|Publisher: MacSoft Genre: Action|
|Min OS X: Any Version CPU: G3 @ 450 MHz RAM: 128 MB Hard Disk: 900 MB|
Power at a PriceEntering Max Payneís world is not without a downside. The minimum requirements for playing this game are 450 MHz G4 PowerMac with 128 megabytes of RAM and a 16-megabyte video card. For a modern game such as Max Payne, these requirements are not too much to ask. However, it gets more interesting when you take a look at the recommended system specifications. A G4/733 with 256 megabytes of RAM and a video card with 32 megabytes of VRAM are what the developers think you should have to play this game. Thanks to compatibility with Mac OS 9 as well as OS X, gamers whose systems are on the edge of meeting the gameís system requirements can try their luck running the game in both versions of the operating system.
The test system I used to play through Max Payne fit into the recommended system category, the only enhancements to these specs were increased system RAM (1 gigabyte versus 256 megabytes) and a 64 megabyte video card. Even running a recommended system, I found myself tweaking the gameís advanced settings in order to achieve a consistent frame rate. Thankfully, the developers saw fit to include very detailed tool tips for the slider bars of every option in the advanced settings window. With this information, I was able to make informed choices as to which features I set to higher quality and which were set lower.
ConclusionFor years, developers have tried to create interactive movies on game consoles and computers. The idea was that by bridging the gap between movies and games, interactive entertainment would be opened up to an entirely new audience. These interactive movie titles for the PC and older systems such as the SegaCD and 3DO ended up being poorly produced collections of video clips that were more like editing an iMovie than playing a video game.
Whether by design or purely as an accident, Max Payne is one of a growing number of mainstream games that fulfills the promise of the interactive movie. It has storyline that could have easily been taken from a blockbuster Hollywood film, innovative Bullet Time game play and high quality audio and visuals that bring it all together, Max Payne is not only an action gamerís dream title, itís the kind of game that you can watch someone play and enjoy yourself. In the same way that most people can watch a favorite movie over and over again, I want to go back and replay this game. I look forward to again losing myself in the gritty world of Max Payne.