of the gunrunning cargo ship Charon, also uses one in his boss fight. It has a correct 7-round tube magazine capacity.
Sawed-Off Double-Barreled Shotgun
The Sawed-off Double Barrel Shotgun first makes its appearance during the "Live at the Crime Scene" stage, in the hands of a punk who guns down his buddy during an argument over a detonator to clear their escape route. Unlike most sawn-off double-barreled shotguns in movies and games, this weapon can only be fired one barrel at a time, but like its movie depictions is always used in a one-handed grip in this game. Jack Lupino uses one during the showdown with him in his inner sanctum at the Ragna Rock nightclub. It fires more quickly than the Pump-Action Shotgun, but is obviously limited to two shots.
The last shotgun available in the game is the Pancor Jackhammer. Max doesn't get the Jackhammer until the "Backstabbing Bastard" chapter where he faces off with B.B., his corrupt former partner in law enforcement, who also wields one of these. It primarily shows up in the hands of Nicole Horne's Killer Suits in the final stages of the game, and is extremely deadly at close range. Unlike the other two shotguns in the game it is capable of fully-automatic fire, and has a detachable drum magazine that incorrectly holds 12 rounds instead of 10 like the real Pancor Jackhammer. For some reason, ammunition for this weapon is not interchangeable with the other shotguns in the game. The Jackhammer in the game is something of a hybrid between the toolroom prototype and the Mk3-A2, being mostly based on the toolroom example but with the Mk3-A2's heat vents, barrel and pump handle.
Colt Model 733
Max first gets ahold of the Colt Model 733 "Commando" when he raids Boris Dime's weapon stockpile on his cargo ship Charon, but is initially seen used by NYPD SWAT officers in Part I. It's a powerful weapon that often shows up in the hands of Nicole Horne's mercenaries and Killer Suits in the third part "A Bit Closer to Heaven". The muzzle flash is shown as if it came out of an early 3-prong flash hider, rather than the proper 6-slot "birdcage" flash hider. The Commando has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds and is restricted to fully-automatic fire, but fires unrealistically slowly, making single shots easy to pull off. One brief sequence in the Asgard building shows a mercenary with a laser-sight-equipped Model 733 emitting a visible beam, but this is purely a scripted effect, as it disappears immediately afterwards and the gun wielded by the NPC is no different from the other 733s in the game.
Steyr SSG 69 PII
Max and some hostile NPCs use the Steyr SSG 69 PII, simply named the "Sniper Rifle". The rifle is modeled with a ten-shot detachable magazine which only holds 5 rounds in-game. For some reason, the rifle is shown as self-cycling, and no characters actually work the bolt action in the game; the bolt animation also doesn't need to be finished for the rifle to fire again, being able to do so around the point where the bolt is fully open. The rifle has an adjustable scope zoom level, controlled by holding down the button to use the scope, and then releasing at the desired amount of zoom. When the rifle is equipped, Max cannot Shootdodge. This sniper rifle is first seen in the game's intro, but is not available for use until the second chapter of Part II, "An Offer You Can't Refuse".
M79 Grenade Launcher
Max first encounters the M79 Grenade Launcher while storming mafia boss Angelo Punchinello's manor, in the hands of a bad guy who blows open a door trying to take him down. This single-shot weapon will kill any non-boss enemy in its blast radius, as well as the player if they aren't careful enough, which is made more difficult since the weapon has a steep trajectory for its projectiles. More enemies using this weapon show up in Part III, albeit very rarely.
Mk 2 Hand Grenade
Max can also find and use Mk 2 hand grenades throughout the game. However, due to technical constraints, the fragmentation grooves are simply represented by a flat texture. They are used by all factions in the game.
Cut & Unusable Weapons
Heckler & Koch MP5SD1
The Heckler & Koch MP5SD1 was meant to be featured in the game, but was cut before release. The gun can still be found in the game's files. It appears to have been replaced with the Colt Commando at some point during development, as the Commando is referred to as the "MP5" internally.
Norinco Type 56
Boris Dime is seen holding a Norinco Type 56 in a graphic novel cutscene. When he is actually fought in-game, he wields a Winchester 1300 instead.
Max Payne, Jack Lupino, Nicole Horne, Horne's bodyguards, and NYPD officers carry full-size IMI Uzis in graphic novel cutscenes.