Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Review

The original Max Payne is a great game, but it’s nothing next to Max Payne 2. Everything has been improved, and the story is far more personal and complex than the straightforward revenge story of the first game. Not that there’s anything wrong with revenge—I enjoy it quite a bit. Maybe too much, in fact. Anyway, like the original Max Payne, this one doesn’t always play nice with modern operating systems; I’ve got this game working on both 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista, but it simply refused to work on 64-bit Windows 7. I suspect that has more to do with the 32 or 64-bit part of the equation than the operating system, though. Read more →

Max Payne Review

Max Payne is one of the best third-person shooters out there, and while I’d personally have to say that Max Payne 2 is the better game of the two (I refuse to accept the existence of the travesty that is Max Payne 3), there’s still so much to love about the original game if you can get it working. I couldn’t get it to work in Windows 7, personally, but it works flawlessly in XP. Read more →

Red Faction Review

I really like Red Faction, but it’s kind of an acquired taste. Some people will love it immediately, while others will never reach the end due either to a lack of patience or frustration over the game’s many eccentricities. Read more →

Soldier of Fortune Review

The original Soldier of Fortune hasn’t aged well. Some games become better with time, remaining fun to play no matter how dated their mechanics and graphics become, but others age as though they get beaten with the ugly stick on a yearly basis. This is closer to the latter, though it’d be a lie to say that it’s entirely unworthy of your time. Read more →

Fahrenheit Review

Fahrenheit, released as “Indigo Prophecy” in North America, is a lot like a pair of skinny jeans—not for everyone. Those who can deal with a few hiccups and bad fourth-quarter story twists, however, will wind up treasuring this game, because its virtues far outweigh its flaws. Read more →

Grandia 2 Review

I hate bad voice acting. Grandia 2 has bad voice acting. I love Grandia 2. It may defy logic, but I do believe that voice acting can become so bad that it circles around again and becomes campy and wonderful. If you played the first Grandia game, you’ve probably already experienced this effect. Read more →

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