Parents' Guide to

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Shooter's intriguing story is for adults only.

Game Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 17+
Good game but the controls are different to the first game so if you played the first game the controls will mess you up you will have to get use to it and not good for kids

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (4):

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."

Game Details

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