Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Shooter's intriguing story is for adults only.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Corrupt political/social system, you vs. everyone gameplay. Humor typically involves violence or mockery of those who are concerned about violence in video games.

Violence

Glorified "slow-motion" shooting, assassinations, explosions. Violence, gangs, death, torture.

Sex

Ads for sex phone lines, porn movies, character sexual interaction.

Language

Frequent profanity, including the "F" word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Health is restored via "Painkillers", drug/alcohol references.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byby by April 1, 2010
it is a aw some game the only thing is violence & language it says the f word 2 times only in vidios but you can skip it .
Parent of a 17 year old Written bybite April 1, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byalienman April 9, 2008

An awsome game!

Great nice decent action game. Some off stuff here and there but still, we kids know it's all fake. LIke someone can dodge 200 bullets and shoot someone wi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byoctober1985 July 9, 2009
Max Payne 1 & 2 are excellent video games that feature plenty of drama, great characters, great story and plenty of shoot em up action. There is blood a... Continue reading

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."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film noir aspect of this game. Is Max a good guy? Is he a moral person? Why or why not? What makes someone a "good guy" vs. a "bad guy"?

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