A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that an intriguing storyline may make this game more appealing than some first-person shooter games; however, it still glorifies violence, makes ample use of profanity, and contains significant mature sexual content, making this a game for adults only. Parents should be aware that there are multiple scenes of close-up assassination-style killings: direct gun-to-face, close-range shooting. Blood is everywhere as are flying and burning bodies, grenades, Molotov cocktails, and conveniently placed explosives.
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What's it about?
MAX PAYNE 2 bills itself as a \"film noir love story.\" Twisted by a world of corruption, Max is a cop who doesn't really have anyone to trust, even himself. Max finds himself in a hospital, badly wounded and hallucinating about things of the recent past --primarily fixated on his obsession with Mona, the femme fatale of the game. Much of the plot is revealed in comic-book style cut scenes with voiceovers narrating the text.
Even with some attention to a storyline, much of the game is about the fancy shooting. Max Payne 2, along with a multitude of recent games, offers a slow-motion option, which puts you at an advantage against your foes, and makes for some \"cool\" looking shooting moves.
Is it any good?
Although definitely not for kids, Max Payne 2 is a step above most first-person shooting games. The story is dark and intriguing, almost like a novel, with a richer plot than most first-person shooters. Nonetheless, with a wide collection of guns, and the now almost ubiquitous slow-motion shooting, the game is a shooter at heart.
Other considerations include the mature sexual themes and the level of strong language. There isn't any nudity, but several audio segments sound like they are lifted from a porn movie. In a new twist on "media integration," some of the ads and shows on fake TVs are linked to elements within the game, including some ads for a phone sex line and a "late-night" porn show. The glorification of violence, sexual content and profanity provides little chance for kids to compare and contrast "morality," but does offer yet another chance to "empty another clip."
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